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Stay at Home Forever…

Hearts all over Washington State were broken this evening.  “Stay at Home” is extended until May 4.  32 more days of staying home, at a minimum.  UGH…

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t disagree that it is necessary, but ugh all the same.  I was feeling kind of mopey today anyway.  So let’s explore some things I’ve learned about staying home in the time of COVID…

  1. I use more toilet paper. I’m currently mapping this, but I think I am going through a roll a week.  I didn’t hoard, but I did buy 1 package last time I could find some, so I have about 19 rolls.  That will last me a while!
  2. I run the dishwasher way more often.  It’s all that eating at home.  I’m tired of eating at home by the way.
  3. COVID is stressful.  I’m safe at home, but I’m on the front line of decision-making for how to keep my essential government organization safe.  I am back to my stress-induced 3 am insomnia wake up call.  Ugh.
  4. You can’t make everybody happy (see #3).
  5. I never knew it was possible to obsess so much about having to clear my throat.  Was that cough “dry”?!?!?!?!?!?
  6. Working 40 hours a week from home does give me more time at home to get things done in my non-work hours, but that doesn’t mean I will!
  7. I’m really grateful that I had my surgery in December, before all elective surgery got canceled.
  8. Even introverts crave time with people.
  9. Putting on nice clothes doesn’t really have an impact on my mood.  But taking a shower does!  The last time I did laundry, I washed and folded exactly one pair of work slacks from the Board meeting I attended almost two weeks ago; since then the Governor has ruled that all public meetings must be conducted remotely.  I can’t say I’m disappointed!
  10. Coraline enjoys busting in on video meetings!

I like to get out for a walk each day or do some yard work; thankfully I’m only a short walk away from a college campus that is eerily empty…  I’m praying that our efforts are working to flatten the curve and save lives.  I’m heartbroken for the people who have lost their lives, and lost loved ones.  I hope that sooner rather than later, we are able to move on from this.  Meanwhile, I’ll keep doing my part.


I’m Such a Sucker for a Hard Luck Case

I admit it – I’m a sucker.  Many of you read with sympathy my recent stories of Martini and her battle with alimentary lymphoma.  Many of you had very kind words when I made the decision to end her suffering on March 1, 2013.  Maybe some of you have tears in your eyes reading this (like I do writing this).

So when my horse’s vet told me he had kittens – one little girl who had been abandoned at a farm – I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist even though I tried.  I told him I would ask around.  I told him I thought two cats was perfect for me now that Martini was gone.  That lasted about a week, until Gordon emailed me a photo.  I showed Jon.  He told me that it was up to me, but that if I wanted a new kitten, he would be okay with that.  That’s his way of saying he thought I should get her.

So on April 21st, my mom and I drove out to the vet to see her.  And hold her and pet her.  And bring her home.  She’s about 6 months old, and she’s cute and friendly and playful.  And the boys are fine with her – maybe not thrilled, but fine (after Oliver hid under the bed for three hours once I brought her home).

So there’s a new life in the house now.  Adding some noise and energy and laughter.  She loves her feather on a string toy – Oliver does too.  She loves to sit with Jon.  She loves to attack your toes under the covers at 5:30 in the morning.  Her name is Coraline.

Aren't I the Cutest Thing Ever!?

Aren’t I the Cutest Thing Ever!?

Oscar Sees Coraline for the First Time

Oscar Sees Coraline for the First Time

Oliver Says, Maybe She'll Go Away...

Oliver Says, Maybe She’ll Go Away…

Oliver Is Definitely Not Going Down Those Stairs!

Oliver Is Definitely Not Going Down Those Stairs!