Variety News, June 14, 2021

On My Mind
It’s been a very weird week. Seems like everyday, something odd happened, either out of order, or out of place, or something that threw me off my game. I had one ultra-productive day wherein I followed my list, got nearly everything on it done, and felt really good when it was all over.


I want more of those days. More days when I get up, get busy, and random stuff doesn’t happen to derail my whole plan. I know it’s not practical to expect because “life is change”, but that’s what would really make me happy long-term. Maybe this week I can get two really productive days? One can only hope.

Last weekend, hubby filled the second raised bed in the backyard, and I went to my mom’s to pick up strawberry and cucumber plants, and to my sister’s to dig some rhubarb plants she didn’t want anymore. Planted them all up, and they’re already growing! It looks like we’ll have some strawberries already this year – yum! We have baby cherry tomatoes too. I don’t love the heat, but our tomato plants sure do.

I splurged on a small pack of fresh sugar-snap peas last week, and you know what? They really are the perfect snack. Sweet and crunchy, I grab one nearly every time I open the fridge (so no, there aren’t any left for salads). They go perfectly with carrot slices.

No, I’m not being sarcastic. Try it. Get a bowl of sugar snap peas and carrot slices, and see if that doesn’t completely hit the spot on a hot summer day. Bliss!

Bling & Things
I got a great pair of earrings this week. They’re made of a dark, African hardwood, with abalone inlays shaped like question marks (pics on my Instagram feed). They’re big and bold and on the day I wore them, I really needed a pick-me-up, and all day I was just happy seeing those earrings dangling by my neck. It’s amazing how a good piece of jewelry can make your whole day better.

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While a good portion of my Facebook friend list has been baking their way through this pandemic thing (something my waistline really can’t afford), I’ve been doing the Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) thing, which is fun, relaxing, and easy on the blood sugar. But…hiding in video games comes at a cost too, and as in all things, there comes a time when healthy boundaries become necessary. While I may not be gaining weight, I am dealing with neck soreness, pinched nerves in my back, and eye strain that’s threatening to become more serious if I don’t get away from the screen more often.

That’s not to say I’m giving up ACNH. Not at all – I love the game. But it’s time to re-calibrate and start moving forward again.

I’ve started writing again, which is one of the most important things. A few sentences at a time, longhand, but whatever works is what I’ll do. The weather is getting nicer, so I’m getting out to walk the dogs instead of sitting on the couch all evening (good for my neck/nerves, and also for my eyes if it’s not windy). I dyed my hair, because after waffling for a few days about whether to do so or just let it go natural since I can’t get it cut, I’m just vain enough to not be ready for the salt & pepper look yet.

I trimmed my bangs up out of my eyes – I’ve always had bangs, because I have a high forehead and can’t stand not having it at least partially covered. So that’s not a drastic change for me, it’s just general maintenance, no matter what length my hair is.

I changed my earrings (the clovers were a bit “over”), did curbside pickup for my comic book pull list, and created some new routines based on my projections of “life going forward”. I realize I have that luxury because my job is the same as it always has been, and I’ve been working all along, so my life really hasn’t been impacted nearly as much as others have been.

I do see less people now, but honestly? That really doesn’t bother me. I see my husband, of course, and the two people I work most closely with at the office. Other than that, I see a few random strangers that I automatically give space to like normal (I have a huge personal space bubble, pandemic or no), I still walk the dogs late to avoid all the people walking dogs earlier (normal), and I talk to my mom on the phone once a week or so (I’m not a “visit/talk to mom all the time” kind of daughter – I need my space). I have no issue with being home in the evenings, and not having anywhere to go. That’s my preference by default, so…I feel for the people who are itching to get out and do stuff, but I’m not that person. I’m perfectly happy with this state of being. If I didn’t want to pick out my own produce, and the dogs didn’t love going for a weekly ride so much, I’d have my groceries delivered too and see even less people.

Alas, it’s good for me to interact with strangers in person at least once a week, because the biggest issue I have with this whole staying home thing is getting “too” comfortable. I have to force myself to be social on normal days, and I have to keep interacting with people at a certain level regularly in order to be comfortable with it. So being “allowed” to not be social is a bit dangerous, in that the longer I get to do that, the more uncomfortable I’m going to be the next time I have to be around more than one or two people, in person, again. That will actually be far more stressful for me than staying home and keeping to myself. Not due to fear of a virus, but simply the stress of social interaction. So that bit of re-calibration is going the wrong way, but…it can’t be helped at the moment.

Next week, we’ll get back to the new blog format again. I haven’t been taking many pictures, and honestly, I’ve just been playing too much and being lazy about things. But I’m working my way into a “new normal”, with new, more productive routines, so…stay tuned!

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