October 4, 2011


It started yesterday with five successive sneezes.

And since I’d always heard that if you sneeze more than three times in a row then you’ll just never stop, that you’ll just go on sneezing forever like some tragic Brothers Grimm character or the star of some German reality tv show called Gesundheit…well I was considerably worried. But it stopped at five. Sure, I had one or two sneak up on me here and there throughout the day. But five was the height of my audacious ah-chooing.

And then today….it was the throat. I woke up feeling like a thirteen year old who had just taken up sword swallowing at a Ke$ha concert…while eating sand in the Mojave desert. And the ears. My poor ears have some sort of Aqua Man, underwater gurgly thing going on, kind of like when they show the perspective of the shark in Jaws. Duh-nuh, Duh-nuh. Da-na Da-na Da-na Da-na Which now means I can’t speak OR hear anything. But I guess I could hunt surfers, so…bonus.

And I may as well make the most of it while I can, because tomorrow I fully expect to wake up covered in boils with locusts at my door. Y’know because I’m not dramatic when I’m sick AT ALL Clearly. I should’ve just hoped for the unstoppable sneezes.

Because at least then, I’d have my own reality show. In German!

So in the interest of cheering me up during my plague, we decided to run a lil’ contest. Tell me your favorite thing to do to pass the time while you’re sick OR your best home remedy, and one lucky commenter will receive a $25 gift card to Starbucks to get your pumpkin spice on. Which, Justin, by the way if you’re reading this….would totally cheer me up right now. :)

  1. Gail

    Oh man…when I’m sick? It’s me, the couch, my favorite blanket and whatever show I’m wanting to catch up on. Last winter it was "Parenthood".

    I wouldn’t mind a case of the sniffles if it means getting cozy again with the "Gilmore Girls".

  2. Michelle

    Aw, I hope you feel better! I am also pretty dramatic when I’m sick. But if you must press on, I’ve got two words for you: Neti Pot. That is my favorite home remedy of all time, it works wonders! That and pumpkin spice lattes and a trashy reality TV marathon to watch while curled up on the couch :) Feel better!

  3. Michelle Murchison

    Girl, all you have to do is get a hot cup of chamomile mint tea, curl up on the couch with a sweatshirt blanket and watch a full season of the Real Housewives of Some City which can always be found on Bravo at any given hour! Just use your sickness as a time that you are forced to relax! :)

  4. sherri lynn

    ugh I am sick too! So far I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls and reading…. and I sniff peppermint oil to help clear my nose!

  5. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    Uh-oh. All of that beautiful fall weather is causing problems! Feel better. I like to veg out w/ old TV shows. Saved By the Bell and the like. :)

  6. Stephanie Stewart

    I hope you feel better soon, Mary!!! My favorite thing to do to pass the time when I’m sick is to curl up on the couch, have some chicken noodle soup, crackers, some fizzy ginger ale, and watch my cat Lola curl up at my feet. A good book nearby is a must.

  7. Deyla Huss Photography

    Oh my Do I have a suggestion for you!!! When I’m sick, I do the same thing have done since I was 8 years old, I watch the entire series of Anne of Green Gables!!! I know right?! Oh and ofcourse lots of chamomile tea! ;)

  8. heather corporan

    Homemade chicken soup, with loads of garlic…yup loads of garlic is non traditional but so good and good for you! A good book, blankie and an oversized mug of tazo passion tea with honey and lemon! Feel better soon…and dont pass it on to Justin, he needs to make the soup
    and tea ; )

  9. Lisa Cour

    I don’t want to sound like a hero, ’cause I’m not, but I usually just push through being sick. (might have something to do with the three little people running around my house). If I’m SO sick that I cannot push through, then I pass the time sleeping or huddled around the toilet. TMI? Sorry. :)

  10. Leslie

    Tv, couch, feathery down comforter and chicken ‘n dumplings = our recipe to beat sickness :) Hope you get to feeling better soon!!

  11. Susan Evans

    Oh Mary, I feel your pain. No really I do – I woke up this morning with my throat feeling like it was on fire! When I think of home remedies, I remember my mom rubbing Vick’s Vaporub on my chest when I had a cold as a kid. Probably just the attention from Mom helped more than anything. I agree with all the blanket, couch, TV recommendations…and I bet a warm carmel apple cider would feel really good on my throat right now. Feel better soon!

  12. Karen Stott

    Oh Mary I’m SO SORRY! I usually end up watching countless hours of Gilmore Girls and the Office while consuming entirely unhealthy amounts of airborne in orange juice… Praying you feel better soon!

  13. Sarah Heinle

    I hope you start feeling better soon. In our family we say it’s God’s way of saying you need to slow down. So get some rest… take a nap, watch movies, read a book/magazine, or write a letter to loved one (we tend to e-mail too much these days). I’m a dork and will crochet or do cross word puzzles. A remedy that sounds really silly is to put Vicks Vapor Rub on your feet and then put socks on (especially if you have a cough). It seems to work in our household and a friend suggested it to me. Many hugs and get better soon.

  14. Asha Lea

    Take a spoonful of honey with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon mixed in once a day for three days and voila- cold gone. My grandmother swears by it. Hope you feel better soon!

  15. Michelle

    snuggle with kitties and watch movies :)

  16. Sydni Jackson

    being sick isn’t too bad if i get to lay on the couch all day and watch movies. one thing that always cheers me up is snuggling with my puppy :) as for a remedy, i started getting sick (sore throat) a few days ago, but i’ve been taking Arbonne Get Well Soon and i feel completely normal now! hope you feel better soon!

  17. Alison

    I am a horrible sick person. I refuse to slow down for it, like if I ignore it, it doesn’t exist. And then I am usually suprised when it doesn’t work! When I finally give in, I spend time reading, catching up on movies (not hard since I never watch them!) and mindless surfing. I have also been known to grab my blanket and tea & edit for hours- apparently being sick curbs my attention issues:) Feel better Mary! And Justin, I am sure the pumpkin spice would really really help!

  18. Vanessa Price

    Feel better! I had something that I would describe the same way 2 weeks ago. I took Zicam (the melts) regularly and I was feeling human again in just a couple days. Wishing you a quick recovery!

  19. Katie Jordan

    Being sick is the worst! I always feel like I should be getting stuff done around the house, when really I should be sleeping and lounging and taking the time I need to recover. At those times, I am always thankful to have a husband that will force me to stay put and focus on myself.

  20. amanda truth

    Oh man. Being sick is the worst!!! I never get out of bed. I snuggle under the biggest down comforter I can find and watch anything from old movies, to Gilmore Girls, to NCIS for hours. All while chugging apple juice and eating Cheerios like it’s my job. Feel better soon!!!

  21. Mack

    I don’t even need to be entered in the contest, but this blog made me laugh OUT LOUD, so I wanted to say thanks for keeping us happy even when you’re feeling rough. My favorite sick activity is watching stand-up comedy and draining my iPod/iPhone playing Angry Birds. Just sayin’.

  22. Chelsea McGowan

    My husband, who’s comment will show up directly before or directly after mine, just wants to be in a cold dark room alone when he’s sick. Sure, that’s the NICE way to do it. I am NOT that way. I’m so needy. "Love me! Talk to me! Get me a drink! Switch out the DVDs! Rub my back!" I’m the worst.
    I always always always watch Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals when I’m sick. I think dreaming about dancing on a beach in the south pacific, or being Laurie on the plains of Oklahoma… well, it just works better in a fevery delirium.
    Hope you feel better soon, friend!

  23. Tira J

    Yuck! I hate being sick, and I hate that you are sick. It is our bodies way of telling us to SLOW DOWN! My best home remedy is to drink water like no tomorrow. You need to flood your system so much that it takes the infection right out of your body. It is also good to throw in some Gatorade in there so your electrolytes don’t get screwed up. And, bundle up and watch Law & Order! Feel better soon.

  24. MartaV

    Curl up with my golden, Sunny, and watch movies like My Fair Lady or the 6 hour miniseries of Pride and Prejudice. Or maybe a full season of America’s Top Model but that one’s a secret. :)

  25. Megan Ashley

    Cheer up and feel better. I pass my sickness away by writing "thinking of you" cards to friends(who doesn’t love snail mail that isn’t a bill?) and watching the travel channel. And home remedies? A warm towel soaked in eucalyptus water on your neck. And frequent use of a netty pot when I’m a little less congested. :)

  26. sarah danaher

    fav thing to do when sick: watch Psych reruns.

    best remedy (get ready…)— peppermint tea with honey, chicken broth (lots of it), Zycam, ibuprofen, a homeopathic remedy called Winter Tonic (works WONDERS), and regular use of a Netti Pot (gross, but works). And lots, lots, lots of tissues.

  27. Julia

    As many others have stated, sicktime is usually a good time to catch up on books/movies, but I find I quickly get bored of that. So there was the time I was sick with chicken pox and my mother bought me a "How to Tat" (make lace) book, and a little string and next thing you know, I had lace up the wazoo. Then later in college I got some sort of killer flu, couldn’t even drink juice without it coming back, so someone brought me a "How to Knit" book and some yarn. Three sweaters later, I was good as new! And then the summer after my sister got married, I thought I was going to die of some gallbladder ailment or another, and guess what I got?! A "How to Quilt" book and went to town on some bridesmaids dresses no one was going to wear ever again and make my sister a kickbutt anniversary quilt! So that’s my usual thing now. Learn soemthing new. Because, ya know, my life NEEDS one more project in it…

  28. Jeremy White

    I like tooooooo, catch up on all these crazy TV shows that are 5403200 seasons in when I’m on season 1. Bundling up is one of the greatest parts, and doing my best to keep a smile on despite how terrible I may feel. Nothing can keep me from laughing!
    Hot beverages – cider, coco, coffee, tea. Hot soup! Fire place!! Kittens!

  29. Adrienne Suarez

    Well, this is probably kind of weird but when my throat hurts I keep it warm by wearing a big scarf, then I drink lots of lemon water and eat natural cough drops. :) Get well soon! Being sick is no fun!

  30. Catie Ronquillo

    Feel better soon, Mary!! Oh, my favorite this is probably a toss up between watching a marathon of Law & Order: SVU and more recently, Mad Men – how have I not seen the show before!? When I was in college I started to catch a cold, and the boyfriend of a friend of mine gave me this remedy: aspirin with a vodka chaser – I DO NOT recommend this. (Note: I didn’t take his advice seriously!)

  31. Trude

    Awww I’m so sorry to hear you’re sick! If it’s a cold, definitely snuggle up in your comfiest sweatpants (flexible waistbands are mandatory!) and put on whatever movies you love the most and never get tired of. And maybe change it up with a good book or two. Make sure the puppy is nearby for petting, that always makes me feel better too. :) Plus, have Justin make you lots and lots of hot tea with lemon and honey.

  32. Ashley Burr

    Lay in bed and watch the Price is Right while eating toast and sippin on some giner ale!

  33. spring

    curl up in bed with my puppy and a good book- and a bowl of home made creamy veggie soup (an Ann of Green Gables recipe my mom and I found when I was a kid- SOOO GOOD).

  34. Alicia Candelora

    So in Denmark they used to wrap thick, heavy scarves around their neck and gargle this concoction of honey and freshly grated ginger with some warm water. The potion was incredibly strong and a bit nasty, but I swear it worked every time I tried it.

    And watching consecutive season of "Friends" always helped me. Or in your case, you can watch Glee and see if that potion did indeed strengthen your vocal chords.

  35. Lindsey

    I usually watch Ever After with Drew Barrymore over and over again, sometimes sleeping, sometimes not. I watched it four times in one day once.

  36. Suzy G

    I usually pass the time very lady like by reading for a while, pouting for a while, the reading, then pouting, then pouting some more……lol. On to the more serious remedy stuff, at starbucks they sell the canisters of full leaf tea in tea bags, get the Earl Grey, brew it, add honey {local if you can find it} and get some Ricoli throat drops {the originals, the square herbal ones, sooo good for a soar throat and great to recoop a voice for singing, not that you need them for that, lol} I hope you feel better soon, it is never fun being sick, but it is a great time to catch up on reading and to rewatch all the old tear jerker movies. According to my hubby, I am still grounded from starbucks pumpkin spice latte’s. I don’t drink a lot of caffeine but I love the pupkin spice flavor and apparently it makes me talk 90 to nothing and I had one to many last yr, talked to him until 2AM and he then cut me off from the pumpkin spice, bahahahahahahaha, although if I win a card to starbucks it is so not my fault and I would just have to use it and since it is fall……………..lol.

  37. Christine Donovan

    I’ll I know, is as a parent, you’re not allowed to get sick. So, when I do start to feel something creeping in, it’s echinacea and lots of liquid, tea, water, juice, and soup, and a good magazine. I’m sure to stop by facebook, placing a sympathy gathering status update, which I monitor between naps and articles. I finish off a sick day with changing into a new pair of jammies, and getting right back into bed. Hope you are feeling better soon!

  38. Nancy Mitchell

    A sunbeam to warm you,
    A moonbeam to charm you,
    A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
    ~Irish Blessing

    Get well soon my friend! xoxo~nance

  39. Doug

    It’s a little trick we use in my house that we call "steamy face." Put about two inches in water in a pot, bring it to boil, and then set the pot of hot water on a table or counter (on a trivet or pot holder, of course). Cover your head with a towel and sit with your face over the pot. Be careful not to scald your face with the hot steam, since it will be really hot at first, and breathe in the steam until the water cools down. I forget what we originally started doing this for, but over time it has come to be our first line of attack against any number of ailments: sore throats, congestion, sinus pressure, colds, coughs, you name it.

    Hope this helps, and get well soon!

  40. Amanda Driver

    Mary, I JUST got over something hideous last week. And when the congestion comes, take Mucinex! You will continually have to blow your nose, but it feels much better out than in! And make sure you get the pills, don’t get anything you have to put in hot water and drink because that stuff is NASTY! Get better soon!

  41. Jamie

    Netflix streaming :)

    Sorry that your sick too!

  42. ashley barnett

    Grandma’s blanket, comfy couch, plain macaroni with salt and butter (oh hey, maybe that’s the reason I was a chubby kid!), and Price is Right. The Price is Right is very important in the healing process. And whine to Justin, a lot. :)

  43. Christa Hann

    Though not sick, I’m recovering from birthing our 2 week old so my days are spent nursing & surfing my fave blogs, Pinterest & good ‘ol facebook on my IPod touch :)

  44. Shelya

    Awww… I’m so sorry you are sick! I can’t remember the last time I was sick and actually got to do what I’d like to do which would just be to lay in bed and watch reality tv on bravo all day :) But alas, I have two small children and a working husband so I don’t get sick days. Enjoy it while it lasts! Clearly your body needs the break.

  45. Emily K

    My favorite way to pass time when I am sick is to curl up in a ball on our oversized sectional, snuggled in the softest blanket possible watching a marathon of disney and/or harry potter movies! No matter how old I get they always make me feel better! Oh and remedies, my hubby has that covered! He makes a delicious home made ginger tea!! Justin should definitely give that a try for you Mary! Hope you feel better soon :)

  46. Lydia

    This might not be creative, but facebooking, tweeting, and browsing the web help me pass the time when I’m sick. Hope you’re feeling better soon!!

  47. bobbileigh

    Everytime I am sick I either watch grease, wizard of oz, or disney movies, they never fail to make me feel better.

  48. Meredith

    I wondow shop online… sometimes I pull the trigger and buy as well! I also end up getting a lot of photo editing done because I don’t leave the couch for much of the day. And lastly, I like to snuggle… with the husband, the dog, or the baby!

  49. Deney

    I love love love to just stay in bed force my shih tzu and lhasa apso so stay in bed with me. once in a while they try to escape but they always come back to bed. Oh that and netflix..

    Hope you feel better!

  50. rich

    hope you feel better soon! best home remedy? – prayer plus tea with honey! and lots of sleep too =)

  51. Sarah

    One of my favorite sick days was when my dad made me an omelette when I was still living at home after college. He was home taking some vacation days before the end of the year and he took care of me. It was very special to me! :)
    But, I normally like to spend my sick time curled up in my heating blanket watching tv or a movie until I fall asleep. It’s not too crazy of a tradition I guess but I’ll sip tea somewhere in there.

  52. Alicia Kleppinger

    Curling up with the dog, a soft blanket and a good book on the couch. Hope you’re feeling ten times better Mary!

  53. Chelsea Nicole

    Hope you’re feeling better today. Sending virtual hugs from Vegas! xoxo

  54. Madalyn Reeves

    I watch chick-flicks lots and lots of chick-flicks and if I am feeling up to it a craft or two. Get feeling better!

  55. Kristen Barrante

    Simple, rye bread toasted perfectly with butter, chicken soup and ginger ale…oh yeah, and Justin has to cater to your every whim :)

  56. Jil

    super spicy Indian food – like shrimp or chicken vindaloo. works every time … like last week, when i too had cold that sounds an awful lot like yours – feel better!

  57. Ashley

    Law and Order SVU marathon. There is always one on and if by chance USA has decided to take a day off from a SVU marathon, you can bring up over 245 episodes on netflix streaming. Also, take a swig of Apple Cider Vinegar every 3 hours. ( you may want to put it in juice or ginger ale to cut the taste) I know it is gross, but it will kill whatever you’ve got. :)

  58. Emma P

    David’s Tea, they are a Canadian company but you could order online has an amazing tea that boosts your immune system. Works like a charm for me. I always love to read a good fiction book when I’m sick. Between napping of course though! Feel better soon!

  59. feuza

    sleepytime tea for me, but its very hard being sick when you are a mom so getting to put my feet up and actually watch tv for a change because the men here own the remote control is nice. I just sneezed while writing this oh no, my mom says honey and onions make you feel better but onion part sounds gross, lol

  60. Rachel Marie Photography

    When im sick I love having a grey’s anatomy marathon with my favorite herbal tea. Cant go wrong there.

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