Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thursday Thoughts - I';ve seen that road before it always leads me here

1. Happiness is a new doormat. 

2. Monday I went down to the Convention Center for my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. I did a bunch of updates on my Instagram stories, but to recap here - I am happy to answer any questions with these caveats a) You are not anti-vaxx b) you are not a person who asks other people why they qualify when they qualify as if you are entitled to know things you actually aren't entitled to know (also do you people who do that realize how ableist that is, as if something is only wrong that you can see or know about? That is not my case but it is for people I see get asked publicly like they are required to answer personal questions posed on Facebook when all they are doing is letting you know they acted in the interest of public health and are in the vaccine process) c) you don't ask me science shit that is over my head. I don't fuck with A & B types of people and I am just going to direct C to google. 

3. I hoped for the best and prepared for the worst. I'm lucky in that my job is flexible and this week in particular only had one deadline and was light due to spring break, so I scheduled all my administrative tasks for Monday & Tuesday. I also made sure I was hydrated and had Gatorade and Pringles. I think it is so interesting how differently we all react, and I will share my reactions with you in case you also think that is interesting. My reactions: immediate soreness in arm (different from first shot). slept 11 hours the first night. Woke up fine, showered, worked, picked up candy from my stepmom during lunch, came home, and about 30 hours in went down like the fucking Titanic. I was in a delusional, chilled, feverish state (highest was 101.4, I am steadily 97.5) punctuated by Wonton soup and season three of Beverly Hills 90210 (specifically Kelly and the diet pills and Iris and the crystals and Steve and Celeste). Wednesday morning I woke up tired in that way that you're tired when you've spent too much time sitting or laying and not enough time moving, and continued to feel fine throughout the day. Wednesday night i had a low grade 99.7 fever again. All worth it to do my part to uphold public health and selfishly to have girls weekend with my friends who I miss so much. I want some pieces of life back, and I am going to do my part to get them back. 

4. I stayed in Philly so I could have someone wait on me and let the dogs out. Like this guy.

5. Speaking of dogs, here is your weekly dose. 

6. Shot girl things took over most of the week, we did manage to get a larger pickup (Vietnam Vets are picking up if you are looking to get rid of stuff) out - MFD even contributed a bag. 
7. I also ordered flowers from my friend Jen's girls' dance fundraiser, looked up movers for work-related trade show items (learn more), did related research to learn more about nursing services in relation to those items, got a zillion loads of laundry done, got curtains for the front room, smiled at the article titles on this website, used the crockpot (that is a super rare thing here), read almost none of my book, kept a scant eye on Derek Chauvin's trial (Police Officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for murdering George Floyd - George Floyd, who was murdered by Derek Chauvin in full view of God and everyone as we were all home on lockdown watching, is not on trial, and literally nothing George Floyd did or did not do in his life is a reason to murder him in the street or justification for his murder, so stop), tried and failed to clean up my email, watched a ton of 90210, and ate a lot of homemade candy from Carol.

8. I passed the gate in Philly as I was walking to my appointment, which I love. I'm holding space for the Asian community in the wake of violence against Asian people, especially the elderly. Speak against it everywhere and for the love step in if you see it. I miss seeing stuff like this gate. I'd love to be back in Center City one or two days a week. Ask me later about how I want to get there, because taking the train remains unappealing, and I was incensed to be sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on 95 on my way to a noon appointment on a Monday during a pandemic with no visible reason for said traffic. 

9. Reminder:

10. E-cards: You know what today is.

What appears beyond the hyphen in Thursday Thoughts titles is what I'm listening to when I'm starting this - this week is The Long and Winding Road by The Beatles

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