I've had a lovely holiday season so far, for the most part. At book club on Tuesday, I received Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach, which I am very much looking forward to reading.
Even though the adults in my family aren't exchanging gifts this year, my aunt and I generally bring each other big stacks of books whenever we meet, so I'm sure there will be more reading goodness available for my week off from work between Christmas and New Year's Day. Oh yeah, even though I haven't found a new job yet, my tenure at my current job has been extended through the end of February. So that takes quite a weight off my mind for the time being.
My sister and I have an elaborate Christmas meal planned that involves a frightening amount and variety of full-fat dairy products. Not to mention rum cake and all of the many kinds of candy I made last week.
Christmas Eve is not looking so good. My stepmother is in the hospital with severe pneumonia and naturally my dad is going to spend the evening with her. I was planning on making Beef Bourguignon for dinner and I probably still will, but I'll have to bring some over and leave it in their fridge for later.
Then there's my current diet: Sprite, Gatorade and little sips of soup. You see, I have come down with some kind of gut thing. It could be food poisoning; it could be a stomach bug. Last night was unpleasant in the extreme. I'm feeling slightly better now, but I still have the urge to spend as much time as possible asleep.
However, none of this has dampened my desire to have a good time with my family and friends over the holidays. So now I'm off to get some more sleep and do what I can to make sure the next two days are as nice as possible.