Five Things Friday Vol. 23

Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.

Do you ever have a week where time just seemingly disappears? I had high hopes of blogging this week and didn’t find a free pocket of time to sit down and write. And I worked long days, worked out, cooked dinner, and went to bed. Lather, rinse and repeat. There just wasn’t much time for anything else, so I am extra thankful for having today off and that it’s the start of the weekend!

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My sister – an elementary school teacher in Germany – who just went back to in-person teaching a few weeks ago is eligible and scheduled for her first vaccine next week, just a day before our birthday. I am so, so relieved that she’ll be protected soon, and in turn, will be less of a threat to our parents (who are still waiting for their turn to get the vaccine). Germany seems to be just as ‘disorganized’ in getting people vaccinated as it is here, although I am very happy about every single person who’s been able to get it so far. Will you get vaccinated when you are eligible?

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I saw my co-workers this week for the first time since we started working from home a year ago. We met up on campus for lunch (as in, we all brought our own lunch and sat at a minimum of 6 ft apart – which meant, everybody at his/her own table – at an outdoor seating area). It was nice to see each other in person (not over Teams) and catch up, although I have to say that I still feel wary of meeting up with people (even outdoors). Jon and I have been so strict in not seeing people outside our home that it will take some getting used to until we feel completely comfortable again once we’re all vaccinated. Do you feel that way, too?

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Yesterday, I finished up the training class that I told you about two weeks ago (the one that started at 6 am PST) and I am happy to say: it was really awesome. I thought it would be hard to be alert and receptive at 6 am, but the presenters were really, really good and the topics were absolutely engaging. In fact, I wish I would have another week of training in front of me next week. 

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I had leftover zucchini last week and since we’re all about not wasting food in this house, I made a batch of zucchini-cheddar scones. Baking is never a bad idea, amirite?

Have a great weekend!

  1. I definitely feel weird seeing people in person, even though I’ve gotten the vaccine. I still worry about getting infected and transmitting it to my son or my mom (who comes to my house to watch him). Even though I’m back in the office occasionally it just feels so different to be around people. We still use Teams for meetings even if we are physically in the same office.

    1. Yeah, I am guessing it’ll take a while until it feels normal again to be around people.

  2. Switzerland is also a mess. They haven’t ordered sufficient vaccines – my parents have been waiting for weeks.
    I don’t meet anyone in a closed room – and even outside I am very careful. It’ll take some time until things get back to normal.

  3. I’m comfortable seeing people outdoors, especially with masks. I go for walks with friends but we wear masks. I won’t see anyone indoors until we are vaccinated, except our parents who have all been vaccinated as of yesterday!! We are going to my MIL’s today for the first time since early November (we saw her when it was nice enough to be outdoors). She’s fully vaccinated but Phil and I will still wear a mask. She hasn’t met Will and really misses Paul so is very excited to see us!

    I’m glad your training was so great! That says a lot that you would do another week of training! The presenters must have been awesome!

  4. The group lunch sounds great! I can imagine it probably felt a little weird but also amazing to see everyone in person. I know it’s going to take me a while to feel more comfortable doing certain things so I’m just trying to give myself a little grace when it comes to that.

  5. I’m glad your sister is getting her vaccine soon! We just entered a new phase of vaccines in FL and teachers over 50 can finally get their vaccines (but I still find it ridiculous that it’s not ALL teachers, ugh). I’m ready to get mine whenever I can!

  6. So excited for your sister! I am now fully vaccinated and breathing a little easier in some ways. More and more of my staff has been able to get vaccinated since TX finally decided to allow educators to get vaccinated when they repealed the mask mandate. *Facepalm*

    Glad to hear the training went well despite the long hours required! It’s always nice when things like the feel like a good use of time.

  7. San, I’ve saved this post to comment on for DAYS now. So sorry for the late comment!
    I wholeheartedly agree with your reluctance to completely re-engage, even after I am fully vaccinated. I just wrote a long, navel-gazing post on this, but the gist is that the idea of being “out and about” all of the time makes me very anxious. I’m not yet vaccinated – not even close, to be honest – but it is something that’s been on my mind, and I wanted to let you know that I am completely in agreement with you.

    And also… those scones… Thank you for sharing the recipe! Cheese is always a good idea in my book.

    1. No need to apologize for commenting late – I appreciate every thought you leave on my blog :) And thank you for sharing my feelings…. it’s hard to think about just going back to pre-pandemic times right now. There will be a lot of adjusting.

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