As I type this, I am literally sitting in my bed with kleenex stuffed up both nostrils and a heating pad against my ear. I’ll give you a second to appreciate how attractive that is…
Anyway, yes, both Marley and I are sick with ear and sinus infections. Don’t even ask me how that happens in the summer, but it does. I’ve been getting ear infections on a regular basis since I was a youngster, so I am kind of used to it, but it’s pretty brutal to watch your toddler scream in pain at one. Even worse? Sitting in the waiting room at the walk-in clinic as your child sobs and claws at you to “HELP ME MUMMY!”. Rip my heart out, why don’t ya? Fortunately said screaming also gets the attention of the triage nurse, and you are quickly rushed in.
So it’s been a week of a sick toddler, who seems fine (energized even), during the day, but in killer pain during the night, and totally sleepless. Then it happened: I felt that familiar pangs of a ear infection settling in my own head, my head felt like it was poured full of concrete, and then my throat was itchy. Super. If there is anything worse than having a sick toddler, it’s having a sick toddler while you yourself are sick.
Did I mention that Jason has been working super late every night this week? No? Oh, he is.
So one gets creative when put into this position, Marley and I had a PJ party yesterday. I brought the blanket and pillows from her bed down into the living room, loaded up on some new movies, markers and colouring books, and we chilled. I had to figure something out for dinner, and since my sense of taste is pretty much gone at this point and swallowing food sounds just about as fun as digging my eyeball out with a rusty fork, I turned to soup. Pre-made soup, which is something I rarely do since I make it from scratch almost every week. I do try to keep a box of Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup on hand at all times, for cases like this and also because I have found some really great ways to jazz it up. Think outside the box, if you will.
Here is my favorite way to jazz up my boxed Lipton Soup!
You will need:
- 1 packet of Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 cup of frozen veggies (carrots, peas, corn etc)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and whisk in soup mix.
- Dump in frozen veggies and bring it back to a boil for 4 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk eggs and cheese together.
- Pour the egg mixture into the soup while it is boiling. Stir lightly to separate the egg.
- Cook for another minute, remove from heat.
Marley will nom this up faster than you can even comprehend, or I can get a decent picture of.