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“Guilt is a Handy Tool” -the Chisel Bird, and Delicious Garlic Bread

May 1, 2020

Every morning a small, gray bird plants himself outside my bedroom window and starts a high pitched chirp, like an avian Paul Revere warning the British are coming. His ear-splintering chirps sound like a chisel hitting a brick or a stone. I call him the Chisel Bird. I lay in bed thinking, There’s Dad. He’s come back as a bird with a chirp so loud he can wake…

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Talk to Me, Please

April 17, 2020

OK, how long’s it been? I started hearing how serious this was in the U.S. in the beginning of March, and by March 16th or 17th, I was working from home. By the 30th I was furloughed, and now I’ve been home alone a little over a month. (Because Topper–sweet as he can be — cannot be considered company. His conversation skills, even when he’s awake, are seriously…

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What To Do While Furloughed

April 10, 2020

Start your day with a walk because you’re going to be a healthier you today! Inhale that fresh air, then remember you’ve forgotten your mask. Worry that someone will call you on it. Worry while you’re walking that your job won’t be there after your furlough ends. Cut walk short so you’re not seen mask-less. Arrive home famished. Be distracted by funny Social Distancing pic that a friend…

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Wait, WHO is this again?

April 3, 2020

I went for a walk last night around 10, to wind down and walk off the two cookies I cracked and ate today. It was eerily quiet. Lights were on in houses, I heard laughter coming from one. But it felt like everyone was just waiting. I imagine this is what it must have been like during World War II. People just waited at home for dreadful news…

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We Can Do This

March 29, 2020

Yesterday, as I was trying to email myself this silly photo for this blog post, Gmail kindly told me I was out of luck because I had used my entire15 gigs of storage. It probably had something to do with those 38,000 emails in my account, dating all the way back to 2008. So, I started culling. I found a lot of emails about PTA stuff, many I’d…

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Live Long Enough — You See Everything

March 15, 2020

I went to three different grocery stores this weekend to make sure I wasn’t in an apocalyptic dream, but in every store, shelves were bare, like I was in some impoverished, third world country. It was so very bizarre to see the freezer case empty at our local Trader Joes. Pavilions was even worse, their produce section was a ghost town where vegetables and fruit used to live.…

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Zumba Anyone?

February 28, 2020

I took my first Zumba class this week at the YMCA where I’m trying to up my activity level with something fun because I’m determined to go from Pre-diabetic back to regular. I thought Zumba sounded like fun and I distinctly remember actually having some dance moves as a kid. But seeing me in Zumba class is like watching an episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy tries…