Last week my voice turned into a croak. That was a bad sign because I had a big weekend ahead. My daughter turned 18 years old and I was hosting a party for friends and family here. I made her cake and all the food. Every one could tell I wasn’t well but I pushed on. The party was a great success. Lots of fun for all the kids teenagers young people. I visited with my sister, whom I haven’t seen in over 5 years, and my nephew. I really enjoyed that.

Fifteen minutes after the last guest left, my fever shot up to 101 degrees and the kids were piling blankets on top of me. That was Sunday. Today I learned just how sick I am because I finally stopped being stubborn and went to the doctor.

Being stuck in bed, when there’s piles of work to do, is no fun. But, the week wasn’t a complete loss. This is what I learned…

1. I want a makeover. After watching one daytime TV show after another, buried under the blankies, inhaling Vicks like a little kid and watching beautiful size negative 4 women prance about the screen, I’ve decided I want to be entered in some makeover contest.

2. I want those diet secret pills that promise me I can be negative 4 in two weeks with no exercise whatsoever.

3. SEO’s get on Oprah.

4. I still have no idea how delegates work, but I think I have a handle on Super Delegates.

5. When Hillary wears blue, it really brings out her blue eyes.

6. I’m not superhuman. After dealing with what I instinctively knew was bronchitis for a week, I finally gave in and went to the doctor. She said there’s a really bad strain of it that comes with a bonus sinus infection (which is why I can’t breathe) and no amount of organic food and vitamins would have saved me. She kept trying to tell me I’m human…go figure.

7. I found a station that runs Charmed re-runs. This is important. When I was in first grade, I wanted to be a witch. A nice one. Who could make boys fall on their butts and stuff.

8. Eric learned how to use the new dishwasher, that we’ve had for about 4 months or so.

9. Jennifer pretty much has me burning with curiosity about Twitter. I can’t join. Every one will say “I toldya so!”

10. Work doesn’t stop coming in. Thanks so much for waiting me to get better.

11. Spammers don’t stop coming just because you’re too sick to log in.

12. While waiting for my antibiotics today at the drugstore, I was looking for Valentines Day cards for the kids and husband. There was a section for “Funny”. I like funny. But when I tried to find funny “Husband” cards, there were 4 columns for “Wife”, and one with a mixture of “Girlfriend”, “Pets” and two slots for “Husband”. One of the husband slots was empty and the other card wasn’t funny.

Over in the serious and romantic section, there were “Wife” cards all over the place. I managed to find 4 cards for husband’s and one that I liked that didn’t sound dysfunctional or co-dependent in a “Honey, be my valentine or I’ll let the air out of your tires” kind of way.

My daughter had tried to find a Valentine card for her step-dad but couldn’t find any step-dad ones. Where are all the cards for men?

I decided to pass this tidbit of discovery to Eric, to show how hard I worked, sick and all, barely able to breathe, no makeup in the store (sheer blasphemy!) and hair pulled up in a pony tail…well, some of it. I didn’t fuss. Anyway. I told him I really had to look hard for a card for him and that most of the cards are for women, and the funny ones…well, do women not have a sense of humor I asked him?

He told me he was lucky to get a card. A friend of his got his wife a card and flowers and he hesitated after giving it to her, kinda waiting for his gift from her. She hadn’t thought to get him anything.

I don’t get it.

13. I have a question. Does working from home make your immune system messed up?

Happy Valentines Day to all the happy people.

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Kim Krause Berg’s long background in web design, SEO and usability includes software application functional and user interface testing, accessibility, information architecture and persuasive design. She shared her passion for Usability and SEO through her site and private consulting at Cre8pc for 17 years. Kim founded Cre8asiteforums in 1998. In the fall of 2012 she sold her forums to Internet Marketing Ninjas and retired from private consulting to join their Executive Management team where she continues her work in usability testing, customer experience and conversions design.

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