Channel surfing this evening, I ran across two older movies: Miss Congeniality and Star Trek (2009). I had forgotten that a young Chris Hemsworth had his big movie debut (but not overall debut) in the ST reboot. And I’m reminded that the Chris Pine version of Kirk is not an improvement or equal even to Shatner’s. Ugh. But Karl Urban’s Bones is terribly pretty. Twenty years after the fact, I have mixed feelings about Miss Congeniality still, but still watch it when I run across it, like The Princess Bride and any/all of the Harry Potter movies.
I ordered a Portuguese-English dictionary and a conversational grammar book. Duolingo is not cutting in. At some point, I may sign up for lessons online.
Work remains a little less than ideal. We have no idea when we may reopen. Even if there is an official reopening, the lack of public transportation and lingering health/childcare issues will probably mean that a large chunk of time will still be spent teleworking. (I do not want to drive into DC every day but also do not want to get onto a a bus or train.) We are working at a pace >35% over last year but with fewer people. It’s not sustainable. Everyone is stressed out. Our best (IMO) contractor gave notice: he’s moving to a different contract with better benefits. I’m happy for him – he’s very thoughtful and methodical and diligent, and he is early in his career, so this is a good move for him. But it kinda leaves us in the lurch – which was a known risk that everyone ignores – because he’s got a lot of expertise that no one else in the group has; I come closest but would be the first person to say that is NOT my area of expertise and I don’t have the bandwidth (or interest) to become an expert.
ETA: While I was out for a walk on Sunday, I ran into the owner of a couple of small, local businesses. He was prepping for the lunch carry out at one of them. One has reopened and the other has not. The reopened business does carry out only right now, and is focused on sandwiches, burgers, milkshakes, some alcohol. He said that business is down but enough to scrape along. The business that has not reopened for carry out offers cheese plates and some sandwiches, but relies more on the bar (seriously, their Pink Cadillac is my favorite). So it is more dependent on foot traffic and people hanging out. He mentioned that he might not reopen the other one, which is a reasonable business decisions. But I’m totally bummed on a personal level since I kinda like that food better, but also because it means the bartenders will likely be out of work. One was getting ready to limit her hours (school/professional reasons!) but a couple others depend on that job as primary income 😦