The Best Part of Feeling Lousy

Feeling Lousy

The best part of feeling lousy for about three straight weeks is that I got to lie around and read a lot. The bad part of feeling lousy for about three straight weeks is that I still had to show up for a lot of stuff I didn’t feel like showing up for – even though normally, I would love doing these things.

For the last three weeks, I’ve mostly dragged myself to work, to after-school activities and occasionally, the grocery store. Mostly, we have been living on Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup, spaghetti, pizza, and Panera. This weekend I managed to cook a pot roast, some lentil soup, Ina’s Mustard Roasted Potatoes, and to put together a Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili.

My husband and family seem pretty happy to have me back in the kitchen, and I have to agree. I like coming home to a dinner already cooked in the slow cooker or ready to go into the oven. It’s much more civilized than being on a ball field at 6:30, and asking, “what kind of sub do you want?!”

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One thing I did not mind about being sick was that I got to read, read, read. I loved that part! My beloved Maisie Dobbs has the newest book in her series coming out on Tuesday, and I am beside myself with anticipation. amazon affiliate link

Maisie is a psychologist and an investigator and interesting and brilliant. She uses a mind map when she works on her cases, and she’s got me dabbling in mind maps too. I’m typically a straight line list person, but I have to say that I’ve enjoyed this new way of planning and thinking. I want to study more about mind maps and how to best create them.

Usually, I preach to my kids and to my students about the dangers of letting algorithms do your thinking for you, but my one exception is Amazon. I am virtual putty in their hands when they make a book recommendation, and I have two that I’ve read that I can recommend to you.

The first is the Maggie Hope Mystery Series. amazon affiliate links


Maggie Hope is Maisie Dobbs lite, but Maisie is kind of intense so that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. While Maisie is meticulously researched and written, Maggie is a bit looser, but she is a likeable character with a good head on her shoulders, and I like her stories.

My other favorite pick is In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II. This book was so good! amazon affiliate link


Imagine Downton Abbey during the Battle of Britain. Then, add in some aristocrats who plan to save Britain by aiding the invading Germans, other aristocrats who are trying to fight the good fight, and the French Resistance for good measure. While I was reading this book, I kept looking over at my husband and saying, “this book is so much better than I thought it was going to be.” I was sad when it ended, but I only have to hang on until Tuesday – when my next Maisie Dobbs comes out. I can do it.

Lack of cooking aside, feeling lousy for three weeks had some definite advantages!

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