Not a serious question. We all know it’s a long way from over, but I’m really beginning to feel this acutely.
This was A WEEK. And it seemed universally so. I was on a working group call early Friday afternoon that’s usually chatty and the chair noticed we were all quiet. I volunteered that it wasn’t content related, but that we were all burned out, and there was some quiet murmuring of agreement.
There was just something about that six week mark. I saw it in a lot of posts this week too. *HUGS*
I’m healthy, safe, working, which are the important things. But I miss seeing my friends, family and colleagues live. I miss my routine and having a clue what day of the week it is. I miss weekends having some meaning. I miss my favorite sushi restaurant. I’m so tired of eating the same thing. I’m still saving money not buying work lunch, but there was definitely more takeout dinner this week. I’m lucky to live in a neighborhood/city that is full of takeout aka why I never cook, but Saturday afternoon when my taste buds decided they wanted Subway and it too was closed? Sometimes it’s the little things that are disappointments as much as the little things that mean happiness.
Little things I’m doing to make this week better:
- finding a new recipe to make next week because after seven weeks of chicken, I do not want to see it again. Happy for any crockpot suggestions/Pinterest links of very very basic recipes.
- Improving the living/working space including:
- finding a new place for my AC. The new desk chair has been great, but my back is sore from the angle I need to work at because I can’t tuck under the desk due to the AC. I think I found a new location for it.
- buying a monitor off a colleague who no longer needs it. I love my Macbook Air, but it was never meant for FT use and Citrix, Chrome, Zoom and Firefox for different needs was just too much on a 13″ screen. When I move the AC (and bottled water farm on my right), I can slide the laptop over and have room on the left for the monitor. There might even be a related solution to having a blender growing out of my head on Zoom calls. Probably not though.
- reclaimed my coffee table. All the stuff from the desk are got dumped there and as a result, it wasn’t a relaxing place to sit & read, so I wasn’t. I really want to get into a better habit of a screen (or at least laptop) break to mark the end of the work day, and read more. I think this will help.
I’m grateful to this space for being able to share all the things. From my stealth marathon training to all of this. I love you all and include you in the missing seeing my friends live as we had a good run of live meetups going this year, and I can’t wait for those to re-start. I remember when I first went into PT last year I was nervous that PT might not “count” for the Sunday linkup and now we have this post which is 10% run down and 90% rambling.
The week wasn’t all bad. In fact, it was mostly good I:
- RAN! (More on that below)
- had a Monday night happy hour with some of my favorite museum colleagues
- stumbled upon a beautiful performance from a neighbor down the block, and this is my new favorite place to be at 7:03 PM. We’ve established a fun rapport from fire escape to street level and sometimes she’ll start with my favorite verse, even though there are three before it. Enjoy a clip from Wednesday’s live performance. This was so needed in light of some seriously depressing news coverage of my beloved city.
- a reunion with some fellow teachers from Japan. We’re mostly Facebook friends, but someone created a group and we decided to have a Zoom meetup Saturday morning. Amazing to see how much our lives have all changed in the nearly 19! years since we moved to Japan.
- Had a Skype NFL Draft party with some friends I frequently talk Giants with.
- Realized I spent about half on food & dining this March/April as I did last year, a savings of nearly $600. That’s amazing considering I feel like I spent so much more on groceries. That will likely level out in May as April 2019 had some friends in from out of town and social dining.
Back to the point of this post… LOL. Pardon the ramble.
- I tried to run last Sunday and it hurt, so I knew it was going to be another week of walking, and I was OK with that. Pain free walking is better than running with pain.
- There was a lot of PT-both my exercises, Marcia’s from last week and other IT Band ones I had. I’m not really sure what derailed the IT Band three weeks ago, although I have a theory, but I think/hope I’m back on track
- Never miss a Monday and a strong start to the week: looked at my calendar & saw a 4:30-6 meeting which meant my afternoon walk slot wasn’t happening, so I went out early. Easy to social distance on an overcast morning, and I had the park virtually to myself. Everytime I see it, twinkle twinkle little bat makes me smile.
- There was much more tiptoeing through the tulips on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. And those were only the ones that made it to Instagram. I have probably taken a thousand photos of flowers since PAUSE began. I’m so glad many states allowed for exercise even while encouraging staying at home, because we’d all be even more stir crazy.
- I RAN. I’d apologize for the all caps, but they’re absolutely intentional and I know you all get that baby steps back feeling. It was only about a mile and a half and there were stops for stretches, but it felt good overall. I don’t have a plan for the week, I’m going to run by feel and hope it continues to be pain free.
on to the next… Stay safe everyone