Corona Diaries 2021

The Corona Diaries Week 48 - Ever Drifting

Sums it all up:

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Mockingbird here to mock me. Because what I need is more mocking. As if my self-loathing is not enough.
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Made an egg salad sandwich on white bread with lots of salt. It was yummy.
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Marinated ribs kalbi style.
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Then grilled them up. Also yummy.
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Prepped science class items for Harper.
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Monorail Biscuit.

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Harper wanted to go to the windy hiking spot again. So we did.
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Our neighbors with the amazing winter garden stopped me on my walk the other morning and said to please pick a big handful. So I did.
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Went to the park today with one friend from school. They have a 3 month old baby.

IT WAS SO HARD NOT TO REACH OUT AND GRAB UP THE BABY TO SNUGGLE AND SMOOCH.
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It was nice to see friends in real life.

I'm really really really really really fucking tired of this shit.


The Corona Diaries Week 47 - Drifting

Still drifting.

It's Wednesday and I've barely been able to get up the enthusiasm to write this blog post.

I was thinking of The Long Winter in the Little House series. They are trapped in their house with no food or trains or supplies. Day after day as the blizzards came and went, they ground wheat in the coffee grinder to make bread. That was literally all they had to eat for months. I know, we are not starving and it's not even cold. But the image of the daily grinding grinding grinding is feeling familiar to me. Along with the monotony of the weather here. Look. If I have to be stuck in my house every damn day, it could at least be raining. But no. (And I am not trying to be insensitive to all the people in Texas, etc, who are literally freezing without power and heat right at this moment. That is brutal and it's going to be a tough recovery.) I'm just going a bit f*cking crazy with the sameness day in and day out.

So here we go.

Harper attended a zoom birthday party on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon for her friend Violet. First there was the birthday girl stopping by to drop off the party things (and pick up her gift).

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The bag held cupcakes in these cute boxes.
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As well as decorating items - toppings, sprinkles and frosting made ready in a piping bag.

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Then the virtual party and decorating.

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Harper's card to her friend.
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The birthday girl's dad is a professional photographer so he put this together of Violet dropping off party supplies for all the guests. I feel like it is such a succinct image artifact for this pandemic era. (click for bigger if you want.)
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Later that day was the Super Bowl, which I barely took notice of. But! I made a pot of chili and some cornbread.

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We did a grid. Harper and Willoughby were the big winners.
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In the middle of all the...fun? Our kind neighbor with an incredible veggie garden stopped by with this handful of greens. It was so pretty I just stuck it in a vase for a day or two, then got around to chopping some up for a salad lunch.

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Later in the week I tried making this recipe. I only had frozen tuna, but what the hey. I had finally gotten a hold of miso paste so I was ready.

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It got a bit um DARK.
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It didn't cut well and frankly ended up looking like cat food. (Tasted fine.)
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Willoughby was fine with it. I was just annoyed.
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Mid week monochromatic lunch for Harper. Healthy, but one simple color palate.
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Cats are nice.

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Did I include this in my last post? Probably. But I still love it and want to frame it.

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Took the girl out for a trash collection walk one morning.
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We found LOTS of caterpillars in our garden.
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Last year I signed up for the NIH (national institutes for health) study about covid. It's all totally anonymous and so I don't know what they do with or discover about my blood. But I sent in a blood sample last year and there was a follow up sampling last week. They send you about 4 times the amount of supplies that you will actually need.
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Also got a mobile knife sharpening guy to come over to sharpen our knives along with scissors and our swiss army knife. Can't wait to pack that little knife on our next trip to Europe. Swiss Army knives will always make me think of Europe.
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Tom dropped by with some treats - including three "Goose" the cat mini figs for Harper. We watched Captain Marvel again that night for fun. We've also been watching WandaVision which is crazy and good and there are three episodes left and we are waiting with bated breath!

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Are class last week was about making Valentine cards.
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Harper also wrote cards for Grace and Gammo with sweet images of HUGS.
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Clay class was also Valentine Themed.
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Last Saturday I forced everyone out of the house again for a walk in nature. It's kind of like pulling teeth, honestly. But I'll keep doing it. We went to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. It was pretty busy/full, but luckily it's a LARGE park.

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Harper said she LOVED the windy spot the best. And there were many birds of prey to watch swooping and floating.

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Found one geocache!
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Then there were birds to feed and chase.
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Then it was Valentine's Day. We all gave each other chocolates and cards.

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Did my best/worst heart-shaped pancakes for brunch.
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Then swedish meatballs and mushy peas for dinner. Random.
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On Monday - a holiday - I did a big tidy up of my clothes. Pulled all the clothes out...
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Then sorted them into "give away" and still to deal with.
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It felt good to do I guess.

And now it's another week. Grind grind grind.

 


The Corona Diaries Week 46 - Still Stuck In The Doldrums

Still here. Still in blah mode.

The mom guilt reared its ugly head this week and while burning this candle was nice, it didn't help with the guilt.

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Harper has not had enough physical exercise at all lately and she needs it. I need to force myself and her out the door more often. Or at least make her do some online dance/fun stuff. It's hard enough to commit to MYSELF to exercise enough. Ugh. I do go out every day and walk or "run". But that's my ME time, my time out of the damn house, my time to listen to podcasts and be alone. I do well when I exercise in the morning, then can come home, shower, start the day. And that would be the easiest time to get Harper out, but then when do I go? I have to stop being so precious with my time I guess. Just get over it.

It's not like I have to get dressed and go into an office. I could be sweaty and stinky all day, it doesn't matter.

Whatever.

She's mostly doing fine, thank the gods/goddesses.

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She enjoys digging out and wearing my cowboy boots.
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And the occasional VR Game. (that's like exercise, right? Sigh.)
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I'm constantly recruiting her to draw pictures in cards (as you've seen). This week she did a card for Gammo Jane...

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...and a friend's daughter's birthday.
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And in art class (taught my moi) we did snowperson perspective drawings. One kid on the zoom said "This is my favorite art project so far!" That made my cold heart warm up a bit.
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In clay class they made little foxes and a nature scene.
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And this is...uh...weird. One doll wrapped in a ribbon, another covered in goo. Cool cool. "ART"
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Food this week was also kind of blah. I was working on eating out of our freezer, trying to clear it out, so the dinners were not very exciting. I did make spinach pancakes for lunch again one day.

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Also we got a delivery of Girl Scout Cookies. Half of these will go into the newly cleared out freezer...
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A smattering of images to represent my week.

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This was a small thing - a bit of tidying up that I'd been putting off for ages (this plus another inbox full of paid bills and other paperwork), but oh it felt nice. There is still a medium size stack of things to actually go through, but mostly it's all clean and NICE.

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In all the cleaning out, I found these from a while back. Both make me so happy.

Family portrait.
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Mr. Biscuit's adoption day listing!
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Then. Just to mix things the F*CK UP - I went to give blood. Grace had mentioned she'd just gone and I thought- YES! I could go do that! So I went to the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center, where I've gone for years. But it had been six years since I last gave. Way too long between donations. Normally I'm 100% doing it for the good community spirit. This time, I'll admit I did it also for the free Covid Antibodies test you can get. I'm pretty sure it will be negative, but cool to find out. That will take about 3 weeks.

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When I took off my bandage a few hours later, surprise! A slip of the needle left some blood in my arm.
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Which now looks like this today. Doesn't hurt, just looks wacky.
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I've made another appointment to donate again in April. I will do better about donating more regularly.

There is talk out there in the media about opening schools again soon. I'm content to wait until all the teachers and staff and most of us parents are vaccinated. I don't expect school to really go back in person until the August start. (FINGERS CROSSED SO HARD FOR THAT!) but if they were able to go back in May even for the last few weeks, that would be so wonderful. Hard to know right now, though the signs are good. By the time I donate more blood, we'll know for sure, right???

 


The Corona Diaries Week 45 - The Horse Latitudes

Becalmed seas. No wind. Dead sails. Dry air.

That's what it feels like these days.

I hear bars and restaurants are open again (outdoor only) in LA. That sounds nice.

We are not changing our habits now. We have treated this covid lifestyle mostly the same since last March. We did do a lot more park action with Harper's friends from school last summer and into the fall, but then we pulled back as numbers started going up again. We were probably fine at the park, but why take a chance.

As mentioned last week, we bought plane tickets to Maui in July. That made me feel really good. Something really positive to look forward to and plan for. And so I made a big long list of things to do (lei making lessons, surf lessons, art camp, etc). And now we wait.

Six months of dead sails.

At Seabury Hall, my high school which I loved, I would get third quarter blues. Sometime in February when it was more than halfway through the school year, but not close enough to summer to get excited about school being done, I would get the third quarter blues. It was just a slog. Every day felt 48 hours long.

This is a slog. We have it very comfortable and it is a slog.

I'm tired of this house, of my roommates, of this neighborhood, this city. I want to rearrange all the furniture. Change all the rooms out - make the dining room the office, make the office the living room. Make the living room the bedrooms. Make the bedrooms the dining room. SOMETHING. SOMETHING TO MAKE IT DIFFERENT.

sigh.

It was a quiet week of the normal routine.

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Harper finished a clay project from last week's lesson.
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Found this tiny apple on my walk.

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One out of the ordinary thing was going to the foam store to buy a sofa cushion for our old saggy couch. Wild times! Crazy adventures!
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It was pretty chilly one day so we all snuggled in bed after school.

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Then Harper and I got up and made some basic blueberry muffins.
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Do you want to know how they tasted? BASIC. Thank god for butter.
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It rained on Thursday night and Friday morning. That was interesting. Then it stopped and got sunny again.

Yesterday I forced everyone out of the house for a small hike at Will Rogers State Park.
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It was lovely to see so far all over LA with the post rain clear skies.
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Then I got to chill with cats in the afternoon.
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That was the week.

So many more weeks to go.

 

 

 


The Corona Diaries Week 44 - Our Long National Nightmare Is Over*

*There is much work to do to clear a path forward from the wreckage of the last president, but damn if it isn't a great start just to have rational, responsible, smart people in charge.

Here I am, inauguration morning, under Kurt's cozy slanket, beaming about our brighter future. First it was Michelle Obama KILLING IT in her Inaug-Day outfit. Wow. Then Amanda Gorman stopping time with her poem "The Hill We Climb". Triple Wow. Oh and a woman Vice President. Oh and human beings with hearts and souls running the place now and getting right to work.

Not pictured - me weeping and clapping with joy.

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Last week I got to work on helping my indoor plants. I had too many that were outgrowing their pots. I only had a little bit of dirt and I just barely made it to propagate a bunch of plants. They've been out there for a week and now I hope they are not dying from the shock of replanting...Also it was cold (in the 40s) these last few nights so that might not be good for them....!!! I'll have to move some inside.

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Harper and I did some geocaching as well (with new bike helmet). It was a hot day so a water break was needed.

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Then we rode past the apartment I lived in for a few years before I bought this house. (23 years ago!!!!!) This was my first really grown up place in that it was a one bedroom apartment and I lived alone. I loved this little four unit courtyard building.
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We finished our Marvel Movie Marathon this week. We watched Infinity War one night and poor Harper was crying so hard! (I mean, so was I. Peter Parker turning to dust kills me every time.) Then Endgame made it mostly all better. We had the list on the fridge and some extra healthy snacks.

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Cats.

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I got a delayed Bday gift from my mom - this amazing coffee cake (To go with the monthly coffee subscription she also sent!). I swear the coffee cake is 150% butter. Oy! We had some and then I put half of it in the freezer.

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Then another box of treats that were a xmas gift from friends in NYC. Monthly treats from various countries! This was from The Netherlands. Tasty.
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My little newsgirl drew a picture for friends who just had a baby.

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I love this! Cracks me up. "6 inchs"
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There was avocado toast (with coffee cake chaser) for breakfast one day and a lentil soup I made for lunch yesterday. It looks kinda dull, but tastes yummy.

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Then it rained a bit yesterday. Yay! As the clouds became more scattered and less rainy, we went to the beach for a lovely long walk.

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Someone wrote this!
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My little pot of gold.
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We ended the cold day with a lovely hot bowl of pho. Perfect.
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Here's to better things to come! I felt optimistic enough about the next six months that I bought tickets to Maui for July...fingers crossed so hard we get vaccinated by then. Harper won't be (kids won't get it for a long while) so we'll take all the precautions when we fly. I hope it works out!