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Sick day.

I’ve never been one to take a sick day from work unless it’s really necessary, but yesterday I just had to. My nose is all snuffly, my throat hurts, and I’m developing a dry cough that I know is going to be the kind that lingers for weeks. Sigh.

Sick days always feel like a giant waste of time. What’s the point in being at home if I can’t spend every second slaving over some renovation project? Isn’t that what people do when they’re not working??

Lunch was delicious, though. I made 15-Minute White-Bean Soup (adding celery and mashing the beans more than suggested—I like thick soups—so it really took more like 20 minutes) with a side of buttered toast. Buttered toast is the happiest food on Earth, isn’t it? Somehow it tastes even better when you cut it in half, too.

Cutting on the diagonal is reserved for grilled cheese sandwiches.

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  • Reply Cupcakes and Cashmere December 10, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    i hope you feel better soon! and i couldn’t agree more regarding toast…it really is the best and for some reason, when someone else makes it for you and cuts it just right, there’s nothing better!

  • Reply Benita December 10, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    When I don’t feel well I take on little “soft” projects like sorting out photos or paperwork. In armchair, with blanket, tea and socks and a waste paper basket next to me, one paper at a time. Rewarding but not exhausting 🙂

    Feel better soon!

  • Reply zan December 10, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Buttered toast and tea! Both perfect for sick days. And there’s nothing wasted about a day spent making yourself feel better. I hope you get well soon.

  • Reply DawnMarie December 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    My sick days have never looked so beautiful. Yes, toast is the best. It is a comfort food for me and the way it is cut does make a difference. Hope you feel better soon! Snuggle with those cute puppies and I am sure you will be well on your way.

  • Reply jess@thehomebound December 10, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Hope you feel better soon. And I know what you mean about cutting your toast in half. I think if feels like you’re at a diner or something and that’s why it tastes better.

  • Reply Ani December 10, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Love your teapot. Hope you feel better!

  • Reply tamiko December 10, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    even your tissue box is stylish! i hope you feel better soon.

  • Reply anne December 10, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Buttered toast is always a treat! I am a fan of honey toast with a glass of chocolate milk. Yum! Hope you feel better.

  • Reply michelle December 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Oh sorry you don’t feel good, you still cooked for yourself, that is quite impressive.

  • Reply Anna December 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Hope you’re on the mend. The soup looks delish and just the antidote to feeling sick

  • Reply joanna goddard December 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    hope you’re feeling better!! the soup looks delicious 🙂

  • Reply erin@designcrisis December 10, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Looks like you had a yummy — if cruddy — sick day. Hope you get back to fighting strength soon!

  • Reply annie December 10, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    feel better soon, lovely miss anna. that soup looks yummy + i too have to agree with toast happiness. take care, you.

  • Reply Kristen December 10, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I totally agree, I hate not working on projects when I’m home sick! If you’re going to be hanging around, you might as well get something done, right? Alas, it never works that way.

    I just found your blog recently, and I have to say it’s one of my top favorites!

    Oh, and thanks for the tip on the soup. That just might be dinner tonight. Feel better!

  • Reply Kristina December 11, 2008 at 2:53 am

    Oh…hope you get well soon!
    I feel the complete waste of time as well…and I have to stay home, when my kids are sick as well!! Can’t do ANY THING with sick kids….’Mommy please just lay here with me’….argh! And just lay??? Hahahaha…..
    Big hugs to you sweetie ;o)

  • Reply Katja December 11, 2008 at 8:07 am

    I hope you feel better soon! I love that tea pot.

  • Reply ashley December 11, 2008 at 9:42 am

    I hope you get to feeling better soon! I love how you managed to expertly curate your sick day accoutrements; makes getting sick look chic!
    For what it’s worth, two suggestions: 1) boil water on the stove, move it to the kitchen table, add 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, and breath it in under a vented towel; and 2) try a neti pot, which performs a sinus wash-sometimes it feels like when you get water up your nose in a swimming pool, but it definitely, totally gets your sinuses flushed out; you can pick one up at a natural food store. Be well!!

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 11, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Thanks, guys. 🙂 I’m feeling much better today! Still sniffly, but not feeling sick anymore.

  • Reply Kathy December 11, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Hope you feel better! Soup is the way to go if you’re going to be home sick… especially in the winter!

  • Reply Courtney December 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    That soup sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. And good to hear you are feeling better today!

  • Reply Jessica December 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I wanted to thank you for this recipe. I was just wondering what to have for dinner when I read your post. It was delicious!

    I hope you are feeling better!


  • Reply nicole December 12, 2008 at 11:39 am

    hope you’re feeling better soon.

    buttered toast is one of my favorite foods. hands down. period. i could eat it every day. what an infinite variety there is, too. god, i even want some now.

    oddly enough, i do remember your fondness for toast after all these years. i think of you sometimes when i have a particularly perfect slice of toast. i know you can appreciate that odd sign of real friendship.

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 12, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I do, Nicole. 🙂

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