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So, I broke my streak yesterday. I found out that a co-worker died over the weekend and I just didn’t have the wherewithal to write anything. Stress does that to me. I just lose my creative edge. I could take this time to consider mortality or maybe meditate on how people are more important to you than you think they are. I wasn’t particularly close to the individual who passed, but it’s still a bit of a hole after you’ve lost a tooth loss rather than full on grief. But I’ve been contemplating mortality since this pandemic began and meditating on personal interactions with co-workers gives me a headache and I just don’t want that right now. For now, I’m going to focus on the future and the good things which are coming.

Vacation is getting closer and I’m starting to do the packing. Or at least the packing lists. I hate the last minute type of packing that means I’ve forgotten my head and everything else. Thus, thinking ahead. And trying to not overpack. It seems that I take less and less with me on trips. This year will be slightly different because we’ll need to take more food with us and more things like disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer and masks. (I am not forgoing the masks, even if the local we’re headed to has. We’re from VA and the possibility that I’m a carrier is high, even if I’m asymptomatic.

I’ve been listening to the back-catalog of a podcast and they’re just hitting the beginning of the pandemic and the self-isolating phase. It’s strange to think that it was March when that really hit. It’s been so long that I barely think about it. My team at work is all back to full time. I’ve been more than half-time for much longer, so if anyone whines (looking at one person in particular) I’m going to smack them with my rolled up to do list.

Going on vacation means that I have to get all of the things at work set up so that someone else can take over for me. I’ve been single strung for months and trying to get all of that information set down in a way that makes sense is harder than just telling her to call me. However, I do not answer calls from work while I’m on vacation. They can leave a voicemail. Work does not exist when I am on vacation. I refuse.

What are you looking forward to this year?

Love, leaves, and pumpkin spice, cousins.

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