It's funny how illness can strike you down so quickly. On Thursday evening everything seemed to be going so well - I finished my work up with enough time to check out the Varg press evening (more on that later), catch the launch of Selling Sex at SHOWstudio (including Ruth Hogben's Fuck Me featuring Karlie Kloss) and accompany Nisha to a performance by controversial Chilean poet Cecilia Vicuña. But by the time I got back to the manse, the lurgy had struck me down. Sneezing, coughing, working my way through a family pack of Kleenex Balsam, that was to be my weekend. None of the work I had planned got done - which means extra coding for me this week! - and most of the time was spent slumped in front of the TV nursing a mug of extra-strength Lemsip.
It's time like these when it's just the little things getting you through. Like the delivery of a very large box from Mr Porter containing the very small Balenciaga card holder I ordered with the voucher from the party last week. So chic, I finally have somewhere to store my two credit cards and my Oyster rather than shoving them into the pockets of whatever I happen to be wearing. Other little snippets of pleasure came from an ill-advised trip to the Tate Modern. I really should have stayed in bed but the sunny weather, and the fact that I had prepaid my ticket, tempted me out to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition. I really liked her earliest works, the detailed paintings and collages of alien or undersea worlds, as well as the full-scale installations (had to get a postcard of the Infinity Room because photography was frowned upon). Her more recent paintings, however, looked rather crude and derivative. Well, she is 83. Anyway, by the time I made it to the exit I thought I was going to die and had to take to my bed when I returned.
Today I'm still feeling rather sniffly but I have to keep a stiff upper lip and get on with work. I just hope I don't look too sickly for Hugh's CSI (that's Charming Social Introductions) tomorrow. I've got my Crest Whitestrips on while I type...