I’m so sorry to be starting off the new year with a fizzle rather than a bang, but instead of being back home as we had intended, my husband and I had to rebook our flight on account of fevers, congestion, chest wracking coughs – what I somewhat fondly have begun calling “the family plague.” It has spread along the chain of those of us who came to the family reunion, but originated, I believe, in four or five other cities, with cousins and mothers and children who cough without covering their mouths.

If I had been at home when this struck, I might have spent quiet hours reading and napping with tea, but I was not. I was with far-flung family I hardly see but dearly love, so I pushed and talked and medicated until midnight or later for five nights in a row, and now I have to pay the price.

In this case, the price has been precious memories made hazy by the amount of Tylenol and Sudafed I have consumed, and, well, my health. Not small sacrifices, I assure you, but I am determined to remain optimistic! I will see you back here on Monday, hopefully with a different story to tell.

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  1. Yikes! An all-too eventful beginning to your 2013, Maria! So much for taking it easy and hangin’ with the fam. Sounds like things got unexpectedly colorful. I wish it had been way less “congested” (harharhar) and more mellow for you. Rest well and feel much better soon. Here’s wishing you a very *chillll* 2013. xoxoxo
    p.s. and did I mention: Happy New Year!!!

    1. Thanks! The only upside to these colds is that we send strangers fleeing from our paths as we wander from drug store to grocery store to bank with our coughing, hacking and sniffling…

    1. Thank you! I noticed that you live in Australia, so it’s probably not the big cold season right now! Also, I have to admit, I’m missing my long summer days right now and am very jealous of the entire southern hemisphere.

    1. Ugh! Colds in cold weather are the worst! Somehow, this one has managed to come back around and infect us a second time. Or well, it’s probably a new one, but it seems like the last one to me! Sigh. Spring cannot come soon enough!

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