95% Recovered

I’m *almost* recovered after this weekend’s deadly 48 hour stomach virus. Confession – I haven’t left my apartment since Friday morning! Crazy right? I ended up working from home yesterday because I still didn’t feel fully recovered, but I’m almost there! 95%…minor nausea comes and goes, and my body feels slightly weak and shaky. My appetite has returned for the most part but I’m still being very cautious about what I eat because food, any food, makes my stomach feel…off. But a girl gots to eat right?!

egg + avocado toast

Speaking of food – the last two things I ate before getting sick a few hours later were a Quest Bar and two slices of Manna bread. I highly doubt that these were the root cause of the Great Stomach Flu of 2015 but now the very thought of eating Quest Bars or Manna bread makes me queasy. It’s gotten so bad that I even threw away the rest of the bread because I couldn’t stand seeing it every time I opened the freezer. Yuck! Let’s hope this aversion disappears soon because…

Quest Bars

…my cabinets are stocked full with Quest Bars!

But you know what’s been really good to my body and I? #1 = Earl Grey tea! I grew up drinking basic black tea, it’s a Russian kitchen staple, and I found myself craving black tea and only black tea these past few days. I swear it’s done wonders for my well-being. #2 = a clean apartment & fresh laundry! I spent yesterday morning cleaning my tiny studio to rid of all germs. This is embarrassing but I even (finally) had the energy to take a shower…my first in waaaaay too many days. So fresh and so clean clean.

Today will be my first run since Thursday and I’m planning on taking it very easy. I have 4 miles scheduled but have no issues cutting the mileage down as needed. Health comes first! Plus, no one wants to see a girl faint while running along the East River.


In other random news, I skipped volunteering at the ED yesterday (because #sickpeople and weak immune system) and got sucked into watching all two hours of The Bachelor. My friend got me into the show for the first time ever last season with Andi, and naturally I can’t help following along with farmer Chris’ journey. I’m so tempted to just Google the winner but I suspect I’ll regret it in the near future if I do.

And with that I’m off to conquer this chilly Tuesday!

Who else has been watching The Bachelor?

Do you have any food aversions?

What is your favorite type of tea? Any other Earl Grey fans out there?

♥ Irina


  1. January 20, 2015 / 9:30 am

    Yay for feeling a bit better! I hope your run energizes you and helps bring your health back! 🙂

    • January 21, 2015 / 7:32 pm

      Thanks! I ran realllyyy slow and it actually ended up being one of the best runs I’ve had in a while! Slow and steady wins the race 🙂

  2. January 20, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    I can spoil the Bachelor for you if you want! I’ve done all the necessary Googling. I watched the first episode, and that was MORE than enough for me, thanks, so I intentionally spoiled the rest of the season for myself haha. Glad you’re feeling better! I bet by tomorrow you’ll be 100% 🙂

    • January 21, 2015 / 7:33 pm

      Ahhh no don’t do it! I’m invested now so discovering the end result will be tragic (so dramatic).

  3. January 20, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    yay for being almost recovered! i hope your food aversions go away for good too…it would be so sad to fall out of love with quest bars haha :p

    • January 21, 2015 / 7:34 pm

      I know right?! Still no luck though. Good thing I only eat them once per week. I can’t imagine suddenly being repulsed by some food item that I eat daily!

  4. January 21, 2015 / 10:35 am

    i’ve been watching the Bachelor/ette since my friend’s sister was on it (Ali, she was on Jake’s season and then was the next bachelorette), but i don’t watch every single week and i missed this week. farmer Chris is adorable, though, and i looooved Andi. sad about her and Josh. fave tea is def chai, w/ milk.

    • January 21, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      I really liked Andi too! She was so snarky and fun. Bummer about her and Josh, they looked so perfect together!