Recent Media Favorites: Television, Music & Books

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I’m an admitted home body, I love being at home but I also liked having the option of not being at home when I wanted. With what is gearing up to be a long, long winter ahead & having even more quiet time at home, I have definitely been consuming more than my fair share of media. Books, music, television, movies – sometimes I have the radio on while I am reading a book – madness, I tell you. Really anything that will distract me from shopping online, eating or watching the news πŸ˜›

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I missed out on this classic during my youth but have made up for these past few weeks. It’s just fun, wholesome, 90’s entertainment. Sarah Michelle Gellar was such a teen queen & David Boreanaz is still my ultimate dream boat. I’m a big fan of Agent Booth in Bones & didn’t realize he played such a major role in Buffy. I don’t get why the vampires are all so hideous but I have enjoyed every episode so far. I think I might check out Charmed next as I never watched that one before either.

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I am a repeat offender of watching comfort shows instead of checking out new ones, I am trying to break this habit. The Office takes me back to college & my dorm mates hunkering down to watch new episodes when we had spare time. Even though I’ve watched so many of the episodes dozens of times, they still crack me up. I think that my favorites are the Christmas episodes but I will elaborate more on that during Blogmas πŸ˜›

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This show has been surprisingly tough for me to get into even though I have a keen interest in the royal family. Not the newest generation, my interest stops with Diana but Queen Elizabeth & Princess Margaret are some of my favorite royals to read about. I felt inclined to dive back into the show when Gillian Anderson was announced as Margaret Thatcher – I cannot wait to get to the most recent season.

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New folk, old folk, all the folk. I’ve been enjoying The Decemberists, Simon & Garfunkel, Joan Baez, The Traveling Wilburys, John Denver – you name it, I’ve been rocking out to it. The Mariner’s Revenge Song has been my favorite to drive around & scream sing too. Also, I can’t carry a tune so I mostly scream sing everything πŸ˜€ The live version of My Back Pages sung by most of the members of the Traveling Wilburys has also been a repeat. I never understood the chorus but it makes a lot more sense to me in my adulthood.

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This series is so good! I had the first book on a recent To Be Read & am so glad that I did. It’s not as good as the world of Harry Potter but it is still a very fun & if you have any interest in the darker, youth fantasy genre I would recommend checking it out. I have been listening to the series on Audible & I think the narrator is fantastic all around but would definitely pick up a hard copy too. The storyline of cursed children is dark but the main character is saved from her demise & that’s where the adventure begins.

I have a lot of time on my hands so if you have any recommendations, let me know! I’m not looking for anyting super heavy right now but open to most anything else 🀍

It’s Friday the 13th✨

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And we’re going back into lockdown – dun, dun, dun. Not full lockdown but it definitely feels like we are going back to pre-summer COVID regulations. We are battening down the hatches at work which has me stressed out. We are still following most of the guidelines that were put in place during the stay at home order so it won’t be a big change & hopefully it is enough to see us through the flu season. I’m not holding my breath because I feel that the situation is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

Aside from the day to day general feeling of dread & melancholy, I’ve never given much thought to Friday the 13th. My mother on the other hand was very superstitious about the date. She wouldn’t make any appointments & sometimes even pulled us out of school if she had a feeling. What she was feeling, I never knew but good thing my teachers were pretty good humored about it her eccentricities. I honestly cannot recall anything happening that I could chalk up the this dreaded day but now watch, something happens πŸ˜€ Instead of manifesting myself a flat tire or other calamity, I’m sharing 13 things I am particularly thankful for this Friday the 13th.

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I think that this is something to feel especially good about right now, aside from the trip to the dentist – I have been feeling pretty good lately.

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Seeing so many of my neighbors move out in one go really made me sad, I’m still sad about it. The parking lot being half full, seeing fewer families out & about, how strangely quiet the building has become – it’s been wearing on me. I am one of the lucky ones though that has still been able to work & keep my home through all of this & it feels like a tremendous blessing.

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The complete absence of a social life these past few months has meant a whole lot more attention for my cats & I’m loving it – I suspect they aren’t as much πŸ˜› They are endless entertainment as well as endless mess makers so I always have something to keep me busy. No, they are lovely companions.

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Now, it is certainly possible that all of this new snow will be melted by Monday but new snow always cheers me up. I love how it makes everything look fresh & new, also it makes me feel less nutty having all my holiday dΓ©cor up when there is snow on the ground. I also enjoy snowshoeing & snowboarding, the season is fast approaching!

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I think that this is the 7th week that I have been using this service & it’s awesome. It’s really cut down on my trips to the store & when I do go, it is just for essentials like coffee, oil & other bits. It’s perfect for a small household because nothing goes to waste. Back when we were supposed to be shopping for two weeks, I was constantly throwing out food or eating the same thing for days. Hello Fresh is perfect because I get two sittings in one meal, I usually make one for dinner & have the leftovers for the next day’s lunch. I do the plant based box & use substitutes when needed, it works really well.

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Who are often underpaid & overworked – you are the real stars of this show. I like to think that I am a pretty independent person but back when this all started & I was depending on essential workers to pick my groceries or deliver necessities to me – I was often hit with overwhelming gratitude for these folks & I can’t thank them enough.

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I’m a big cartoon watcher but I’ve really upped my cartoon watching recently. Currently I have been watching Scooby Doo, The Jetsons, A Charlie Brown Christmas πŸ˜€ There is just something cozy about settling down for some cartoon binge watching.

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I’ve said it numerous times & I am tremendously thankful to have my job. It’s just baffling to me that friends of mine who only just got back to work are now being put out of work again. I suspect that there will be no further relief until 2021 & to that I say – stop paying all of the people in office until they make something happen.

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Daylight savings time is still kicking my ass & I feel that coffee is the only thing sustaining me at the moment. Coffee & Jesus.

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I’m actually a bit hesitant to take my upcoming vacation, I haven’t taken any time off this year aside from a long weekend. Reason being that I get nervous about being going & then my employer realizing they don’t need me – no, but it does seem a bit risky given everything that is going on. I am taking an entire week but technically we are closed Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving anyway. That being said, I am looking forward to the extra days off – I’m not doing anything but that’s the point I guess.

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I am not one to wish time away but I am irrationally excited for 2020 to see itself out. Will everything be sunshine & rainbows on January 1? No, we are a long way away from any rainbows but it will feel good to close the book on this long slog of a year.

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Even though we probably won’t be seeing one another any time in the near future, it’s nice to know that they are there. I can’t with the Zoom calls or drive by celebrations anymore, listen, I know what you look like – just text me.

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I work tonight…& tomorrow…& the next day but Friday always tends to feel celebratory πŸ™‚

What are you thankful for right now? Let me know if you have any Friday the 13th feelings, are you superstitious. I hope you’re well, thanks for stopping by ✨

Friday…Finally✨

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What a long week…& month…what a long life it’s been in general. Daylight savings always hits me hard, it doesn’t matter if we are losing or gaining an hour. What does that even mean?! We really aren’t losing or gaining anything because it’s all made up anyway. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if we all just stopped subscribing to these constructs. Most everyone complains about daylight savings, lets collectively stop participating & see what happens. I have to work tonight but I have tomorrow off which will be such bliss. I’m not doing anything, aside from cleaning & assessing my Christmas dΓ©cor. I think everyone in Minnesota is holding their breath wondering what Timmy Walz is going to say about the recent spike in COVID cases. In my opinion, the government – state or federal cannot mandate any further shutdowns until there is an economic relief bill passed. Not this time, we all went inside like sheep the last time but I think a lot of people are feeling very desperate. My apartment building is already half empty, I don’t know what will happen if more people are put out of work. Some of my friends only just got back to work, I have to wonder what proponents of the shutdown do for a living that they aren’t worried about being homeless or not being able to feed their kids. Must be nice. I think that everything in life is at your own risk, nobody is guaranteed tomorrow & the government has overstepped its bounds this last year. I’m not sorry about it either, I am immunocompromised, I accept that I might get sick on any given day even without a pandemic. I don’t expect others to suffer for my safety, nobody should expect that. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I understand that the virus is dangerous, I will continue to heed public safety guidelines. The far reaching ramifications of these shutdowns though that nobody can prove are doing anything will last decades. Anyway, keep using your brain, washing your hands, avoiding large gatherings & wearing your mask, correctly. Honestly, sometimes I wonder how people manage to tie their shoes after seeing all of the shoddy mask wearing.

I’m still feeling down about this election, there is no good reason that it should have been this close. Also, I don’t know what Americans think will happen come January 1 if Biden takes it. Unicorns are going to rain down from the sky, everyone will be showered with abundance & humanity, racism will cease to exist, world peace? He’s been a career politician & arguably part of the problem for a long time, I’m actually more interested in what Harris will bring to the table – it’s too bad that the dems didn’t give her the nomination. I often times forget that Pence even exists πŸ˜€ BoJo is still prime minister so at least we’ll be the lesser joke of the first world nations. Sometimes I miss Bush, I thought he was a complete doofus but at least he was good for a laugh, now it’s just sad. You know who should run for president? Ben Nighthorse Campbell, his political career is fascinating. I think it would take a moderate candidate who could run on either ticket & win to bring Americans back together. It’s exciting sometimes to see these outsiders come in with new, wild ideas but they fail to work across party lines and are mostly ineffective. I’m unsure of what the freshman class of representatives has accomplished these last 4 years aside from spending a lot of time on social media…

On a brighter note, I am glad to see that retailers are getting creative with Black Friday & offering deals early to prevent crowds. I really never understood why they would bank on one shopping day at the end of Q4 to make their profit margins. I’ve been doing a little toy shopping for the kids in my life, it’s my favorite part of the year. Have you seen these LOL dolls? My mother would not approve but I find them adorable, I’m also in my 30’s so perhaps they are not kid appropriate? Let me know your thoughts on that, I kind of want one for myself.

Veterans Day is next Wednesday, we are randomly closed. I’ve never understood why non-veterans get the day off. Just let veterans have the day off, I think that would be more appropriate.

I hope that you have a wonderful day & lovely weekend, thanks for reading πŸ€πŸ’™β€οΈ

Vote, Bitch

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Ah, the last day of early voting – can you smell it?! I have a bit of a rant about how the absentee process went this year. First of all, I don’t want to hear a peep from dems about voter accessibility, granted Minnesota is probably one of the most generous states with 46 days of early voting. However, most states offer early voting options, it’s frustrating to hear politicians repeat the same baseless rhetoric about lack of voting options when it’s simply untrue. While I certainly support the extended voting period, I think it was a bit abused this year – if you can vote on election day, please plan to do so.

If you requested a mail-in ballot, use it. Do not show up to a polling place saying that you requested a mail-in ballot just in case but would like to now vote in person. In case of what?! The time & money that was spent on issuing a record setting number of mail-in ballots just for them to go unused is inexcusable. Also, if someone tells me that they lost their ballot I immediately question their suitability to vote. Mail-in ballots can still be dropped off at a number of sites through election day, they will be counted. What do people think happens to these ballots? They are counted. Thank you Trump for spreading baseless rhetoric about the absentee ballot process. Don’t even get me started on the courts making a 4th quarter decision on the deadline to drop ballots off.

Do not enter a polling place with COVID – yeah, apparently this needs to be said. There will be curbside options at most precincts in Minnesota. It just really surprised me how many people asked if they could enter the building with COVID. Can you go anywhere else with COVID?! Have you been?! Aside from these idiots, polling places are pretty safe, we are following all of the recommended guidelines, sanitizing as much as possible – don’t be afraid to come vote. There are options for high risk voters, just contact your local city hall & ask! If you are not registered to vote, in Minnesota & many other states, you can register in person and vote that day! Come get registered & exercise your right to vote. We love to see it.

Don’t vote for who your favorite celebrity tells you to vote for. With the far reaching influence of social media, political celebrities are in my opinion, very dangerous. They are simply not impacted by the day to day systems that regular people are. When the going gets tough, the rich get going. Miley Cyrus’s house burns down in wildfires arguably caused by climate change, she packs up & moves. Vote for your values, vote for your needs, vote for your candidate. Taylor Swift doesn’t give a shit about you, I’m sorry if that is hard to hear. If I find out that anyone voted for Kanye, we’re going to have a conversation.

Don’t forget to vote for your local candidates! I’m always surprised by how many voters only vote for president. Your state & local government has a much greater impact on your daily life than the federal government. Some of the lines were perhaps blurred during the COVID response but check out who your local candidates are & what they are running on!

Lastly, I’ve talked to a lot of moms who are concerned about finding time to vote because their husbands will have to come home from work. Husbands – get your asses home, your wives have the right to vote just as much as anyone else.

That’s it, voting is a right that far too many Americans fail to exercise – are the candidates terrible? Yes, but the system won’t change unless the people speak up β€οΈπŸ€πŸ’™

Blogtober Day 27: Dressed to Kill (1980)

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De Palma does Hitchcock in this thriller from 1980 starring a very foxy Michael Caine, stunning Angie Dickinson and a fresh-faced Nancy Allen. A housewife’s (Dickinson) lunch time tryst turns deadly when she is slashed to death leaving her mysterious lover’s apartment. Liz Blake (Allen) witnesses the aftermath of the gory murder and catches a glimpse of the statuesque, blonde murderess fleeing the scene with a straight razor. Michael Caine plays Dr. Robert Elliott, who was Dickinson’s therapist whom she tried to seduce prior to her untimely death and who has a former patient named Bobbi who becomes the main suspect for the murder. Peter, son of the victim, teams up with Liz who is apparently a sex-worker (I didn’t realize this until the 20th or so time that I had watched this film) team up to track down Bobbi and solve the murder. We find out that Bobbi is angry with Dr. Elliott for not approving her gender reassignment surgery and could be using this as a reason to kill off his patients. Liz and Peter concoct a plan where Liz tries to seduce the good doctor but this man is not easily seduced. While Liz is stripped down to her lingerie and digging through his Rolodex trying to get information on Bobbi, Dr. Elliott is in the back throwing on a wig and sharpening his straight razor. Yup, he turns out to be Bobbi, another shocking reveal! He attempts to murder Liz but is thwarted by Peter who bursts in and maces him.

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This film is visually stunning, from the atmosphere to the costumes – it is a delight for the eyes. The cast is brilliant and the plot, while it doesn’t totally make sense, keeps you guessing until the end 🧑

The city pool & polio…

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I find city pools, public pools, water parks, pretty much any artificially created body of water teeming with germs to be literally the most vile thing in existence. I cannot believe that I am reading reports about these facilities re-opening in some locales. Luckily, I’m allergic to chlorine and have had very few encounters with any pools. There are a handful of films set in the late 50’s-1970’s that so romanticized the city pool that I really felt like I was missing out on something. I’ve been to pools, mostly to lay out and read but I’ve never experienced the elation of diving into a packed pool on a 90 degree day. The city that I work for actually had 2 public pools that were filled in and turfed over back in the 40’s and I never knew why. Last night, I was watching a documentary on polio – I mean, who hasn’t watched every documentary on modern pandemics since this has all started? During the polio pandemic, pools and movie theaters were closed each summer for four decades. FORTY YEARS. So it makes sense that films and television shows depict going to the pool as peak childhood ecstasy. There probably wasn’t a lot to do as a kid back then and they were deprived of two main sources of entertainment for decades. Can you imagine the feeling of being able to safely sit in a movie theater in July post the discovery of a vaccine? It must have been mind blowing. Not only that, parents wouldn’t allow kids to play on playgrounds or go to birthday parties. FOR FORTY YEARS. Kids went from school to polio season, sounds like a fucking nightmare. And people just did it because they understood what they were doing was for the greater good. Fast forward 70’ish years later and people could not stay off the playgrounds for literally FOUR WEEKS.

Is COVID-19 the same as polio? No. Is there really any comparison when you consider the symptoms and long-term impacts in addition to the fatality of polio? Perhaps not but people are still dying. I think that’s reason enough for people complaining about not being able to get a haircut to shut up. What happened to people? When did we become these egocentric assholes who can’t even put on a mask to protect someone else? So a haircut or nail appointment is delayed, who cares. I don’t see a lot of people protesting and holding up signs saying that they need heart surgery or some other important service that has been tabled due to COVID (even though I know that they are out there). We are a society in which very few people have experienced real hardship and it shows. It’s truly unfortunate that instead of coming together for the long haul, we have people getting shot over face masks, purposely coughing on one another, protesting at hospitals. Elon Musk, talking out his ass. Like, come on – we are losing a war on germs over fucking haircuts.

I know that people are out there doing good too and all we can do is keep trying to take care of one another πŸ’™

β€œHard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.” G. Michael Hopf

Apprehension…

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The Minnesota Stay at Home Order was set to expire Monday and the Governor announced that he would in fact not be extending the order through May as originally predicted. Bars, salons and restaurants must remain closed until June 1 but most other retailers are allowed to reopen. This is it, right? What we’ve all been waiting for. But now that it’s here, I’m not so sure. I think the human race learned a hard lesson here, Mother Nature can bring us to our knees in a matter of weeks and she doesn’t give a fuck about the economy. Are we just supposed to go back to business as usual, pretend that the way we live our lives isn’t completely unsustainable? I think we figured out real quick that it’s not just average people living paycheck to paycheck – it’s landlords, corporations, small businesses, big businesses, universities and the government. The people who are supposed to have this all figured out and provide security to the common man have no ability to do so at all. I don’t believe we are in the clear, I think the future holds a lifetime of uncertainty. Not just about what will happen with the virus or the next pandemic but job security as well. Obviously, the days of retiring from a lifetime career with a cushy pension are long over, Hell, I think my grandparents were the last generation to retire comfortably. Now we see people working well into their 60’s and often taking part-time jobs to supplement their social security benefits. I have no delusions that I will ever retire and am planning on social security being bankrupt by the time I am eligible, the government can’t just keep printing money. I also don’t believe that UBI is a good idea either, citizens shouldn’t have to depend on government for our livelihoods – we should be able to make our own way and they seem to want to make that more impossible each and every day. Squeezing out small farmers with ridiculous regulations, squeezing out small businesses by mandating minimum wage and health benefits – they’ve made it very difficult for anyone who is not ultra-wealthy to be successful in their own enterprise and it’s scary. A society that is completely dependent on their government has no freedom.

I think this is a wake up call, it wouldn’t be wise to go back to how things were. We need to become self-sustainable, self-dependent and self-reliant. For me, Monday won’t be back to business as usual – it will be hoarding my assets now more than ever so that I can get out of this cycle of working for someone else so that I can have money to spend on stuff I don’t need only to the benefit of those who don’t need more money. I thought that I had learned this lesson after the 2008 Recession and yet, here I am. My only post-pandemic plan is freedom πŸ’›

The old normal wasn’t normal…

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Hearing that more businesses within the service industry are being given the green light to reopen elates me but also gives me pause. I’m glad that more folks can get back to work but also concerned about the risk they are being put at. If you’ve worked in the retail or service industry in America then you know that calling in sick for work is frowned upon. I’ve work(ed) for three major retailers and while I rarely called in sick or missed shifts, I know firsthand what it feels like to get guilt-tripped into going in for a shift while sick. It’s scary how normal this is, I waited tables for a restaurant in Minneapolis whose policy was if you didn’t have a fever or diarrhea then you should be at work. This culture runs deep within the service industry and I think we can all agree that this is not acceptable any longer (nor was it ever).

Unfortunately, for those of us who grew up working service jobs, this mentality stuck with us. At my former corporate office job, we wouldn’t take sick days but would work from home instead. It’s not unusual for people to be in the office coughing and sniffling at work during flu season, even at my current workplace. It’s bizarre to me that staying home when you aren’t feeling well has to be so stressed, this is what we should have all been doing in the first place. Employers should be required to offer sick time to all employees from their first date of employment. It took me 3-years to start accruing PTO while working for JCPenney and I think I started at .89 hours. That means it would have taken me 16 weeks to accrue ONE paid day off. One. After 3-years, I could request a day off while working for a huge corporation. Funny thing is, I graduated college shortly thereafter having never taken a day off and they had to cut me a check for 2 hours of PTO when I left that job πŸ˜€ Now, the obvious argument is that if you want a better benefits package then you should get a better job. I think that all of the people who live by that mantra have figured out how much they depend on these ‘low-skill’ workers and I hope that their mindset has changed.

I am thankful that I have a good job now with better than average paid time off and an awesome boss who would never make me feel guilty for being gone. Even now though, over 10 years into my career, I still feel guilty about taking a sick day. I often check my email and voicemail even if I am at home sick even though there isn’t any pressure from my boss to do so.

As someone who is trying to be a more conscientious consumer, it’s past time to start holding companies accountable for how they treat their employees. Minimum wage workers are an integral part of the huge profits these corporations make each year & should be treated as such. If a company can’t afford to pay their employees reasonable benefits then they should cease to exist (looking at you JCPenney). I’ve been watching very closely what corporations have been doing to safeguard their employees well-being through all of this and there are some that I will definitely not be giving my hard earned cash to any longer. I think it’s the least I can do to support those who are expected to do so much for so little 🀍

Damned if you do, double damned if you don’t

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Much to my surprise I found myself at the grocery store this weekend. Prior to this whole pandemic, I rarely went into grocery stores and almost totally depended on grocery pick-up because I just hate grocery shopping. Actually, I used to only do Coborn’s delivery but they stopped delivering to my area about a year ago so I switched to pick-up. Unfortunately, now that so many other consumers are also using pick-up, it’s become a complete nightmare. There’s a three-day wait time at Wal-Mart and Target in my area with some of the smaller chains experiencing even longer delays. I get it, their volume exploded and they are just trying to make it happen. I’ve been shopping for enough food to last me 3-weeks or longer if needed just in anticipation of this. I rolled up to get my order like you do on Saturday, there were 4 other cars waiting and two associates were talking to one guest. It seemed like there was some confusion as she was picking up multiple orders for Door Dash which wasn’t a good sign. I waited probably 20 minutes or so, not unusual, for an associate to come to my car. During that wait time, I received an email thanking me for picking up my order. Uh-oh. When the associate came to my window they said that my order had already been picked up, I explained that I had just arrived and hadn’t picked up my order. They went back inside to double check that my stuff wasn’t sitting somewhere and the notification had just been sent by mistake. No such luck, another associate came out and reiterated that my order had been picked up. I explained that I hadn’t picked up my order. To which her response was, well it’s been picked up. No apology, no explanation of what I was supposed to do now just – your order was picked up. My order in total was right under $300 and she wasn’t providing any explanation of how this happened, what I was supposed to do, etc. I ended up just calling the customer service number and was issued a refund that I should see in 5-7 days.

The whole thing just got me thinking though, it wasn’t a huge deal for me financially as I was able to just go into the store and purchase what I needed (what was in stock, that is) but what if I didn’t have the ability to do that? What if I had just spent all of my money on food and would have to wait for the refund? What if I was out of food? What if I had kids at home? It really irked me, maybe if I had made a fuss then I would have at least been given an apology but maybe not. From now on, I will be going into the store and doing my own shopping. I’ve been trying to avoid doing so but don’t really see another option given what happened this weekend. Maybe I won’t always have the money in my account to cover SIX WEEKS of grocery shopping since I was effectively out that amount of money. Which brings me to my next gripe, people not wearing face masks in public.

Why is this so hard, America? You couldn’t stay home when told and now that we are being allowed to get out more, you can’t just cover your fucking face? JUST DO IT. Nobody likes wearing them, they make your face sweat, rub on your ears and make it harder to breath but this is not an infringement on anyone’s civil liberties and I am tired of hearing that it is. If the government suddenly mandated that everyone wiped their ass would people just stop doing it?! That’s how stupid these people sound to me. Also, if you aren’t going to wear one then you don’t get to heckle people who are or harass store associates who tell you to wear one or walk around being a general asshole. This mentality of thinking it’s OK to infringe on someone else’s freedom as long as they don’t infringe on yours is such hypocritical bullshit and I’m sick of it.

Honestly, what a shit weekend and I am glad that it’s over even if that means today is Monday πŸ˜› Hope you are just doing the best you can wherever you are πŸ–€

Friday Thoughts…

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Fair warning, I will mostly be complaining in this post so if you are feeling down or particularly joyful – maybe skip this one πŸ™‚

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Not that I loved working for the weekend but Friday doesn’t feel like Friday anymore. Working from home makes almost everyday feel like Friday because pre-Corona, that would have been a Friday luxury. Since every day feels like Friday, the next day always feels like Monday. I’m in this weird Friday/Monday time warp where it’s Monday morning then Friday evening every monkey flying day. It’s exhausting.

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Unprecedented, novel, uncertain, tumultuous, new normal – these phrases and numerous others must be stricken from the lexicon. We get it, many of us have never experienced something like this in our lifetime, we don’t need a reminder. Also, new normal? Do we remember what the old normal was like? Aside from the pandemic, the world was pretty much a shambles. I mean, at least a plus side to the pandemic is that it’s so traumatic that it’s taking our minds off of the current events that were were current events pre-corona. I’m going to stop saying pre-corona now πŸ˜‰

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My place of work has started very preliminary discussions around what going back to work will look like, mostly because our shelter in place order expires on May 4 & the assumption is that some restrictions will be lifted. Plexiglass shields and temperature checkpoints are some of the precautions being discussed. All I can say is that I hope that the antibody testing becomes widely accessible because I think I already had corona.

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In mid-December I became extremely sick with a respiratory illness that I ended up being sent to the ER for (I needed additional testing, not admitted or anything). They didn’t know what I had, I was sent home with steroids, an inhaler, an antibiotic and saw a respiratory therapist for a month for nebulizer treatments. I was sick for weeks & had complications with lung inflammation for even longer. I have pleurisy in my right lung that causes pain when I’m running or working out still. It was chalked up to a case of pneumonia but now I’m wondering, if corona has been in the US for longer than experts knew then some of us have likely already been sick. Better believe I am getting that antibody test as soon as I can. It would be nice to know so that I can start my MS treatment again which has been stalled since mid-March and indefinitely since the medication I take is immunosuppressive.

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I do believe that each day that we get through is another day closer to this new normal and that makes me feel a little less anxious. I still have a job, I’m starting my urban garden and Amazon donated 250,000 euro (is that what it’s called still) to a bookstore charity. Some days I feel like everything is going to be alright & other days I feel like nothing will ever be the same. Perhaps it won’t, being a natural introvert who loves being at home, even I have felt a yearning to take a trip or wander through a mall window shopping. I cannot imagine what people who do these things on the regular are feeling. As soon as the travel bans are lifted, I’m getting my passport renewed and I’m going somewhere. I mean, maybe just to Idaho but I’m going.

I hope that you are making it through the days, stay safe wherever you are πŸ’›