As planned, I had my virtual wardrobe update consultation yesterday (with Lani!) and based on recommendations ended up ordering a major refresh of my work wardrobe. Then I joked with Josh that with my luck our healthcare system is probably going to issue a directive for everyone to wear scrubs going forward.
That would be kind of funny (but also sad!). He replied that there wasn’t really evidence for that (and this 2014 analysis agrees, though my takeaway from it is that white coats are disgusting! Thankfully I haven’t worn one since 2008).
ANYWAY. I used funds that were previously budgeted for my 40th birthday trip (sad, but . . . at least it was nice to repurpose them for something specific). The plan is to unbox in one sitting with Lani on FaceTime for better decision making about what to keep/return.
I will definitely do a post on the experience once everything comes. It felt slightly crazy to buy so much at once, but I think it was time. Having an expert shopper do the curation for me was also really enjoyable. Time will tell if it actually results in smarter purchases!
Call Week Begins
Ana wrote yesterday about having trouble with our current situation because there is no defined countdown, and a commenter mentioned that prisoners fared better when they avoided putting an end date to their suffering.
Well, call is a defined period (and while it’s not “suffering” per se, I do find it more difficult than normal life). And I definitely do a countdown! In my planner, in my head, etc. I definitely “wish life away” during those weeks. It feels very natural to do so because there is a defined end date (call is a 168 hour period!). Like Ana, I did the same thing in residency during difficult rotations.
It’s hard not to do the same thing now, with lockdown. But admittedly in my current situation (as previously discussed, and largely due to having childcare) I am not finding this time to be all that bad (after the initial shock wore off, anyway). Given this, I have not really been tempted to fixate on the end; I’m counting up, not down. Last night, Josh was wondering about our August family trip again (to the Keys, no plane but supposed to stay at a resort villa) and I can honestly say that I have barely thought about it. If it happens, fine. If it can’t, fine.
Although it did kind of break my heart that G yesterday asked to go to ‘Mingo Gardens again. Someday, G.
Oh and I started Organize 365! The first day’s goal was to define various zones in the kitchen. I tried as best as I could to define them (cooking area, food prep / storage area, etc). Moving things around in space = not my strength, but hopefully having some guidance will help.
I have no on-theme picture for today, so enjoy this survey of our current chocolate collection:
chocolove xoxox – Strawberry Filled Dark (kid fave)
Endangered Species Forest Mint
Hu Salty (my fave)