We are back in Seattle - I didn't get a chance to post while we were in Iowa over the holidays but I have a great excuse... we both got really sick! We caught the flu just after Christmas and my immune system took such a huge hit that I got a kidney infection a few days later. I had a couple of I'd-rather-be-dead kind of days but eventually pulled out of it just in time to fly back to Seattle. We still weren't feeling well on the plane on the way back, and had kind of an awful trip back. Normally I can really enjoy long plane rides - I read the paper, watch movies, get caught up on work or personal reading, etc. But this was not fun. And neither were those 2-3 days when I had the flu. I haven't had the flu like that in ten years, and I may need to retaliate next year by getting a flu shot because I definitely don't want to have that happen again. I think the Seattle climate has been hard on our immune systems - we've both gotten sick over and over again since we've moved here and I don't seem to be able to fight anything off very well - diseases knock me over and I spend the following weekend laid out on the couch under a blanket moaning and groaning surrounded by Kleenex and orange juice (my "nest"). What a waste of a weekend! And so many weekends! My mom is trying to get me to start taking Vitamin C and other goodies to rebuild the immune system and she may be on to something.
Today in Seattle everything is closed and all our neighbors are home but shut up in their houses visiting relatives or cleaning or something. It is very quiet out there. It makes for a peaceful low-key kind of day but since we just got back it makes me miss my family back in Iowa even more. It would help to have something to do. So I'm unpacking, making Thank-You cards, doing laundry, even cleaning, and trying to keep busy. Maybe by the end of the day I'll be able to sit still and enjoy the peace and quiet a little bit. My Studly Hubby has no problem enjoying the peace and quiet. He's asleep on the couch right now.
Hope you all had a great holiday! I'll post more about ours later, hopefully with some pictures.