Sunday, May 17, 2020

Life: It Goes On - May 17

Happy Sunday!

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.

Watched: Cats last night on The Shows Must Go On, which Andrew Lloyd Webber has been providing for free for the past few weeks. It's no secret that I'm a musical geek so I'm sure it's surprising to hear that I've never heard all of Cats before. Maybe even more surprising to hear that I don't get it. Honestly, I was a little bored and might have shut it off except that I was annoyed with BG and left it on just to annoy him. I did like it better once I read that it was based on T. S. Eliot poems.

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: 

Planning: I ordered a floating shelf a month or so ago and thought I knew where I was going to hang it. Until I realized that hanging it in that spot meant I needed to figure out a new place to hang hand towels. Of course, as soon as I started actually working on getting the shelf hung, it meant everything had to come off the walls to clean, patch holes, touch up know how that goes. Short story long, I'm planning to finish that project today. 

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?


  1. Projects. I touched up my bathroom cabinets but I think that is old news and was done a couple of weeks ago out of boredom. I am about to clean the fridge. It's pouring down rain outside which was a surprise. I need to go to the market again but tonight I can piece together a pasta/sausage thing. I can't shop tonight because my friend is doing a Zoom meditation session and wants me to join in. I REALLY do not want to. I am not a meditation person but I will pop in.

    1. I cannot meditate - we did it at work once and I fell asleep! So embarrassing!

  2. My son is getting his haircut tomorrow thankfully because it has gotten enormous! I do feel bad for the people who are used to being constantly being on the move as this is definitely a challenge for them. We got lucky timing wise as this started just after we had gotten home from traveling for about 4 months straight so being home was novel. I don't get Cats either but I do enjoy some of the poems. Hope you have a great week!

    1. I was feeling bad for myself when I couldn't get my hair cut but then I thought men must have it so much worse because theirs looks so noticeably different so fast.

  3. Glad you're getting some gardening in and enjoying the sunshine. I was able to plant tomatoes and a few flowers last week. I'll probably keep planting all summer long but it was good to get my hands dirty. That looks like a fun project your hubby will be working on this summer. We've been a bit sick the last couple of weeks and that's really taken the wind out of me. Hopefully I can be a bit more productive by the weekend and enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.

    1. The gardening has really helped me keep my sanity through all of this. I've worked outside on all kinds of projects this spring and summer. If we're going to be here so much more this year, we're happy to spend some time and money making it a refuge.

  4. I know, right? Getting together and not hugging when seeing em? and even unconsciously shrinking when one of us forgets and gets "too" close? I hate it, makes me so sad. I'm a swirl of emotions.