Thursday, August 27, 2020

I hear there's a hurricane or two

 <hair blown back, face blank>


We are past the middle of the first week of classes. Today's call volume has slowed a lot. And that's good because there isn't much brain left up in here. 

 I haven't kept up much news-wise. It sounds as though real bad things continue to happen and I'm going to try not to inquire too deeply unless it's local. At least for a few more days. 

Looks like our stretch of hot dry days is going to end on Sunday evening. I have been trying to remember to water things. My caterpillar children have gone off to seek their fortunes. My entomologist friend says that they weren't necessarily eaten by birds (my first theory) but may have moved to a different spot to cocoon. Bless the little critters. 

Oldest has spent a week in her new place and it's starting to feel like the new normal. Youngest is working on moving furniture over into the larger bedroom. I think the bed goes today. And then I get to move some of my stuff into the (spare!) closet. Such anticipation.

Local covid cases have gone up statewide and several of the fraternity/sorority houses are in quarantine right now. Long sigh. So glad my kids are doing remote school but then again, so wishing we could all go out and socialize. Dull achey feeling about that. 

Be kind as you can. Protect the vulnerable. Recognize the humanity in those you interact with. It's not much but it's what I've got. 


Friday, August 14, 2020

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

I'm surprised by a little dip in the work requests today. We were hopping last week but this week must be the calm before the storm. I will remember to breathe and take care of administrivia and so on. 

I'm reading The Library Book for my next book club meeting and it's just as good as I had hoped. I thought I had read one of Susan Orlean's nf books before but now I don't think so. I think I just know her from New Yorker articles. It's sort of a comfort read but also, like so much else, a melancholy reminder of the lost world we all lived in as recently as the beginning of this year. 

I have just ordered the other book group's book The Old Man and Me by Dundy. But got email from the bookstore that it's back-ordered and may be weeks. So I will check in with that gang soon to see if they have it and still want to meet on time. I haven't read The Dud Avocado and it's been on my list for a long time. The library has that one so maybe I'll substitute while waiting. 

Intrigued to hear about the Tom Holland flick coming to nflx. Will probably watch the second season of Umbrellas. Having a good time revisiting Scrubs. 

Things picked up before lunch so I don't think we'll have a sleepy afternoon.