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Archive for January 11th, 2007

Sleep is the Elixr of Health, Tea is Comfort

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

I still have something like a cold but I’m feeling much better today. Sleep is hard to get these days. However, although I awoke several times, I got a lot of ZZZs in overall and I feel significantly more like me. I even remembered to pull food out of the freezer for dinner and I put in two loads of laundry. That’s more like me.

In between, I still am lounging most of the time with my feet up on the couch. However, I don’t ache anymore. Huge progress! I’m now feeling optimistic that Saturday will work out fine. I have a four-hour class at Rae’s and a performance (2 hours) at Altu’s that day.

Meanwhile, I’ll play it as low-key as I can and build up those reserves. It is good to finally be an adult about some things. As in, each person (including me) has certain resources at any given time and trying to pretend I’m unlimited will not serve me in the long run. I have to learn that one over and over but this time I think I’ve been more reasonable than I might have been in the not-so-distant past.

Knitting? I’m still working on legwarmers. Yesterday I knit merely 4″ on a worsted-weight leg with merely 44 stitches. I just did not feel up to anything much, but it was progress. Today I have done more writing so not much knitting, but that’s also progress.

I am SO enjoying the socks of 2006 I knit for myself. Yesterday I wore the Opal shorties. I threw my Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky (the latter is seen here) pairs in the washer and dryer, and they came out even softer and more luscious than before. My feet are VERY happy.

Back to my Eden Foods Kukicha tea. This is my favorite Japanese tea and second favorite (next to Twinings English Breakfast) of all teas. It is roasted twigs, I know that sounds funny but it’s really rich-tasting and almost no caffeine (97% less than Black Tea if I remember right). Since I’ve felt ill, I have craved this tea rather than black and it is good for me to follow that instinct. Lovely stuff. It’s sometimes hard to find (Sencha and Genmaicha seem more prevalent) but some health food stores and food co-ops carry it. I ordered this batch from Eden’s website when I ordered the 100% Buckwheat Soba noodles on New Year’s Day.

Good tea can make any day luxurious… even with a box of tissues by its side.

Photos? The thermos and tea I got from Rae at Christmas time, and Debbie Bliss “fat yarn” comfy socks.