Having no thoughts on where or how to start and stop this thing, you can expect a bit of a ramble.
I haven’t been writing much. This is probably due to the mourning of my cat and the heaviness I feel about things associated with the pandemic. The cat will take time, but I suspect the pandemic will take a lot of time.
As for the cat, I still expect to see him when I turn the corner, come back in from an errand, or finish my teaching day. I still find the empty space where the litter box stood to be a little jarring. I have even found not having him wake me up before my alarm in the morning to be a little less than satisfying.
As for Covid 19, things aren’t bad where I live. The numbers are certainly lower than our neighbours to the south–but aren’t almost anyone’s. I am still working but the number of students drops slowly week by week. I expect to hear a mix of good and bad news tomorrow when we have a meeting. Luckily for me, I have a girlfriend that doesn’t let me wallow in doom and gloom.
I’ve been riding more than usual. Since more people want to go on group rides, we have found places to meet and take off for a little jaunt. While I won’t be setting and mileage or speed records, it is awesome to be out on the bike and see some great sites.
I don’t want anyone to think there haven’t been perfect moments. They’ve just been beaten down in my subconscious by other less positive things. Let’s consider the following
- eaten some good meals
- listened to some great music
- done a jigsaw puzzle
- seen some great sunsets
- followed friends and family from afar on social media
- become a bit more handy around the home
- taught a few good lessons
- used technology to virtual share a beer with friends
- had some amazing dreams of traveling to distant lands
- watched and re-watched a few good movies and some mediocre ones
- got parts of my stamp collection organized
- spent time with my girlfriend
- read a mediocre book or two
- researched new hobbies on the computer
I was going to list all the things that went wrong, but then I realized that it was rather defeating. There is no point in dumping over the mostly good points above. Let’s leave it at that.
I’ve had my ramble.