Cases are up though still not up to our FL-summer-spike levels. I have received multiple notifications of positives in both kids’ schools though not yet in any of their classes (and I do think both places do a nice job of keeping classroom cohorts entirely separate).
I do fear what will happen with the holidays, from a nationwide standpoint. Numerous synchronous intimate in-home gatherings & celebration seem like . . . the perfect recipe for giant surges.
I don’t think we are doing anything for Thanksgiving though perhaps something very small & outdoors could be considered. Unlike most places we are headed into our GOOD weather season, for which I am grateful because the past week of continuous rain has been pretty disruptive. (G&C’s school closed due to flooding Monday-Tues and today is Veterans’ Day – I hope they are able open tomorrow! On the plus side, C did better with Zoom school yesterday than I ever saw him do last year — his current set up is in a much smaller class and they used a different style with much more synchronous content and paper materials rather than a bunch of apps.)
The statewide test positivity rate is now at 6.86% which is . . . not great. But I am hopeful that when cases occur in schools they do not seem to be generating large spreading events.
I am not sure how excited to be about the vaccine but I will admit some positive news feels . . . like a small beacon of (maybe) hope that is nice to think about.
G took a 1 hour nap yesterday (rather than her usual 2+) and still resisted bedtime for a while, but succumbed at around 9:30 (better).
(I first attempted the calm placement back in bed, but after doing that approximately 20 times I ended up telling her “oh no, you came out too many times and now your door is locked” and quietly held it shut as her human lock. That worked. You can take my Nice Parent certificate away now.)
I took a break from most of my habits yesterday (slept as late as I could, did not work out, etc). Sometimes I have to remind myself that while it is great to be consistent, many of my daily expectations are entirely self-imposed and if I’m just too (*&@ tired to function, maybe it’s a good time to just let go a little. And when that happens, I’m better off just purposely calling it a break and enjoying the ‘freedom’, if that makes any sense.
(For what it’s worth, last night I dreamed that I had a hotel in Puerto Rico that I would escape to periodically BY MYSELF. I woke up and was so disappointed this wasn’t real.)
Highly recommend this album if you just need something meditative and peaceful right now: Olafur Arnalds (his site links to spotify & other streaming services to listen)
(Discovered on All Songs Considered as usual!)