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I went with Tom Yum soup (piping hot and very sour) with tofu, Airborne (had it in the house), echinacea, water, and . . . bed at 4:30 p.m., wearing about four different outfits (I was cold). Ahhhhhh. Slept in until 9 a.m. this morning, or maybe it was even later than that, which I think I've only done about seven or eight times in my whole life. I can't sleep in. But apparently I needed it, because I am feeling so much better today! Thank you for all the suggestions — amazing how many people said "rest." Funny how we need to be reminded to do that, and it's the easiest thing to do, requiring no special ingredients. I'm going to try to lay low and have a hot toddy anyway, do the Thanksgiving grocery shopping this afternoon, and watch a few Christmas movies later. I can't believe the holidays are here again.

Thinking about all the things that I am thankful for, including everyone who comes here and shares so much with me every day. In our troubled world, at a time when we face so much uncertainty, skepticism, and worry, I am grateful that so many little corners of it are filled with love notes, generosity, hard work, humor, simple beauties, acts of courage, and great kindness. I choose those. No matter what, I will choose to fill up my life, day by day, with those. Thank you for being a part of those good things, for me.

I wish you a wonderful start to this special season. xo


Glad you're feeling better!

Don't go too crazy tomorrow with the cooking! (Who am I kidding...)

That soup looks A-mazingly yummy! Now I know what I want for lunch. :)

you are such a part of the "good stuff" that i look forward to practically every day!

be blessed and have a good thanksgiving :)

Susan, Tsawwassen, BC says: November 26, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Thank YOU, Alicia ... for being part of my day.

Glad you're on the mend. Isn't it interesting how many studies lately show that we Americans are some of the most sleep deprived--that hardly any of us get 8 hrs and how adversely it can affect our health. We seem to need sickness as a reason to slow down and get some rest. 8 hours of sleep a night might just be my New Year's resolution.Thank you for being just as you are and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

thanks to you, dear! glad you're feeling better. we just rented 'wall-e' and can't wait to see it again today, tomorrow and friday! have a nice thanksgiving!

So glad you're feeling better. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.


Happy Thanksgiving, Alicia. And thank YOU for your wonderful, inspiring and beautiful blog. ♥

So glad you're feeling better. I've been enjoying catching up on your blog like reading a favorite book. I always look at your blog when I need extra nesting inspiration. And you and Andy and your furry family are so gosh darn cute that it reminds me of how gosh darn cute my family is and that's always a good thing.

Have a great thanksgiving!

What sweet and lovely sentiments, I could feel your stuffy sinuses welling up, cause you feel the warmth from out here (the same warmth we get from you at each post by the way). Keep it up, hot toddy, movies, rest your company tomorrow will help with anything you and Andy don't finish before they get there...
Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving. So glad you are feeling better.

and to you, friend, and to you (and next time try the hot toddy as part of the remedy! ;)

i hope you are better.happy thanksgiving.could you please recomment some of your favourite christmas movies?

Happy Thanksgiving, sweetie!

What lovely sentiments. So well said. And worthy of reflecting on EVERY day. Happy Thanksgiving!

Glad you're feeling better?
Do tell; what soup recipe did you use?

So glad you're better! I received my signed bookplates, too! Thank you - and the neat card!

aw im so glad you have recovered! that soup sounds delicious.

i'm so thankful for your blog! i just love reading it ;)

Dang, that looks so good! I love Tom Yum with extra lime... oh, and I forgot to leave a comment on the other post about zinc. Zicam, more specifically. It's weird, it helps you get over the cold faster, and when you are sick, you sort of don't feel it as much. Hard to explain, but my husband and I are total converts. Happy Thanksgiving, have fun cooking.

so glad you are feeling better. Continue to take it easy as it's easy to relapse if you do too much too soon.

With your positive energy i am not at all suprised that you turnted the corner!
Might I add that I will choose the perfectly put Alicia...xoxo

Thank you for the seasonal wishes! I'm glad you are feeling a bit better, and that you listened to your body's requests.

Happy Thanksgiving, Miss Alicia :) So good to hear you are starting to feel much better. Soup DOES help. Everytime my boys get sick, I make them my Philippine Tamarind Soup with Vegetables, and they are soon back on their feet. Just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for you and everything you've done to make my life much more creative and enjoyable.

that soup looks fantastic! i'm not surprised it helped. i'm glad to hear you're doing better.
:D your table runner!

Glad to hear you're feeling better.
You are a pleasure.

Happiest of thanksgiving to you Alicia! continue to feel better and enjoy the long weekend- xox natalea

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My name is Alicia Paulson
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