Thursday, January 03, 2008

I haven't vanished completely...but...

I've been sick in bed with the flu. It will probably keep me down for a few days at least. Although, I have been praying for a miraculous and sudden healing. Still, don't expect any reviews or announcements from me for a while. I hope to be back and running early next week. I certainly hope so anyway. I have important things to do, important people to see, a life to live. :) So while Christmas and New Years saw me blogging away, the flu has got me down.


Joy 6:03 PM  

Happy, healthy wishes are being sent your way! :)

Erin 6:43 PM  

Get well soon!!

Nicola 6:58 PM  

Hope you are feeling better soon!

jehara 7:44 PM  

i hope you get better! i had the flu in november and it was awful. now is a good time to indulge in guilty pleasure tv. :)

Paige Y. 7:53 PM  


Feeling bad stinks -- get well soon!


Susan 8:03 AM  

Get better soon, Becky! My 3-year-old son has the flu right now, and it's horrible.

Annie 2:35 PM  

Sorry to hear you're under the weather, Becky. Perhaps while you're out of commission, some of us can try to catch up to your incredible speed-reading. HA! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Chris 5:01 PM  

Blech! Been there. Hope you get well soon.

Debi 6:52 AM  

Oh, so sorry you're sick Becky! Hope you're back to 100% very, very soon!

MotherReader 1:20 PM  

Whenever I get sick like that, I always think, "Hey, maybe I'll lose a few pounds," and it never happens. So unfair.

Feel better.

Stephanie 2:38 PM  

I hope you feel better soon!! Being sick in bed is never fun.

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