Man, whatever it was that was wrong with me on Friday (Initially I thought food poisoning, but I did end up spiking a little temp and bloating up the way I do when I'm fighting an infection of any kind so maybe contagion?) really kicked my arse for a minute. I was miserable into the wee hours this morning, but am now feeling like a solid 80%, which is good since today was my only day off for the next week! It was a somewhat crappy way to spend said day off, but I still feel pretty damn lucky. Being unwell and financially stable is quite cushy! I was able to contemplate medical attention from a "do I need it" standpoint rather than a "how can I come up with the money and is it even worth going given that a copayment won't leave enough to fill a prescription" standpoint, take the day off from Temp Agency #2 (I usually freelance for them when I'm off from The Ritz, but today I did that for less than an hour), go to the grocery store and purchase things to make me feel better (crystallized ginger, organic free-range chicken broth, HFCS-free gingerale, Angostura Bitters, GF crackers), and download trashy novels from Amazon to amuse myself between naps. Even with feeling like utter shite, I had a nicer day yesterday and today than I typically did even feeling perfectly healthy during the worst of our financial woes, because we had everything we needed, I was able to rest without a mounting sense of panic over what it was costing, and the little creature comforts one gets used to going without when poor really do help!
Speaking of which, I got a lot of questions on the facespace about the Angostura Bitters when I mentioned them, so here you go. BEHOLD:
Figure One: This is an affiliate link, which means that if you buy the product through my link, I get a nickel or something. You should totally do it, because having a bottle of this stuff around next time you have an upset stomach will change your life, and also I like nickels.
When I turned up at work yesterday green in the face, my very kind boss asked me if I wanted some bitters. I was all "huh?" I'd heard bartenders at various places where I've worked talk about them being good for hangovers but I wasn't hung over. "I don't know if they're gluten-free or not," said my boss, "but if they are you should try some mixed with gingerale. It really does help if you have a queasy stomach." So I Googled it quickly on The Precious and found that the brand above (which is what The Ritz stocks in their bar) is, in fact, gluten-free and PEOPLE. Not only did it help my stomach a LOT, but I also happen to think this stuff in gingerale is DELICIOUS (YMMV--it's an herbal kind of flavor reminiscent of Bach's Rescue Remedy). After I went home sick I stopped at the shopping center by Casa MFA, which has a state alcohol store (I figured that due to the alcohol content I'd have to buy the bitters there--it's 80-90 proof, although you only use about a teaspoon in a glass of gingerale so no, I was not DRINKING AT WORK OMG). They had a much cheaper variety that I did buy but was leery of because I wasn't sure about gluten content or if it'd work as well, then when I went to Kroger for chicken broth and whatnot I found that they do sell the kind The Ritz uses, that I knew to be effective and GF (I guess since it's more of a flavoring than something you'd drink to intoxication it's okay by the liquor laws), so I bought some there as well. TRY IT!
That's about all that's going on in my little world, other than that I won a "lot" of ten Jo Malone Orange Blossom samples, some travel-sized hand creme, and a small bottle of bath oil in the same scent on eBay for way below the retail price for similar quantities of same, and am going to be the best-smelling waitress EVAR!
How are all of YOU?