December 28, 2005


*When you say the title, by the way, say it in a creepy half British half Frankenstein kind of voice, ok?*

We are the house of plague. Except for me, everyone in the house is sick. Saturday morning, at 1:30 (thank you very much), I was awakened by the sound of the Girl Child sobbing in the bathroom. Ear infection, said the doctor some 9 hours later, both ears, full blown. Antibiotics. The Boy Child has a factory in his nose devoted to the production of snot. Requires nose blowing assistance at all hours of the night. The Viking Bride down with a nasty cold, too, with a cough that keeps her and me up all night. There is little sleep to be had and that sleep that we do get is not quality or good. I am feeling a bit punchy.

However, still up for the early morning train and the gym, although I am now doing the psychiatrist's hour work out (that's 50 minutes, by the way) instead of the full 60.

Hanukkah was still fun, the first night, even though they were both sick and icky. They loved the presents -- a Playmobile Viking Longboat for the Girl Child and a wooden train set for the Boy Child. I got a nice tie from my wife. A really nice tie. A Borrelli hand cut and hand sewn tie. Makes most of my other ties a little ashamed to be hanging next to it. We celebrated at my parents' house with homemade brisket and homemade latkes, both really outstanding.

We also had my cousins up for the weekend from D.C. I was so glad to have them there. My cousin J is about 10 months younger than I am and the second oldest grandchild. We were pretty close growing up. It was nice to be together, now that my grandfather is gone. He would have loved that we were together. So, it was extra nice even if it was bitter sweet.

This week is flying by and I am feeling great pressure to produce some things at work. However, it is hard to feel motivated when you kind of hate your job and when you are none to happy in the field in general. I look forward to completion of these projects.

Hope you all are well and had a lovely holiday, whichever it was that you were celebrating.

Posted by Random Penseur at December 28, 2005 02:47 PM | TrackBack

I thought I was in bad shape with just the fluish Lovely Wife. I stand corrected!

Happy Hanukkah, RP!

Posted by: Jim at December 28, 2005 03:34 PM

RP! So sorry you're all sick. That's really rough and at the holidays too.

Get better soon, Penseur Family! {{{{hugs to all}}}}

Posted by: Amber at December 29, 2005 04:19 PM

I've just got the husband sick and I keep telling him, "Back,back! Don't come near me!" And I hold up my Star of David to ward him off. It's working so far.

Hope everyone recovers soon and Happy Channukah, RP

Posted by: Jocelyn at December 29, 2005 06:21 PM

I'm sorry everyone has the sickies. I hope they are all feeling better soon and that you can get some more sleep.

Your Hanukkah kickoff sounded really nice. I'm glad you could be with your cousin. I know that was important to you.

Happy Hanukkah!!!!

Sing it....

dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

Posted by: Linda at December 29, 2005 07:27 PM

Here's to hoping everyone is well on the mend and you do not succumb.

Have a Happy New Year's!

; )

Posted by: Christina at December 29, 2005 08:05 PM

Happy New Year's!

And don't feel bad. It's Murphy's law that after the holidays, we all come down with lurgy. I hope you all feel better soon :)

Posted by: Helen at December 30, 2005 08:48 AM

If the Viking Longboat was anything like the Playmobile Pirate ship I built for my nephew two years ago, I tip my hat to you, Sir. Those things are hard and incredibly detailed.

Posted by: Howard at December 30, 2005 10:26 PM
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