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24.6.20

COVID Diaries - Wednesday June 24

Take care of my body: I ran this morning; run/walk almost six miles.  It was hot y'all.  My mouth feels fine though.
Take care of my heart/mind: I had a lovely chat with Qat Lady and My Pooky Bear this evening.  My Pooky Bear's birthday is today.
Take care of my living space: Not really. I didn't make it worse though. So, there's that.
Take care of work or economic security: I was oddly productive at work, while also being mildly confrontational.  Just this side of the line so I can retain said employment.
A clipping or link from the news: No.  Just, too many.
Things I tried to buy that are out of stock, or things that are now being advertised or sold that are new: I did not shop today. Shocker, I know.
Picture from the day: Crescent moon?
I am thankful for: Having friends I trust to put me in my place. And keep me there.

23.6.20

COVID Diaries - June 23

Take care of my body: Had a lovely run this morning actually. Mostly running versus run/walk.  My bluetooth headsets just, like, died.  So I was glad my body felt so good, since I didn't have anything else to distract me.
Take care of my heart/mind: I scheduled a social distance birthday party/Pride party for Saturday. I will order donuts from Thirsty Whale, just because.
Take care of my living space: The shade sail continues to be a project.  I did finally put away the tools and debris from the weekend.
Take care of work or economic security:  I had actually a nice day at work.  Super productive at home and then took a road trip at the end of the day.
A clipping or link from the news: All my races are virtual this year.  Sigh.  I told Olive that she could ride her bike and pace me for all of the races. I need to find a mile long down hill for the one mile.  Maybe head back over to the Montreal Ave hill?
Things I tried to buy that are out of stock, or things that are now being advertised or sold that are new: I went down to my Co op for a shopping trip.  I got bacon, four pounds of butter, mushrooms (those are soft, I can chew them), the only bottled lime juice I'll purchase, and I forget what else.  It's an oddly specific shopping trip.
Picture from the day: I had a love run and this Egret was really great to watch on my multiple laps around the marsh this morning.

I am thankful for: I'm actually really enjoying the Percy Jackson series.  I had a lot of time to listen to those books as I was stuck in traffic in South Minneapolis.

COVID Diaries - COVID Dreams are real

Ok; how's this one for a dream.
Setting: At somehow a combination of the Science Museum (where I worked) and the Playhouse in the Park.
Characters: Bonnie Raitt (who was no taller than me in my dream), ABBA (yes, that ABBA), Mom, Dad, Marge, and literally the cast of this play.
Plot: I was working, or reviewing my work at the Science Museum, watching videos of old projects I'd done with the kids.  (This is sweet.)  And I'm hearing on the news about Bonnie Raitt being in town for a concert, and unrelated, ABBA was also in town, and they may do a surprise drop in at the play later that night.  Lovely.
And soon it's about time for the play.  I'm around the bar/snack area when in runs Bonnie Raitt in a speed suit (I kid you not), grabs whatever she needs from the bar, signs an autograph, and then just says hello and start talking to me.  I had no pen, nor paper, so she took a picture with me.  I tried to tell her that we had an actual album of hers, but the words did not come out.
So, somehow I'm star struck enough that I didn't go in to the start of the play, so I missed Bonnie's surprise number with the cast and I was 100% not disappointed.
They let me in after the first number (this is SOP for plays, there's one late seating).  What's not SOP is I couldn't find my seat and it was all "just go anywhere, it's fine"
Also, I had a race medal around my neck that kept making noise (like a buzzer or kids toy) anytime I touched it.  And I accumulated other boxes and drawings, etc over the course of the show. But what was most frustrating was everyone just kept moving around.  Like "Oh, I'll try this seat now".  So, sometimes I'd sit down and my new row mates would be friendly but.. One entitled white dude was like "Go back to your own seat" and I was all "my Dad is sitting in my seat, I can't tell him to move"  Between coming in late and moving seats in between skits and songs, I didn't have a program, or a 'bonus program' that turned everyone's hands red?
This play was like, the cast does a skit and then sings a song and then the set goes dark, and then some cast members come in the audience to distract you for a while, and then the next set is up...  Apparently this happened in my dream 8 or 9 of the 11 times it was scheduled to before... I don't know.  I got fed up.  ABBA did join them for one of the songs in the middle.  I was one of the only audience members who knew all these extra singers were ABBA at the start of their song.
There was an extra long brake between one of the sets because an actor fell back stage?
Also, at the end, someone from MTV was waiting around in the wings to give an award to Bonnie Raitt but mercifully I woke up before that.  It was a really bad play.


22.6.20

COVID Diaries - June 22

Take care of my body: I ran 4 miles.  No.  Okay.  I ran/walked four miles.  And I did an 'easy' deck of cards workout.
Take care of my heart/mind: I visited with Captain Smiley at the end of the night.  He had some hard news earlier in the day.  I also visited with my neighbor on the other side.  (I should call her Jackpot neighbor, because seriously, I'd never met her before we shared a wall and she is the best so far.)
Take care of my living space: I played some more with my shade sail.  I had to make some slits in it.  So it can tolerate the wind better.  Olive had this idea that I'd like measure and draw lines to cut, while I'm over here playing with scissors.
Take care of work or economic security: Okay; that didn't happen too much today.  Except, the canopy that I ordered that snapped in the rain storm, I mostly sent back to Amazon, so that'll be money back in my pocket.
A clipping or link from the news: Okay.  Here's what's confusing me about the news.
Headline 1 Snowballing Coronavirus cases in US States as Hospitals fill.
Headline 2 The daily coronavirus update: Minnesota reports lowest one-day death toll in more than two months.  I mean.  I am so confused over here.
Things I tried to buy that are out of stock, or things that are now being advertised or sold that are new: Actually, not an issue today?
Picture from the day: This is yesterday.  This is the shade sail Olive, Captain Smiley and Dungeon Master helped me design and build.
I am thankful for: Today I'm going with neighbors.

21.6.20

COVID Diaries - I had a dental procedure during COVID

June 17 - I had a dental procedure to fix receding gums.  Did it work?  I have no freaking idea.
Captain Smiley took me over to the clinic in the morning, and then around lunch time he came back and took my stoned ass home.  Halcyon turns out to be a lovely drug.  It made me sleep through whatever was happening, so that was good.  Slept most of the rest of the day too.

June 18 - Well my mouth hurts a lot freaking more than I expected.  The teeth that got covered with the new gum graft are like "don't touch me".  It really hurt.  I ate soup.  Really anything that I could get into my body without opening my mouth too wide or chewing. 

June 19 - I wound up calling in to work on this day as well.  It wasn't that my mouth straight up hurt, but it was so uncomfortable.  I knew I couldn't, like, concentrate on work for 8 hours.  I listened to a lot of the Percy Jackson books so far here.

June 20 - My mouth is feeling, like, significantly better.  Like, I may survive.  There's still every once in a while a "well you bit down in the wrong place" pain, but, a lot better.  I've added goetta and eggs back into my diet, and some rice.

June 21 - Happy Birthday to me.  (And Happy Father's Day!)  Olive came over and helped me construct a shade sail for my patio. This might be better described as a shade wall.  That west facing sun is brutal this time of year.  Though, hilariously, it's super cloudy today so I can't tell how well it'll work. This was a two-trip (hardware store trip) project.  I thought for sure it'd take 3 or more.  Captain Smiley came over for a visit, as did Dungeon Master.  So, not super festive, but super productive.  It felt great to build something from scratch.

19.6.20

COVID Diaires - Linkfest

Y'all, I love maps. Because I'm a nerd.  When I was looking for a new home to buy, the first thing I did was locate the potential place on Google Maps and then find all the running trails and bus routes nearby. No joke.

First, My most favorite example of how maps can show equality.  I'm sure this has been on here before.  "When third world countries are misrepresented, they're likely to be valued less."  And I still love it.

A more recent example of how maps can share data and spread equality.

16.6.20

COVID Diaries June 16

Take care of my body: I ran 2.27 miles this morning (it was hot y'all) and did a deck of cards workout.
Take care of my heart/mind: Well, I had a nice day at work, so that was good.
Take care of my living space: I did get some stuff cleaned up ahead of tomorrow, so that's also good.
Take care of work or economic security: Did I mention work?
A clipping or link from the news: This came out today and was then referenced in City Pages.
Things I tried to buy that are out of stock, or things that are now being advertised or sold that are new: I went to the store to get eggs.  Non organic eggs are super inexpensive.
Picture from the day: No, because it was too hot when I was running.
I am thankful for: Actually, my work day.


15.6.20

COVID Diaries - June 15

Take care of my body: I did a deck of cards weight lifting work out, and I ran/walked 4.49 miles in the hot hot part of the day. 
Take care of my heart/mind: I love my patio.
Take care of my living space: Did I mention my patio?
Take care of work or economic security: I actually worked today ahead of a planned dental procedure on Wednesday.
A clipping or link from the news: Seriously, this was not, like, a sure thing, but, way to go Supreme Court.  People are people. 
Things I tried to buy that are out of stock, or things that are now being advertised or sold that are new: Opposite wise, toilet paper is reappearing at Costco.
Picture from the day: No, because it was too hot for pics when I was running.
I am thankful for: I dropped off Marigolds to Dungeon Master as a slightly belated birthday gift. 

14.6.20

COVID Diaries - June 14

Take care of my body: I ran 6.2 miles this morning.  Ran/walked while listing to Percy Jackson.  Have seriously fallen into those books.
Afterwards, I picked up the piles and piles of medicine I need ahead of Wednesday dental procedure. Wahoo.
Take care of my heart/mind: I had supper with Captain Smiley.  The pork chops continue to melt in my mouth like butter.
Take care of my living space: I picked the windiest day of summer so far to secure my outdoor patio canopy.  So far, it's holding steady.
Take care of work or economic security: No.  Just, well... I picked $3 buckets for securing the canopy verses something much more expensive?  So, there's that.
A clipping or link from the news: Meh.
Things I tried to buy that are out of stock, or things that are now being advertised or sold that are new: Marigolds for Dungeon Master, but I think that relates more to the time of year versus COVID 19?
Picture from the day: Want to know all about the Blue Heron I chilled with while running all of the laps around my marsh?

I am thankful for: At the moment, it's between the pork chops and the canopy mooring system I copied from Zumba friends.

13.6.20

COVID Diaries - June 13

Take care of my body: I ran/walked 8 miles today.  I have learned that from now on, if I'm going that far, I need water and a salt tab.  That would've made today's run much better.
Take care of my heart/mind: I have fallen into the first Percy Jackson book.
Take care of my living space: Meh.
Take care of work or economic security: Not much.  I put gas in my car and got a super gulp at the gas station after the run, but that's as much damage as I did.
A clipping or link from the news: I've been confused by public health data here showing cases are coming in "waves" but generally decreasing. This explains more.  Apparently, Minnesota and Ohio are decreasing, KY is holding steady, and don't go to the south.
Things I tried to buy that are out of stock, or things that are now being advertised or sold that are new: Today, tacos.
Picture from the day: Not really, but wishing Dungeon Master the happiest of birthdays (again, from yesterday.)
I am thankful for: This pop up canopy on my patio.  Makes it so much more pleasant even than the umbrella. 

12.6.20

COVID Diaires - June 12

Take care of my body: I ran 4.45 miles in the morning.  Run/walk most of it, but I did run my mile.
Take care of my heart/mind: Well, I thought this was going to be a trip to a nature preserve but wound up being a visit with work colleagues who I haven't seen since... March?  February?  I dunno?  Who are most of you actually?
Take care of my living space: I tried something new on the patio, partially defeated the west facing "I will melt you" evening sun.
Take care of work or economic security: I did work.  And got a mileage point!
A clipping or link from the news: this seems relevant given my recent issues with a package taking the tour of Minneapolis and the suburbs before getting to my house.
Things I tried to buy that are out of stock, or things that are now being advertised or sold that are new: Well, canopy walls are definitely in stock.  Gas is above $2/gallon again.  I think that's good but I'm not sure.
Picture from the day: Face Time with Mom and Dad before my phone died.
I am thankful for: I had a lovely chat with Aunt Barb.  And, I have a new baby cousin, so that's amazing. Let me just say that again, I have a new baby cousin!
Also, wishing Dungeon Master the happiest of birthdays.