I’m (mostly) BACK, baby!

January 18, 2023

The feeling when . . .

. . . you’ve been sick and pretty much not functioning, and then all of the sudden the clouds seem to part and you feel like yourself again, even if this version of yourself still has a bit of gunk in the throat?


I’m stuck at home doing telehealth until tomorrow (day 7) but my COVID test is now negative, I am afebrile, and I even went running without incident this morning. Grateful to be over it.

A is better, G seems to have gotten a milder version (no fever), and the kids are back in school so they can inevitably bring another respiratory virus home. But at a least I can do my telehealth without a 5 year old popping up in the background.


The TV recs will not go to waste, though. I am adding a page to my EC Monthly with shows I now want to watch, including:

  • Bad Sisters
  • Derry Girls
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • The Good Place
  • Three Pines
  • Triangle of Sadness
  • Only Murders in the Building

Thank you, because several of these were not on my radar whatsoever.

Instead of watching something yesterday however I started this:

So far (~80 pages in) it is quite juicy and propulsive but I also am . . . not sure what outcome I am rooting for!

(Also, this is novel #3 for 2023 so I need to get my #*&$ books page up already! Project for Thursday afternoon I think!)

Letting Myself Off the Hook

Also, I have to say I think I did a pretty good job letting myself off the hook while sick. I didn’t track anything. I didn’t attempt to exercise. I didn’t scroll my phone (honestly, this is shocking and a big deal to me). I just . . . rested, watched TV, read, and mayyyyyybe was a bit irritable towards certain family members (sorry to anyone that might apply to!).

Here’s yesterday in my Hobonichi:

as you can see from the infamous Tomoe River Paper ghosting, things are back to normal on the back side of the page!

Anyway, I’m happy to be back in the land of the living.


  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns January 18, 2023 at 11:47 am

    I am glad you bounced back pretty quickly! I am kind of envious because that is never how diseases progress for me… my illnesses are so prolonged for reasons out of my control! But I have learned to be more gentle to myself and more accepting of the fact that it takes me longer to bounce back and I need to prioritize rest/sleep.

    I hope you guys have a nice healthy stretch ahead! I am glad this did not coincide with any vacations!!! Phew!

    • Reply Coree January 18, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      I’m so glad you’ve recovered. What a weird configuration of illnesses. I imagine them in some sort of mothra / Godzilla death match.

      I get a fun time delay courtesy of what I assume is a lupus immune response? So as soon as I recover from whatever bug, the countdown is on to the moment my eyeballs hurt (a weird flare sign for me)

  • Reply Deanna January 18, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    Good to hear you are feeling better and the kids are back at school. Life feels much calmer when everyone is back in the normal routine.

  • Reply Louise January 18, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Glad you are feeling better. I LOVED Derry Girls.

    • Reply Coree January 18, 2023 at 2:52 pm

      Derry Girls is incredible. I work in Northern Ireland and my housemates whilst there are about the same age as the characters and they agree, it’s really reflective of their experiences growing up Catholic during the 90s.

  • Reply Shelly January 18, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    I wish I could bottle that feeling when being able to breath clearly and no fuzzy head etc, it just feels so good and I appreciate more than in my everyday. Happy that you are feeling better!

  • Reply Amanda K January 18, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    I just finished that book and loved it!

  • Reply Laura January 18, 2023 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Sarah! I’m really curious about your take on the number of times one has Covid and any long-term effects? I haven’t followed the science closely, and I know it’s evolving, but would love to hear your perspectives.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 19, 2023 at 8:09 am

      Probably not something I’m going to delve into. (Since it’s um . . . too late for me and may just make me paranoid). There is stuff in the lay literature that make repeat infections sound dire, but the original paper is here: — and I didn’t feel super panicky after reading it, because the magnitude of the differences didn’t seem that dramatic to me AND I imagine it’s quite difficult to control for factors in populations of people who have gotten covid multiple times vs once vs not at all.

  • Reply Cate January 19, 2023 at 2:43 am

    Excited that All Creatures Great and Small is on your list! It’s filmed not far from us and some family friends were extras in it! Glad you are feeling better, long may it last.

  • Reply Elissa January 26, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    Oh, my, Derry Girls is so amazing lol!

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