5 Fun Things When You’re Sick

You guys, I thought I was in the clear. I thought I was going to make it. I was so close!

I even followed my own advice on how to stay healthy during cold and flu season!

But alas….it seems the crud has finally caught up with me. UGH.

And, the really awesome part of it is I still have to do everything around the house because I’m the only one here. hooray. Anybody want to volunteer to bring me some soup? Or some spicy Thai food? Or even bbq from the joint across the street? Anyone? Bueller?

So, rather than wallow in my own self-pity, which is obviously the easiest thing to do, I thought I would try to come up with some things that are actually fun when you’re sick. Because, why not? Besides, it’s not like my social and fitness schedules are so full that I don’t have the time.


I rarely ever take naps! Unless you call dozing in the chair in the evenings a nap, and then I apparently nap pretty frequently. I, however, call it “resting my eyes.” *tomato to-mah-to*

Anyhooo…naps! All the naps! Naps in the chair. Naps on the couch. Naps in bed. NAPS!



I don’t know about you but when I’m sick, I catch waaayyyy up on all my true crime shows and Cops and Locked Up and Jail, etc. I also watch a ton of Intervention, Drugs, Inc., and The First 48. I may or may not also watch Real Housewives of Orange County. #dontjudgeme



Because, obviously you have to get some semblance of dressed so you can go out to the mailbox later. Duh. Unless you have flannel jammie pants and then you can just throw a hoodie on with those. Being sick is all about being warm and comfy, amiright?


You know what would be even more awesome? A Snuggie. #justsayin


Look, sometimes, you just get tired of watching television. And sometimes, you wake up from a nap. What are you going to do? Get up and do laundry? Mow the lawn?

Well, I probably would because that’s how I roll but ….

Since you’re camped out on the couch, in bed, or in your favorite chair, might as well pick up a book! You know you have a stack on your nightstand or end table that’s just waiting to be read. Doooo it.


5. HOT TODDYS (or is it Toddies? Hmmmm)

Generally, when you’re sick, you should abstain from alcohol. It’s just better for you. Or so they say. Whoever they are. I don’t see anything wrong with a glass or two of chardonnay with your chicken noodle soup. But, apparently, if you’re running a fever, it means you are probably dehydrated and it seems that alcohol doesn’t properly rehydrate you. Whatever.

But you can have a hot toddy!

Herbal tea (decaf, please), honey, lemon, cinnamon stick, and a shot of bourbon. Do I have to wait until I’m sick to have one?


(Okay, in all seriousness, if you’re sick, you should stay away from alcohol. Your body is busy fighting whatever toxins are trying to take over and alcohol, however tasty, only takes away from that. A hot toddy might help you sleep, which could be exactly what you need, but ultimately, it’s not going to help you get better. If you have one (I don’t blame you), you should definitely sip it and limit yourself to one and go way heavy on the water along with it.)

Tell me:

  • What are some things you only do when you’re sick?
  • Hot toddy – yay or nay?
  • What’s your favorite guilty pleasure show?

Linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday Five 2.0. Thanks ladies! 🙂


  1. san | 12th Feb 18

    Being sick sucks. Being sick as an adult sucks even more. Being sick as a parent? I don’t want to imagine. But I agree with you, when you get sick, you might as well make the best of it…. times for naps (without feeling guilty), reading and binge-watching TV are my favorite.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 12th Feb 18

      I’m glad you agree! Naps have been the only way I’ve been able to sleep. At night, I’ve been waking up every 90-120 minutes. So awful!! But… I’m all caught up on shows! Haha (and the Olympics!)

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run | 11th Feb 18

    I’m so sorry you’re sick! It’s the worst. I was sick for most of the beginning of January but I honestly couldn’t find anything awesome about it. I guess I would say it is awesome to have health insurance and sick days so I can take the time to get better. But other than that… I couldn’t even read or watch tv, I was feeling that crappy. 😦

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 11th Feb 18

      Oh gosh, Megan! I’m so sorry you were so sick! You’re definitely right – there really isn’t anything awesome or fun about being sick. I’m glad you’re feeling better!!!

  3. Chocolaterunsjudy | 10th Feb 18

    Feeling any better? It’s tough to be sick by yourself (sort of). I think Mr.Judy’s mom brought him up to believe the woman does all the household stuff. But he did do my grocery shopping this week & he did bring me flowers yesterday.

    Still, I blame the MIL!

    I do think Will&Grace is worth DVRing. Obviously, cause that’s what I’m doing.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 10th Feb 18

      YES!!! I think I might actually be able to go for a (short and easy) run in the morning!

      I’m so glad Mr. Judy did the grocery shopping and brought you flowers. If my husband thought I was supposed to do all the household stuff, we’d have a problem. I kinda DO do all the stuff but the man can vacuum, do laundry, and cook if I need him to. Haha

      I’m going to have to DVR it. Looking it up now!

  4. Clarinda | 9th Feb 18

    Hilarious post, Jen! You had me chuckling from the “resting my eyes” comment. Sounds like you really know how to do “sick.” Wait. That sounds wrong, but you get what I’m saying, right?! lol

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 10th Feb 18

      Haha! I’m glad I made you chuckle. That was my intent! Being sick is no fun but sulking makes it worse. I’m just glad I’m just a little sick. This could be so much worse!

  5. Kimberly Hatting | 9th Feb 18

    Oh no!!! Gosh, I hope whatever you caught you’re ale to “release” it just as quickly. When I’m sick, I crave hot liquids….soup or chai latte’s.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 10th Feb 18

      I think (cross my fingers, knock on wood) that I might be in the clear! Smoothies, soup, vitamin c, and rest for the win!

  6. Lisa | 9th Feb 18

    Im sorry that you’re sick! I love staying in sweatpants or pajamas all day when Im sick. Drinking hot tea is nice- but Ive never tried a hot toddy!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 10th Feb 18

      Hot toddies are definitely something. Ha! I like them because they make me tired and I can *hopefully* get some decent sleep. And I’ve been in sweats for the past 3 days. It’s been glorious! (And awful. Ugh)

  7. Fairytales and fitness | 9th Feb 18

    Don’t forget to browse aimlessly on Pinterest…lol. That’s what I do. I love that you call napping “resting your eyes”. My mom and I have been known to fall asleep during a movie. When I would say “Hey, are you still awake?” She would say ” Yes, I’m just resting my eyes”. I knew she was really sleeping..haha. I now do the same thing.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 10th Feb 18

      Haha! I honestly forget about Pinterest sometimes. I really need to pay more attention to that. And, my mom says that all the time. It’s where I get it from. Clearly, I’ve become my mother. Lol!

  8. Wendy | 9th Feb 18

    i’m sorry to hear you are sick! Boo! Feel better and yay to the hot toddy!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 9th Feb 18

      I was bound to get something sooner or later. Ugh. I just want to go run!

  9. Lesley | 9th Feb 18

    Napping is great, but being sick just plain sucks. When I had my stomach bug in December, I ended up working from home. The cat wanted to snuggle, but my stomach wasn’t having any of it. I just sprawled on the couch with my laptop to get work done before Christmas.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 9th Feb 18

      Oh man, I’d take a cold over a stomach bug any day! Those are seriously the worst and no, there’s definitely no cat snuggles during one of those. Blech!

  10. pglooney | 9th Feb 18

    I just got over the flu and naps are magical.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 9th Feb 18

      Oh man! I’m glad you’re feeling better! And yes, naps are like a gift all wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket. Haha!

  11. Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner | 9th Feb 18

    naps and sweatpants days are good to have every once in a while! Glad you are feeling better!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 9th Feb 18

      Thanks! I’m working on it!

  12. Chocolaterunsjudy | 9th Feb 18

    LOL, we’re kind of on the same wavelength. Except I don’t drink, so no hot toddies here (one way we are different).

    I have some chick-shows I watch that my husband doesn’t (Scandal, Gray’s Anatomy, Will & Grace) — which means I usually don’t watch them until the summer (they get recorded automatically. So I am caught up with them (except last night’s episodes).

    I’ve watched a movie or two. Or should I say I slept through a movie or two?

    But yeah, I’m still cooking, emptying the dishwasher, letting the dogs out 5 times before 9 am, emptying the litterbox. OTOH, Mr. Judy has stopped at a grocery store, something I almost never ask him to do, and usually I help him with the snow removal but didn’t this time — hey, I shoveled it all twice while he was sick last month.

    Feel better. And if hot toddies make you feel better, go for it!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 9th Feb 18

      I haven’t seen any of the new Will & Grace! We used to absolutely love that show. Is it any good? Maybe I need to set it up on my DVR?

      Yeah, stuff still has to get done, even when we’re sick. When my sailor is around, he’s actually pretty helpful – as long as hello involves picking up takeout. Haha! Seriously though, he’ll help with feeding the animals in the evening and making me teas, etc.

      Hot toddies are okay. I make them with that Sleepytime tea so it’s like a double whammy of sleepy. Ha! Except, no bourbon and I didn’t want to go out and buy some …. So, plain old tea for me.

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