January 27th, 2011

The Librarian

The joy of plague

We've a lovely little bug going 'round work this week ... so nice that we all share. I was home Monday and Tuesday with a slight fever and a throat that kept going dust dry every few minutes ... spent much of my time either chugging down gallons of liquids or in the bathroom as a result of said chugging ... wouldn't have accomplished much if I'd gone to work (well, I went in for an hour first thing Tuesday morning, because payroll had to be collected and some new project work allocated, but after that was done I was quite happy to head home again). ;p It's a bug that runs backwards too ... instead of the usual sinuses to throat to lungs progression that most people I know experience, this one goes throat to lungs to sinuses in everyone (I could feel my sinuses starting to fill up today, so hopefully the end of the thing is near)

Bizarrely, it was a relief to me to find out that it WAS a bug; on Monday I had been wondering if what I was suffering was self-inflicted. This because that piece of brightly coloured knitting I posted on the weekend is made from recycled sari silk ... the leftover threads from weaving saris is collected from the looms and floors and handspun into a rather rustic "yarn". Neat stuff, but the downside is that it isn't necessarily the cleanest thing in the world ... my 2-skeins-worth smells quite musty and there's no telling what I might have disturbed and been inhaling from it as I knitted (on the plus side, I only had to pick a few bits of grain husk and dry grass out of it ... some folks have encountered dead insects and pieces of fingernail). However, despite the reassuring existence of several co-workers with symptoms matching mine, to be on the safe side I think I'll leave finishing that particular project until I can comfortably have the windows open ... just in case. Needless to say, it's getting a very thorough bath when it's done.

Me for lots of steamy hot blueberry tea tonight!