December 19, 2010

Great Expectorations

I've been a sick, sick girl, in bed with the 'flu until today. Thank goodness I finally feel better. I'm virtually never sick--I probably go 4-5 years between colds, but this knocked me out, even though I had the flu shot. My friend, Liz, hearing my voice on the phone, said with authority (she has two boys), "You need an expectorant." We do not own such a thing, of course, and because there are no children/grandchildren, we have understocked medicine cabinets. We do not own potions and pills that normal families do: no cold medications, no vaporizer, no cough syrups, no anti-nausea medications, nothing, nothing, nothing.

I'm horrified at the date, considering I had barely started my Christmas shopping. Yesterday I tried to go out, but crept home after just two hours of local stuff, went back to bed at noon and slept until well after dark. Today I headed for Potomac Mills, feeling much better (anyone who lives in Nova is shaking their head at that bit of folly, but if you haven't been to Potomac Mills lately, they have some really good stores now) and it's a lot closer than going to Short Pump or Pentagon City. Besides, the other two malls have parking decks, and who knows whether another cement thingy might take another swing at me.

It was a traumatic week, what with the flu, the car crash (I still haven't got Mr. Aluminum Can back, and although I have a rental car, I really miss him), and quitting my job. It has been soothing to take up my stitching, and work on Catharine McNeal in between blowing my nose and napping.

Here's my overall progress:


Since I had to go to Woodbridge anyway, I stopped at Astoria Pizza and got this--it's about as much Christmas decor as I've been able to manage. Festive!


This photo is from two years ago at Christmas. Pink was not pleased at being dressed as the Christmas elf.


Off to finish decorating the tree and wrap some stuff! See you later in the week!

31 comments:

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Did I miss something, you just said you quit your job. That would be the fairly new job? Glad you are finally feeling better.

Catherine said...

So sorry to hear you have been feeling so poorly!! I do hope you are feeling better!

mainely stitching said...

I hope you'll enjoy a nice long run of good health now!!

Kim said...

I hope you feel better soon, Glenna and how exciting to have a new lease on life with a change in the job status! Wishing you nothing but the best!

Margaret said...

Oh gosh, you poor thing! I wonder if the flu shot missed out on a few bugs. I hope not! I count on my flu shot every year! Hope you're feeling 100% soon. Your Catharine is just magnificent! OMG! The colors!! I love the pic of Pink -- the expression on her face! lol! Hilarious!

gracie said...

Sorry you are not feeling well...I love the colors in your sampler....

April Mechelle said...

Glad you are feeling better. Pizza is very festive!! LOL.. Pink is so cute! Glad you were able to stitch some and it is looking great !! I love all those colors in it. Merry Christmas

The Fab Furs said...

So, the job and the 130 mile commute finally got in the way of the stitching, or did the fur people give you an ultimatum? Glad you are feeling better, but watch out for the scrums at the last minute shopping venues. Build up your immune system with lots of garlic on the pizzas and fur snuggles. No one will die if they have to wait until after Xmas for their presents--they can be festive beginning of the new year gifts.

Deborah said...

Hope that you will be feeling better soon. Your sampler is just beautiful.

Theresa said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better!! I hope you will be up and running soon!!!! Love your bunny with the Santa hat!! so cute!!!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm so sorry to hear you've been so ill. No fun at all. I love the snap of Pink as the Christmas Elf.
Enjoy your free time... we expect to see lots of stitching snaps in 2011.Your Catherine is gorgeous.

Rabbits' Guy said...

To hell with it. Eat the pizza and go back to bed until 2011. It will be much better then.

The bunns will be in charge ...

Alice said...

You have certainly had a bad time of it lately! I hope you feel better soon. I love the picture of Pink... he certainly does look less than impressed. Take care! The pizza looks yummy.

Siobhan said...

You're a tease, showing that pizza!! LOL--notice it's the food I zoomed in on. Ahem. I am glad that you're feeling well enough to at least get out of the house--I know the flu can really knock you on your backside. Beautiful progress on your sampler!

Melissa said...

I'm sorry you've been sick, Glenna. I hope you will get a nice break (new job too!) to recuperate, regenerate and all that stuff!

Catherine is looking very blue - in a positive way.

Hope you feel better soon! Merry Christmas, Glenna!

Katrina said...

Pizza looks so yummy!!!!! Hope you are feeling much better, getting errands done and definitely finding a bit of stitching time :-).

Deb said...

I hope you're feeling much, much better now Glenna! It sounds like you've just had a little too much excitement lately with getting sick, your car and quitting your job. I hope that things calm down for you now.

Catherine, btw, looks wonderful. One of the many ones I add to my list after coming to your blog!! :o)

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Colorado Stitcher said...

Glad you are feeling better, don't work too hard and get a relapse!!

Berit said...

!? I missed the job-quitting news somewhere.

Stitching and Pizza is an excellent way to spend the season--that Wip is divinely gorgeous.

Sleeping is MUCH better than shopping. :)

xeyedmary said...

Poor Glenna- I hope things get better soon! That pizza looks fantastic- very holiday-themed!
I love Pink as an Elf- very cute.
Merry, peaceful Christmas!

The Scarlett House said...

You poor thing. First the car, and now you're sick. What's next for you Glenna? Locusts? Or maybe the plague? You've sure had a time of it lately, but glad to see that Catherine has come out of hiding. She's amazing.
Have a merry Christmas, my friend.

Michelle said...

Hope you're feeling better soon and the car is back to being good as new. Catharine is looking lovely. I just love watching your progress on this one. MMmmmm that pizza looks yummy!

Karen said...

I'm sorry to hear that you've been sick but am glad you're feeling better. Flu is no fun! Catharine is looking fantastic! Pink looks like she's plotting her revenge for the hat :-)

Maggee said...

Catharine is coming along so nicely! It looks beautiful! Take it easy and enjoy the season as best you can, while preserving your health! Merry Christmas!

quiltcat said...

I know i've been lax about reading your blog lately (sorry!) but how did i miss that you were quitting your job?? So sorry that you've been so sick (thank goodness for mom-friends who know the right OTC stuff to take). Catherine looks GORGEOUS!...i love those teal blues!

Pointed Stitcher said...

So sorry to hear you've been ill but glad you're on the upswing. Your sampler is quite beautiful. Merry Christmas.

Giovanna said...

Sorry to read about your car, health and other issues - that's a lot to absorb in just one week. I hope you will have a restful time over the Holidays. Your stitching is wonderful, as always. Merry Christmas!

Anna van Schurman said...

Quit your job? How did I miss that?

Glad you are feeling better. Terrible time to be sick. Happy Christmas!

bunnygirl said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. You'll need to tell us more about the job, though. I've been offline lately due to my own ginormous workload, but you and the bunnies have been in my thoughts.

Daffycat said...

You quit your job??? Did I miss something?

I hope you are much better now, Glenna! Have a merry Christmas!

ana~stitch said...

beautiful work and love the bunnies!