This morning I shared a book from my decor library that offers us a peek into some pretty amazing parties held in private homes in New York. I must have parties on the brain since I’ve even been dreaming about them. Are you attending any New Year’s parties this year? Will you be hosting one? I’m kind of glad I didn’t plan one this year since I’ve come down with a nasty bug or something after all my traveling over the holidays.
Last night I had the weirdest dream. I dreamt I was having a party or maybe helping to host one. The house I was in didn’t look very familiar. Anyway, guests were going to be arriving soon and I was rushing around trying to get the house ready. But there was one problem, I couldn’t breathe! In the dream I felt like I was literally suffocating as I was running around trying to get things ready for the party. I woke up feeling the same way, unable to breathe very well because my throat was so swollen inside.
Isn’t it weird how dreams sometimes mimic that which is happening in real life. As soon as this post goes up, I’m heading off to the doctor for a strep test. I almost hope that’s what it is since that’s pretty fixable with an antibiotic. I don’t have any cold symptoms, just a super sore, swollen throat. I think I’ll be gargling with salty, hot water today. Yum!
Hope I’m all better by this Thursday because I’ve been invited to a “Hair of the Dog” party. Have you ever heard of such? I had not and had to Google to see what it was all about. Apparently, a “Hair of the Dog Party” is usually a party that’s held on New Year’s Day where food/beverages are served that will hopefully help those who may have done a little too much partying the night before.
The expression, “Hair of the Dog” comes from an old superstition dating back to the days of the Romans. They believed if someone had the misfortune to be bit by a dog, the wound would heal more quickly if a clump of the dog’s hair was placed on the bite. Yuck. Sounds like a good way to get an infection to me.
Per Wikipedia, the earliest known reference to this phrase being associated with a cure for drinking too much is found in a text from ancient Ugarit dating all the way back to the mid to late second millennium. Apparently, the god,ʾIlu, was hung-over after too much drinking and a salve consisting of the hairs of a dog and some plants mixed with olive oil was applied to his head to help his hangover.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Hair of the Dog?” Ever been to a “Hair of the Dog” party? I love learning about these old expressions and superstitions, even if I don’t necessarily believe they work.
Okay, I’m off to the doctor. Stay well out there!