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The Corona Diaries Week 6 - Forgetfulness

My sister Jen died on April 17, 2008. April 17 is a tough day and the beginning of April is usually filled with dreadful anticipation. Often the anticipation is worse than the actual day.

This year I 100% forgot.

I was talking to my niece (Jen's daughter) and she mentioned going to the cemetery and then it clicked. Wow. I was really stunned at how I totally didn't remember. And some might say "Maybe of all the days, that one is okay to forget." Yes, but. It's a significant day in my life, in all my family's lives. Astonishing to forget.

These are fucked up times. There. I said it.

Sorry Jen. It's not like I forgot you. I think of you all the time.

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Do you have zoom fatique? I do. And I don't even have a job that I need zoom for. But then someone emails and asks for a virtual group get together and I can't say no. All my college housemates? Hell yes. We did that yesterday and it was really nice. LA, Northern California, Portland and Philly were represented. It's amazing how we could have done this years ago, but didn't. Maybe this is a silver lining? Seeing old friends, if only online? It was good.

And yet. How insane that all my self-consciousness, dare I say my self-loathing bubbled up. They must be judging me, how I look, how I am, stupid stuff I say. Are they? Of course they aren't. They are some of the kindest, funniest, most generous people I know. I should take a lesson from them and turn it inward.

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It was hot this week in LA, in the 80's. Time for blow up pool afternoons. And popsicles.

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Our friend Tom dropped off rocket pop molds for us on Friday night and Kurt and Harper went right to work freezing up some juice.

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We bought these Melona bars right before the lock down at Mitsuwa. Thank goodness because they are YUMMY. Look for them if you go to Costco.

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We had other food fun this week too. Baked more cookies:

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Then baked THE BEST MUFFINS EVER! These are "donut muffins" from the King Arthur Flour website. They taste like cake donuts! They are so tasty and fulfill any donut craving you might have. I'm going to have to not make these every day week.

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Kurt made his bomb-ass grilled cheese sammiches again.
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Harper has gotten to the Wine-Glass-As-Juice-Cup stage in life.

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Some mornings her hot chocolate game is lit.
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Before the heat wave we had an indoor dinner picnic. I absolutely have no recollection what we ate (see forgetfulness above). But there were paper plates. (Using them up is nice.)

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I am working on eating healthy sometimes.
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Speaking of healthy OMG I DID YOGA FOUR TIMES LAST WEEK! I took the one hour online class through the studio I had been going to earlier in the year. I'm so glad I restarted and will make it happen some more this week. Biscuit joined one day. And one other day I was logging in and Harper was with me. The teacher said, "Hi! Who is that?" I said, "My daughter Harper." "Oh hi! Are you going to join us for yoga, Harper?" I said, "NOOOOOOO THIS IS MY TIME!" (but much nicer).

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I saw an idea online for a sidewalk physical fun course so I made one for Harper. The funnest thing for me is seeing random people in our neighborhood doing it too!

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I happened to be out watering plants when a mom and son came by, hopping. She had on the BEST (non pandemic related) t-shirt I've seen in a while. She said it was for her 40th birthday.

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We work in some art every week and our favorites are nature related. Someone cut this tree down in our neighborhood and Harper and I walked to it to take pictures and then her assignment was to draw it. I think she nailed it!
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And we keep busy in random ways. I marched two blocks down to sit with a friend in their front yard. Brought my own chair, snack and cocktail. It was really nice and felt refreshing to speak to someone IN REAL LIFE.

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We packed up our 2nd car and stowed it under a shiny cover. "Planned Non-Operation" indeed.

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I was tidying up my desk area/office and these are on my window sill. I've never smoked but always love old ashtrays. You know the Hana Maui one is old because it says "Hawaiian Islands". I found that one at a swap meat years ago. The La Concha one I swiped when we stayed there once in the late 80s or very early 90s. It was a dump but oh the architecture out front. It no longer exists.

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I worked on my masks. Finally got some new fabric I ordered a while back. Trying new styles and types. Got new supplies as well. The better sewing machine is working out great so far. (fingers crossed.)

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We are supporting the US post office by buying lots of stamps and they had these puzzles there too, so boom! New puzzles to do.

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The ever popular Uno. Harper gets to do math, so it's educational to boot.
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Making bird feeders.
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Speaking of bird feeders - we put up two outside our office window (Harper and I share an office now) and the squirrels are bamboozled. It's fun.

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The cats are doing fine. Willoughby enjoyed fresh dug dirt time and Biscuit learned about bubbles. (Biscuit isn't allowed outside yet, still too young and dumb.)

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Finally last night, Harper wanted to camp in the living room. She's wanted to for weeks. So Kurt dragged out two twin mattresses and we watched Tangled and ate popcorn, etc. Time to sleep and I was out like a light (it's my super power). Harper couldn't sleep and wanted to go back to her room, so we undid it all and all slept in our own beds. But the moving watching part was fun.

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