My calendar just reminded me that this time last year I was wandering around Terceira, oblivious to what was about to happen.
I miss traveling. But I am not sure when I’ll feel safe to fly if/when restrictions loosen.
I went to bed last night, or rather early this morning, feeling pretty hopeful about 2021. The Georgia runoffs seemed poised to change control of the Senate. Team USA shutout Canada to win WJC gold. The election results would be squabbled over by some possibly seditious politicians but ultimately be done.
I expected protests from white supremacists in DC and threats of violence perhaps. I did not imagine an actual coup, shots fired in the Capitol, and the death of someone present.
Video clips of the police doing nothing don’t surprise me any longer. But opening the barrier to let them in does. And a selfie when they are trespassing – possibly a criminal, felony trespass – is breaking my brain.
+ Working on a scarf. Just because I like the pattern and it’s easy and kind of mindless.
+ Watched the first episode of Star Trek: Picard. The way it picks up explains the abrupt and somewhat unsatisfactory ending of the ST book I mentioned in an earlier post. One bit early on in the episode felt a bit un-Picard-like, but it sets the scene for the rest of the series, so…
+ Made shortbread with Lady Grey tea and orange peel. Think I’ll add orange extract next time, as I think it could use more citrus. Tomorrow I’ll make turkey-zucchini meatloaf and figure out sides to accompany it. I think the carrots in the vegetable crisper probably need to be used soon, so maybe those with some frozen broccoli.
+ Finally watched Rogue One. I liked it better than any of the most recent trilogy, although I haven’t seen the third one of the trilogy yet. Of course, I’ve had a crush on Diego Luna since Y Tu Mamá También, so I am perhaps not the most demanding of viewers.
+ Everyone in the office is watching Tiger King, with a virtual happy hour proposed for next Friday to discuss it. I have not watched because it doesn’t really look appealing to me, but I may watch just to participate.
+ Went to the post office to mail a gift to the BIL. The post office has marked off six foot intervals in masking tape on the floor so people know where to stand. Did people pay attention? Nope. We are literally too stupid to live.
+ Sacrificed a t-shirt to make a do-it-myself mask (without sewing), which felt a little over the top, but I expect at some point to be told that masks outside are mandatory. And since I like going for walks, I want to be ready.
My library has what seems to be to be a fairly good selection of ebooks. Just as they closed, I borrowed The Last Best Hope, a Star Trek: Picard novel. I haven’t watched the series yet (maybe next weekend?), but I believe the book is set before the show. It was enjoyable, a nice visit to a couple of the Enterprise crew, but it ended in a somewhat awkward/sad/bad place, I assume as a lead in to the series. Or maybe not: I have only ever read one other ST:NG novel, so I don’t really know how to judge the content.
Also borrowed Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, based on the recommendation of an original fiction writer from AO3, who was “trying” traditionally published romance maybe for the first time and recommended it. Uh, all I can say is that while I have liked some of the recommender’s writing, I definitely do not have congruent reading taste, because the narrator of RWRB struck me as a twit and the first couple of chapters read as pedestrian-at-best YA/New Adult. DNF.
Work has not really improved this week. Primarily this is a function of my director, who is desperately trying to add value and seems unable to get out of the way of her staff. She emailed me today to put me in charge of a project that is already in mid-swing. I hate this. I’m still trying to untangle a different project that was organized by someone else is a Project Manager by training but has no practical/substantive experience in the underlying project. Meaning that he created a timeline that is completely unrealistic; promised an outcome/product that is unlikely; and completely ignored data access constraints, the tools required, and the expertise needed to do with work.
My admiration for my colleagues who work primarily from home grows as I do this longer. How do they do it? Is regular work from home better organized and less stressful than pandemic-caused work from home? I don’t know. But I know that I’ve been a lot more tired and stressed by the end of the day over the last two weeks than normal. I spent four hours on phone/webex meetings today, and by the end of the day I didn’t want to see or speak to another human being.
I’m pretty pleased with my office nook, but find that I prefer standing to sitting. I need to get one of the anti-fatigue mats though.
Unrelated, the brother-in-law’s birthday is approaching and I know what to get him…but it won’t arrive in time due to virus-related shipping delays. 😦
In terms of entertainment, I’ve managed to watch bits of different comfort movies/shows all week. Different Harry Potters are airing each night, and I’ve watched some of my favorite episodes of GBBO, as well as bits of North & South. I’ve gone through and bookmarked a bunch of things to watch, but haven’t started them.
Want to read Robert Reich’s new book, but I can’t buy any new books right now unless I finish/cull other books. The library is usually my alternative for that, but they are closed for the duration.
Got my census reminder, have done my civic duty.
I’m going to have a glass of wine and fall asleep early.