Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I'm Vertical Again

Hi there :-) Well, I took my much needed rest since I posted here last and many days before that when I was AWOL from here, and now I’m doing better. Brit Boy is fine too. Thank you to all of you who came by here to offer your get well wishes…Brit Boy and I really appreciate it. We are getting back into life after what seems like an eternity lying horizontal :-) In all, we were sick for about eight days, give or take a day. We don’t know who had the cooties first since we started to feel sick the same day :-) I haven't said "cooties" in years. LOL. It was yucky though…ugh. We’re just glad we are feeling better. We took the time we needed to rest and even though we were nauseous most of the time, it was just nice to slow down anyway :-) While we were stuck horizontal we talked about how we humans don’t realize we are rushing so much through life until we are forced to slow down. What a lesson that is :-) Anyway, enough sick talk.

I’m playing catch up here a bit today. Ah, let’s see…oh, our Valentine’s Day was good. We were sick and there were no flowers or candy this year, but it was just nice to have our romantic sick-fest together…hey, we’re easily amused ;-) We both said that there’s nobody we’d rather be sick with…now that’s true love :-) I know, enough already, right? Anyway, we watched movies and had a good day.

While I was lying around, I did finish one of my books that I’ve been reading. It was The Legs Are The Last To Go by Diahann Carroll. It was really a good read. I love biographies and autobiographies, so this was right up my alley. I always like to read how others, especially my elders, have persevered in their lives despite it being an uphill battle. Ms. Carroll has indeed led a wonderful life. Her accounts of her days in Hollywood, on Broadway and in the music world are truly intriguing. The list of people that she has known and/or worked with reads like a who’s who of the 20th century. I have always thought that she was one of the truly elegant ladies of our time and through the photos you see that she has truly been a beauty from the early days of her career over fifty years ago. There are also tales she tells of tough times, which ring true, because what life goes unscathed.

Besides her obvious beauty and elegance, you also get to see a woman who was intent upon showing her talent and fighting for equality. Ms. Carroll was a trailblazer along with others like Eartha Kitt, Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, and so many more who paved the way in popular culture and in many other ways. I honor them all. They make me stand taller as a woman when I think of what they have gone through before me. They, like my own ancestors, light my path everyday. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I believe it will stay with me for a long while. What a gift :-)

16 comments:

Jodi said...

Dori I am sooooo glad you all are doing much better. God bless.

Jodi

Ivanhoe said...

I'm glad you're back :o)
We watched movies on Valentine's as well. No cards, flowers nor candy either. But it's o.k. We have the love ;o)

Mike Golch said...

Dori,I'm glad that you are feeling better.Hugs to you and Brit Boy.

RE Ausetkmt said...

Glad to see your back to your self again. remember Lots of Vitamin C and Zinc; especially the zinc for britboy. LOL

did you hear, the perimeter got a sprinkle of snow this weekend.

cheers,

~RE

Emm said...

This flu/non-flu was dreadful, wasn't it? I think we suffered all the more as expats because we don't already have many of hte defenses we need.

Roz Andrews said...

Glad to hear that you are both feeling better. I tend to agree with Emm that we are more susceptible to bugs as expats as we're not resistant to the local germs. My husband and I both have a virus at the moment - feeling really tired and drained and off to bed at 9pm!

Best wishes,

Roz

Mountain Woman said...

Dori,
What wonderful news you are better and I'm glad you had a good Valentine's Day.

The Fitness Diva said...

Glad to hear that you're back in action! Sucks to be sick!

Carroll's book sounds good... probably a lot like Dreamgirl, Mary Wilson's book. I will have to pick it up! ;)

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

So glad the two of you are feeling better!!! Sounds like some great biographies.

Alicia aka "Fashiona" said...

I am glad you are feeling better and yes I loved Diahann's book as well.

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Good to hear that you are doing better and had a good Valentine's Day. The books sounds very interesting, must put it on my "must read" list:)

Hey Shae! said...

I'm glad you're feeling better! :-)

Take care of yourself.

Deana Wilmink-Martina said...

Hey Dori, I see that I picked the perfect day to come visit your blog and leave greetings.

I'm glad that you and Brit Boy are feeling well again.

I can relate to being sick, we had been sick here too, but not together as you and Brit Boy have been.

Take care.

Deana Wilmink-Martina

On The Verge said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better.

Lydia

Shinade said...

I a so glad you are feeling better. It is just so awful when one gets down.

Oh my I had a miserable sinus headache for 2 days. Rejoiced yesterday when I awoke without only to discover later in the day I had strained my back!!

LOL...so now I can barely move!!

It sounds like you made good use of your down time. Nothing beats a good book!!:-))))

Dori said...

Jodi,Mike, & Ivanhoe,
Thanks. You're always great friends :)

RE Ausetkmt,
I'll have to check out that zinc and vitamin C ;-) Didn't know about the snow, thanks for the heads up.

Emm & Roz,
I think you are both so right about the being an expat and not being up with the local germs. I never thought of that. I have been sick more since I've lived here. Thanks for this insight :) Roz, I hope you and your husband feel better soon.

Mountain Woman,
Thanks friend and I hope you had a great Valentine's Day! :)

Fitness Diva,
Thanks and I hope you enjoy the book!

Health Nut Wannabee Mom,
Thanks and yeah, I love biographies and mystery books too like you :)

Alicia,
Thanks and yeah, wasn't it great :)

Kaha Pohl Studio,
Thanks and I hope you enjoy the book :)

Shae,
Thanks :)

Deana,
Thanks for stopping by and wishing us well :)

On the Verge,
Thanks :)

Shinade,
Thanks. Oh yes, I've had a sinus headache like that and it's the worse. I'm glad you are feeling better, but I'm sorry your back is hurt now. You take care. And yep, a good book is a good friend when you're sick :)