Being sick is no fun

Yikes. I still don’t feel 100 percent — I might not even be 75 percent. I woke up at 10 a.m. Wednesday and laid in bed ’til nearly noon, trying to convince myself I wanted to move.

Once I took a nice, hot shower, I felt at least marginally human again.

Dosed up on DayQuil, I got through four hours at work, and did a good chunk of the pages for Thursday’s paper, so I didn’t leave the whole thing for my fellow page designer.

When I got home after work, I saw this tweet:

Yeah. Nice thought. But when there are only three of you who do your job and only two of you working on any given day, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do — and that often includes not using the sick time coming to you.

Working a half-day meant I was home from work by six (! amazing). A quick dinner — SmartOnes chicken fettuccine alfredo with some leftover green beans — left me with enough energy to play in the kitchen a bit.

I whipped up a Carrot Mug Cake based on this one from Jenni’s Ferris Wheel of Food. I swapped the brown sugar for brown sugar substitute and ended up with an ingredients list that looked like this:

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Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl; wet in a second (including carrots). Combine and fold in nuts/dried fruit. Microwave on high 2 1/2 minutes, then let it sit in microwave for 30 more seconds.

I started with Jenni’s numbers — 6 tablespoons flour, 6 tablespoons yogurt, etc — but the cake came out to something like 9 Points that way. So I went back and halved everything for a cake that had 5 Points.

Much more manageable in the Points department, and it turned out to be plenty.

I have to admit, I was a bit leery of what the finished product would taste like when I licked the fork clean of batter. (Hint: It wasn’t very tasty. I wondered if my Brown Sugar Twin had gone “off,” actually.) But it “baked” up nicely. And once I “frosted” it with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese, it tasted even better. Have you tried that variety of Laughing Cow cheese yet?

It was a delicious, warm snack that I’ll definitely make again.

Carrot mug cake

And now I can cross one more task off my Elf4Health to-do list. Making a mug cake was one of the challenges I didn’t get around to doing because I was at work or at the Boyfriend’s without the ingredients.

Here’s hoping that I feel closer to normal Thursday. Being this sick is for the birds!

I suppose it’s good for weight loss, though. Once again, I didn’t eat enough to hit my Points target Wednesday. (And yes, once again I hied myself to DD for a jelly donut and iced coconut coffee to kick-start my day … at nearly 1 p.m., after I finally dragged my butt out of bed. It’s a bad habit, I know — and one that I don’t intend to continue. I’m looking forward to spending some time in the kitchen when I stop feeling like crap.) I still had 2 Points left at the end of the night.



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