How did this happen? How are we only two weeks away from the end of spring? It seemed like time was moving so slowly for so long; all of those funny memes that said something to the effect of: February was 29 days long, March was 17 weeks, and April was 5 years long felt so true. And now, here we are, almost to summer.
My Big Guy, who has suffered all of this remarkably well for a guy who likes to be going somewhere or doing something all of the time, has handled all of this isolation better than I would have thought. But this morning he was the first guy at the lumbar store, picking up wood to build his own corn hole game set. When I questioned the need for something else that will clutter up my garage, he told me he's going to need something to do this summer. Fair enough. I'm just wondering if he's remembered that someone is going to have to sew the bean bags and I didn't ask to have anything more added to my to-do list!
Last Week I:
Listened To: I finished Colum McCann's Apeirogon on Thursday but can't seem to settle on anything to listen to next. Which is bad because I have three books on audio to listen to right now.
Read: I'm scrambling to catch up with a readalong of Gods, Graves and Scholars, a book about the history of archaeology. This is certainly an instance of a readalong getting me to read a book I might not have otherwise and of me being glad to have had the push.
Made: Ricotta-stuffed jumbo shells, chicken nachos, and lots of salads. Miss H bought a giant container of spinach last weekend for the dinner she made me and we are scrambling to get it all used before it starts to go bad.
Enjoyed: Being out of the house for a couple of hours to get my hair done. I'm not sure which was better for me, psychologically - getting rid of the grey or doing something that felt (except for the mask) almost normal. Then Friday it was warm enough at last for what I call my Tier One friends and I to do a socially distancing happy hour. It was so good to see them in person but so weird not to be able to hug them!
This Week I’m:
Thinking About: Getting rid of stuff. I know I just did 40 Bags in 40 Days but our neighbors got a dumpster that is much bigger than what they need for the project they're working on and told us we could put stuff in it, too. So far, all of the pallets Miss H had been saving and two patio chairs have gone into it. But, damn, I want to make sure I've taken full advantage of this opportunity!
Feeling: Productive. I got a lot of gardening work done yesterday between finding homes for some new plants BG got me and moving some lily-of-the-valley. I got the bathroom cleared, cleaned and prepped for painting. I got as much done as I could on my wedding album project until I get the rest of my supplies. I'm having one of those weekends where the more productive you are, the more productive you want to be.
Looking forward to: Book club this week. I'm trying to figure out if it will be warm enough to do a driveway, social distancing, version this month instead of Zoom.
Question of the week: What projects have you been working on through all of this?