Things COVID Has Changed

I was looking back in my post archives, and came across this list, this travel bucket list. My ultimate places to go. I Probably wrote this pre-2008 because, as you can see, I have done a few things.

The equator. Stand on both sides of it. See if water swirls in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere.

What does it smell like in the Sistine Chapel? (TM Goodwill Hunting)

Ferry from Spain to Morocco.

Visit the Kilns and see where C.S. Lewis is buried.

Auschwitz

Northern Lights

Montana

Maine. Maybe go to Northeastern most post.

UP (Michigan)

Scotland

Italy

Boston

Things obviously changed once I had Wee One (WO), and Cohiba and I want to take her everywhere. But they’ve changed again since COVID. Pre-COVID, Cohiba had to travel, often every week or every other week. I hated it. And pre-COVID, if we didn’t have WO, we wanted to go to places the farther out, the better. Hopefully some place I’ve never been.

I was in MO a few weeks ago for the Central Missouri Renaissance Fair, (I got my COVID vaccines and feel comfortable having WO outside with people), and it felt so exotic. I haven’t traveled in so long. We got an air BnB in St. Louis for a few days, saw some friends, my folks, and some sights, then the fair. As my friends, Denise, Amy, and I were meeting with our kids (we are all couch surfers from way back and are new mothers now), we talked about traveling and where we might want to go, now that we’re vaccinated.

Our lists seemed so little. Like I’ll go back to St. Louis this year. Or they could come around me now in Ohio. Or like, go to Iowa City, where Denise and I had surfed before. It was so different from how it had been, and not just because of the kids. COVID has changed so much, and we have changed as we’ve responded to it. Cohiba told me tonight he wants to go back to jiu jitzu, which he hasn’t done in a gym since last March. It’s so weird to think about him going back; our lives going back to the way they were. Some of these COVID changes, I’ve liked.

How about you? Are you looking at things differently?

Top 10 Books I Cannot Bring Myself To Finish

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I don’t read as much as I want to anymore.  (Pshaw – thanks, Wee One! 😉 But I want to be, and I want to be a good writer, something that is helped by reading good books. I should want to finish the books on this list. They just don’t engage me. I try to finish them, and I could force my eyes to the page and force my mind to stay focused on it. But that is valuable reading time, (something I get so little of these days), and do I really want to spend it on something I have to *force* myself to do?

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Happy and Sassy Lamby

In my guild at the Ren Fair, we’re going to make t-shirts and stuff for this year’s cast.  This past week, we were presented with the opportunity to come up with a new slogan which would require a new image. (Our guild chief got conked in the back of a head during the keg toss – and he was a good 20 feet away.) We were talking about other slogans, kind of playing on that incident (which could have been horrible but wasn’t,) and I drew a few sketches of a sheep in a kilt to work with it.

I don’t know if they will be used and I’m trying to surrender any expectations I have to that end, but it felt nice to do.  I’ve never tried to draw anything for anything other than my own enjoyment before. (Perhaps for good reason.. 🙂

I even gave them both names.

happy lamby                                    sassy lamby