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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 post where I catch up to the present | The Sunday Salon

None of the posts I wanted to write this week actually happened. Except for maybe the one review I posted. But I had other stuff I wanted to share that never got written about. So this is going to be the list of all those things and more, if I can remember what all that was.

The birthday weekend

Last Tuesday was my husband's birthday. However, the party had started during the previous weekend. His brother and wife arrived on Friday night, followed by his best friend, wife, and daughter the following morning. We had a blast last weekend. Games, cooking, outings at the park, cake, and just plain fun. The husband didn't know of these visits until the day before - the surprise was totally worth it.

I gave him a telescope for his birthday, since he had been talking about getting one for a long time but been reluctant to actually commit to it. An aside: The husband and I have very different interests generally - Introvert me loves home-bound hobbies like reading, knitting, writing - pretty much anything that doesn't require me to get out of the house. The husband loves games, movies, hanging out with people - anything that involves being outside. (It's amazing how well we get along.) But with the telescope, we may have finally found a common interest besides Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. The first thing we did as soon as the behemoth was assembled was to point it at Jupiter. Did you know that Jupiter is very close to the Earth right now? It will be at its closest on March 8th. Last week, I started learning how to read the skies, so Terence Dickinson's Nightwatch has been a close companion lately.

Infomagical podcast

Last week, I heard many of you talk about the Infomagical podcast. The productivity maniac that I am, I decided to listen to this one and actually quite enjoyed it. While I didn't exactly succeed in curbing infomania, it has made me realize that I could possibly be a little less stressed and a lot happier if I wasn't always trying to catch up with something, whether it's Feedly or my review backlog or even the books I want to read. For a long time, I have wanted to be more mindful about the way I spend my time and with a kiddo, it's a little difficult to find free time. Listening to this podcast has helped change my focus a bit and I have already been doing things to combat all the information I consume on a daily basis. Marie Kondō's book will probably be a nice companion to this podcast.

Reading

This past week, I finished The Beautiful Bureaucrat and with each passing day, have been liking it a little less. It's definitely an experimental novel with big ideas but I can't say that I liked the execution. I'll probably want to think about this one for a few more days before I can articulate my thoughts about it.

Next, I am hoping to pick Toni Morrison's A Mercy - mainly because I want to start each month with a book from my shelves. I have never read a Toni Morrison book before so I am not sure if I should be intimidated or excited or both. I am still reading my first book from February (from my own shelf) - 10% Happier by Dan Harris. Occasionally, I have been considering bailing out but I realized later that this book is best read in small installments. Following these, I have Eleanor by Jason Gurley, Before The Fall by Noah Hawley, and The Yoga of Max's Discontent by Karan Bajaj.

Sick

Shreya caught some respiratory virus by end of the week. She has been absolutely miserable with the scary coughs resulting in some flying projectiles once in a while. Both she and I have been going through multiple outfits each day. She had a temperature for two days until finally it broke last night. Today, she has been much cheerful after a rough morning that started at 4am. We did take her to the doctor yesterday, more out of fear than anything, but it didn't sound like it was something to worry about. Still, this is terrifying for us, seeing her struggle so much.


Oh, and she turned seven months last week! #timeisflyingwhenitshouldnot

Work

Work has been insane the past week and will continue to be insane this week. We have a release this weekend and so I am not expecting to get much free time. I am considering taking this week off blogging but we'll see.

How has your week been shaping up?

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