Friday, March 19, 2021

High Five for Friday (3.19.21)

Last week Tom received his first COVID-19 vaccine. Knowing that his days of working and teaching from home are numbered, and looking ahead to the upcoming year that will - for him - involve a great deal of travel, I feel so much relief now that he too has begun the process of protecting himself and others from this illness. 

Drinks, appetizers, and desserts at (on the outdoor patio of) a restaurant for a second time?! I could used to this...
Flaming Cheesecake - it was without a
doubt the best cheesecake I've ever tasted.

From what I can tell, as soon as I sit down in my desk chair - or on the couch - and open my computer, I send out a signal that draws any and all living beings to my location. Tom and Hallie need answers to question about something, Will needs to use my computer to print something, and the kittens...well, they just need something to climb. Everyone needs something.
One sleeping on my lap, one climbing up my shirt.

Three climbing up my shirt.

One climbing up - and then falling asleep mid-climb - my shirt. 
Tried the couch - they still found my lap.

Tried the floor - they still found my back.

Back to the chair - that's four kittens climbing
all over my body. Productivity = nonexistent.

Because of these three humans and however many kittens we have at any given time, I now have to work in my car. (No, really. I work in my car for an hour every afternoon while Will is at orchestra, for two hours on Tuesday nights while Will is at soccer practice, and for two hours on Thursday nights while Hallie is at dance.) But while I am presently and pandemicly (I think just invented this word - you're welcome) unlucky when it comes to workspaces that support productivity, I am incredibly lucky to have so many people - and animals - who need me. All the time.

We had a great start to and first half of spring break - drinks, appetizers, and desserts with friends; lots of Big 10 basketball; glimpses of spring; a round of disc golf; a contemporary ballet class; a birthday sleepover; vegetable and spice garden planting; quite a few catnaps; and our first spring break day trip (more on that in a future "Texas Bucket List" post). Not too bad!  

Last but not least... I say it every year, and I'll say it again: I despise Daylight Saving Time. I don't want to lose an hour of sleep on Saturday night. I don't want to spend Sunday searching for all of my clocks' manuals in order to figure out how to change their times. I don't want to feel like I'm "behind" as we move through our Sunday activities and chores. I don't want to wake up under the cover of darkness on Monday morning. I don't want to take Will to school before the sun comes up. And I know I fall into the minority here, but I prefer my daylight in the morning hours, rather than the evening hours. I just don't need sun - and the oppressive heat it brings - until 9:30pm.


The high five here, at least for me, is that the change has come and gone for this year. I always feel a sense of relief after we've made the adjustment we don't have to go through the process again for another 12 months. Hallelujah!

Did you know there is a significant increase in heart attacks, strokes, and vehicular accidents on the Monday and Tuesday following our shift to Daylight Saving Time? (one of many sources) Maybe we'll all eventually come to our senses and decide to listen to our bodies - following the lead of states like Arizona and Hawaii that don't observe Daylight Saving Time - and stop setting ourselves up for sleep deprivation, decreased immune function, and out-of-whack circadian rhythms...

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