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Well, my whole family is sick; I mean really sick.  My sister has been battling a cold on-and-off for weeks, a virus that she got from her kids.  My sister’s two (most awesomest) kids also have been sick on-and-off for the past few weeks.  My nephew got it the worst with a severe sore throat, shortness of breath, fever spells, diarrhea, & etc.  At least my niece is all well & good now, but last week during my nephew’s birthday everybody was on the outs.  My sister was on the down-slope of her virus roller coaster, my brother-in-law was just starting to feel that first-sign tickle in his throat, my mom was battling a runny nose & my dad was developing a nasty & severe chest congestion (one he’s been getting at the exact same time every year for the past 3 years).

Oh, & did I mention that I’ve been battling a cold virus + fever on-and-off ever since the Thanksgiving holidays?  I just recently discovered that I now have an ear infection to go along with my tapering sinus congestion & the last remnants of my own cold virus.  My fiancee was also on the outs as well, battling sinus & chest congestion which has since been remedied by taking lots of Mucinex™ & his mom’s miracle Cantonese-style herbal soup.

Needless to say, this has been an awkward 3 weeks.  We have all battled & powered through our various symptoms & viruses.  Some of us are still on this wacky roller coaster ride of ailing symptoms.  Some of us are just about to cross that metaphorical finish line.  I just hope everyone of us is well straight through into the new year.

Woof.

It seems the weather is becoming cooler, & Mother Nature is getting ready for the Autumn/Winter seasons.  So here I bring you a list of things that bring me joy in the Autumn/Winter time:

  • the feeling after taking a hot shower
  • hot chocolate with whipped cream (& marshmallows if you like them)
  • a big bowl of hearty beef stew
  • wearing thick socks
  • sitting next to a crackling fireplace
  • wearing slipper booties (WOoT for Isotoners!)
  • flannel pajamas (especially the ones w/ the feet)
  • a hot bubble bath with rich bubbles
  • a steaming bowl of Chinese soup noodles (or rice porridge)
  • a fresh, hot cup of coffee in a ceramic mug
  • watching the rain thru the window while you are warm & dry indoors
  • sitting under a warm kotatsu, eating snacks & drinking beer while watching sports on TV
  • having post-MLB / World Series / NFL tailgate parties at home
  • listening to the sound of the rain before falling asleep
  • a warm towel straight from the dryer
  • the toasty feeling of clean clothes straight from the dryer
  • movie marathons while sitting under a blanket & eating freshly popped popcorn

 

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