Tea & Sympathy (Or, When In-Laws Attack)

That’s it. If we don’t die from this cold, which we’re currently passing back and forth like [insert sports metaphor or STI here], I am imposing a quarantine on our house with respect to all future winter holidays.

Because when relatives get on planes and visit, they bring with them nasty, virulent germs — germs which they deposit in your sinuses with their incessant chit-chat and not-so-subtle criticism of your lifestyle choices* — and then, mission accomplished, return to their place of origin so that you can drag your exhausted, sniffling, aching, feverish semi-corpse back to work and be reminded how lucky you and your colleagues are that you’re in such-and-such meeting instead of pounding the pavement, looking for a job**.

Anyway, I’m miserably sick right now. However, My Fella just made me a cup of tea —

Tea: Rote Grutze from Tealuxe (a gift from the best young classicist in the US), flavored with mountain honey (Asheville, NC); mug from...Roses, I think.

Tea: Rote Grutze from Tealuxe (a gift from the best young classicist in the US), flavored with mountain honey (from Asheville, NC); Mug: made in China, sold at Roses

— which makes just about everything better.

*Our dog is apparently not up to snuff, because she…what, wags her tail a lot and tries to lick visitors’ hands? Has fur? Is a mixed-breed and a rescue? Oh wait, I think it’s because she’s not the same dog that My Fella’s family owned 20 years ago, against whom no other animal could ever compete. Also, we ourselves are a bad and corrupting influence on our nephew, though his parents will gladly hang onto the gifts we lavish upon him. And our housekeeping (surprisingly, I was expecting much lower marks!) gets a B-minus, probably because some of our things are still packed in boxes.
**Happy New Year to you, too!
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