'Tis the season

Every year, around this period, when the seasons change and the cold winds blow...it happens. Free flu vaccinations, increased tissue sales and runny noses. And without fail, one of us will catch the dreaded cold, and pass it on to the other.

Hubby caught it after coming back from Sydney, and now, I have been infected. I know how they say sharing is caring but this is one thing that he can keep to himself. I hate the whole scratchy throat and Rudolph-red nose...and I especially hate the coughing, blocked nose and general tiredness.

But it's too late - I've caught it and now, I'll just have to let it run its course. *sigh*

On a lighter side, I found this poem quite hilarious. My colleague sent it to me today, after hearing that I was unwell...

Love Story

I will seek and find you.
I shall take you to bed and have my way with you.

I shall make you ache, shake & sweat
Until you moan and groan.

I will make you beg for mercy,
Beg for me to stop.

I will exhaust you to the point that you will be relieved when I'm finished with you.

And when I'm finished,
You will be weak for days.

All my love,
The Flu

Now get your mind out of the gutter and go get your flu shot!



Finally, after 3 weeks of continual stress, my boss is back from her holiday. It was an absolutely stressfuly period having to deal with her direct manager (oh man, talk about micromanaging!!! Why do we have so many control freaks running this planet?!) but I can honestly say that I've grown a littl' bit from the experience.

I also noticed that different people handled stress very differently. One person became a kiss-ass (oh, I hate such people with a passion!!! Truly! I guess in one sense, it could be looked at strategically as 'playing the politics game'. I hate doing that. Maybe I'm a littl' bit naive but I believe you treat others how you want to be treated. Universal law...no point going behind someone's back - they'll just end up finding out. And they'll have the knife you stabbed them in the back with too!).

Another person, was very uncomfortable with the stress and ended up being very very quiet. YIKES! Now, I counted on this person as this person is very knowledgeable but when crunch time came, this person clammed up. It was a crucial moment as we had an important visitor come see us...and I was let down. I couldn't believe it...

Other people tried to make me a dictator...and others made fun of the extra hours I was putting in. The only thought that I had in my head was of blue skies, clear ocean water and a spot for me on a hammock under a shady tree. That, and that I really really enjoy being in the team that I'm in.

But I guess what was most important was that I learnt that I bottle up all my stress. And maybe that's due to the upbringing that I've had. But generally, I think I take stress pretty well...and I hope that when we have kids, we can stress them healthily and have them cope as well. But now, all I'm going to think of is doing my job and focusing solely on that...and my seaside hammock!

&, oh...remind me to chain my boss to her chair - she's never going on another holiday again!