I had to double-check as I input the date on this post. Is it already the 17th of January? But, wait. Is it only the 17th of January?
Which is it? Already or only? I dunno.
I was telling someone the other day that I feel like I’m in this weird, endless winter right now. I’m not sure what day it is or even what month it is anymore.
I guess January always has a tendency to feel that way, but with Covid still raging and all the unrest surrounding the election/inauguration, the dreary weather, and nowhere to go and nothing to look forward to… I feel like I’m in this weird alternate universe, just waiting for life to begin again. Anyone else?
While we do see our friends in small doses, it isn’t the same as our usual weekly gatherings when we were able to congregate outside for more than a few minutes without turning into human popsicles.
All that to say, it’s been really boring and I miss my friends
Most of us have not had Covid, so we are all trying to avoid it to the best of our ability while the vaccines roll out… Especially with this new super contagious strain they’re talking about. I mean, really. You can’t make this stuff up. It sounds like a bad horror flick.
I suggested to the kids that we plan a trip to Florida, hunker down in an airBnB rental near a beach somewhere, and do our work and school from there for a week. Get a change of scenery, warm up a bit, see some sun, and all that..
We started looking at some properties, and there are some good ones with heated pools. But then I’m thinking, do I really want to travel now? We should have done this a month or two ago, if we were going to do it. Now that we’re so close to the end, we probably ought to stay put and ride it out.
So I’m not sure what we’ll end up doing.
One thing’s for sure, our Paris trip that we rescheduled for early May is out of the question. I guess we should reach out the apartment rental and see if there’s anything they will do for us. As you may recall, they refused a refund in any way, shape, or form.
I doubt they will change that policy at this point, but maybe we could get someone else to “sublet” it from us? Is that even a thing on a week’s rental? Are people in Europe doing any traveling? I’d happily settle for getting half of our investment back, at this point.
So yeah, other than that…
The girls are back in the school routine, and Paul and I are back in our work routines. David’s college classes start up again next week, I believe, but we are all still at home so nothing has really changed at all.
Everyone is just powering through, trying to make the best of it. We are all thankful to be well so far, and that our governor didn’t close things down again after the holidays.
Our malls are still open, with limited capacity inside of individual stores, so Becca and I went yesterday. I needed a few things from Nordstrom, and we were surprised by how crowded it was — almost more so than before Christmas! I guess everyone is bored and sick of being shut inside.
The lines outside the individual stores were long, and we didn’t even try to go into those. We stayed mostly in Nordstrom, where it never seems to get terribly crowded.
After that, we came back home and made dinner and watched the Sixers. I’m so grateful the NBA is still playing. It gets everyone out of their holes, and gives us something to do as a family. Caroline couldn’t care any less for sports, but she at least hangs out with us and knits or works on schoolwork.
Anyway, I need to get a move on here! I hope you all are hanging in there, and doing what you need to do to take care of yourselves.
I don’t know who needs to hear this today, but, this will end. I know it may not feel like it right now, but it will not always be like this. I am certain of it.
So, hang in there, be kind to yourself and others, and keep on keeping on. We will get through this.