Happy April 10th, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and feeling the promise of spring. Hopefully it’ll be a better spring than last year, leading to a better summer than last year as well.
It’s almost been two months since I’ve had this blog, which is just so fun. This blog brings me a lot of joy, because it’s a place where I can write my semi-structured thoughts. Without further ado, please enjoy the recap of my week!
1. My sister has gone 🙁
If there’s anything nice about COVID, it’s been the extended amount of time I’ve been able to spend with my family. Granted, things are a bit different now because I’ve changed schools and will now be living with my parents for a few years, but COVID has also meant that my sister is working from home. She came to visit us in early February for a week, then two weeks, then a month, and then ended up extending her stay until this week.
The last time we all lived together as a family for longer than two weeks was in 2017, so I was a bit nervous about how it would go. However, we slid into old ways comfortably. I would leave my house to go volunteering and on my way home, remember that my sister was there and get excited. Having my best friend live with me for a few months wasn’t something that I thought I’d be able to do again, so it was unexpected and special. We went through some highs and lows together, laughed a lot, and generally had a lot of fun. It’s only been a week but I miss her dearly, and can’t wait until she comes to visit us again.
2. Stay at home order
As mentioned here, I am fortunate and privileged enough that COVID hasn’t really bothered my life. In fact, as an introvert, I was really loving the whole quarantine situation for a while. For a time, I thought this was kind of my ideal life.
I think differently about it now. Maybe I got my hopes up too high with implementation of vaccine programs, which have been pretty slow in Canada. The faster spread of variants means that Ontario is now in its third ‘lockdown,’ with a stay at home order implemented this week. I’m frustrated with the situation, but at least the light at the end of the tunnel is still visible. It’s just a little further away than I thought.
3. Warmer weather
Still, this certainly helps! The weather this week has been absolutely stunning, with temperatures in the 20s. Longer days and sunshine mean that my mood has largely improved, and that I’m going on more frequent walks. Walks in nice weather after winter might be one of the best things in the world: the warm breeze and the sun hot on your back gives instant serotonin.
Unfortunately, the weather’s supposed to dip back down for the next while, but I’m going to be soaking in every last bit of sunshine until then.
4. Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
I’m pretty sure I’m going to write a post about my thoughts on this album later, but I thought it’d be fun to share my instant thoughts here. I’ll start with the shameful admission that I haven’t actually listened to all of the songs yet, though I am listening to the album right now as I write this post. That certainly contributes to the delay in the commentary being up. Also, the new album has 26 songs on it.
Overall, I think I’m growing into the album the more I listen to it. As someone who has listened to the songs hundreds of times, I was very jarred by the nuanced changes and confused by reviews that insisted that the songs sound exactly the same. Listening to the songs more has allowed me to appreciate them, however, and I’ve come to enjoy the slight changes in inflection or pronunciation she employs in the way I would enjoy a good cover of a song I like.
Ignoring ethics, will I never listen to the original songs? I was uncertain what my answer was before the release, but now I think I’m trending towards being able to cope with this version. It really is similar (but not the same!), and the slight differences I can get over.
5. Getting back into good habits
Implementation of habits, and by extension routines, is something that makes me feel like a responsible adult. It’s also something that I am getting better at, by virtue of doing them more often. Habits give my life structure, and I need that through the hard times.
Though I’ve implemented some new habits into my life recently, I’d like to bring some older habits back. There was a time last year when I had some very dedicated habits, including drinking water and journaling and a stringent night routine (clean and wash up and journal and watch Friends). As someone who loves routines, I need to make sure that my routine is made up of habits that make me a productive member of society, and not one that allows me to fall down a bottomless pit of… nothing.
That was my week! How are you all doing? Let me know down in the comments down below 🙂