We still have to wear masks (and maybe work puzzles).
This was my great Christmas present.
Will the herring I ate New Year's Eve really bring me luck?
We are impatiently waiting for vaccine.
It's hard to keep being careful.
|We're still getting orders via curbside delivery from By the Pound, the great bulk food store.|
|Whole Foods groceries: ordered through amazon.com.|
On the corner near my house: the local cafe has plastic geodesic domes for
outdoor coffee drinking.
I'm not convinced that this is safe, but I like the look. I must keep waiting and staying home!
What are other people in my town doing while waiting? Most of the people we know are, like us, staying indoors, shopping remotely or as little as possible, and connecting with friends and family by computer or phone. Friends and neighbors who are working are doing as much as they can remotely. Some of our neighbors have created safe spaces in their yards or on their porches, with blankets, distanced seating, and various types of heating units. We had a delightful Sunday afternoon on our neighbors' porch where they have a propane heater, a fire pit, and heated blankets to make for comfortable and safely-distanced conversation and snacking.
Our library also provides some valuable ways to spend time alone -- they offer books, films, TV series recordings, music, art works, and a selection of tools for check-out, which can be requested and checked out with no contact. In January, they are adding board games and puzzles. I was particularly interested in the top nonfiction books requested at the Ann Arbor District library in 2020:
- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
- White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- A Promised Land by Barack Obama
- Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
- Too Much and Never Enough: How my Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
- Maybe you Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, her Therapist, and our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
The full list of the top twenty items in each of seven categories is here: AADL's Most Requested Items of 2020.
I'm afraid the wait for vaccine is going to seem very long.
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