One of the things I hate is having a fever...what a horrible feeling. All the muscle aches, chills, sweats; like I said, horrible feeling. This is what I've been living with for the past two days. I'm not sure whether a fever is always indicative of a flu, but it's miserable enough to me.
I remember there being this saying about starving a fever and feeding a cold, and it's really true, though not in the way it sounds. You don't really want to starve a fever, per se, but you shouldn't eat. The reason is that your digestive system doesn't work properly when you have a fever, so when you eat, you're putting much more pressure on your body than normal...and that usually means the food isn't going to stay down.
What you should be doing is keeping hydrated, drinking water, juice, Gatorade-type drinks, soup, and any other fluids you can muster. My personal favorite is this stuff called Recharge, though I know a lot of people who like Pediasure. Oh, and apparently you don't actually need to take anythng for a fever unless it's over 102 degrees...who knew?
After having a week to sit around and pretty much do nothing, I've come to the conclusion that I'm not meant to not be working. I had a lot of things I wanted to do this week, and barely any of them actually got done. Why? Too much time. Too much time to say, "I'll do it later", too much time to get distracted by what's around me.
I work much better when I don't have a lot of time to do things, when I need to plan. I'm very good at time management when there's not much free time to deal with. But once I get a lot of free time and no plans...forget it, I'm useless. Thankfully today I had something to do.
I stopped over at my girlfriend's school where she teaches first grade. She somehow managed to convince me to show her kids a computer motherboard and explain to them what it does. It's been a long time since I've been around kids that age and wasn't really prepared for the type of questions I'd be getting. I enjoyed my little teaching session, however, and found the kids pretty amusing in their own right.
I have to say, this year's college basketball tournament was truly outstanding. Though I was pulling for Illinois, who I do believe didn't get enough respect during the regular season, I also can't be mad that North Carolina won. These were undoubtedly the two best teams in the country, and there either team could have pulled it out without there being any questions.
I liked Illinois because they reminded me of the Patriots: they had a team-first attitude that showed on the court. In addition, they played basketball the way it was meant to be played. The players were always moving, never stopped behind the three point line waving for the ball (I'm looking at you Antoine Walker). The only issue I had with their play, which I believe ultimately did them in against North Carolina, is that they settled for three pointers too often instead of driving to the basket. I believe that if they changed that, they would've won the game (they shot 12 for 40 from three point land).
So it's my third day after leaving MatrixOne, and it's an odd feeling. This is only the second time I've left a job, and it feels a bit like breaking up with a girlfriend. At first, you don't realize that it's over and start to do the same things. But ultimately, a big part of your life is gone, and slowly it begins to become obvious. You're out of your comfort zone, out of your normal schedule. All of a sudden the things you used to talk with co-workers about is considered insider information; they can't share it with me, I can't request it from them.
And yet, there's this bright future ahead of me. The problem is that I don't know what tomorrow will bring...it's a lot like the first date after the breakup. I have no idea what to expect, if things will work out, or if I'll be happy. Yet, I know I can't go back to how things were.
Changing jobs is one of the biggest changes you can make in your life, right up there with marriage, the birth of a child, graduation, and the death of a friend or family member. Now I understand why. It really is tipping your life on its head and going on a bit of faith that everything is going to work out for the better.