The past week and a half or so has been rather trying. Each one of us has gone through a few variations of the same nasty virus and it doesn’t seem ready to go on its merry way any time soon.
I did manage to get the tree up and all of the decorating completed before things went south for me, but I’ve been more or less down with it ever since.
Fortunately, I’ve had some resources to get through it. I was well stocked with spicy gingerale and garlic chicken soup (not to mention Alka Seltzer Cold & Flu and box after box of tissues).
Being stuck on the couch next to a glowing and happy Christmas tree isn’t too terrible. It’s topped with our mini Gavlebocken:
The Gavlebocken is a giant straw Christmas Goat in the town of Gavle, Sweden. They put him out every year, and every year it’s anyone’s bet if he will survive until Christmas; mainly he is at risk from arsonists. There is a webcam on him and we spend hours upon hours watching. You can find the cam HERE.
Susan has bought me a mini bocken from Ikea the last few years and we are starting to have quite the wonderful collection of them.
The other thing keeping my mind off my misery is the new podcast from This American Life: Serial. It’s an absolutely riveting true crime story told over the course of many, many weeks (we are currently up to 10). There were 9 out when I started listening and I binge-listened to catch up. If you enjoy mystery or crime, or even just a good story, I urge you to check it out.
With any luck I’ll soon be back to normal and in a baking frenzy!