I'm really digging this cooler weather, but it can take a toll on you if you're not careful. Yesterday, I went out for a stroll with some students without a jacket. The sun was out, but it felt a little chilly. When we got back, I started to get the sniffles; my nose started to run, and by my evening classes, I was sneezing, blowing my nose, and feeling like I was getting sick.
I told my students I wasn't sick though. (I'm never really one to admit that I'm not feeling well unless I'm curled up in bed with a fever.) I told them I just had the sniffles even though my nose was getting red, and I had to run to the restroom a couple of times to stock up on paper towels.
By the time I got home, I was feeling like crap. My girlfriend made some congee (a rice dish), which was perfect and really hit the spot. A nice dinner, a warm shower, a good-night's sleep, albeit only 7 hours (I could've used 10) made a huge difference. I feel much better this morning. I've had a sniffle or two since I woke up, but overall, I'm good-to-go for the day.
digging - liking; enjoying (slang)
take a toll on - eventually cause a negative effect
a stroll - a leisurely walk
the sniffles - breathing with a runny nose
runny nose - when fluid is dripping from the nose
stock up on - gather; save for future use
feeling like crap - feeling horrible (informal)
hit the spot - took care of the hunger; made you feel better (usually about food)
albeit - but; even though (showing contrast)
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