I was going to post a new post for every book I read this year, but then I got behind and realized that I didn’t have a lot to say about all of them, so here we are. The main point for me was always to just have a record and see how many books I could read in a year, so here’s a summary for the year so far.
05/05/20 edit: I’m modifying this from a one time update to a list I will add to as the year progresses, just so I have them all in one place. Maybe I’ve always been this way or maybe it is age, but I notice that I’ll forget reading a book or watching a movie, etc, but if I see the title, on, say, a list like the one below, I can instantly recall it and how it made me feel. I just can’t internally catalog it. So here we are.
Walks, yard work, planting potatoes and garlic, grocery pickups, restaurant takeout, working from home getting easier, drinking more, exercising less. I’ve been inside two buildings that weren’t my house in the past 5 weeks. Spending less money, but so far turning around and giving that away. I don’t miss much from my old life, but I feel guilty that I am so comfortable. I miss the girl.
Today Austin mandated all restaurants go to take out only and outlawed gatherings of more than 10 people. We’re worried about how everyone is going to make it through this incredibly lean time. I bought some gift cards to our favorite restaurant online, and we’re looking at ordering from different places, but I don’t feel like it’ll be enough to keep everyone afloat.
Last Monday (03/09) I went into work, met people in rooms, and shook hands with one of them. (Though I did felt weird about that and went and washed my hands a few minutes later.) The Boy went to school and The Wife went to work.
By Friday seeing groups of people close together on TV shows (shaking hands, clapping shoulders, breathing each others’ air) was jarring, as if I was seeing people from a distant time engaging in strange and foreign rituals.
Today, Monday 03/16, we are all working from home. Non-essential retail stores (Apple, etc.) are closing. School will probably be cancelled for the rest of the year. I haven’t compulsively checked the news as much since 09/11. We are trying to maintain routines, and create new ones.