Weirdly, I knew it was coming. Linda thinks that I actually schedule illness for when I can afford the time to be sick.
My life had in place all the pre-requisites. Exhaustion after a long stressful stretch. A period of looming downtime (three days). And I no longer need to be quite at the top of my game.
I figured the first random bug that came along would get me.
My son Todd and his girlfriend Sarah were home for the weekend, and cooked us a fabulous Christmas meal. Linda's brother Dave came, and my Dad. After opening gifts, we watched the extended AVATAR. Dad made it through about 1 hour and proclaimed he'd be dreaming about big blue people. Dave hadn't seen it before, and I enjoyed watching it without the 3-D. (And thankful that I went with the biggest screen I could buy). Linda saw it for about the umpteenth time -- she loves this movie.
It was great to have a family Christmas, in some ways our first after the passing of Mom and then Tina. I hope we can make some kind of tradition of it. When it's just Linda and I, we don't bother much with all the accoutrements.
Business was good this Christmas season. I don't want to say anymore until the end of the month, because this last week is important and I don't want to jinx it. I shall give a full accounting -- but, well, it's looking good. (See, I can be positive when warranted!)
I'm going to bop to the store to vacuum, because it really got a bit too much at the end, mostly little pebbles all over the carpet that would roll under my feet, but I never seemed to have the free half hour to scoop them up.
Then on to doing the monthly orders -- as soon as Todd and Sarah take off. Once again, I'm thankful that this 8 or 10 hour job isn't that onerous to me. I can even do the first part while watching football.