12.06.2005

Illness and the Impending Mall Trip

I've been sick for over a week now, thanks to a particularly tenacious little flu bug that is making the rounds here in Texas. At first I thought it might be allergy related, since the weather was still warm and I didn't seem to have any flu-like symptoms aside from the runny nose and sore throat. But, much like the warm weather, that theory is just a memory. I've had body aches, fevers and chills along with the continuation of the aforementioned sore throat and it's new buddy, a deep chest cough. Ugh. The worst part of it is, I've been so busy with a very important video conference at work, that I can't take time off to rest and heal properly. I have upped the amount of fluids I've been taking in and have tried to make sure I'm getting more rest than normal, and I think that has helped. But damn - I can't wait to have this flu pass. Maybe I should look at the bright side: that I've dealt with this strain of the flu, and hopefully won't have another for the rest of the winter. Well, I can hope not at least.

Christmas is coming quickly this year - I haven't had the time (or money for that matter) to do all the shopping I'd like to do. I've picked up a couple of presents already, but still much shopping has to be done, and apparently most of it will be done with a couple of days to go before Christmas. For, as much as I'd like to get the shopping done early, the bills won't wait due to the holidays. Grrr. Ah well - it will keep the tradition of this year's 17th annual December 23rd Mall Blowing very much alive. Perhaps this year it will catch on even further! It's easy to do folks. You need to get as many people together as you can, go to a mall on one of the busiest days of the year and do your last minute shopping. One key thing you must buy, however, is something for yourself. Because, the 23rd tradition is a rather selfish one. In addition to the shopping, you must go out for lunch with your group of friends, and also take in a movie. It can be done as a rental, but going to the theatre really makes the tradition much more fun. Leave comments if you plan to do it - I'd love to hear if there are others celebrating my group's little self-determined holiday.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I'd rather have a snuggle with a rabid cthulhu than try to even PARK at the mall, let alone attempt to shop on the 23rd. But that's ok, because I'm like 2000 miles away anyway. :)
-Ali

Jerilyn said...

I am sorry to tell you this, Monk....but I think you have the dreaded bird-flu.

I order you to go spread it to the masses at the mall. That way, they'll all be ill when I finally make it out to do my Christmas shopping.

anywherebutTX said...

Last year... North Park Mall... Had to park about 2 miles away and fight a lady for the last pair of fluffy pink Mom slippers.... And seeing that I don't get my Christmas bonus until the 23rd, I will be doing it all over again this year...

WiredMonkey said...

Maybe we'll see you out there - North Park *is* great for people watching. Bird Flu in my past (I am a Bird Flu survivor - I'm getting polka dotted ribbons made for my brethren), I will be out ho-ho-ho-ing my way through the crowds in search of fun. Wheee!!

Anonymous said...

Did you survive the mall?
-Ali

Jessica-Star said...

Kaitlyn and I bought ALL of my family's presents on the twenty-third. A true Mall-blowing day the likes of which I haven't done for a while.

She's a better shopper than I am though, understanding that you don't need to consider all options before you find something. A good present is a good present...so.

I only took like two hours. :) I STILL love malls at christmas...so much fun.