Things That Happened This Week


I have spent way too long refreshing the news.

 I have been pulled into a nostalgic vortex composed of baby clothes, photographs, and stuffed animals. Cleaning an attic is not for the faint of heart or the overly emotional.

We have been for a few walks by the river. Unfortunately, too many of those walks have been ended with a stop for ice cream at the convenience store down the street.

I have decided quarantine calories do not count.

I have decided to start an exercise program. Yes, that does contradict the previous statement.

I have started using Zoom. This is slightly anxiety-inducing for the socially awkward among us. When do I talk? What do I look like? Why? Why do we all have to communicate? But what if no one wants to communicate with me? It is an endless circle.

I baked an apple pie and oatmeal raisin cookies. See above about quarantine calories not counting. Also, see above about that exercise program.

My daughter and I have started growing our hair long. She wanted to. I didn't but have no choice. She has a mullet now. I put a headband in to keep it out of my face and looked like a 1950s housewife. Not the look I was going for and it really doesn't go with my pajama pants and ratty sweater.

I have started five million books and have only managed to finish the comfort reads I have read many times before. One day I will read something new, different, and worthy of a review. This is not that day.

The volunteer work I do several days a week has been suspended. The meetings I go to twice a week are on Zoom now. My little part-time job has been expanded but still doesn't take up much of my time. I have a lot of free time. I want to be productive with it but sometimes the day ends and I have refreshed the news and reread books and baked a pie.

As with so many of us, it is not the life I want but it is the life that is necessary. I hope you all have books to read and the strength of mind not to refresh the news too often.






6 comments

  1. It sounds similar to my life at the moment although I baked lemon and poppy seed scones. I used Zoom for the first time this week. I've had trouble concentrating on books, apart from a 1950s US crime fiction book. We are stuck at home apart from our walk for the Guardian in the morning. It will be quite some time before things are back to normal, if ever!

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    1. We just had a Zoom anniversary party for my aunt and uncle. These are definitely different times!

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  2. "The volunteer work I do several days a week has been suspended. The meetings I go to twice a week are on Zoom now." Me too. What's your volunteer work?

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    1. I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses. I volunteer my time to teach people about the Bible.

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  3. Wonderful to meet you, my sister. :-)

    In the past, I've wondered about whether you were a JW, because of a turn of phrase or reference. But that bit about service & meetings being suspended and on Zoom, was just too perfectly clear.

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    1. Oh wow! That is great. I wondered after your comment. I am going to go email you now.

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