It's weird, but it seems that for most of the previous ten holiday seasons I've been with Stephanie, I've been sick. The first one, back in '94, was absolutely horrible. I swear we both got Ebola that year. Not fun.
Last year was the third of that ten that I wasn't sick. In fact, aside from a minor cold late last summer, I haven't really been sick at all since Christmas 2002. That's a long record of not being sick, perhaps the longest in all of my life.
Today I noticed some little aches, my teeth hurt, I'm just a little phlegmy, and I just don't feel right. That's no good. I don't want to be sick for the holiday because it's become a cliche.
Fortunately, I had some Ben & Jerry's Organic Fudge Brownie ice cream, and I'm already feeling better.