The Day in a Few Rambling Thoughts: Today in confinement was just a day. I allowed myself to be lethargic. The weather here is gloomy, so I allowed myself to not take a walk. I texted some friends, including one diagnosed with and getting better from Covid. I caught up on some Covid news. It’s horrible, of course. But I’m still hopeful.
Today I read. I wrote. I continued work on the all-the-same-shade-of-blue part of my jigsaw puzzle. I’m going to watch TV later and finish eating the wings I bought yesterday. I’m not going to get mad that they gave me ranch dressing instead of Bleu cheese and I’m going to eat the ranch dressing in solidarity to the people who braved the Covid world to serve me food. I’m playing music and have danced in the living room more than once.
If this was how I spent a day in my non-confinement life I would be wondering what the eff was wrong with me, why was a wasting a whole day. I would have pushed myself to do something. Today, I allowed myself a moment. I feel pretty great about that. Tomorrow I should be bursting at the seams with energy! LOL!
The Day in Social Connection: Some good friends of mine were supposed to get married yesterday. They have rescheduled the ceremony, but a bunch of us got together on Zoom last night to toast the couple. It turned out we were also gathered to check in on each other.
I think there were 20 participants at the height of it, way too many people for a reasonable conversation. That view though, definitely approximated that feeling of walking into a room and seeing a bunch of people you know, and immediately knowing everything is going to be all right.
The Day in Wakey-Wakey: I picked a bad night to sleep with my bedroom window open because as I stirred from a restless night of sleep, I decided I wanted to lollygag* under the covers for a bit. In my half-slumber state I could hear so many kids screaming and playing in the park. Why were so many of them out so early being so loud? I gave up, got up, and looked outside. There were exactly two kids and one Dad in the park. I quickly and compassionately understood why those kids were at the park.
*A great word that sums up my day, actually. It means to spend some idle time, to dawdle.
The Day in Provisions: One of my regular neighborhood restaurants is Boomtown Biscuits. They always have one of my favorite IPA’s, Lord Hobo, on tap. I miss sitting at the bar drinking one after work. I don’t miss the work part, though!
Boomtown has had a rough 2020 that saw the untimely death of one of their founders. They were already emotionally bruised when Covid came through, and they were one of the many restaurants that opted for total closure, forgoing carry-out options.
Mid-week last week they hit social media offering to sell biscuits, some of their jams, and some of their pickled vegetables. That message was like hearing from an old friend.
I bought some jams and some house pickles. The jams will be a welcome addition to my morning toast. I should note I am actually referring to toasted bread and not (most mornings) an alcoholic toast to myself for showing up for another day.
I have always loved toast. The aroma of the bread toasting is soothing and perfect. I don’t understand why you can’t get plain toast scented candles. You can buy cinnamon toast scented candles, and I’m not going to argue against that. But, just plain toast a-toasting is a sensory delight.
You how know at work in the break area the fire inspector always wants to get rid of the toaster? I don’t think it’s a fire hazard. I think the fire inspector is in cahoots with THE MAN to remove the joy of the smell of toast.
There’s even a wonderfully dumb song about exuberantly loving toast, by Heywood Banks. The song is called Toast and he plays the rhythm part on a toaster. Oh, toast!
And Oh, Pickles. These have become surprising comfort food for me as well. I bought some in my initial stock up wanting them but questioning the purchase the whole time. After a few days confined at home I opened up the jar and found the crunchy, salty goodness to be very satisfying. Weirdly satisfying, I think is fair to say.
My Dad was a pickle guy, so I guess I picked up the enjoyment of eating them from him. My Mom is hot and cold on pickles. When we go to lunch I don’t automatically get her pickle like I do with some people I know who inexplicably hate them. I have to ask permission for the pickle. Anyway, here at home, I have my own damn pickles, and I’m glad I do.
The Day in Miniatures: A salute to chicken wings and happier days!
Covid 19 Info
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CDC – Cases in the United States
Updated April 4, 2020
These numbers are updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
- Total cases: 304,826 (Yesterday = 277,205)
- Total deaths: 7,616 (Yesterday = 6,593)
- Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.