First of all, thank you for the love on day 100! I am thrilled that this series is a bright spot for others. It has been a personal bright spot doing it. I have always been pulled to regular posting when possible and the funny thing is that the pandemic has made my regular routines even more ingrained.
Plus, I have more to process, think about, and say. So this series makes sense from my end. I know it’s probably (definitely) not for everyone. But it makes me happy that there are many of you out there that are enjoying it.
ANYWAY. We are beginning surge #2 down here. (No, it’s not the number of tests increasing; that’s been pretty stable for a while; here’s a graphic that helps illustrate that:)
In fact, today I get to experience the joy of my first COVID-19 nasal swab as our health system has moved to screening asymptomatic providers on a regular basis. I am not looking forward to it.
I continue to take immense comfort in sticking to daily routines and when possible, I avoid thinking very far in advance (like even . . . 1 week). Sometimes I have to, like when planning resident events and educational activities (which — aside — has been incredibly difficult as things keep changing). But a lot of times those thoughts are optional and I can move away from them.
Marcia commented yesterday: “I have almost zero podcast time these days. The very little time I have alone I’m mostly using on audiobooks which I feel are better for me than podcasts.
Also I am THIS close to deleting all unlistened podcast episodes. I remember you used to do something like this every week.
How has your podcast listening changed, if at all? Have the downloads on your own podcast been affected much by the pandemic? I will confess I have about 7 BOBW episodes unlistened to . . . “
M – I give you FULL permission to delete those BOBW eps!! Just don’t unsubscribe 🙂 Yes, I still clear out my podcast queue weekly. Unless there’s something that’s REALLY exciting, I start fresh every Monday. Let’s face it — the episodes are just going to pile up again!
I subscribe to way more podcasts than I have time to listen to, and that is because a) podcasts are free (and I have it set up so they only download when there is active Wifi, so I’m not even wasting data) and b) I like to have an array of topics to choose from. I definitely don’t listen to every episode of most podcasts (or really, any).
I do have less podcast time now, but that’s actually been true since we moved (Jan 2019) and I lost my longish commute. I still have some. I’ll put on a pod while doing household chores (if the kids are under control) or while on walks. I get the bulk of my news from the daily Up First podcast from NPR — probably the only podcast I listen to with regularity.