#WeekendCoffeeShare: Short Week

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Good Sunday morning! Thank you for joining me for another edition of #weekendcoffeeshare. Come on in and enjoy a cup of instant coffee with me.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you it was a short week. During the staff meeting on Wednesday, my supervisor officially forbade us to work overtime. So from now on, my work weeks will be a few hours shorter. Luckily, there wasn’t any changes to the flexible working schedule, which means if I put in one more hour between Monday and Thursday, then my weekend can start a half-day early. Yay but boo since I won’t be able to earn overtime income.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I got my annual flu shot this week. I began getting vaccinated two years ago before my 2017 trip to China, just in case, but once you start vaccinating against the flu, you’ll have to do it every year. This year, my work offered an extra day of Thanksgiving vacation if we got the flu shot. Who wouldn’t like a three-day Thanksgiving holiday?

Somehow, I got a bad reaction from the shot. About 12 hours after getting the shot, my body temperature spiked and I began to feel the chills. No matter how many layers of blankets I pile on top, I could not get warm. I didn’t even want to get out of bed to get some Tylenol to reduce the fever. I was freezing.

Finally, after an hour or so, I managed to drag myself out of bed and up the flight of stairs to the kitchen pantry to get some pain killers and water. Once back in bed, I told myself, “I’m giving you until 5 AM to get better. After that, I’m calling in sick.”

About two hours later, at around 4:30 AM, my fever finally broke and I began to sweat like crazy. I let out a breath of relief, feeling better for the first time in four hours.

I closed my eyes and went back to sleep only to be woken up by my 5 AM alarm 30 minutes. I did not want to get up. I barely got any sleep. Maybe 30 minutes more, I thought.

I ended up catching the Express bus to work almost an hour later, still tired from the lack of sleep. Thankfully, I was able to get some sleep on the bus and didn’t miss my stop. I felt like crap that day and looking back at it now, I am thankful that has passed.

Credit: Goodreads

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am in the middle of reading a good book right now. I began reading on Friday and hasn’t been able to put it down. It’s called Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan. If you are visiting my blog, my Goodreads profile will show at the bottom of the sidebar. There, you can find the book(s) I’m currently reading and read.

I won”t tell you anything about the book. I fear I won’t be able to help myself and spoil the story. All I can say is it’s so far a great story – full of humor and it’s a book about life. I can’t wait to finish reading it.

If we were having coffee, I would thank you for joining me this week and hopefully, I will be back this weekend.

15 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: Short Week

  1. Sorry you got such a reaction to the flu shot. Seems like a lot of people I know are having strange reactions this year. My arm got really sore, red, and hot, and lasted at least a week. It’s better now, and I hope your fever is gone, too. I guess it’s better than getting the actual flu, though.

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  2. Thanks for sharing good for being able to go into work after having the flu from the shot. I know it can occur as a result, but usually doesn’t to people. But it can alter from year to year so it’s the weirdest thing. Last year my mom had a huge bruise from it and arm swelled up. I had a similar reaction a couple years ago where for about a week my arm was red/swollen. I can’t imagine having such a horrible night and going in. I would have taken half a sick day. But, you’re okay. It will be nice to have that extra day in November. That’s great incentive.

    At my mom’s work too, except for the managers like her sometimes, no support staff are permitted overtime. There’s a new rule to that if a support staff employee has worked the week before and they work an extra day of overtime, than they actually get a day and a half off in lieu of that day. It’s an Alberta gov’t rule. I know many companies now have told their employees (where ever possible) not to have paid overtime. Some have cut back on sickdays too. Many give you 1 per month, but some have cut back to 10. So, 10 to 12 is average, but some companies have back to about 5 (1 week).

    Otherwise, it’s vacation or short term disability if you’re away enough days. In the past I think too many people abused their sick days. But, I feel for parents who didn’t have much choice but to take their sick days when their children became ill, and this most companies are fine with, but now have no dick days for themselves. Then l when they are coughing all over the place or have a bad cold, they still come in & make everyone sick, so the whole cutting sick days actuallybackfires on a Company, for both parents or those who happen to become ill for a week (like the flu), and then later come in with a cold as to not take a vacation day or a day unpaid. Anyways I’m sorry you had such a nasty reaction.

    I worked a charity an event for Stars last night, aiding with the silent auction etc. It was such a crazy event b/c everything went wrong, but it still managed to work out. The guests were happy, the client was still pleased, we had all our bidding tablets (kindles) where we put our app to do the silent auction through them or on peoples phones, at the end of the night. I helped train a new girl, she was awesome (just barely 17 too, but very mature), and I learned some back office technical stuff b/c my head manager who books me for events etc was managing the event.

    She’s teaching me to manage events in my city, but it was great she was there to learn more from, & also to sort out some of the technology issues, and last minute things the client didn’t do. I wouldn’t have quite known, so it was good to learn from her. I also love the charity, Stars rescues people in terrible car accidents on highways, in locations hard to get too, snowmobile accidents, and all kinds of things like that. They support these people through recovery. One gentlemen spoke, he had a 6 or 7 vertebrae injury in a car accident and broke his neck. But he’s done amazing things and recovered very well (much better than his doctor predicted) since his accident 8 yrs ago. He’s wheel chair bound, but can use his upper body, has great mental ability still and is so involved in so many areas of his community in Lacombe.

    Last, it was a flapper 1920s event so it was very cool to see how all the male & female guests interpreted this. So much fun too. There were feathers all over the place from feather bouas. They had a 1920’s cabaret dance group doing a few numbers too some music from the Great Gatsby movie — reinterpreted 1929’s music basically. And also a band singing songs in this style and other fun hits at the end. An amazing artist also painted a beautiful picture upfront in 2 hours of the black and white movie star who inspired 1920’s fashion & makeup. Her name was Bridget Bardot. It was such a good painting.

    So, that’s been going good and I have lots of these work events comimg up still at the end of October and in November. I also had a great tea event this week where my FB Party went really well; my last hostess ditched after the party online last week. So, this party made up for both of them. Also, I do t usually don’t bid in the silent auctions I work, but for a very good price, I got an entire set of cooking pots and a cassoral or serving dish, cheaper than I could get here at a home store or discount Homesense store with brand names. They’re Dutch oven brand and that’s a really good brand. So I feel like i have almost enough kitchen things now, & I can just buy the rest as I need other than just a few small items.

    Like you, I’ve just been working hard at home & trying to save as muc( as I can. Anyways, good luck with everything. I hope you get some extra days off with your overtime hours, especially at Christmas etc. That’s my week to. I’m drinking Gingerbread matcha in cold water 🙂 Take care


  3. Hi Yinglin – what a bummer about your reaction to that shot. I have heard of only a few to have such a hard time with it. Your reaction and need to go to work feeling so bad – wow. Horrible, But from the above, it sounds like you are on the mend. I hope it fully clears and leaves you feeling normal again very soon.

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    1. I, too, heard some people had a hard time with this shot. I was surprised I had such a bad reaction since these things don’t usually happen to me but I am feeling better now. 🙂 Thank you for reading.


  4. I know I’m a little late to reply to this last weekend’s coffee share..I somehow missed your post. I apologize, and I’m so sorry you got such a bad reaction to the shot. I’ve heard several people say the same thing. I hope your new week is wonderful, and that you are back to your normal healthy self again.

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    1. I am much better. Thank you. I have heard of people having a bad reaction too. I think it has something to do with the strain of dead virus that was placed in the vaccine because every year is a different strain.

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