Thank you all for sharing (and so respectfully!) yesterday. It has been very interesting (and somewhat surprising) to see how different cultures and groups of people have handled what is ostensibly the same challenge.
Hoping for a safe, effective, and widely distributed vaccine stat. (I remember being very impatient for the H1N1 — look at 2009 resident me being nearly indignant in the last paragraph!).
1- I finished Deacon King Kong by James McBride and it was sooooo good. I am now about halfway through Writers & Lovers by Lily King which . . . may not be my thing. The first half was bleak, and now the plot is making me cringe a bit.
2- G is still on ‘staying in her bed’ strike. Her school is willing to limit nap but not cut it out altogether. In desperation I have started going to sleep on her floor, but I absolutely hate it, and this time spent means that my time with Josh in the evenings has been whittled to nothing. We are 2 weeks behind in This Is Us. #%*&#@
3- I realized that despite the pandemic, despite 2020 being a bizarre year, despite so many things — I am happier this November than I was last year. Now, last Nov I was borderline depressed and very stressed out, so the bar is not all that high. But still.
4- I thought this was a fascinating episode: 10 Things to Tell You: Mommy Juice Culture and the Sober Mom Squad. I barely drink anymore. The last couple of times I had a beer I got a headache, so that sort of conditioned me to want to avoid. And I don’t miss it at all. I previously would drink wine mostly in fancy restaurants or at social gatherings so I guess that is not surprising. I don’t know if I would ever consider going 100% alcohol free, but I don’t miss it in my life right now.
(Do I miss some of those social gatherings? Ha. That’s a more complicated question! I always thought I was an extrovert but it turns out that maybe I can flex to “I” when needed . . . plus my job bring plenty of social interaction so maybe that’s just . . . enough.)
5- I have an itch to start running more, but I don’t want to give up my strength training! I guess my current balance of 3 runs / 3 LIIFT workouts is pretty good. I can’t imagine doing both in one day.
6- (Bonus) AirPod Pro Mini Review: I like them. I cannot run in them (not snug enough; I would totally lose one). I find them very convenient and I like how they instantly link to phone. I love them for cleaning up around the house while listening to podcasts! I find them moderately comfortable (not extremely so, would not want to wear for 8 hours – but I don’t need to wear headphones all day). I think the sound is good, but I am not that picky.
I am glad I have them but do not find them absolutely perfect (as >$200 headphones might be expected to be). There you go!