Fall Fever

Nothing like a little fall fever, am I right?

I’m not talking about #pumpkinspicelife fall fever. I’m talking about a legit fever— the illness. This weekend I think I came down with just that, so I took it pretty easy, drank lots of water, and popped cough drops as if I actually needed them.

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hot soup hit the spot

Thankfully, my roommates knew exactly how to take care of me. Jordan gave me some Theraflu (her “drug of choice”), and Rachel made sure that I resisted consuming copious amounts of dairy, despite me wanting ice cream for dessert last night. She also dealt with my melodrama well.

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Besides some strange heart palpitations and achiness, this weekend involved a bunch of great events and even better people.

After lots of human physiology studying, Friday festivities were very much welcomed.

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A bunch of my friends and I attended an a cappella concert featuring a few of our talented friends. I seriously almost cry whenever I hear how beautiful their voices are. Like, how are people so amazing?

just one of the many groups we watched *heart eyes emoji*

Random fact: they gave out free chocolate-covered bacon to a few lucky winners. My friends were among them.

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My voice was giving out on Saturday, which was perfect for a day of touring and Catholic Center Phone-a-thon-ing.

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I left a lot of messages with a voice that sounded like a dying frog, but maybe that will induce pity and bigger donations. Or not.

Many meals and much fellowship took place as well.

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I figured that I should eat a lot of toast while I was sick, but I think I should eat buttered toast more often. I forgot how simple and delicious that stuff is.

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bonus points for cinnamon raisin toast

These past couple of weeks have been filled with midterms for all of us at BU, so we’re just trucking along. Nothing to truly complain about though. God is good!

Also, thank you all for your support and kind words on last week’s post. My relationship with exercise has been a rocky one for the past three years, so although it’s liberating to be free from obsession with exercise, it certainly took work and patience with myself to get to this point. And it’s still not perfect!

If you’re struggling with an unhealthy relationship with exercise, I can honestly say that my best piece of advice is to try decreasing the amount of exercise OR try some less intense but really enjoyable forms of exercise (hiking, walking, yoga, leisurely bike rides) for a month or so.

the gym is unappealing when there’s fresh, crisp fall air #BUmovesandgrooves

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Even if you’re not necessarily trying to gain back physical health (like I still am right now), I discovered that these things aid in mental health more than anything. It might help you take a step back from exercise and refocus on other fulfilling things in life. I know it did for me!

As always, I must say that I am not a medical professional, so please take everything with a grain of salt and advice from your own doctors. 🙂

Hope you all have a great week ahead! Take your vitamins and get sleep.

So tell me:

Have you gotten sick recently with the change in weather? 

Are you a fan of a cappella?

Do you like buttered toast?

What did you do this weekend?


25 thoughts on “Fall Fever

  1. I’ve somehow avoided getting sick, despite a crazy schedule and a sick apartment-mate. Hope you feel better soon!
    And YES to buttered toast. It’s so simple and so good.

  2. Awww sorry to hear that you came down with the plague, lady! It’s been a while since I’ve had to deal with any sort of bug, and I’m sure now that I’ve said that I’ll end up getting sick within the next 24hrs 😆 And the simplicity of buttered toast is definitely amazing. One of my favourite snacks as a little kid was a piece of toast with butter and honey. So simple. So good.

  3. Yuck I think it’s that time of year when the sicknesses start. I actually feel kind of stuffy this morning so I hope I am not getting sick. I LOVE acapella so much but I have never been to a concert. Also cinnamon raisin toast with butter is an all time fave of mine ❤

  4. I haven’t heard that much a cappella, except for some hymn CDs we have, and my favorite of those ones has tons of singers…you forget it’s a cappella!! I’m not a huge buttered toast fan (though I loved it as a kid); I’m actually kind of iffy about butter if you can believe it. And while I LOVE bread, I prefer it as a sandwich! Yum.

    I did get sick, I think with some nasty cold-that-started-like-a-flu that my cousin’s daughter brought home her first week at preschool. Now it’s just a pesky residual cold, congestion, little cough, etc. So worth it though, to be able to spend time with my cousins!

    I started off the weekend celebrating my birthday with my parents and sibs (so fun…). And then, speaking of cousins, last night, I got to go out to dinner with my California family! I’m down here helping out while my grandma has surgery, but yesterday, they all took me out to dinner and I got to see my family for the first time in like five years. My cousin and I didn’t even recognize each other, but it was an absolute blast!! It amazes me how similar family can think, even when separated by miles of distance and vast differences in upbringing. 🙂

  5. Hope you’re on the mend buddy! Niki is sick now too but unlike you, she has no brain and just sits in bed until someone feeds her…pity no one is there besides panda. Also… I crave butter whenever I’m sick. The challenge is finding the suitable vehicle for it- Toast charred my throat BUT pancakes- They worked 😀

  6. I’m still getting over something too🤒 Not cool at all. Actually headed to the dr today to make sure I’m not dying. (Please bar me from ever going on webmd…like ever!!!😭
    Any who I love you and hope you feel better ASAP!!!!!
    Ps is that corn bread I see😍😍😍

  7. Have you gotten sick recently with the change in weather?
    I haven’t been sick yet this fall, but it usually comes sooner or later. I’m thankful for every healthy day. ❤ I'm glad you got to rest, kind of? and eat lots of toast. I like toast.

    Are you a fan of a cappella?
    I like a cappella if it's good ;-D. But I think my favorite is still instrumental with singing…

    Do you like buttered toast?
    You betcha. All the way. The more butter the better.

  8. OHMYGOSHYES. Buttered toast is something that I have had recently too and man, its so fricken tasty! I got sick in the beginning of the month and it went away within 5 days. So what worked for me is to eat lots of warm foods and rest up! I didn’t know this until now but its actually beneficial to eat a little more than usual when you are sick so your body uses that energy to heal faster. It is amazing how our bodies work… Feel better soon my dear! ❤

  9. I feel you on the fever, sista! We came down with some sort of virus this last week, and we all got a fever. Not fun! I’m glad you had people to take care of you, that makes all the difference, especially when you feel like dirt. I’m dying to do some yoga or something, but am still suffering from drainage and a possible sinus infection (my first), and even just a downward dog feels awful in my head. 😐 Ugh.

    I agree about the buttered toast. I ❤ butter…I blame my Polish genes. 😉 And cinnamon raisin toast with butter is probably one of my favorite things. And I had totally forgotten about it! Now I want it like yesterday, please! 😀

    Saturday was spent celebrating my sister's birthday (awesome food and a movie ❤ ), and Sunday was spent with heat on my face for above mentioned sinuses, while listening to a book on tape. 🙂

    I hope you are feeling better! ❤

  10. Sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well! Change of season can definitely throw us out of whack. Sounds like you’ve got some wonderful friends and activities to keep you smiling though. LOVE a cappella. Have you heard of the group “Rajaton?” One of my favorite…check em out. I feel like I’ve just had a resurgence of butter love. Plain toast with butter and butter on muffins has even taken a bit of a stand over peanut butter! Gasp – I know right?!

  11. From reading your responses to the others’ comments I gather you’re feeling better again which I’m happy to hear. Because in my ideal inner six-year-old’s world – you know, the one with unicorns and princess dresses 😉 – nobody gets sick ever. No but really, it’s great you’re over it.
    A cappella is amazing though I unfortunately haven’t been to many concerts of this kind yet. There aren’t many opportunities where I live.
    That might be a little nerdy – which I definitely wasn’t in that subject – but your study notes remind me how fascinating I found learning about neurology. Axioms, sodium-potassium pump …

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