Ta-Ta WW

Less than 11 months after reading The Fuck It Diet, I finally did it: canceled my Weight Watchers subscription.  It’s over.  I’ll always think highly of WW.  When I ballooned during my mirtazapine Bad Days, it was good for me… but as I’ve already stated, I’m not going to continue spending my life losing and gaining the same silly 5 pounds anymore.  I’m not a natural 120.  I seem to be a natural 128.  Fuck it.

Things to Do When Coronavirus Is No More

  • Make a rez at Trattoria D’Elia
  • Stop in at Pizzeria Verita
  • Visit VPB
  • Chow down at El Cortijo
  • Saunter down Church St
  •  . . .

All right, basically visit every restaurant & bar in creation.

  • Visit Montreal & see Cirque du Soleil every year for my birthday
  • Bike the Chambly Canal
  • Go to Bar Harbor/Acadia every September
  • Go to the Caribbean every March

Restaurants and travel.  Yummmmm…..

1-May 2-May 3-May 4-May 5-May 6-May 7-May 8-May 9-May 10-May 11-May 12-May 13-May
Chittenden Positive test results 419 422 423 425 425 426 431 431 431 432 432 432 432
Vermont Positive test results* 879 886 897 902 907 908 916 919 921 927 926 927 929
Total tests conducted 16,233 16,591 16,954 17,332 17,518 17,867 18,451 19,008 19,527 20,048 20,871 21,262 21,676
Deaths+ 50 51 52 52 52 52 53 53 53 53 53 53 53
People being monitored 20 15 12 12 20 20 23 24 27 24 23 25 27
People who have completed monitoring 833 838 841 841 840 841 841 842 842 845 846 849 849
Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 11 11 10 8 8 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19 8 9 9 7 25 20 9 10 16 16 9 13 12

These numbers are spectacular.  New cases & deaths barely even nudge lately.

 

Quarantanglement

I think X and I are getting along better than ever during quarantine.  I think the basic reason is because we have to.

It used to be I’d spend a lot of the workweek here alone, trying to make things neat and tidy, annoyed at things that he left untidy or that just will never be tidy while he lives here.  I’d also be simultaneously annoyed when he wouldn’t come home till late, not caring about me; and annoyed when he DID come home before late, wrecking my solitude.

Now he’s just always there.  I don’t have to adjust between being alone and not being alone, and I can just plain give up on tidiness.  The dining room is an example.  It’s his home office now, and his computer and stuff are there on one end of the table.  No picture-perfect dining room with a vase of tulips in the center of the table for me.  So I don’t even try.  So I end up less frustrated.

Also he is less tired and more happy.  Less tired from not commuting.  Happier, I don’t know why; being less tired, for one, but also, I think he kind of thrives on uncertain crises just like this one.  He knows he can’t do anything about it, so he just whistles through the shitstorm as best he can.

 

Losing Interest

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Beatrice, best goat in the world, looking stunning.

I’m still tracking Vermont COVID-19 stats, but I’m retiring the stay-at-home spreadsheet as it no longer inspires me.

17-Apr 18-Apr 19-Apr 20-Apr 21-Apr 22-Apr 23-Apr 24-Apr
Chittenden Positive test results 378 384 385 385 391 393 395 396
Vermont Positive test results* 779 803 812 816 818 823 825 827
Total tests conducted 12116 12,566 12,726 12,981 13,111 13,462 13,852 14,310
Deaths+ 35 38 38 38 40 40 43 44
People being monitored 29 29 25 28 25 23 21 19
People who have completed monitoring 804 805 808 813 817 819 821 823
Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 32 32 27 24 21 18 15 12
Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19 24 24 26 25 20 19 29

We continue to crush it.  But the curve will not literally flatten.  Even if it’s just one or two, there always seem to be new cases.

 

 

Book Corner 2020.18

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The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

Well this was a juicy yarn! The story of what happens to a four-way collection of friendships and marriages when a new school for “gifted” children prepares to open in a small Colorado city.

Semi-spoilers ahead!

“Semi” because you can surely see it coming. But I didn’t much mind that the big reveal was my least favorite plot hinge – secret parentage!! OMG!! Who you thought was your daddy ain’t your daddy! Because it wasn’t really the point of anything. The point was how the competition and blind ambition to have each character’s children acknowledged as “gifted” tore apart friendships and marriages.

I thought Rose’s blow-up at the book’s climax was almost cartoonish, unfortunately. Her character was something of a cipher. She never really felt like a neuroscientist to me. And I thought she was unduly mean to her husband, mainly at the end; but infidelity is another plot device, like unknown parentage, that kind of leaves me uninterested. But I shouldn’t quibble about how realistic a portray of a scientist Rose was; I’m always bitching that I want more STEM characters in novels; SO tired of protagonists who, suprirse!, are novelists… actually, more often they are thinly disguised as some other kind of artist. I’m glad Holsinger went out and did a bit of research as to what a neurological doctor’s day might be like.

I was definitely nailed to this book; thumbs up. ( )

16-Apr
Did you stay home today? Curbside Hatchet
What was for dinner? Hatchet
What business or charity did you support? Hatchet
16-Apr
Positive test results 377
Positive test results* 768
Total tests conducted 11,507
Deaths+ 35
People being monitored 30
People who have completed monitoring 803
Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 33
Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19 25

Introvert to My Bones

This quarantine thing is really working well for me.  I really have next to nothing to complain about.

11-Apr 12-Apr 13-Apr 14-Apr 15-Apr
Did you stay home today? Bernice Day Jericho Market Yes, 100% X’s snow tires Jericho Market for milk
What was for dinner? Curbside Kitchen Table Bistro Mexican casserole Split pea soup Curbside meatball hero Turkey joe!
What business or charity did you support? Curbside Kitchen Table Bistro Jericho Market Pizzeria Verita gift card Mountain High Pie Empire!

And Vermont in general, and Chittenden in particular, BTW, is totally SQUASHING it.

Chittenden Positive test results 351 364 372 372 372
Vermont Positive test results* 711 727 748 752 759
Total tests conducted 9,258 9,841 10,365 10,585 11,081
Deaths+ 25 27 28 29 30
People being monitored 40 39 38 35 32
People who have completed monitoring 785 786 793 796 800
Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 32 34 33 31 33
Hospitalized patients under investigation for COVID-19 45 33 33 33 30