Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Well, it’s been a week you guys. Lots going on over here, so let’s dive right in.
Last weekend, we contacted our landlord because we had a (recurring) leak under the kitchen sink (I investigated the drainpipe setup, and let’s just say, it’s a jerry-built construction), and I had also noticed water puddles in our backyard around an (old) sprinkler head. That seemed odd as these sprinklers have never worked since we moved here, and any small amount of water would have evaporated (we’ve been having a little heatwave for the last week).
When the landlord inspected the two issues earlier this week, he said he would be able to fix the drainage leak issue this weekend (yay!), but that the city had flagged the property as having a potential water leak and so they’ll probably have to dig up the backyard (dang). Water leaks in California during a drought can be fined heavily, so this is not good. I guess I am just glad we’re not the owners of the property, just observant tenants!
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On Monday morning, my work laptop died. As in, wouldn’t turn on at all, wouldn’t make a ‘beep’. After my attempts at troubleshooting (self do, self have!), I eventually realized that there was no way around it: I had to go to the office and talk to IT. Luckily, I don’t live very far from my office and could just pack up the laptop and drive over. I dropped it off with IT and went upstairs to my cubicle to wait for the diagnosis, which sadly was that the motherboard blew out and I’ll need a replacement. Fun!
Well, it was one of many hand-me-down laptops in my career, so maybe it’s about time that I’ll get a brand-new one for a change. This whole ordeal also meant that I got a first unexpected half workday back at the office. I’ll officially go back part-time on June, 1.
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On Tuesday, I had to go back to the office for a meeting with my new supervisor. I forget if I mentioned that lots of changes are happening at work (with people transitioning back to the office) and I also recently switched research groups to hopefully accommodate my interests and skillsets a little better.
I decided that it’s probably a good idea to do the first initial meetings with my new supervisor in person (not over Teams), so we can get to know each other better and build a rapport. So far, I have a good first impression and I think the group switch will be good for me in the long run, but lots of new responsibilities and things to learn as I adjust to my new supervisor’s managing style and personality.
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On Wednesday, we had tickets to see Pearl Jam. You guys, If you know me, you know that I am a huge Pearl Jam fan (name that song in my blog name!) and if you know Pearl Jam, then you know they rarely go on tour and the tickets are always sold within minutes! I had scored tickets for the (original) Pearl Jam Tour in spring 2020. Then Covid hit, and the tour was postponed. Until this year, when the band finally felt safe enough to reschedule the tour.
We originally had tickets for Oakland (a 2+ hour drive from here), but I was able to exchange them for tickets here in Sacramento, down the road in the Golden 1 Arena. Jon and I were still hesitant about big events but had hyped ourselves up and talked ourselves out of Covid-concerns (“we’re triple vaxxed, we’ll wear masks”, “this will be the one big event we’re going to”, etc.) and were excited to go!
And then the show was canceled last minute on Wednesday afternoon because not one, but two bandmates tested positive for Covid.
To say that I was bummed is an understatement, but I didn’t doubt for one second that they made the right call. I know for a fact that Pearl Jam didn’t make the decision lightly to cancel the last two shows (Sacramento + Vegas) before their summer break. I know they always have their fans’ best interest in mind and they decided to cancel just as much out of precaution for themselves as for their fans.
I was really upset to see people on social media immediately jumping on their case, being upset for not continuing the tour without a drummer AND bassist, and calling Covid “the flu”. What is wrong with people? If two band members test positive that means everyone else should quarantine, not continue with the shows and possibly cause a new wave. These guys are all over 50 now, too. And we don’t know how individual people might be affected by the virus. If you’re a real fan, you care about the health and well-being of the band and get over yourself.
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On a positive note, my back is 95% better. I don’t know how long back pain usually lasts (I haven’t had to deal with it much), but I read it usually resolves within a few days to a few weeks. Well, that’s a large time range if you ask me, so I feel fortunate that I’ve only dealt with it for about a week until it started to feel noticeably better. I went from not being able to stand upright last Friday and using pain relief patches on my back, to light walking over the weekend, and shorter, moderate bike workouts since Monday. I still have a bit of sensitivity with some movements, but I have basically been back to my exercise routine and I feel good (still taking it easy though). Thanks to everyone who has inquired about my back in the last few days! I appreciate it.
So tell me, how’s your week been?