Tags: covid-19

Vizard

Dept. of Saturday

Sun, Rain, Thunder, Then Sun Again - Happy Chicago!

It is about 36 hours after Chicago (and the rest of Illinois) opened up, and I'm still conflicted about whether I'm going to enter places without a mask in hand, or on my face. I've gotten a copy of my vaccination record laminated and it's in my purse, but I keep remembering news stories about douchecanoes boasting about having fake vaccination records, and I don't want anyone to side-eye me suspiciously. So for now, I'm going to be wearing my mask everywhere.

I haven't been outside today, except to take out the garbage, and I'm glad I didn't go out thereafter. Even the short trip to the dumpster was uncomfortable. At that point, the sun was shining with a will, and it just got warmer and warmer until we got a relatively quick thunderstorm in the middle afternoon. And then the sun reappeared. 

*checks outdoor temperature at 7:30 p.m.*

Ah. It's 81F. Yay.

I really do miss the ability to be out in the sun and imitate salamanders. I used to have that ability, and I used to love the heat. These days, not so much. 

Today, I did manage to get at least two sentences done on both of my fiction endeavors. I count that as a win. I also found some "Zombieland Saga" fics on AO3 - and that's definitely a win. *stans for Best Girl Tae-chan like a stanning thing*

Hmm. Alright, I'll end this by saying I love discovering music on YouTube. I am still luxuriating in my discovery of guitarist Gabor Szabo.  Here's some information about him, and here's my favorite album of his (thus far at least.)





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Iblard Jikan, she floats

Dept. of Trying to Catch Up

No News Is ... Well At Least It Isn't Bad News

After going on about Casakaffyr's medical woes, and getting some much needed hugs and support about it all from all of you, I realized it was high time I updated folks.

The short version: Bob is back to his old self, barely missing a word in his sentences, and not at all confused*. This is a good thing, but we still haven't a clue as to what the hell was going on.


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Vizard

Dept. of Healthy Outcomes

We have Vaccination Dates

By virtue of signing up  with the state, we were able to get vaccination appointments for March 16, at the United Center, where Illinois is opening up a mass vaccination site starting next week. That's one thing off my mind, and I can let our son know. He was very upset with me yesterday during our latest video call because we hadn't gotten appointments yet. Now he can relax. Heh. 

He's heading to Salt Lake City this Sunday, and staying for at least 1.5 weeks. The company he works for needed another nursery/pre-school photographer on a temporary basis, and they're paying for his hotel, airfare and car while he's there. It's nice to know that they consider him the one to hand the job to. 

In other news, my hair is blue again. Go, me!
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Reporting for duty

Dept. of Aging Health

COVID and Corneas

I've signed up for vaccination possibilities; with my medical provider (NorthShore Health System), with the city of Chicago, and with Cook County. I'm in the running for vaccination - the so-called B1 tier in Illinois; I'm 65. By signing up with three, count'em, three, vaccination-offering entities, I was doing what folks, news stories, etc., have advised people to do. And of course, it worked. 

*snort* 

Of course it didn't. Thus far, I've come up blank. Zip, zilch, nada. 

Am I surprised? Not in the least. Am I worried?

Honestly? No.

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Impish Bill and Twelve

Dept, of Catch-up-ery

Test Results and Visits

I got my test result today. It was, as I expected it would be, negative. That means fairly certainly, that BB is also negative, since I am the only person he has seen outside of his doctors, for the last two or so months. Why yes, we are hermits, why do you ask?

I'm particularly glad of the negative result, because Firstborn is arriving tonight for a week's visit. He's been tested very recently, and came up negative, so we're going to be OK together, and I've been looking forward to hugging him. Well, frankly, I've been looking forward to being able to hug anyone outside of my gloriously huggable spouse, but yes, being able to hug the child is going to be particularly wonderful. 

Briefs other than that - the cats continue to settle in happily; BB and I have gotten rid of a great deal of crap in the house. Being here all the time makes the crap more hard to avoid, and having little else to do than clean makes it harder to find excuses not to, well, clean. 

The writing ... not so much. I swear I'll get back to it, though. 

I've gotten a lot of reading done, though. I've been working my way through 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. It's my first Murakami and I really like it, but it's extremely dense. The translators have done a bang-up job, though. Unfortunately, I happened to notice that someone decided to rip about three pages in a row in half (it's a library book) about halfway through. This is the kind of story where losing 6 pages of plot will be a significant problem, so I'm going to take this back to the library and see if I can get a different copy. After I've made it clear that I'm not to blame for the vandalism. 

And honestly, who does that?  
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The Old Kingdom

Dept. of Listsickles

Swimming Against Myself

So, just to keep my oar in, here are a few things I can think of, as I get ready to answer other folks comments in some of my earlier posts. 

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Something unimportant

(no subject)

Minor Announcement, With Irritation

Because Live Journal has, for the past couple of weeks, resolutely refused to accept my crossposts from Dreamwidth, and because manually reposting is a piece of irritation I'm not willing to deal much with*  in my current self-isolation situation, I'm going to the following procedure.

For my open Dreamwidth posts, I'll just post a note here on LJ saying something's been posted and people can read it over on Dreamwidth, and comment there with Open ID if they don't have a Dreamwidth account.

If the post is locked, I'll reproduce it here in its entirety, and lock it here as well.

I doubt this is a big deal for most of my f'list, since many of y'all have Dreamwidth accounts, but there are a few of you who I don't want to lose sight of who pretty much stick to LJ. LJ is making it ever more difficult to want to stay, but I haven't yet reached the "fukital" stage.


*Here's the situation, as explained by a Dreamwidth help volunteer. (I note that I'm not the only one dealing with this; there were at least 20 help requests for crossposting difficulties when I first reported mine, going back weeks, so it's apparently widespread.)

  LiveJournal's abuse detection systems have gotten significantly more sensitive, they're no longer responding to our contacts about this and are claiming to Dreamwidth users who contact them that they're no longer able to whitelist our IP addresses the way they have for the past decade, and we're very limited in what steps we can take to work around the blocks when they impose them. We're doing what we can to work around the issue, but I'm afraid it may be a while until crossposting works reliably again.
The Old Kingdom

Dept. of Song

Songs of Joy and Sorrow

These days of quasi-lockdown, I'm doing well, but I find myself looking to music to maintain my balance. And I find myself thinking of these two songs, written by Paul Simon. Both "America" and "American Tune" remind me, every time I listen to them, that tears of joy and sorrow can be intertwined so tightly that it's sometimes hard to determine where one begins and the other ends. 

When I hear Simon and Art Garfunkel sing "America" - when I hear anyone sing the song, such is its power for me, but especially when I hear their performance - my throat is thick with tears by the time I hear "It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw," and the tears fall freely, generally beyond my control before the end of the song.

Here are Simon and Garfunkel performing the song in their 1981 Central Park concert, Garfunkel's voice like an angel. 


I spent time searching fruitlessly for a version of "American Tune" that I recalled from years ago. I didn't find it, but I found this version from one of my favorite jazz singers and artists, Kurt Elling. The version Simon and Garfunkel sing at the Central Park concert is glorious, but tonight, Elling's resonated with me. 


And finally, can I ask you which songs bring tears of joy or sorrow or both to your heart? Please let me know. I want to hear them. 

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