FEELING | much better after my bout with Covid last week. Thanks to everyone who’s checked in with me. I’ve heard from so many different people now about their experiences with Covid and my take-away is that every case is different and people experienced a huge variety of symptoms, both in variety and intensity. While I don’t feel like I had a bad case at all, I do not want to create any lingering post-Covid issues, so I am trying to ease myself back into my regular work and workout routine slowly and carefully. I was very pleased that my supervisor approved my request to completely work from home this week and not come into the office for my weekly “office day”.
HAPPY | to report that I also tested negative on my Covid-test on Tuesday (which was Day 12 for me). It’s possible that I was negative before Tuesday, but I didn’t test over the weekend. It seemed like a “waste of tests” to me since nobody was checking if or when I had a negative test again (not even my work cared about it), but I wanted to know.
EATING | homemade ramen. I didn’t realize how quick, easy and satisfying a bowl of ramen can be. I made this last week just to get started on some food again (I didn’t really eat much for three days), but I’m adding this to my list of quick meals for the cooler months.
WATCHING | Ghostbusters. Ha. I hadn’t seen the movie in forever. Since I am usually not doing horror movies for Halloween-time, Jon picked this non-scary scary movie last weekend to keep us entertained on a Saturday night. Man, the 80’s were fun.
MISSING | my piano. My friend Nicole (HI NICOLE!) just posted a picture of her piano (and her cute new dog Rex) on Instagram and seeing it gave me a jolt, as I have the same Yamaha piano sitting at my parents’ house, 6000 miles away. I bought the piano with my own money when I was a teenager and I wish I had it here with me.
MAKING | homemade pizza for Jon’s birthday last week. Since we were both stuck at home with Covid, we had to improvise the birthday celebrations a bit. As you recall, I had asked for input on how to make Jon’s 40th birthday extra special… you gave me some great ideas and I had planned a few things for him. Well, and then I gave him Covid instead. Terrible timing, I know. Luckily, Jon is pretty easy-going and had a sense of humor about it, and I think he did have a good birthday despite the Covid-wrench that was thrown into the works (at least, he said so).
STOKED | that just before I was knocked down by Covid, I had completed the last power zone challenge and finished up with a FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test. The FTP test is a 20-minute ride to find out how much average power you can produce over that time span and my last training cycle had produced a 20-point increase, which I was super-proud of!
IN DISBELIEF | that my niece (and god-daughter) turned 14 this month. When I asked her over FaceTime if she had asked me for permission to grow up so fast, her sassy response was “no” (with a daring grin on her face). Is this what typical teenager behavior looks like? I don’t want any of it – haha.
TAKING ADVANTAGE | of the “pilot-program” to renew our passports online. Both Jon’s and my passports expired in September and we were dreading the process of getting them renewed, because it’s such a hassle having the passport pictures taken (which always look terrible, IMHO) and getting all the paperwork submitted by mail. Then I read about the pilot program to renew the passport online on the Travel.State.Gov and we were lucky to both get our renewal applications submitted during the brief time frame that they opened the portal for volunteer customers. Filling out the online application was super-easy and we were even able to submit photos that we had taken of each other with our cellphones at home! Pretty cool! The turn-around time was really quick, too. I had my passport in the mail after just 4 weeks (we submitted my application first) and Jon’s passport should be here in a couple of weeks as well.
ENJOYING | the last warm days on our front porch. I moved the two benches that we used in the backyard this summer up to the covered front porch, so I could still use them for a little while longer before the rain and cooler temperatures come.
LOOKING FORWARD TO | NaBloPoMo, which starts next week! Eek! Thank you to everyone who’s expressed interest in joining me again this year and also for spreading the word! It’s been so wonderful to see you’re getting just as excited about it as I am. I will put out a list of all committed participants when we get started on November, 1.
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