Not much accomplished over the four-day holiday at Chez Foster. fosteronfilm had a cold/sinus malaise and Hobkin had an upset tummy, which resulted in me not doing much in general aside from comforting and playing nurse to both.
Whenever Hobkin's sick or scared, he demands to be cuddled against my chest, with his head wedged beneath my chin, rather than just curling up at my side or in my lap. I think he finds the sound of my heartbeat soothing, and skunks in general (or perhaps it's only Hobkin), seem to find being pressed between/against something comforting. Maybe since they live in borrows underground in the wild, pressed in hole=safe.
So I spent a good portion of the last four days propped on the couch with eight pounds of snoring fuzziness flopped on my chest, trying to balance my laptop on my stomach so I could get some work done. And those were the times when Hobkin was snoozing flat instead of lolling to one side, requiring me to use an arm to balance him in place—else he'd roll right off in his sleep and blame me for it (yes, that's happened before)—and thereby forcing me to type one-handed. It's hard enough typing using both hands with a skunk lying on me; I can't see over him, so if I lose the home keys, if I can't find them again by touch, I'm pretty much plum out of luck.
A couple of times, Hobkin flopped on Matthew instead of me, and I couldn't resist taking a picture of my two ailing boys (with my grainy, less-than-one-pixel-lame cell phone camera, alas):
I feel sort of remiss that I didn't post a "Things I am Thankful For" Thanksgiving day post, as has been my tradition, but the day itself sort of slipped by me. Like last year, health issues conspired to make the holiday low key—although this year they weren't mine but Matthew and Hobkin's. But I think it's good to remind myself that I have much to be thankful for. So herein my belated "Things I am Thankful For" list; it's essentially a reprise of my 2006 list, but I am no less thankful two years later:
1. For my husband, Matthew, my best friend, love of my life, and soul mate. He cherishes me as I am, even with all my flaws and foibles. I am stronger because of his support and better because of his example.
2. For Hobkin, for making our house a home and reminding me that dignity is overrated, especially compared to laughter.
3. For family and friends: near, far, offline, and on.
4. For my health. Even as crappy as it is, it could be and has been much worse. And despite all the rips and worn spots in my human suit, it works well enough to keep me going—which is more than many people are able to say.
5. That I have the freedom and ability to chase my bliss and tell the stories that fill my days with magic.
6. For my beautiful home—my whimsy-filled sanctuary where unseen fey folk mysteriously turn on and off the lights and occasionally swipe and hide inexplicable items.
7. That I am not hungry or cold.
8. That I believe in and love myself.
9. For my day job, because it is an incredible blessing that I love what I do and not only don't begrudge the hours I spend at the office but am glad of them.
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