Corona Diaries 2020

The Corona Diaries Week 36 - A Quiet Week of Mr. Biscuit

The week went by quietly. Not a lot of fanfare. A true respite from all the previous week of election results and mini breaks and haircuts. When scrolling through my pics for images from the week, it was mostly Mr. Biscuit. Makes sense. He's large. We like to call him "Big Galoot".

I've been getting up in the dark to work on a creative project and Biscuit likes to help.

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But then he decided my open laptop was an ideal spot to sit. NO, BISCUIT!
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He's learning to be a lap cat.

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And is often just cute.
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He explored Kurt's office.
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Did a very cat thing with a towel on the floor.

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and worshiped at the altar of Willoughby.
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Mr. Biscuit has learned to climb the fences, using objects on our side to get up, but once he's in the neighbor's yard, he has a hard time climbing back over. I had to retrieve him the other day and Willoughby was sitting on the fence looking down at Biscuit. I swear she was laughing at him.

Aside from cats, Kurt was busy attending teleconferences for the theme park world, meeting new people, learning new stuff. I was busy working my new seven week goal plan. Harper had school. I also started on a little tiny VFX bidding job. I found myself stressed out about it, my body saying, ugh, it's been a while, we are out of practice. PANIC! So I asked Harper to draw me a picture of a sunflower so I could look at it and relax. She very kindly obliged:

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Harper had time to do more art as she got in trouble on Monday, playing computer games when she knew she wasn't supposed to. So she had to get off the computer (except for school) for a week. Luckily the timing worked out that Gammo sent fun crafts to do before Christmas, so Harper spent some time making ornaments.

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She also added to her clay food collection with this charming cheeseburger.

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I worked on eating better/more interesting lunches. I call this my "leftover bowl". It was yummy.
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That was the week. Nice to have it be uninteresting for a little bit!

 

 


The Corona Diaries Week 35 - 7 Weeks Until 2021

Way back in early October I booked a 2 night get-away at a house with a pool in Desert Hot Springs. It was a splurge, no doubt, but back then I said f*ck it! We will either be celebrating the election outcome or not. At the very least we could celebrate our 19th anniversary which was on November 3. Luckily we had multiple things to celebrate.

We were gone from Tuesday noon to Thursday mid-afternoon. The Wednesday in between was Veterans Day (a school holiday). Harper packed her R2-D2 suitcase on Monday.

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Tuesday she had school until 12, then we hit the road (after much car packing). First stop: In-N-Out of course. PICKLES still the winning topping.
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Then we drove due east to where it is dry and grey and tan and dry. The desert has its charms for some, but not for me. Not at all.
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Sure, the eagle murals are astonishing.
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But, this just doesn't do it for me. I am not a desert person. Too much of the tropics in my blood.

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But that's not to say a lovely pool and a comfortable house away from regular life isn't nice from time to time.

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We got there at 3 and Harper had to jump into an afternoon minecraft class (her favorite) while Kurt and I unloaded and figured out the pool settings and got some snacks out. The pool was not warm and the sun was already getting low so it was all about the hot tub.

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The house was very well equipped and Harper found this fantastic drinking vessel.
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Next morning we fired up the pool heater early and with a little help from the sun it warmed up a bit. Harper had a great time no matter the chilly temps. (I had hoped the weather would be in the upper 80s but alas, we got a cold spell so the air temp barely made it into the 70s.)

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Breakfast in bathing suit - perfect holiday attire.
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We were in and out of the pool all day and in the early evening, nice to be in the hot tub and see the stars come out.
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Harper was at it again early Thursday morning for a pre- school swim.

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We had a nice time just chillin' out for those few days. Though I will say, not a lot of hot anniversary romance when the 8 year old would prefer to share my bed. #eyeroll.
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But she's pretty cute and snugly, so I wasn't too mad.

We drove home after her school day ended on Thursday and came back to a very clean house. We had our housekeeper come and clean while we were gone. First time she's been here since July. We were very grateful.

Harper also has her clay class on Fridays and it was sea themed this week. I just love it all!

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I also asked her to draw a picture for a baby shower card. And this was her offering. Cracks me up!
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Saturday was HAIRCUT DAY! Our stylist kindly gave us a house call and our friend Betty joined as she also sees our stylist.

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Waiting area.
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Harper was done, then Betty had her turn.
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Betty also brought CAKES. A classic cheesecake and also a recipe from the 70s - Picnic Cake!

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I cut up the cakes to give a bunch to our stylist and also put a big hunk in the freezer. YUM!

Kurt went last in the salon.
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Here's my Before and After. I had had just about enough of the damn long hair.

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And just for fun/historical record, some memes that others put on their social media sites over the week. Oh there are millions more, but I liked this sampling.

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Things are still kind of cuckoo in the land of Trump. But he'll be out in January and we'll have the giant mess to clean up. There will be more work in text land to do with the Georgia run-offs on January 5th. We need those two senate seats!

And while that will keep me somewhat engaged, along with holidays to plan for, I woke up today thinking Now What? And after much coffee and thinking, and scribbling, I have a seven week plan. Resolutions for the end of year, if you will. I'm not going to go into much detail, but I will let you know if I'm on track. Then at the end will make clear what I have achieved. The main thing I want to achieve is to stop being so hard on myself. If you know how to do, that please let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


The Corona Diaries Week 34 - OMFG Joe Biden Won The Election!

Wow. WOW WOW WOW!!!

I had not let myself even begin to hope until Thursday night when the numbers started to go his way. But even still, I didn't let myself really celebrate until it was finally called on Saturday morning. I cried as I went to tell Kurt who was in the other room. Astonishing.

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But it was a busy stressful week before that good news. I spent the weekend before the election at my computer just about the whole time. Kurt made breakfast on Sunday and I ate it at my desk while texting.

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Mr. Biscuit had kept me company since the dark early morning.
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Monday we got a visit from Grace! She camped in our backyard and we ate sushi dinner outside. It was nice to have a good time for a little while in between texting!
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One of those mornings (omg my whole week is a blur) I went to for a walk and saw this lovely succulent garden. I stopped and admired it while breathing deeply.
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On election day I was still busy with the text group, getting out the final texts to help anyone in states where you could register and vote on the same day. I was weepy. That was it, that was the day. There was much camaraderie and love and support in our group which helped so much.

Tuesday night was feeling not good. It didn't look over for Joe Biden, but it wasn't clear at all. Wednesday I got back in bed later in the morning. It was nice to just let myself do nothing while waiting. Waiting waiting waiting.

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But Harper's school week went on. She has three afternoon zoom classes and she makes this piece of art to cover her computer camera for some reason.

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Every week she has vocab with a spelling quiz on Fridays.
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We help Harper study them at dinner, quizzing her while we eat. She likes to quiz us back so I told her to grab the antique book "25,000 words" that mom sent to us. It's literally a list of words and pronunciation markers. It's a fun dinner activity!

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I did make lunch for Harper on some days. I love these cafeteria trays!

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Harper's clay class made fun clay foods! I love that carrot.
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Mr. Biscuit worked my already frayed nerves by exploring the mantel. Luckily he came down without breaking anything!
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Lastly, Kurt would not like you to know that he won an award for one of the projects he worked on in the Theme Park world. The Themed Entertainment Association has yearly awards and Kurt was on a team that one last year. YAY!!!

He's going to be mad I'm posting this. But I'm really proud of him! He worked hard on it and might even get to work on the sequel! 

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I never won a damn thing in my whole stupid career. (sour grapes much?) So why not celebrate this?!?!

SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE!

Oh and it was our 19th wedding anniversary on election day. We both sort of went "oh yeah..." and moved on. Ha! But this coming week we have a 2 night get away for the three of us to relax and have some fun. I had booked it weeks ago, hoping we would be only celebrating and I'm glad I did.

NOW ON TO THE RUN-OFF RACES IN GEORGIA !!

 


The Corona Diaries Week 33 - The Texting Intensifies

(I'm writing this on November 8. It is a recap of the week of October 26 - November 1.)

I texted A LOT. Thank the stars I had that to do otherwise I would have been going insane. The cats helped keep me grounded. Mr. Biscuit helped and hindered around my desk.

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He also entertained from afar as he is learning how to navigate the fence.
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Willoughby is a bit more civilized in her desires.
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So handsome.

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Well maybe not so civilized.
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More Halloween Fun - we had our usual weekly park play time on the Sunday before Halloween. There were costumes and masks and a pinata and cookies.

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Harper had originally said she would be Hermione again, but then made this Cat Costume from found items in her room just for the park party. Cute!
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Tom very kindly sent Harper a Halloween gift:

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But for the Friday before Halloween, Harper did revert to the Hermione Costume.

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Cute turkey puzzle thing!

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The last three Halloween things we did were on actual Halloween. First we went to the mini Halloween drive through (mentioned at the end of this blog post) then we made Spooky Hot Dogs! They are supposed to look like mummies...but uh, oh well.

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Lastly, we told Harper she could trick or treat in the house (between Kurt's office and my office) if she changed into various costumes. She kind of did!

First up: Hermione:

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Then Hedwig the Owl:
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Then she came as Mr. Biscuit!
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And then as a flowery ghost....!

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Then she and we were DONE with Halloween. I think we had more Halloween this year than any year previously!

There had been a bit more art from Harper this week. Starting with a thank to Tom for the above Halloween Lego gift.

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Masks on!

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I love getting these notes when I'm busy or on the phone. I love that she draws her own life (zoom class).

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A thank you note to Grace for a little Halloween fun.

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And then a zombie! Just for fun.

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She also started a new art class after school on Fridays. Clay modeling. Super cute!
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Crazy busy as I was with texting toward the end of the week, I did enjoy making breakfast for Harper one morning.

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One night I was too busy texting to sit down to diner so Kurt and Harper made a plate for me to have later. It was very sweet.
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This is how I was feeling over the weekend whilst texting and leading/moderating in the group. It was very stressful and exhausting. I estimated I worked 6-8 hour days then it ramped up to 12 hour days over the last weekend. At this point I was still very very very nervous and filled with dread.
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Thankfully, we know the outcome...!!!

 

 

 


Halloween Catch Up x2

The week before Halloween we went to a drive through Halloween experience. It was genius on the part of someone, making use of empty shopping mall parking lots and hiring all kinds of out of work people. And it was a bit cheezy. But you know who loved it?

Harper.

She LOVED it.

She got all dressed up, even though we were never getting out of the car. And she talked about it non-stop. That made me happy.

On Halloween itself the after school program had a mini drive through at their main headquarters. It was much smaller but free and super sweet. I'm doing pictures of both here. Then back to the weekly catch ups.

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It was sponsored by a coupe of tv shows...

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Much candy was thrown in the car along the way.

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After the adventure (and a stop at In-N-Out) it was time for the great sorting!
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The much smaller but way sweeter/more charming drive through adventure started with a T-Rex. And MORE candy.

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The Corona Diaries Week 32 - Election Home Stretch

What exacerbates my anxiety? Dirty sinks.

We have asked our housekeeper to not come can clean as she used to. (But we still pay her.) So the housecleaning gets done piecemeal and at random times. Mostly the linens get their regular weekly wash on the weekends and the trash and cat boxes are emptied with great regularity. But cleaning the floors, cleaning the bathrooms and dusting all over and are much more random.

I have the fastest trigger on dirty sinks. We have two sinks in our main bathroom. Harper uses one and Kurt and I use the other, mainly. Harper is not great with rinsing out her sink and since I don't have to use hers, I generally ignore it. But this week my anxiety has been rising and looking at her sink just make me TENSE. And I don't need tense. So in the middle of an already busy day I spent 7 minutes cleaning the bathroom sinks. The picture doesn't do the messiness justice, but oh the heavenly feeling of clean sinks and counter tops. I was going to do the mirrors too, but I forgot. That's how tense I was. Tense.

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One thing we got off our plates was voting. I had mine done, signed and sealed before Kurt so I hopped on my bike and dropped it off. Kurt went later and did same.

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Then we both got our confirmations a few days later. Kurt's came a couple days after mine so he was concerned, called the hotline and was told to wait a little while longer. Then it came. Hooray! We voted!
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We had a big Halloween event which I will do a separate post for. Harper was so happy to have an adventure.

My other big event for the week was Going To Costco! I haven't been since before lockdown, but I hardly ever went before then. Maybe a couple times a year. Funny how when it was just Kurt and me, we went a lot more often and bought...what did we buy? Pasta? Olive oil? Cheese? Random sh*t we didn't need? Anyway, I did the super practical big shop:

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And was rewarded with no lines! Amazing. We have laundry detergent, toilet paper, q-tips, sponges and ziploc bags to last well into whatever the hell is going to happen after election day.
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Scenes from around the house this week:

School lunch time (I love that Harper reads while she eats):

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Zoom school with Cat.
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Monday was Spirit Day/Pajama Day for school. And for art they made centipedes! YIKES. When one grows up in a place chock-a-block full of them, it's not as cute as you think.
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Also in school they played MadLibs so then Harper dug out our MadLibs book and went to town with me and Kurt and with Grace on Facetime!

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Grace also sent a funny little halloween gift and a puzzle card. Harper had a good time putting it together!

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A friend was feeling blue, so Harper helped me with a card to make her feel better.

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There was a school project about camouflage and how stick bugs use it.
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She drew me a picture of the kind of shoes she wants. UM.......no.
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After her Halloween adventure she made this on Kurt's nightstand. A gift with RULES.

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Also there is a video game called Peace Island that is being slowly worked on. It's about cats and Harper asks about it from time to time. I look forward to playing it.
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Cats of course.

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Maybe when it's chilly in the winter they will get even closer?
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More tree climbing adventures.
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Willoughby stole a pizza crust off the table and chewed on it for a minute.
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As for me, I put on a brave face.

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Enjoy the neighborhood decorations.
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Revel in the beautiful flowers.
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And smile at the yarn bombers.
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It's days away. Then a whole new SOMETHING will come into fruition. What will it be?

 


The Corona Diaries Week 31 - Getting Out The Vote

Last week was a blur as I ramped up the amount of text-bank volunteering I'm doing. And that's how it will be until November 4 - the day I can...I can...well, I was going to say relax, but I doubt November 4th will be relaxing. But at least I won't be busy texting. It's going to be like the end of a movie job where suddenly it's over and there is literally nothing to do and you walk around in a haze.

To keep me somewhat sane, I make sure to either take a long walk every day or at the very least, a bike ride to the post office or library. Today I'm going to fill out my ballot and drop it at the Drop Box at our library. I want my vote on its way today.

If you are in a swing state - your vote matters so much and you are being bombarded by groups like mine. If you are in California and you think your vote doesn't matter as much, it matters A LOT. All the down ballot races are really important. Karen Bass (my rep in Congress!) and Adam Schiff and Katie Porter all need to go back to Washington and do the good work they are doing.

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Cats always make me feel better. Kurt took most of these pics this week:

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A few minutes later:
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Willoughby had a visitor

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Neighbors have some fun decorations.
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Harper wrote a Halloween card to Gammo Jane.
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And I taught the art class for third grade, we made toilet paper roll spiders and bats. The teacher told me the kids really had fun with it. YAY! But I'm taking a 3 week break before I go back to teach more.
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Harper made a snack lunch.
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Harper was up early on Saturday morning as well and sat with me for a minute while I was starting my Get Out The Vote Team Captain day.

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Another nice view on a walk.
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Keep up the good fight.


The Corona Diaries Week 30 - Spooky Times

I continue to remind myself to breathe deeply and to stretch my arms and legs and unclench my jaw. There are only a few more weeks to go before the election. I am now going to have to go back to the "this too shall pass" attitude from a few weeks ago. But not quite that simplistic, as that was before (I'm too lazy to actually look) RBG died and the debate and the virus hitting the white house hard. Now I have to stop myself from "what-if"ing myself into a frenzy or more ocular migraines. There are SO MANY possible scenarios that it truly makes my head explode.

So. I focus on the texting work I'm doing and it will soon be even more of a distraction as we get into super intense times before the election. We have ballot chase programs (Can we ask you to mail in your ballot tomorrow?) and Get Out The Vote programs as well as a few candidate persuasion programs. And I'm a Volunteer Team Captain for the next few weeks which will also keep me busy busy busy. This is so good otherwise I don't know what I'd be doing. I mean, I'd find things to do, there is plenty to do. But this volunteering is so specific and focused and there is a finish line.

One thing that does keep me busy - cleaning out sections of the house from time to time. Yesterday Harper and I cleaned out/organized the arts and crafts cabinet. Of course I forgot a "before" pic, but trust me it was a mess. Having it be done and tidy = so satisfying!

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Also satisfying? Some old school classic cooking = chicken spaghetti casserole. Half of it went into the freezer. It was good and soothing and oh so bland. If only I didn't live with two people who can't do spicy. I could have kicked this sucker up a few notches in excitement. But again, comforting.

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One of Harper's school lunches this week.
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Then she made her own one day and I laughed so hard. There are four food groups represented here: Fruit, Dairy, Salty Snacks and Candy. Perfect.
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Speaking of Halloween Spooky times, I got Harper a Halloween dress to wear all month. And she asked for braids one night after bath time so we did it.

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The braids were Sunday night. Monday morning was just a pony tail as we walked and picked up trash before school.

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After school was flu shot time. Harper was not happy and started crying in anticipation in the waiting room. Once it was done, she cried a bit more, then done. I got mine at the same time by the same nurse, same cool bandaid.
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Speaking of spooky, these rascals make me laugh every time I drive by this house.

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Harper saved up money to buy an LOL ball thing. She knows I hate them but it was her money....so, I can't argue too much.

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I hate them because they are just full of trash. It's all about the surprise and the unboxing/unwrapping. See:
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Lame! She got one last Christmas, a bigger one, but that's been it. And now she got this for herself. But no more from me.

School in the age of Covid-19

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After school fun with Dad. This is the first picture of Harper that I can see a real resemblance to me.
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I got a new hairdo one day.

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And of course there was art. Kurt and Harper worked on a diorama project - just for fun! It's not quite done yet.

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Harper drew a picture for a friend's 50th.
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Another friend had a dog go to canine heaven. A dog we knew and Harper played with often. She drew this for condolences. It's raining, Harper (on the left) is shown bowing her head down. Then there is a tiny plant with deep roots growing = new life. I love this so much.
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Our friend who lost her dog also had a birthday a few days later and Harper drew/wrote this for her. Sooooooo sweet!
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I volunteered to be art teacher and our first class on Monday was based on Calder's abstracts. Some of Calder's work:

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And Harper's inspired work. It was really fun to see all the things the kids came up with. Tomorrow we are making toilet paper roll bats and spiders!!
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Cats actually kind of played together outside one day.

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And we got our Biden/Harris yard sign finally. Lots of them popping up around our neighborhood.
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Spooky times ahead.

 


The Corona Diaries Week 29 - Wow. What...?...Wow! Wow.

Let's take a moment.

Deep breath in...let it out slowly.

Another deep breath in...let it out slowly.

Very nice. Listen to the sound of the waves, feel the cool ocean breeze on your sun-kissed face.

One more deep breath in...and let it out.

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Ready? Good.

Seriously WTF was last week all about? What kind of cosmic karmic beat-down just happened? Wow. Do you remember there was a presidential debate last week? That was like three years ago once the news came about the President (and many others in that circle) contracting Covid-19. That was finally the trigger that got us to turn on the news after months and months of not watching any of it. (Harper and I watched the debate, but I'll get to that in a minute.)

I got interrupted after that last paragraph. I don't even know what to say after that. So I won't anything other than it's crazy times. Wait. It's been crazy times. Now it's super crazy time.

Let's look at some cats.

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Last Monday was a day off from school so I took Harper to the beach. The day was gorgeous (click for bigger versions of the pics)

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We had a dual lunch one day, and dinner alfresco (with cats) another day.

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On the night of the debate, Harper and I were waiting for it to start and she played with my phone camera and filters.

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Then the debate started. She was assigned to watch 10-15 minutes of it and write three facts she learned. Here is what she wrote all on her own. No parental help at all.

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It was extra hot last week so friends who were out of town asked us to water their plants and fill their fountain. We are good neighbors.

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Harper got a gift box from Gammo. It's called Crate Expectations and the box has a theme. This one was Kiki's Delivery Service box with various fun items as part of the theme. Harper is excited to be reading the book. We'll watch the movie when she's done.
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We had a weekend get together with other girls and their parents.

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This is the view when I step to the right of my main monitor every school day. It's nice.

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But let's get to the art. Harper wanted to teach me to draw some of her favorite things and I said, "Why don't you go teach papa?" So she did. This was her template page that she drew for Kurt and his work is below.

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One day she drew her two dolls. Just on her own for fun. I LOVE it when she does that.
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She drew a thank you card for some jeans and masks she got from a friend. The picture in between the jeans is of their little dog who will do a dancing trick if you hold up a treat. Jeans on the left have unicorns on the knees.

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Unicorn jeans IRL.
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We found a fun front yard one morning.
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On my own walks I found these two items and they made me smile.

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Listen to WILLIE!
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And please tell at least three friends to vote. Send them to VOTE.ORG to make sure they are registered and what all their voting options are.
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What will next week bring?

 

 


The Corona Diaries Week 28 - No Rest

Last week started off well. ("Well" is relative in covid times...) and then it went downhill fast in the dark.

RBG's death and all the reaction about it finally hit me on Tuesday or Weds and then there were some truly awful people that I texted in one of the texting programs. Usually the MAGA types don't bother me at all, it's water off a duck's back as I close out those conversations. But sometimes you get sick, horrible people lashing out. Luckily the group I text with is incredibly supportive and a kind community so I could commiserate with them and get lots of love and support back. But it just added to how already low I felt.

My week was also low because I realized I was letting Harper down by not helping her enough with school. I was a failing teacher's aide. I assumed she was in the groove of the school day and the assignments (there is no "homework" per se) and the uploading to their school website and etc etc. But she had missed a few things. I also caught her playing computer games while in class, which I of course told her was bad and shut it down immediately. I feel so bad for her, for all of them, because this is not normal and it's hard and frustrating. So I came up with a daily routine around school and assignments and how to start and finish the school day properly. I'm also going to talk with her about how to occupy herself in a productive way  - drawing or squeezing puddy during class. Something like that, any ideas are welcome!

I started writing this yesterday (Sunday) and didn't finish it until now (Monday morning). Yesterday Harper grumped around in the afternoon, she had already watched a lot of tv and I told her to turn it off. She had already used up her 2 hours per week of ipad/roblox game time the day before and we also had a bike playdate the day before. So there wasn't much to do. She kept asking for me to do stuff (I was cleaning the house and Kurt was working) (and she had finished her house cleaning assignments) and moaned and complained. I finally said, "Harper, I am frustrated too, I wish we could just go to any park, I wish we could go to the movies, I wish we could do everything we used to do, but we can't!" She stomped into her room and walked down the hall to my room shouting over my shoulder:

            IT SUCKS FOR EVERYBODY, HARPER!!

A truer sentiment was never uttered.

Interestingly, while I was making dinner hours later, she was helping me set the table and she cut cucumbers. At one point she said, "You're doing a good job, Mama." I thanked her and smiled. Kurt told me later that she said the same thing to him when she went out to his office to tell him dinner was almost ready. Then at dinner she said to both of us, "How annoyed are you by the coronavirus?" and we said A LOT. Then she asked "how annoyed will you be if trump wins?" And we said, A LOT LOT LOT.

Important lesson learned: make sure to share how I'm feeling more often. I had been expressing similar thoughts before (about the election and pandemic frustrations) but now I'll be sure to share appropriately about these things more often.

Election day is also our anniversary this year (19 years!) We are considering a mid week getaway the week after to hopefully celebrate on both counts. (Fingers crossed it's a two-fer celebration.) I've been back and forth about spending the money (it's not crazy expensive) but after yesterday's conversations with Harper and the dark week I had, I'm booking it. We will need a break. Going to find a place with a heated pool and strong internet so Harper can do school while we are there.

Third Grade Milestone (a passive one): Picture Day in times of Covid. Masks, socially distanced line and outside photo studio set up. And Harper put on LIP GLOSS for the occasion. omg.

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Here she is in a less formal pose at home.

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Other milestones: Mr. Biscuit learned to climb a tree last week. We weren't sure if he could get down again, but gravity helped a lot.

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Mr. B also found new hiding places

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And has found his long legs are becoming an issue in his little hidey-hole.

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I had regrown a sweet potato about four months ago and planted it in the garden. Had a little harvest last week!

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Kurt had bought a bunch of small sweet potatoes at TJ's earlier in the week so I used the store bought ones to make sweet potato pie. Harper helped.

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It was tasty but I used garam masala instead of nutmeg and while it tastes great, I should have put in less of it. Also I don't have an after picture because it looks remarkably just like the above "before" pic!

Whipped cream is a must.

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Speaking of garden - Harper has seeds growing for science class and man those things grow fast. This was Monday:

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And this was yesterday - a week later:

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The lantana out front of our house is lovely.

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And at our favorite LA dog's house (Arnie) they have an apple tree growing and lovely apples! I want to plant one...

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Early morning office view:

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While Biscuit is a big goof, he is sincerely one of the sweetest most patient cats.

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Thankfully last week, there was plenty of art. Sea themed:

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This is a picture Harper drew from a game she and Kurt play called Horizon Zero Dawn (which we call Verizon). Harper has gotten good at it and the main character is a strong young woman, so that's nice.
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Another self portrait.
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A friend sent word she was have a tough week too so I told Harper about it and asked her to write a card with me. She drew this picture which just nailed it.
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Science school work. Life Cycles.
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I LOVE THIS FROG SO MUCH.
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I've been watching a lot of West Wing reruns during lunch or at odd moments and I quote CJ: "That's a full lid, everybody."

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