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October 17, 2021

posted by soe 1:17 am

I am out in Salt Lake to work, but, this is also my vacation, so today we made sure was a day mostly dedicated to the latter. We checked out a new coffee shop, bought a ton of stuff at rhe farmers market, took a nap, bought new jeans, and ate pizza.

And I spent more time outside than in probably the last month combined enjoying a gorgeously sunny day.

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October 16, 2021

made it to salt lake
posted by soe 10:59 am

I made it to Salt Lake just after midnight local time.

The new airport terminal is not made for someone low in sleep or mental reserves. I had to walk at least a mile from gate to get to the car. (Rudi made it the ten minutes from the air b-n-b to the airport before I got out of the building.) I’m sure it’s lovely in the daylight, while you’re waiting for a flight, getting to see the sun set over the Wasatch front. I look forward to experiencing it that way.

But the empanada I had from a new-to-us Venezuelan restaurant for a late supper was excellent — and weighed about a pound. (There’s a second one in the fridge.) I can see why there was a line.

We’re going to start the day with a trip to a farmers market and then either head over to the house to assess or to see Rudi’s mom.

Have a good Saturday!

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October 15, 2021

running for choice, party, and i know you!
posted by soe 1:17 am

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. A coworker and I surprised a young woman who’s reported to us both by making donations to support her half marathon charitable cause.

2. Getting to spend the night of my dad’s birthday with him and my mom. This was the first in-person family birthday celebration since COVID began.

3. I ran into a former colleague as I was running an errand. Since leaving the company, she’s moved to my neighborhood.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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October 14, 2021

mental space and energy
posted by soe 1:31 am

Honestly, my decision-making abilities have been down the toilet for a while. Sometimes I know I’m making a questionable decision, but the thought of having to prolong it outweighs the smarter voice. And sometimes I’m so caught in the mental vortex of trying to do too much with too few reserves that I’m literally going in circles from one task to another, without ever actually getting any of it done. I understand that sitting down and tackling one thing at a time is the smarter decision, but I don’t have the ability anymore to distinguish which thing needs focus until we’re in a danger zone.

I keep putting one foot in front of another, which counts for something, but honestly it counts for less and less every day. Can I call out exhausted for the rest of the year?

I need to refill my emotional and mental coffers, but the trip to Salt Lake doesn’t really seem likely to offer that. And I’m starting to wonder if this is just going to be life from now on, with nothing ever being great again. (To be fair, nothing is horrific either. Everyone is healthy and safe and I realize how lucky I am that I’m starting from that baseline.). I know everyone is struggling and my situation is neither unique nor interesting, but without getting some prolonged space and energy to recharge, I just don’t see how to keep the daily grind from grinding me up, too.

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October 13, 2021

things to do before leaving for salt lake
posted by soe 1:47 am

Rudi heads to Salt Lake tomorrow afternoon, and I’ll join him Friday night. His mom suddenly moved into assisted living earlier this year, and he’s been working on getting her house emptied out so it can be sold. We’re hoping the next few weeks are the final push in this process, and I’ll go put in my work detail for a week. But before I do, I have a few things I need to wrap up here:

  • Get through three more days of work (and the attendant to-do list there)
  • Put the herbs Mum sent me home with into the ground and harvest anything ripe
  • Get a flu shot
  • Win a volleyball championship
  • Get stuff back to the library
  • Clean the apartment (didn’t happen before CT; looking less and less likely to happen before SLC)
  • Make sure we have enough supplies for our cat sitter
  • Do laundry
  • Pack
  • Get myself to the airport with enough time to catch my plane (should be super obvious, but it’s not)

I guess I’ve got my marching orders for the next few days…

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October 12, 2021

top ten favorite bookish settings
posted by soe 1:51 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl invites us to share our favorite bookish settings:

  1. The beach (It’s not enough on it’s own to make me bring a book home, but it’s always enough to make me read the blurb.)
  2. Christmastime (Ditto. And, actually, it’s usually enough to make me take the book out from the library.)
  3. London (In pretty much any era.)
  4. D.C. (Unless they do a terrible job of it. I stopped reading a book once because of the way they described the fountain in Dupont Circle.)
  5. Victorian England (The setting of many of my favorite cozy detective series.)
  6. New England (Again, unless they do a terrible job of it. I gave up on a book recently because she used a real Connecticut town in the entirely wrong part of the state.)
  7. Autumn (Everyone’s just happier in fall.)
  8. The 1920s (It always seems such a glamorous time…)
  9. Modern Paris (I’m less interested in it as historic setting, but I’d be delighted to follow cat burglars up the Eiffel Tower or into the Louvre.)
  10. The 1980s (Many of my school years were in this decade, which means I have a nostalgic fondness novels (particularly y.a./kidlit) sprinkled with banana clips and Trapper Keepers.)

How about you? What places or times immediately make you give a book a second look?

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