Monday, 5 December 2011

The Benefits of Barfing ...

There are a couple of benefits that come from throwing up all weekend. But I'll get to those in a minute.

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Yep. I was puking like the woman possessed with the cherry pips in The Witches of Eastwick. I was not a pretty sight. I'm still not a pretty sight, because I'm quite pale ... wait ... I'm always pale. Scrap that last bit. Anyone ever felt like their stomach was an invasive rock below your ribs? That's what mine feels like right now after the workout it got.

The queasiness is still lingering, but at least I'm able to function. I'm working. Pretending to be okay. I think I've convinced myself that I'm a pretty good actor. Maybe I was good as Olivia in Twelfth Night in high school after all ...

Anyway ... the benefits:
  • Somehow I drafted two guest posts and read and responded to Vine Leaves subs in between toilet visits, and can't really remember any of it. So that's cool. I got a whole heap done without comprehending any of the effort.
  • I think I lost at least a kilo. Now I can positively say my skinny jeans fit me again.
  • It made me think of a pretty cool analogy about writing and creativity. It's short, but savory ...
When we get the urge ... we purge ... and it all comes out like alphabet soup.
PS: Karen Walker is talking about String Bridge on her blog today. Would love for you to pay her a visit!

You got any writing analogies sprung from the fruits of illness? 

Disclaimer: Do not throw up to lose weight or to think of writing analogies. No parental guidance will make it worthwhile.




36 comments:

  1. Okay - ew!

    Hope you are on the upswing! That is never fun to be sick!

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  2. Oh goodness - I hear you - that's what I woke up doing this morning. URGH
    Glad you're better - if I could just keep some water in I'd be happy!
    Lx

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  3. Feel better! BTW, that photo is way disturbing.

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  4. I ... I almost didn't come to your blog today because that picture is so nauseating :S Anyway--I am amazed at how productive you were when you were feeling so ill, and I hope you make a full recovery very soon!

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  5. Sorry you were puking! That is never fun. I don't get sick often, but when I am, I really appreciate when I'm not.

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  6. Ewwwwww. Hope you feel 100% soon, Jessica.

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  7. Rest up. Hope you feel better soon. Actually my blog is a bit of a "toss up".

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  8. Hope you feel better soon, take care and rest plenty ( if possible)

    Yvonne.

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  9. ewe. I'm actually home sick from work with a stomach bug as we speak. Had to scroll down from that image fast:) lol

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  10. Sorry to hear you are suffering. I am not a sicky person but had a bug for the first time for ... can't remember when. Not pleasant. Get better asap.

    God, how I would love to wear skinny jeans again!

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  11. Sorry to hear you are battling Jessica. Insert a kid in that photo, and I think that would be my life as dad last year when a horrible stomach bug attacked our household.

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  12. Hope you feel better soonest! Puking is no fun, yuck!

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  13. It takes a true optimist to see the benefits of barfing. *grin*

    Feel better! :)

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  14. When I'm that sick, all I can manage creatively is thinking. And the only place I can even sit is on the loo because the only thing worse then hurling is hurling out both ends.

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  15. I hope you get better fast, Jessica. Make sure you drink water throughout the day so you won't get dehydrated. My house was a barf-o-rama this last week. The kids would get sick, then better, then a few days later get sick again, then better. And repeat. It's a weird stomach bug going around. I have been bleaching everything!

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  16. When I'm sick, I'm sick. I'm no good at doing anything except being sick.

    As for throwing up...I've had two serious bouts in my life both of which led to being hospitalized and having to have surgery. Not fun...

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  17. Ew, I hate barfing!
    When I don't feel good, I'm really apathetic. That doesn't translate to good writing either.

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  18. Hee Hee Hee Hee Hee

    :)

    I'm not laughing at your barfing, I'm laughing at the fact that you blogged about it and made it interesting! *chuckles*

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  19. I barfed my way thru my entire pregnancy. It is not fun. Glad you are on the upswing, but I cannot believe you were actually creative and working while sick. You are truly amazing, Jess.
    karen

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  20. Oh dear me, so sorry you were unwell, Jess. I'm glad you're feeling better! xoxo

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  21. Oh poor Jessica! Glad you're feeling better. Like your analogies LOL

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  22. Ugh, so sorry you were ill! The only benefit from barfing I can ever see is that I feel like I could do adds for those heroine chic commercials (you know, bones protruding and dark circles under the eyes)after it's all said and done.

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  23. Ha ha. Given the Vine Leaves blog post of last week about word vomit, maybe that should be our slogan :-)
    Thank you for using THAT image and not the one from Exorcist.
    Hope you feel better. xo

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  24. Okay I'm a bit squeamish (you poor thing), so I can't stare at that pic too long!

    But here's to fitting in jeans again!

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  25. Well, I'm glad you're not still barfing. But how you managed to barf and still be productive is beyond me!

    Headed over to Karen's.

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  26. That picture is awful! LOL. Hope you're feeling better. :-)

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  27. Sorry you weren't feeling well. Hope you are feeling better as we speak. Take it easy!

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  28. I can't believe you were still able to get so much done while sick! That's impressive! Hope you are feeling better. :)

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  29. T.S. Eliot liked to write when he had a cold, and Neil Young wrote two classics in one day when he had a fever, but for me I'm just a blob of putty, eyes shut, listening to quiet music to try to sleep it off.

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  30. As much as I hate throwing up, I often find that it makes me feel better because the nausea beforehand is worse! I can't say being ill has ever borne me any fruit, though... except maybe that having the extra time on my hands has given me more 'thinking time'. I find that trying to write while ill only makes me feel worse!

    Hope you're all better soon!

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  31. lawd lawd! that image! lawd!

    I was recently sick - while in Texas at my brother's house - left completely emptied and all kinds of metaphors and analogies and lawdy be's came out of that experience!

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  32. I've not watched the Witches of Eastwick in ages!

    I agree that when I'm ill, I tend to be more productive as I'm determined to fight myself and not sit around all day feeling sorry for myself.

    Love the analogy!

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  33. Barfing is never fun and the porcelain god is always cold. Try writing while the room is spinning, I do that a lot. But then my world tends to spin. :)
    href="http://fragilemouse.blogspot.com/">Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  34. Ha! The disclaimer made me laugh. I hope you're feeling better now. Go eat some holiday treats to get back that kilo you didn't need to lose!

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  35. Oh, ewwwww! The analogy ewwwwww (but funny). I hope your feeling better.

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  36. I'm glad you're feeling better, but nausea is a HORRIBLE thing.

    I think I lost about 5kg with a stomach bug once. My family always compares the 'upside' of being sick - it's always related to weight loss. hehe

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