I am confident that there are better uses of my limited brain cells than storing the entirety of Dana Carvey’s “Choppin' Broccoli” skit, over three decades later, but here we are.

I am overdue for a haircut, but I keep pushing my appointment date out due to the local spike in COVID cases, so I guess Iโ€™ll succumb to my inevitable final form as a wandering crone housing small woodland creatures in her tangled mane.

The phase of COVID close-calls

In the middle of the workday on Wednesday, I came down with the creeping crud rather suddenly. Coughing, sneezing, headache, congestion, fatigue … the works. I scheduled a PCR test for the next morning and drove home on a jarring mixture of fatigue and nervousness, certain I had finally succumbed to the plague. It took a day and a half to get the result, but it was negative. Still, days later, I don’t feel significantly better, and I’m wondering if I should schedule another PCR test or just ride it out.

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Criminy and Crivens make me so happy. Theyโ€™re such lovey, gentle souls. When I am feeling rotten, I give one a cuddle and everything is a little better.

adorable brown and white tabby cat named Criminyadorable brown tabby cat named Crivens

There should be a word for the feeling upon receiving a negative result on a PCR test. It’s overwhelming relief, absolutely, mixed with disappointment that it’s easier to catch bad colds again. ๐Ÿคง

Freestyle Love Supreme was so much fun last night! If you get a chance, go see it. Donโ€™t spoil yourself with videos. Just go, and enjoy!

view of the Freestyle Love Supreme stage

Currently reading: Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner ๐Ÿ“š I checked out a Kindle loaded up with 28 (!) bestsellers from my library this week, and I’m still marveling at its convenience.

Currently reading: Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home by Charlie Warzel & Anne Helen Petersen ๐Ÿ“š As a fan of Anne Helen Petersen’s newsletter “Culture Study” I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for quite a while.

New pen day! ๐Ÿ–‹ I swapped a TWSBI Eco I donโ€™t use very much for this Eco in Lilac. You know how I am about purple pens. ๐Ÿ’œ And now my friend has a gently-used Eco in the color she wanted.

TWSBI Eco fountain pen in lilac with a bottle of Kaweco Summer Purple ink behind it

I made it through the first week of the six-week Whole Life Challenge! So far, the easiest habits to establish have been exercise and mobility. Unsurprisingly, nutrition has been the hardest; meal planning and prep is so much work.

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I acknowledge that I live and work on stolen Cowlitz, Clackamas, Atfalati, and Kalapuya land.
I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.