January 13th, 2021

Admiral Ackbar

Life in Two-Week Chunks

Since last March, for pandemic reasons, life has been, you know, more than a little limited. Less possible work, less possible travel, less possible visiting with people. (Less variety of things done that I can blog about, too, but that's a side issue.) I basically have two jobs: keep myself occupied, and keep checking my health. A few times I've been slightly sick, though not in COVID-symptom ways; then I try to rest and heal. (Just over a week ago, on Tuesday the 5th, I had a slight high temperature; it was gone by Wednesday the 6th, um, just in time for that attack that day.) Other times I have to wonder if I'd gotten it and just hadn't shown symptoms yet.

So in the back of my mind for 10 months so far there's been the recurring question, What was I doing two weeks ago? Was I doing anything that increased my risk? Were people around me doing anything that increased their (and my) risk?

We're now two weeks past late December; apparently, apparently, I was fine during that time, as were those around me. So now I can wonder, was I fine in early January? Was staying in on New Year's Day enough to keep me and others healthy? (And what caused that slight temperature on the 5th?)

And I was out twice today, masked and wearing a knit cap this morning when I did a walk to get the Willamette Week, then in the car (and, yes, masked) this afternoon to get a treat meal from my local McDonald's. Luckily it was nice out, after a lot of rain and wind yesterday and last night. I didn't go out yesterday, partly due to the weather and partly due to house stuff that meant it'd help if I stayed at the house. (Vague. I'm intentionally vague sometimes.) I now hope that I won't be sick on Wednesday, January 27th, the end of this current two-week chunk. I hope — hope — that I'll be productive, because being productive can help mental health, but, again, the priority is keep not getting sick.

I don't know when the heck I'll get vaccinated, but I now know people who've gotten the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and are waiting for the second. There's progress. There's still so much death and sickness, though.

The muddling-through continues. This has been an update.