All I Want For Christmas...

>> Thursday, December 25, 2008 to not be stuck at home with the flu (or whatever it is making me feel like this).

My temp yesterday was 99.4. That’s not “near death,” but I still feel horrible. I’m hanging out at home with my 2 cats as Pharmie and the family is opening gifts a few hours away.

I couldn’t sleep this morning, so I got up and rung in my Christmas morning with a game of Mario 3 on my NES. I got bored part way through World 6 once I had over 1,000,000 points and 99 lives:

(Which, BTW, reminds me of this comic:)

Anyway, I’m not complaining.

I feel like crap. I can’t stay vertical for more than 3 or 4 minutes without needing to lie down. I’ve only got brief snippets of sleep in the last 2 nights. Food turns me off (which is when you KNOW it’s bad). I’m missing my Grandpa and Grandma’s famous “Tom and Jerry” mix (which is like eggnog, only WAY better). I’m missing my Aunt’s deviled eggs. I’m missing hanging out with my 50 week old nephew. I sat down to write this, and I’ve had to take 2 breaks since I started.

But I’m not complaining.

I’m sitting in my warm home. I’ve got a family that loves me (and some of them might even miss me - HA!). When asked what I needed for Christmas by my Mom, Grandma, and Mother-in-law, I came up with very little.

There is nothing I “needed.”

Life can’t be all that bad.

Count your blessings this Christmas.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Steve in a Speedo

(Update: 8:30 am - Julia, who I swam with on Monday, just e-mailed me. She's sick too. We're blaming the pool at the Y.)


Jumper 2.0 6:54 AM, December 25, 2008  

Merry Christmas Steve!

Hope you feel better soon!

RunBubbaRun 7:06 AM, December 25, 2008  

You sure it is just not a fur ball stuck in your throat. Hope you feel better soon.

Happy holidays to you and Pharmie

CoachLiz 7:09 AM, December 25, 2008  

Merry Christmas Steve!

I hope you get better soon. I have a sinus/runny nose thing going on but I think that mine is allergy related because my eyes and throat itch as well.

Get some rest and fluids.

Mel-2nd Chances 7:42 AM, December 25, 2008  

Merry Christmas and feel better soon!

RBR 8:57 AM, December 25, 2008  

So sad that our little Energizer Stevie is sick on Christmas! I bet your family dearly misses your smile and presence.

Rest and get better! And you are right there is MUCH to be grateful for. I was telling my husband the very same thing this week, there isn't anything I really need or want. I am a pretty lucky girl.

Merry Christmas to you, the lovely Pharmie, and your nursemaid kitties!

BaddApple 9:08 AM, December 25, 2008  

Hope you feel better Steve. Merry Christmas. Maybe you're body is tired from you track meet workouts. Give it a rest and you will bounce back. I really need to get you some new games so you jump to the next generation of gaming.

Sonia 9:15 AM, December 25, 2008  

Sorry to read you're feeling so crummy. Hope you're back on your feet quickly. Merry Christmas to you to!

Unknown 9:25 AM, December 25, 2008  

Merry Christmas.

and get well soon. :-)

Kevin 9:26 AM, December 25, 2008  

Wow that brings back memories of the old NES system. Hope you feel better soon. Merry Christmas!!!

Nicole 10:02 AM, December 25, 2008  

I sure did! I can't believe i did that either! I'm proud of my hard work!

I hope you feel better soon and have a Merry Christmas!

Sunshine 10:06 AM, December 25, 2008  

Merry Christmas to you, too, Steve... especially if that means being well.. very soon!!

Born To Endure 11:19 AM, December 25, 2008  

So sorry you're sick..get better soon!!
Merry Christmas to you and Pharmie!

SWTrigal 11:32 AM, December 25, 2008  

Oh no-sick at Christmas-that really sucks! Hope you feel better soon..

Missy 11:45 AM, December 25, 2008  

Of course it's the pool, you get a lot of funky stuff from the pool...I don't care how many chemicals are in it. Feel better, so sorry! Merry Christmas just the same.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg 12:11 PM, December 25, 2008  

I feel exactly the way you do. About Christmas, that is. I'm fine, as far as my health goes.

But I'm home with my wife and my kid and my dog and things couldn't be better.

Merry Christmas, Steve! Get well soon!

Emily 12:32 PM, December 25, 2008  

If anything is going to make you feel better it is Super Mario 3...the best game EVER!

Have a great day and hope you feel better.

Wes 12:32 PM, December 25, 2008  

Merry Christmas, Steve. I hope you and Pharmie have a great day!!

Steve Stenzel 12:41 PM, December 25, 2008  

You people! Don't any of you have anything better to do on Christmas day than reading blogs?


Merry Christmas everyone! And thanks for the well-wishes!

Charisa 1:07 PM, December 25, 2008  

Merry Christmas - feel better soon! And I agree, there is nothing I "NEED" either. Life is good!

Kelly 1:58 PM, December 25, 2008  

Wow... Well, I'd rather be here at work than at home sick.

Feel better!

Marci 2:38 PM, December 25, 2008  

Hope you feel better Steve!

Happy Holidays :)

Anonymous,  2:42 PM, December 25, 2008  

A few years ago I found a book called, At Home with You and Your Hair. A very 1950s cultural artifact, which I therefore gave to a woman I knew, who liked to carry big Betty Crocker cook books to her women's studies class.

So I guess it's, At Home with You and Your Feet. Wish there was some way we could trade places - and leave your feet behind?

As for what I "need," I'd rather not go there, but I'm definitely NOT getting everything I WANT for Christmas, again this year.

Sorry you're so sick. I favor the hairball theory, at least if you're given to washing yourself. That thick pelt! Could be something you picked up from the cat you cohabit with (no pun intended).

Well, Merry Christmas anyway, Stellar Steve and What's-Its-Name....

RoadBunner 2:45 PM, December 25, 2008  

I hope you feel better soon! I am a big fan of the old school Nintendo games. The Super NES is still at my parents' but I think they got rid of our original NES :(

Merry Christmas!

chia 2:56 PM, December 25, 2008  

I've been out for the count since 4a.m. yesterday too. So bad my neighbor called my landlord complaining that I was killing a large woodland creature or something. When I explained I'd been vomiting for 10 hours straight, the landlord goes "is there anything I can do?"

My response: "Ya, can you move the bathroom sink 2.25 feet to the left please? It's gross 'multitasking' with the tub."

He won't be calling again.

Hope you feel better soon!

Tyger Lily 2:59 PM, December 25, 2008  

Hope you feel better soon Steve!

Merry Christmas!

Michelle 3:52 PM, December 25, 2008  

I sure hope you feel better my running friend!!!

And i know you are not complaining Steve!!!

Your such a good guy!!! Ok, i'll stop now!!!

Merry Christmas dude!!!

Sarah 4:19 PM, December 25, 2008  

I'm sorry you're sick - hang in there and celebrate Christmas again when you're better!

Christie 4:28 PM, December 25, 2008  

I hope you feel better.

Michelle 4:52 PM, December 25, 2008  

Stay warm and snuggly and get well soon! Merry Holidays!!

teacherwoman 6:44 PM, December 25, 2008  

OH, that sucks that you aren't feeling well. And to be missing good Tom and Jerry's? That sucks.

BTW, I would never even consider comparing T&J's to Eggnog... T&J's are soooo much better! :)

Brian 8:16 PM, December 25, 2008  

poops and pukes to come if it was bad bacteria in the pool. oh joy. feel better.

kerri 8:18 PM, December 25, 2008  

Drink some run or whiskey and eggnog...just be put out of your misery with some Christmas spirits..HA,Ha. Cheers

Run For Life 9:05 PM, December 25, 2008  

Hope you're feeling better soon. Merry Christmas!!

Mendy 10:43 PM, December 25, 2008  

Bummer Steve. Hope you get better soon. You're doing the right things though, just resting.

Merry Christmas!

Kate 11:10 PM, December 25, 2008  

Hey dude,

Thanks for the comment on Phil's race report. He has a giant man-crush on you, so he's stoked ;)

Merry Xmas, and get well soon!


Judi 8:17 AM, December 26, 2008  

awww, hope you start to feel better soon steve! merry xmas!

Meg 11:50 PM, December 26, 2008  

Aw, feel better! I hope you get to make up for your Christmas and that Pharmie doesn't get sick too!

Triteacher 7:20 PM, December 29, 2008  

And I'm blaming you! I'm home sick today from family activities... grrr.

But, on the positive side - glad you're feeling better (as it is now the 28th of December!)

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