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Yay, it's the weekend!

Feel more energetic than I have in a while. I feel a great weight has been lifted with my second jab. Even a bit hyper, ha! Hope that lasts through the weekend, have a lot I want to do. I have a fresh stash of caffeine goodness to help me, hee hee!

All in all, side effects from the jab for me were minimal. Still a wee bit of warmth and mild stiffness at the injection site, but less than this morning. Was a bit sore Wednesday and Thursday in my upper arm but, again, barely a two on the pain scale. Dry throat was the worst, but that's why I have a big water bottle at my desk at all times. I was tired- but I'm more inclined to blame the unusually long school board meeting Wednesday evening than Moderna's medicine. Three and a half hours. Le sigh. I think even the board members were feeling it a bit at the end.

Looking forward to this weekend- outdoor lunch with family and hopefully hugs. Tearing up thinking about it- but tears of happiness. 

Still debating a return to swimming; I really miss that and really need to work on my stamina. But I've had one friend caution about going back too early and waiting a week. I might try going Monday after work, just drive down and see what it's like. If the parking lot is full, I can always leave. If it's empty, then I can give it a try. Jut glad this can be in my near future. Yay!

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Happy (early) birthday to me!

Got my second "Fauci Ouchie" this morning. So far, so good. A bit sleepy, but that could be mid-afternoon slump. A teensy bit of soreness at the injection site but as long as I remember to move my arm around from time to time, that is minimal. 

Weather is gorgeous- 80s, and sunny. Shot process was butter smooth, got there a bit early, and I had my shot before my actual scheduled time. The director there said they let people in early. Today, 200 people got their vaccine; yesterday it was 500. Bit by bit... 

Also got gas for the first time since... yeah, I don't recall. I don't think I've needed to fuel up at all this year, MAYBE once in January. Maybe. I still had just under a quarter of a tank but since I got out of my vaccine appointment a LOT faster than I thought, I decided to just fill 'er up since there was a gas station on the way to First Watch, where I tried a new dish- a Smoked Salmon with Roasted Vegetables Frittata (an Italian style omelet). Quite good! Still prefer the pancakes but really just wanted to try something I never tried before.

Was just thinking, Sunday's weather was beautiful. 70s and sunny. Figures. Usually an overcast day in the 50s is doing good. Not sure how many big egg hunts there were, but this past weekend was nice. Perfect weather for hunts. Sigh. Supposed to stay warm. Will have a cooldown next week but we're talking mid and high 50s, and well above freezing for lows. 

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A new month

Well, April 1 opened with both far colder temperatures than I expected and snow. No more than maybe an inch, and snow at this time of year is not that uncommon. Just Mother Nature taunting us all with an April Fool's joke, after days and days of mild weather. It's supposed to get nicer tomorrow, but I fear I may have lost all of my plants that I had outside. Ugh. Guess I'll know by early next week. According to the long-term forecasts, starting Sunday temperatures will be more or less consistently in the 60s. 

Looking forward to getting my second shot in a few days. Also, hard to believe it's my birthday soon. Not sure I'll be able to do all that much but I'd be happy with visiting my parents again. 

Meanwhile, COVID cases are still going up, just as many rules and laws are loosening up. Sigh. Just wondering how long it will be before being fully vaccinated won't mean anything.

Looking forward to a fairly quiet weekend. Lot of stuff around the apartment I want to get to. Also will be trying macarons for the first time tomorrow. Never tried them before. Bonus is that proceeds from the sales are going to ASIA.


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Last day of Staycation

Bummer. They never last long enough. Probably should have done more but I got quite a bit done, and the R&R was much needed.

Got some of the "shelves" for reorganizing my craft room yesterday. I say "shelves" because they are really tall, rolling caddies with five drawers each. Tres cool! That should help considerably. 

I may have jinxed things with my last post, ha ha! This coming week, we are looking at chilly temperatures Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Barring a major shift, I'll have to temporarily bring all my leafy babies in for those days. But by Saturday I should be able to get them out again. May need to bring in my aloe plant tonight, will have to watch the evening temperatures. The others should be OK. Still, the week out really did them all good (despite some fuzzy creature digging through a couple of my pots, le sigh). Couldn't believe how they perked up even after just a day. My indoor plants are enjoying the increased sun as well. 

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A couple bits of good news

So far I've had a good staycation- a good combo of R&R and getting stuff done. 

As I mentioned earlier, I got my car Echecked. But when I went to try to renew my sticker, I got a message that it was too early for me to do so. I was puzzled by this until I remembered that the last time I renewed everything was 2019- when my car would have been less than  years old. Sure enough- I need to renew by NEXT April, in 2022. Still, as long as I get my stickers next year before March 20, the test I have is still valid, so it wasn't a wasted trip. Score!

I finished my tax stuff yesterday, didn't take long at all. Best of all, I'm getting money back this year! Got rather hosed last year. I'm getting $2 from the federal government! Woohoo! (Seriously, better than the couple hundred I owed last year). Also getting some money back from the state. Yay! Kind of makes up for the car tune-up being more than three times what I expected- ouch. 

Oh, another bit of good news- Scott Westerfeld has returned to the Uglies universe for more books; the first two came out a couple years ago and a third is coming out next month! Eeeeeeee!!!!!

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Woohoo! Staycation!

Yaaaay! On staycation this week. So far it's been fairly productive. Finished one book and got a good start on another, got my car e-checked, getting it serviced tomorrow, got my plants outside today (!!!- yes, it is that warm out. It's supposed to be 60s pretty much all week, maybe even a couple days in the 70s. Boy did I pick a good week to be off!), got a couple more small plants. 

February was pretty cold and snowy, although certainly not off the bell curve. March came in not really roaring- more like a craggy old sheep. It's certainly going out like a sweet little lamb.  Start of April looks good, too. 

COVID-19 numbers for the most part are slowly coming down. Ohio is still predominantly red, but more orange and even some yellow is starting to appear.

Looking forward (and bracing myself) for April 7, when I get my second jab. 

Also finished a book...

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Forgot to add to the previous entry...

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of working from home. Never dreamed we would all still be working remotely, as I've said previously, we all thought we'd be back by April. At first. In hindsight, that was horribly naïve, given how serious pandemics work. I do recall that by the end of week 2 of working remotely, it was going to be longer. First it was...maybe by summer, then...maybe by fall...then, maybe at the start of 2021. 

Last I heard, we might reopen the offices by late summer. As I've also said before, there's no big hurry, since working remotely does work out well. Just... remembering that last week and thinking how long three weeks was going to be. Three weeks without lunches with my sweet friend. I remember how depressed I was, cried about every day. I was worried, anxious. How bad would things get? I remember that it seemed each day brought grimmer news and bleaker timelines. Summer was a bit easier, that opened up things for summer outings and outside get-togethers. Those saved my sanity. 

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I got it!

Holy moly. I got my first COVID-19 shot. After worrying and fretting about whether I'd be waiting until May, it happened.

It's kind of a weird story. I'd spent much of the past weekend signing up at more sites and scouring the websites of places supposedly offering the jab. No luck. Finally, dad recommends trying Western Reserve Hospital. I cross my fingers, fill out the online form and navigate to the place where I'm supposed to be able to find a time...and nothing. So, disappointed, I wrote this off as a dead end.

Lo and behold, Monday afternoon I got a call from Western Reserve Hospital. They had spots open! So, I got my first dose early Wednesday morning! Here's the really funny part. A couple hours after I got that call, the place where my doctor is affiliated sends a text message- gee, I can register now! Siiiiiigh XD. 

There's a couple of mass vaccination sites opening on St. Patrick's Day, one in Cleveland, one in Akron; that should really alleviate the waiting lines. Indeed, the newly qualified 50-somethings and those in other recently approved categories will probably have an easier time finding appointments than I did (I know one newly qualified friend got an appointment the first day the 50-somethings were eligible.) This is awesome news, the faster we can get these shots into arms, the better. 

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One year tomorrow

Tomorrow will mark the one year anniversary of "normal," before the impact of the pandemic was felt. 

Last year, on what was Friday, one of my closest friends and I went to see Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw. We went to The Nepali Kitchen beforehand. That was such a fun evening, trying out a new place, seeing a fantastic play I've been wanting to see staged since my undergrad days. Never dreamed that would be the last time we'd get together in-person for a long time.

On March 7 last year, a Saturday, I went and covered the Twinsburg Community Expo, taking pictures and talking with people. This would be last event I'd cover in-person pre-pandemic (although I'd go out on assignment for a couple other events during the week). That evening, I went to see The Odd Couple, Female Version, at Dynamics Community Theatre. What a delightful evening. Afterwards, I joined the cast for a late night dinner at Applebee's. Don't recall what I ordered but I probably got one of their skillet desserts. Never dreamed that would be the last outing with friends like that to date. 

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500,000

This is the number of COVID-19 deaths the United States has seen, officially, today. Nearly as many as deaths of Americans as WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. 

This did not need to happen. We could have avoided the bulk of these deaths. I read an article over the weekend how our life expectancy has dropped by a full year in this country, and this is a big reason why. 

While cases have dropped, we are not out of the woods. Vaccination program is still going in fits and starts. 

Then last week, a lot of the country got nailed with some particularly nasty storms, which slowed everything down. Texas, especially, got nailed, and hard. Last I heard yesterday, there were still millions without power. A lot of people there are without potable water. It's truly scary. And, again, it didn't have to be this way. Pros in the power industry know-how warned the state about weatherizing their grid. Also, trying to self-regulate and stand alone to avoid federal regulations, not such a hot idea. I don't recall the death toll, but I know it's dozens, and their nightmare is not over. Once there is a thaw, there is speculation that there will be a LOT of burst pipes, a lot of water damage, little to know insurance coverage- a lot of worthless homes.

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