Sooo...the ear infection and tonsillitis and sinus infection and...and...and...well, they won, and my amazingly awesome boss gave me today off to recuperate. Last night after work I had a craving for double dumpling soup, and decided that I would spend my day reading Anna Karenina while drinking pots of jasmine tea. (Yes, that's POTS)
Soup ingredients? check
Jasmine tea? check
Anna Karenina? Anna? Hellooooo? Is Anna here? Nerp. The library's copy was so battered (it wasn't me, I swear) that it has been discarded. No Anna? What am I supposed to do with myself now?? (This as I'm standing in a library full of books...) What to my wondering eye should appear, but a shiny brand-new copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. Published by Walking Lion Press in 2011, it contains, in chronological order: A Study in Scarlet (1887); The Sign of Four (1890); The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892); The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894); The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901); The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1904); The Valley of Fear (1914); His Last Bow (1917); The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927).
Incidentally, in a discussion group I recently held at work in honor of Sherlock's birthday (December 1, the day A Study in Scarlet first appeared in print) the residents and I learned that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle rather emphatically loathed Sherlock Holmes, whom he felt took attention away from his more serious, worthy works of literature. And it was news to me that Sir Arthur had written anything other than Sherlock. So much for my literary genius. Anyway, a pot of tea accompanied me on my adventures in a Study in Scarlet last night, and later today (okay, as soon as I finish typing this) I'm going to curl up with a pot of tea and Dr. Watson and ...that doesn't look very good :P (Actually, to be perfectly flip, in the Granada Television Series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the very dashing David Burke plays Dr. Watson, and I would not mind curling up with him AT ALL. Just sayin'.) SO, I am going to curl up with my tea and MY BOOK and go on an adventure with Dr. Watson and Mr. Holmes. I bid you adieu, mein dear friends, until I have another free moment to actually update this blog.
And for those of you that are Sherlock Holmes fans of the caliber that I am, here is an image of the David Burke (sigh) and Jeremy Brett television series from Granada Television. I watched this faithfully every Monday night at 9 PM on A&E all thru high school.
...and a close up of the BEST Sherlock Holmes EVARR (and the very dashing Doctor Watson!!!)
Another Rachael Ray creation, adapted by me and loved by my family! (And especially tastie when you're feeling under the weather)
If you are one of millions who experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), don’t let anyone tell you it’s all in your head. It’s not. SAD is real. It can also be a nudge from Mother Nature that something in your life isn’t quite right.
Why We Feel SAD In WinterYour body needs a minimum of about 30 minutes of sunlight a day. (Two hours is ideal.) However, after 48 hours, all of the nutrients and energy you receive from the sun are depleted. Depending on where you live, you may go through long, cloudy periods during the winter where you don’t get direct sunlight every day. This can make you want to sleep more. And there is a good reason for this. For one thing, circadian rhythms, those that govern the sleep and wake cycle, are different in winter than in summer. In addition, our bodies make more melatonin in the winter. Melatonin is a natural substance created by your brain when it’s dark. It aids with sleep. Of course, too much melatonin can leave you feeling sluggish and mentally foggy.
For millennia, our ancestors honored the natural rest cycle that winter brought. This meant sleeping more in the winter. (Even the earth rested—very little grows in winter, although the trees send nourishment to their roots, so the cycle can begin again in spring.) We, however, have become accustomed to living a 24/7 lifestyle. Much of our world is lit up when our bodies intuitively know we should be sleeping. And most of those lights we encounter today are still incandescent and florescent. Over exposure to these types of lights can cause symptoms that, in addition to lack of sunlight, contribute to SAD, such as eye fatigue, hyperactivity, and stress. Incandescent lights in particular put out a yellow-orange frequency. If your body becomes overdosed or sensitive to this frequency, you crave carbohydrates and more sleep. You may even experience changes to your menstrual cycle. Many people become irritable and depressed. Finally, you may experience a weakened immune system and notice that you catch more colds or even the Flu.