It’s only the 8th day of January, and already it feels like it will never end. Running slo-mo through molasses. A nightmare where I’m trying to wake up.
Covid numbers, hospital overflows. Stricter shutdowns, rules, higher fines. My curling ice bookings are cancelled, again. Swim times no longer permitted. Of course, you say. Those 1 or 2 hours a week were the highlights of my calendar the past few months. Now even browsing the drugstore aisles is depressing – eyeshadow and lipstick plastic-wrapped away from creating any bit of nonessential cheeriness. As if lipstick were even possible anymore anyway. Oh, and the TV news, how wonderful it is to follow all the politics on all the channels, all the time. Need I say more?
So I’m writing this post to give myself ideas about how to get through the next month. I need new ways to spend my daylight hours, hours that don’t include too much TV news time. Thank goodness it’s January in Quebec and daylight hours are limited.
Here’s my list so far of what to do to avoid watching the news :
- Blog my whining. If you’re reading this far, I guess you figured that out.
- Find new exercise videos. The ones that excited me earlier in the pandemic have lost their zing. Or maybe it’s me that needs more zing?
- Dig out my coldest-weather snow pants, boots, furry ear-flapped hat, and heavy leather mitts for all the outdoor activities. Like walking the river. Pledge to do it every day, during daylight, no matter what the weather. Just getting ready takes up more time than you’d think.
- Follow the weather channel, (even more than I usually do?) Wind speed and direction dictate walking routes.
- Phone my kids more often that they appreciate. Again, more than I usually do? Phone my father more. And my brothers. Well, maybe text them.
- Grocery shopping: Ensure I get whatever I want, no matter the cost. I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that I now include pine nuts on my salads. And I’ve snacked on macadamia nuts and beef jerky recently. Fine chocolate for tea time. Even shrimp rings. And meals? Take-out, like the exercise videos, are losing their zing for me. I will buy fancy ingredients like spaghetti squash and swiss chard and bison burger or elk meat or fresh (expensive) salmon to whip up a daily treat supper. My worry is that when life returns to normal, I won’t be able to afford this gourmet eating style, but that’s not a worry for today, in dark, cold, pandemic January.
- TV time : back to looking for a great series or two to follow.
- Reading time : always, maybe increase the one hour to two.
- More music. Life can always use more music. On my cable subscription, I can get about a thousand (maybe I exaggerate) different music stations, with about a thousand different genres of music. I can waste an hour just picking out a station to listen to while I do housework! Oh, and then there’s no time for the housework, thank goodness. It’ll be time to make lunch by then.
And that’s about it for my plans for January 2021. How about you?