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In mood for a vacation | Weekly Snapshot

Yet another week has gone by with no end in sight for the pandemic. Being able to distinguish weeks became a challenge months ago, so no surprises there. But the weather is getting colder and winter is coming (hopefully not Martin's winter - we had enough of that this year already). I used to love winter, I used to look forward to it. But for the past few years, it has tended to be a very gloomy season. I'm usually just looking forward to it ending. So, this year, it's going to be harder to get through the season, especially since we are all still mostly at home. Mind you, I don't mind the restrictions as they do have a useful purpose, but wish more people followed them well and that we had done a better job when the weather was warmer to keep the virus at bay so that it didn't have to last this long. But that argument probably won't stick anyways, as many countries are now facing second waves. At the end of the day, we really need a vaccine but I hope that isn…

Light at the end of a tunnel | The Sunday Salon

Last week, I said that the week was going to be busy. That was quite the understatement. Not only was it busy, it was also a difficult week.

Shreya caught something at the end of the previous week. It started as a cold that appeared to get better two days later. However, on Sunday night, she woke up a few times coughing. One day later, she was down with bronchiolitis - something the doctor told us to expect to follow any colds that Shreya gets. So going forward, in addition to getting the boogie wipes ready, we have to make sure the nebulizer is set up and ready to run every time we see that telltale sneeze. This obviously goes without saying - but seeing babies cough or struggle is the hardest thing ever.

Work was at its busiest too this week and I struggled to give it a decent amount of attention. This was despite working half day on Monday and taking a day off on Thursday. It took everything I had to not go dancing like Daffy Duck in the rain on Friday singing "Thank God it's Friday!"



This week may be better. Though I will likely be trying to make up for all the work I didn't get to last week. Still, there is plenty of silver lining ahead. For one thing, we will be having some friends stay with us this week. For Memorial Day weekend (that's in two weeks!), we are planning to stay in Cape Cod and explore the area. Cape Cod and the Chesapeake Bay are two places I frequently run into in books - at this point, they have an almost romantic association with them. Even places like St. Louis, New Orleans, Maine (which is a state, of course), etc have the same appeal to me. I expect them to be beautiful cultural places built just for booknerds, simply because they are mentioned in books. We have a cabin rented at Cape Cod and this is going to be Shreya's first time at a beach, so we are very excited on her behalf and can't wait to put her in a swimsuit, even if she won't be venturing out into the water.

Speaking of the babe, she has crossed another milestone off her list - last night, she started standing on her own. She was so excited about it that she was calling out to anyone and everyone to look at what she did. It's so amazing to watch babies grow - I am constantly in awe of how they learn.

Today, we are cleaning. Throwing stuff. Decluttering. Reorganizing. Of course, no matter what Marie Kondo says, the mess will be back in a week but at least I may get a day of orderliness, if not more. I am still reading the same book as I was last week - Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos, which is about a couple that fell in love through a series of letters they exchanged right after WW2 ended. So far, this is captivating even if I feel that it jumps around too much.

What are you reading?

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