Monday, 24 September 2007

Self Medication

A lovely but tiring weekend, I could do with a day off to recuperate. I had two sets of guests in town; Michelle and Brian were here from Oklahoma for a friend’s wedding in New Jersey, and also John and Louise – the non vegetable eating vegetarian – arrived in town from London for the week. I offered up a short prayer of thanks that neither couple had asked if I could put them up while they are in town since until yesterday my apartment looked as if I’d been burgled - that’s burglarized for my American friends ;-) I still find 'burglarized' an odd word even after 7plus years in the US, I don't know why.

Given the hours I’ve been spending in the office recently you’d think I’d manage to keep the place tidy since I’m rarely there, but no, it doesn’t quite work that way with me, as I have a tendency to throw things around when I’m rushing to get ready in the morning and if I’m working long hours, as I have been recently I barely have the energy to undress myself and climb into bed by the time I get home, never mind anything more taxing. I hate it being untidy, but I tend live with it until the weekend, so by the time Friday arrives the place often looks like it’s been ransacked. Anyway thankfully that’s not the case this week. The place is sparkly and lemony fresh after a 4hour cleaning extravaganza on Sunday morning, so I am once again fit for company.

I spent my weekend ricocheting between Tel Aviv, the office, Michelle and Brian, back to the office, John and Louise, Tel Aviv again and then home for some much needed sofa time, I felt like a human pinball, but it was great to catch up with everyone. The only negative to my weekend was waking up with a head cold on Sunday morning, watery eyes, sniffly nose, scratchy throat…I have all the symptoms. I self medicated yesterday afternoon with a couple of glasses of wine with John and Louise at 230 Fifth, an innocuous looking office building at 5th Avenue and 27th street with a bar on the 20th floor with phenomenal views of the Empire State building. It’s a bit of a meet market on a Saturday night, it's not my thing at all, but it’s lovely and low key on a Sunday afternoon, especially on a day as beautiful as yesterday when there literally wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it’s a great place to take visitors. I could do to self medicate today, although unfortunately I think it will be frowned upon if I crack open a bottle of wine at the office, although it will probably make my reports all the more interesting ;-)

Photo Credit: ryanhoya33 @ Flickr


thewishfulwriter said...

hmmm. you're ready for company.

we'll be there in about 4 hours.

we've been dying to get back to the city.

thanks for the offer!


Ha Ha Sound said...

Sorry to hear that you're sick. Buy some Mucinex, I swear by the stuff. It works like a charm.

It sounds like you had a fun yet hectic weekend. Glad you got some good sofa time in. And, of course, happy to hear that things are still going well with Tel Aviv. =+)

kitty said...

I'm with you, fish, on the overwork. Can you get in late tomorrow morning?

I highly recommend taking Airborne. It's stopped my threatening colds the last three weekends.

hope there's some end in sight for you!


Amel's Realm said...

LOL!!! You're so funny. Yeah, I know I keep on saying this, but only 'coz you make me smile and laugh he he he...Your last sentence made me laugh. ;-D

Sorry to hear about the cold. Hope you'll get over it. Drink lots of vitamin C he he he he...

Human pinball? Yeah, just reading about your activities made me feel that way, too...but glad you had a GREAT time! ;-D

I also have a tendency not to be a tidy housekeeper. Gladly my hubby doesn't care too much HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA...Ehem.

Amel's Realm said...

Hey, Fish, come and claim your award here:

You Make Me Smile Award

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Hi Heather, okay, swing by my office and pick up the spare key when you get here ;-)

Hey Ha Ha, yes after the back pain I struggled with for 2weeks I am peeved to now have a bloody cold. I am fortunate not to succumb to sickness too often, but it doesn't make me the most patient of patients when I do. And thanks, things are still going well with Tel Aviv, but you know how it is in NYC, I'm not counting my chickens just yet, but keeping my fingers crossed.

Hey Kitty, I wish I could come in late, but I need the day to be longer than 24hours at the moment. Thankfully I have a vacation coming up in early November :-) Thanks for the Airborne tip. I'll give it a whirl.

Hi Amel, I am thrilled I make you laugh, especially when I am not feeling my best. Thanks so much for the award, you've made my day. F x

alcoment said...

Sounds like it was a good weekend, if a little hectic!

I also have the start of a cold, but obviously due as I have a couple of days off work coming off! I will go along with the alcohol as a cold cure solution and head off for the brandy bottle now! Hope you feel better soon.

Amel's Realm said...


Glad I managed to make your day he he he...It makes me happy, too! ;-D

Agnes Mildew said...

You haven't been taking your vitamins, have you? I keep telling you to look after yourself, but do you listen? I don't know...don't come crying to me, you know...

So...reading between the lines there, it sounds as though you and Tel Aviv are seeing each other more and more, eh? Forgive me if you have actually revealed this, as I must have forgotten, but HOW did you meet? And is it LURV??

And John &, I got confused about John, didn't I and thought he was the touchy-feely person who got on your nerves...what happened with that bloke? Was he mentioned at all?

Dish it, Fish!!

fishwithoutbicycle said...

ok Agnes, I'll give you a bit o' dish....;-) Yes, I'm still seeing Tel Aviv, 9 dates and I am still counting. I'm enjoying his company and seeing how it goes. Despite his teetotal tendencies we met in Park bar which is just off Union Square about a month or two ago. He started talking to me when I ordered the drinks for my friends and I.

As for John and Louise, yes John is friendly with Chris, the one who tried to manhandle me when he came to visit, but I didn't mention Chris and neither did he. I don't think he had any idea of how things turned out with Chris's visit.