First of all, my heart goes out to everyone affected by Sandy -- it's a terrible, terrible tragedy, and the road back is going to be a long one. If you're looking to help, here are some ways:
This auction, spearheaded by children's author Kate Messner, is offering some amazing prizes, with the proceeds to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Hang in there, East Coast.
In less-urgent news, I am knee-deep in revisions on DISSONANCE, which means I will not be doing National Novel Writing Month. I am also knee-deep in germy children, and so I am going to dispense to you My Advice For Winter Months With Petri Dishes Masquerading As Short People.
Ginger tea. Lots of it. With honey. Lots of it. If you have a lemon lying around, throwing a few slices in wouldn't be a bad idea, but it's not essential. We happen to be fond of this brand, because it's easy to find, but if you're feeling particularly granola, just slice a bunch of ginger and throw it in some boiling water. I don't know why it works so much better than regular tea, but it does. Ginger tea cures all manner of cold-weather ick, especially those things that are viral and hence won't respond to antibiotics.
Which is why my kids are getting industrial quantities of it today. Mama has work to do.