Well, it's nearly two weeks since I was hit with what I assume was a flu virus, and while the recovery is going well the fact that it is still recovery is really annoying.
The week of the illness itself I was totally useless - running a mid to high 38 centigrade temperature, shivering and hidden under a large pile of quilts, I spent the week sleeping and (not really) watching films and TV series on the BluRay player.
Except for Wednesday, I was that bad on the Wednesday that I only put one disc in the player, sleep watched it (ie it was in the background whilst I snoozed) and then when it was done I just did not have the energy to crawl the 3 meters between where I was lying and the player to change the disc. So I spent the day with bad daytime TV on in the background instead. If anything is going to stop you getting better it has to be the bad daytime TV (or does the numbing effect help you???)
Thankfully things went uphill from there on - Thursday I actually got dressed for the first time since coming home from work on the Monday. I was still running a temperature, but it was starting to drop, and walking up one flight of stairs was enough to get out of breath and to need to sit down.
By Friday I had to leave the house in order to get food for the next week. A quick shopping trip was again enough to put me to sleep, but it was definitely going in the right direction.
By Monday I was well enough to get back to the office - but it was not a pleasant week. Struggling for concentration, and just wanting to sleep made the days difficult. Getting home I had a very boring existence. I cooked, ate and then slept on the sofa. Crawled into bed to watch the Great Brtish Comic Relief Bake Off (if that is the correct title) and missed at least half of every episode as I fell asleep really quickly.
After a week of that I was rather fed up! This weekend I started to work out again, 13 minutes using the Kinect to build leg muscle again (they are the exercises that I do every other day when I run to keep my knees in good condition). Really hard work - it's not normally easy, but it has not been this hard since around the time I started doing them!
I was supposed to be running today, but the weather is not brilliant, and I am thinking that maybe waiting will be a better idea. I'll decide in a couple of hours whether to go for just a few miles to get back into it. I think going back to 7KM immediately is not a good idea :)
So what else is new here? Well, I've been getting back in touch with the kid in me. There was a stunning Lego model of a T1 Camper Van that we saw around Christmas time. But as I saw it and commented on it Mrs Stace did not think that it would make a great surprise anymore, and it was too much of our agreed budget for her to get some other things she wanted.
Well, a friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook last weekend of the Camper that he built and I just thought... You know what, I saved the price of the camper when we switched BluRay player by going for one a couple of models down on my original choice as it did everything we needed. So I ordered it from the Lego site and on Friday it arrived! A massive box containing 1332 pieces of *real* Lego (ie not large prefabricated panels that many of the models seem to be these days) that made me think what have I done here???
Well, it's been a great buy. Two days of entertainment as Mrs Stace and I both work on it! We have now got to the point where the roof is half finished, the interior is completely finished (including cupboards, chairs that recline, a drop table and best of all a chair that folds to make a bed. There is even a hippie t-shirt hanging in the cupboard "Make Lego Models, not war!"
Once it's complete I imagine there will be pictures posted until then here are others pictures of the finished article to give you an idea of what it's like.
Right, time to make some tea and then start again! (Yes I know it's geeky, but I still love it!)