How are we all doing? I see some of you (and me) getting ragged and weary because May sucked, plain and simple. More than any other month during the quarantine. I am currently in another migraine cycle that could have been prevented by my neurologist and the insurance company and while this would be something I would normally hate and struggle with, I would persevere. But with being still on lockdown and all that goes along with it, I am indeed weary on many levels.
As I am writing this, Illinois is due to be opened partially on June 1st and I plan on staying home more than I plan on going out. I will get takeout but still do curbside pickup and not dine in an actual establishment. I will continue walking in our many forest preserves but will go farther since the restrooms will be open. I will wear a mask wherever it is required and I will keep my mouth shut about it.
How about you? What changes are you going to or have you made?
I mentioned a few months ago how I am in a hair intervention. Let’s check-in to see how I am doing.
I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.
What I’m Watching
I have been watching so many good shows this month and even though lots of you (and us) are opening up more, here are some to tuck away for a rainy day.
You will never look at Mrs. Huxtable the same.
What I’ve Been Doing
Teaching our bird, Joy, to talk
It is during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 where I officially lost my mind.
I learned that you can possibly teach your parakeet to talk by repeating words or phrases over and over. I never thought our bird would talk but thought it would be fun to try!
I mean WHAT ELSE DO WE HAVE TO DO?
I found on YouTube Disco the Parakeet after going down a Google hole from a BBC video of a talking parakeet (Disco). So Joy and I would watch the videos and I would hope that some of what she heard would sink in. I also repeated two phrases over and over for a two week period, “she is a good Joybird” and “I love you”.
Please don’t judge me, I am being very fragile here.
Then one morning, I heard her making unusual noises, kind of like she was trying to find her voice? Then I heard words. I thought maybe it was in my head because since getting the bird, I have been accused of going crazy and now the voices were just summing up what we all guessed all along- mom is batshit crazy.
She can now say, “is a good Joybird” and “pretty bird”, and I feel like I gave birth again.
Get yourself a bird if you are in uncertain times.
Keeping the peace
I have also been going insane trying to be a referee for the girls, trying to keep their mental health at the forefront. Keeping peace with an almost 13-year-old and a grown adult has been the hardest thing I’ve done in this pandemic. One day, I wanted to run away from my house and never return, in case those of you have no children at home and were in need of some perspective. Now I am headed to talk to my friends with toddlers to gain some perspective on my end as well.
Here is a good article about sibling relationships in the time of Corona.
I finished a free course from Johns Hopkins on Contact Tracing. If you or someone you know (we ALL know them) is getting your coronavirus education from the school of Facebook, then I urge you to educate yourselves. This is how I am choosing to do so. It was completely free (unless you want the certificate) and it was enlightening.
This course was actually if I decide to become a contact tracer for a job but it is a good way to really learn about what it is (no, the government isn’t tracking you) and a good way to learn about the spread of the virus. Hint-It actually helped my anxiety.
Head here to enroll.
I need an otamatone and you will too once you watch these videos.
I cannot, in the ten years of writing here, believe that I haven’t mentioned Bonnie Hunt more than once or twice. My love for her might rival my love for John Hughes. And yet, no mention.
I first fell in love with her after watching the movie Return to Me, which she wrote and directed. It is actually a semi-autobiographical movie and it is JUST SO GOOD. Honestly, it’s my favorite Chicago movie ever so if you’ve never been to Chicago, I urge you to watch it. You will fall in love with the characters, the setting, the story. It’s a funny, wholesome, good movie and we all know those can be hard to come by.
Then Bonnie got her own talk show in 2008 and I fell in love with her even more. My mom and I lived far apart at the time and we would talk daily about the show and Bonnie and her mom. It was just full of Midwestern goodness.
I would secretly love her to direct my screenplay someday. Whether it be the one I wrote or one we write together. Big dream but man, I would love to meet her someday.
Thoughts and links
Dairy Queen needs to create a sampler or a flight of Blizzards. Kind of like a beer flight? So for example, the cotton candy flavor. I don’t want an entire Blizzard of Cotton Candy flavor, just a taste. Does that make sense?
I feel like they would sell more items this way. If you know someone at DQ headquarters, pass it on to them.
Two of my friends shared this video in the past month and I felt like you might want to see it too.
It may make you look at the quarantine differently.
Lastly, I will just leave these two here:
Be nice to each other in June.