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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

When the Going Gets Tough | Weekly Snapshot

Remember the cold and cough I mentioned couple of weeks back? It took two weeks for it to complete its round through our house. I was the last to get hit but also took longest to recover - a very busy work week meant I couldn't rest much either. Thankfully that's behind us and hopefully we are done for this season.


Frustrated about

Last year has been one of our most expensive years ever. On top of all the usual expenses like bills, taxes, school expenses, and living expenses, we've also had to replace our roof (thankfully covered by insurance), buy a whole new A/C unit (gah! have you ever noticed how much these things cost?), get a new car, a new fridge, and a new dishwasher. The car was the lone leisure expense, everything else was a necessity because things broke. It got to a state where if each of these items weren't expensive, we would have laughed at the coincidence and ridiculousness of it all.

And then, yesterday, our wall microwave decided to join its old buddies. Rrright. We are about done, at this point.

Truth be told, these expenses weren't unexpected. Our house (as are almost every other house in this community) is at the age when everything is reaching its end-of-life. What's killing is the closeness of all these expenses.

We'll figure this out. At least, we have replaced almost everything at this point, so we can rest somewhat easy, knowing it should be couple of decades before next time.

Looking ahead

After the very busy last two weeks, I'm very much looking forward to next week. I don't have a whole lot going on so I'm hoping to get caught up on some persistent to-do's and maybe even score a get-ahead on next week. We'll see - I generally love month-ends for the opportunity to cancel unnecessary distractions and start planning for the new month.

Reading

I didn't do much reading for one whole week thanks to the flu and then spent much of the following week playing catch up. So I'm still working through Michelle Obama's Becoming but closer to the end than the beginning. I also started reading Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend, and although I initially got lost in the sea of names, I love just how readable this book is.

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Watching

Image result for the mentalist" Still watching the fourth season of The Mentalist, though very close to season-end right now. I almost miss the innocence of the characters that was present all through Seasons 1 to 3. Something happens at the end of Season 3 that changes most of them. Although that does make them more complicated and thus very realistic characters, it also means that they are more brutal sometimes and at other times, more empathetic than before.

On the blog

When I decided to come back to the blog, I wasn't expecting it to be an easy transition by any measure. I expected to appear and disappear a few times before I made up my mind. But so far, this has been doable. Having a steady bedtime routine with the kids helps tremendously. Of course, there are quite a few of my interests now jostling for my attention and progress in each is much slower that I'd like but I'm still here so far.

This Week

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