8 Lessons Learned from Covid

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In her post on Toxic Productivity over at Mental Health @ Home, Ashley calls bullshit on the idea that being productive is a more worthy goal than just kicking back and living your life. That if you aren’t emerging from Covid with a new skill or accomplishment under your belt, you’re a complete waste of space.

Which got me thinking…

Have I been hibernating through Covid, letting the days and months flow into time I’ll never get back? Have I learned anything since that first lockdown in March of 2020?

Yes.

I’ve learned that…

  • I don’t like Zoom.
  • Hanging out in your robe makes your clothes shrink.
  • Adding white chocolate and butterscotch chips to anything makes it better.
  • Running errands is an outing, not a chore.
  • Covid does not make Pringles any less fattening.
  • Masks are cheaper than facelifts.
  • You can’t have too many streaming services.
  • Being banned from planes, restaurants, and movie theatres isn’t the end of the world. It just feels like it.

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Blogging: Year Seven

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WordPress recently informed me that I’ve been blogging for seven years. Can’t say I’m surprised. It feels like I’ve been doing this forever.

Forever, but not well.

Strictly amateur hour here, folks. You won’t find any pop-ups asking you to join my mailing list. I don’t have one.

If I’m doing anything right at all, it’s thanks to Hugh’s tips and tricks.

According to Nick G. over at techjury

  • There are over 600 million blogs on the internet.
  • 7.5 million blog posts are created every single day.
  • The average blog post has 2,520 words.
  • Bloggers take just under 4 hours to write a post.
  • Blog readers spend an average of 37 seconds reading a post.
  • Perez Hilton is the highest paid blogger in the world, earning $3.5 million a month.

I’m no Perez Hilton 🙂

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#Touch of Pink

A romantic comedy you’ve probably never heard of, Touch of Pink, hit the big screens in 2004. Kyle MacLachlan, one of the only well-known actors in the cast, played the advice-giving spirit of Cary Grant.

Yeah, quirky.

Probably why the movie didn’t do all that well in theaters.

Lately, thinking about the possibility of maybe traveling again, a line from the movie came back to me. One that still makes me smile.

Forced to travel to Toronto for a family wedding, Kyle’s Cary Grant complains, “Toronto is not a destination city.”

Funny because true.

Toronto’s a great city, excellent restaurants, theatre, a thriving multi-cultural community, and it’s relatively safe, but it’s on no one’s bucket list. No one saves their pennies for years to finance a trip to hogtown. (Don’t ask. I’m a transplant from Montreal. I have no idea why Toronto has such a charming nickname.)

On a recent list of the Top Cities in the World to Visit, Toronto is conspicuous by its absence. London, Paris, Rome, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Dubai…

Whatever it is that makes a city a Destination City, Toronto doesn’t have it.

I get it. We don’t have tropical beaches, or Roman ruins, or buildings so steeped in history that you stand before them in silent awe.

What we do have is six million people, speaking 180 different languages, living and working together—and crying into their beer when the Toronto Maple Leafs lose, yet again.

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It’s Too Darn Hot

Google’s been whispering nasty stuff this week. Weather forecasts that climb into singe-your-eyebrows-off territory. Humidex readings in the 40C range.

It’s been Hot. Good Morning Vietnam hot…

Canadians aren’t good with sweltering. We crank up the air conditioning, head out to the nearest lake with a cooler full of ice and beer, and start up the helicopter.

Huh?

The helicopter. You know, to pick up the ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.

The RCMP in Tisdale, Saskatchewan aren’t thrilled with the pilot who landed his helicopter in an empty school parking lot to pick up an ice cream cake.

To be fair, the pilot’s hometown of Leroy doesn’t have it’s own Dairy Queen, and it’s an hour and a half drive from Tisdale. What’s a guy to do?

Cole Porter would understand…

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Monday

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As anyone who has ever dieted knows, Monday’s the day.

The day you kick a lifetime of bad habits out the door, and usher in the new and improved you.

The day you pop out of bed, hit the treadmill and the shower, and get it together…all of it, everything on that DIY improvement list in your head.

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The only problem with Monday is, there’s always another one coming along 🙂

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Post Covid: Scary

Now that the vaccines are out and about, and we’re impatiently awaiting the end of pandemic restrictions, have you put any thought into a post-Covid world, and what that might look like?

I’ve wondered if masks might become a permanent part of my wardrobe, if the Western handshake will be replaced by the Eastern bow, if my poor neglected passport will ever escape the drawer its imprisoned in, but that’s as far as it went.

Until today.

In the kitchen, baking cookies I had no business baking, I saw it—our post-Covid world.

You’ve seen it too, in all its HD clarity.

Touchstone Pictures 2009

It’s been awhile since 2009 so you might not remember, but the movie ends with people stumbling out of their houses, blinking in the daylight most of them haven’t seen in years. Unshaven, unwashed, wrapped in bathrobes, they’re lost in a world they’re no longer familiar with.

Scary?

OMG, Yes! Have you seen my robe?

FYI, the cookies came out pretty well 🙂

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Mr. Perfect

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Don’t tell anyone, but my husband is better at Covid than I am.

I reach for a cookie, he does sit-ups. I bake brownies, he gets on the treadmill. I veg out in front of the television, and he’s downstairs practicing his golf swing.

I get bored, and eat. He gets bored, and cranks out a set of push-ups.

After almost a year of sheltering in place, I’m a mess, and he’s in better shape than ever.

Freaking annoying!

Can you divorce someone for being perfect?

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2021

Brand new year, same crap virus.

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Just to keep it interesting, Covid-19 has come up with a few new variations. And here we are, hunkering down for another winter of lockdown, Zoom, and Netflix.

Into a sadly distanced holiday season, Netflix dropped a champagne glass bubbling over with cheer. Death to 2020, a British mockumentary from the creative minds behind Black Mirror, had me laughing out loud.

In a year that bounced from frightening to bizzare and back again, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones have managed to find the funny. Find it, dissect it, and serve it up on a platter—proving that laughter is the best medicine.

If you’re feeling a little lost and low, now that the gifts have been opened, the balls have dropped, and the fireworks are over, check out Death to 2020. It injects humour into a year that desperately needed it.

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Good Intentions

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Good intentions might, or might not, pave the road to hell, but they don’t take you one metre down the path to a happier number on the scale.

Not when your jog around the track at the park ends up at the local Dairy Queen and your fifteen minute stint on the rowing machine has you pawing through the freezer for that ice cream sandwich you swore you weren’t going to eat.

If only all it took to fit into your thin clothes were good intentions, but I hear it takes something called discipline.

Something I don’t have 🙂

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