Deep Thoughts About:
Why has life felt so stressful lately? Is this just permanent and a part of the phase of life I am in? Are some of the pressures very much self-inflicted (probably)? Are there choices I could make differently about my job that would lessen the stress (but might come at a cost, say less flexibility or less $)? Are there other extracurriculars adding to the stress? How much is COVID stress really contributing anymore? Will life feel easier once this surge is over? What exactly IS stressing me out?
In Other News:
I thought this article was very interesting: New questions about whether kids should wear masks in school
I’ve noticed that several blogs have a ton of discussion about fancy masks (KN95, N95, KF94, etc) for kids. I have been sending 2/3 kids to school in regular old cloth masks. It would be 3/3, but Annabel prefers the feel of kid-sized surgical masks (these – and they fit me pretty well, too!). G’s frequently slides off of her nose. I haven’t really felt concerned about it, and if the rules were changed for our school I would probably send them mask-free, especially once this surge ends (hopefully soon).
This is not because I am a bad uncaring parent or because I am not smart (well, you can think that if you want but I did get 2 on today’s wordle, so I must have some reasoning abilities). This is because after trying on several brands, I personally find essentially all KN95/N95-style masks to be extremely uncomfortable and do not feel the protective benefit is worth inflicting that on my kids. This is because I feel the risk of severe illness from COVID for my children is acceptably low, and feel unconvinced that this would have much if any community impact. I recognize that among certain circles this sentiment is still . . . unpopular.
Shallow Thoughts About:
Well, not really shallow, but certainly not as deep.
C’s track meet was cancelled due to cold and wind (it is currently 50F, but it is windy . . .)
Tentative to do list:
- 30 minutes Peloton “strength for runners” workout (these are usually not too terribly painful)
- Grocery shop – maybe in person with a kid (I haven’t done this in a while – not due to COVID just due to the extremely seductive convenience of Whole Foods delivery)
- Go outside + do something – might take kids to the local track to do some pretend races etc
- Help Josh book snowboard trip with C
- Make some progress towards booking April DC trip!! (pick hotel or VRBO/Airbnb)
- Plan next date night b/c we have nothing on the calendar and I need something
Also shallow but good: we may have picked out our floor! Wood for front of the house, luxury vinyl in the kitchen and kids’ art room. Hopefully can get things going quickly. I just want to move in already . . .