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Pandemic-fatigue | Weekly Snapshot

It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

The Sunday Salon: A cold and rainy Fall morning

The Sunday

Now: 9.24 am / The baby is sleeping and every one else has just had breakfast. It's been raining for the past three days and while I don't mind this weather - it's a perfect excuse to stay home cozy - the husband is getting a bit restless because he'd rather be outside than be cooped up inside.

Home: It's amazing how busy you are when there's a baby around. On weekdays, I get home around 5.30pm, feed the baby, play with her for a while, have dinner, take a shower, and then feed her again before sleeping - around 8-9pm. Shreya usually wakes up once during the night to feed, though for the last week, she has been waking up twice. Then I'm up at 6.30am, feed her again, before getting ready for work. This schedule is going to go kaput in January after my mom returns to India.

Grateful for: My mom. She LOVES looking after the baby and would happily do it full-time, if needed. I wish she and I were staying in the same country - I will miss her when she returns.

Work: I began to feel more settled at work this week. No more feeling like a headless chicken running around.

Making: I finally finished my mitts last night. I had a knitting marathon (sort of) between baby feedings since Friday evening and managed to almost finish them. I still need to weave in the yarn ends and wash the mitts. Next on my list - a pair of mittens for the baby.

Cooking: We went to an apple orchard last week and plucked a bag full of apples. I've never gone apple picking (or any-fruit picking), so I had a blast. Now, there's most of that whole bag of apples waiting to be used. Today, I plan to make this apple upside-down cake - perfect for this cold wet weather.

Reading: Still waddling through Woman at Point Zero, but I think I will finish it this week. More than halfway through. I'm also occasionally reading books to the baby. When I feed her in the office, she stares at the bookshelves - a sight that makes this mommy very excited. She isn't fully responsive to reading yet - she just stares at the pictures some times, other times she stares at the beyond.

Listening: I also started listening to Jon Krakauer's Missoula - this book isn't breaking any major ground about rapes in colleges, but it's still a very disturbing book.

Anticipating: Tonight's supermoon eclipse. Not that I expect to be able to see it in this neck of the world, what with all the rain and clouds over here, but there's still that tiny ray of hope.

Blogging: Woohoo! I wrote four posts between last night and this morning. I've decided to do what I have always hated doing - schedule posts in advance. Of course, there is no guarantee that next week will be the same success story, but we'll take it one week at a time, shall we?