A Random TTOT

Welcome to random thinking with zoe.
20200402_195601The Baked Potato Song is still running rampant in my head. I have this horrible thing where music never leaves. Consequently, I listen to music rather infrequently; maybe a couple times every few months if I am being generous. It all started when I joined Twitter  after seeing that Matt Lucas had a daily vlog. I love Matt Lucas and having been in quarantine for 17 days, I was vulnerable. I let my guard down. It was only a moment and then there was no going back. My real failing will be if I join the ranks of the FB. I suspect like true revolution, (which is typically 9 missed meals away for most populations) it would take an awful lot for me to succumb to the ways of Mr. Zuckerberg. But then again it didn’t take much for the blue bird of misery to chirp at my door… So I’m not gonna get cocky.

I gave Joulie a bath today and she slept so long and hard that I was able to move about the house without my usual K9 appendage. I may have to do that every day. I went back twice to make sure she was still breathing. She was.20200404_103207

I have been writing over at Carrot again. I’ve been including some things about motivation and anxiety management as well as ways to stay busy during this necessary down time. I was  thinking about having a quarantine photo challenge. I would perhaps pick a cue for the day and people would just link in their entry for the day. Or maybe a quarantine contest of some sort…. just thinking… would anyone be interested?

Has the word surreal been absent from peoples vocabularies this week? It’s as if people just don’t  even want to acknowledge how truly bizzare our shared covid 19 experience has become. It is surreal right? but no one is saying that….

I have to say I am worried about family and friends, especially those who are vulnerable and those who are working in healthcare. I remember when I worked in hospitals, thinking that it was always job security to be in healthcare; and it is. It’s also really crummy on holidays and times like this. I no longer work in a hospital setting and I am truly worried for those who do. I said in another post that we had times when we were dealing with what was considered a disaster, however our lives were never at stake just our levels of fatigue over the next 48 hours. This is a whole different bag. I can’t thank these people enough. Like others, you may want to send a gift certificate for groceries or call in a no contact delivery for the family of a healthcare worker who can’t get home to make meals this week, or just get the kids together and make a thank you card for someone. I know many people who are just not going home for fear of contaminating their families.

I have been trying to think about what I am willing to do to protect our way of life, not from disease, but from mismanagement and corruption. I fear the time may come when we will have to do something and I don’t know what that could possibly be. It worries me.   ***See, “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis.’

TTOT

I’m  grateful for so much as well.
1. That people have been calling and texting about Carrot
2. Joulie. I don’t know if I would be doing as well with quarantine and other associated stressors without that girl.
3. Joulie  gives me a reason to go out and walk every day, and it’s important to have something or someone to take care of. If I were isolated and living completely alone I dont think I would be doing as well.
4. Even though it is stuck in my head, I do like Matt Lucas . He just seems like a genuinely nice man with an incredible case of alopecia.
5. I’m  grateful I have a job  I can  do from home.
6. I’m  grateful for the efforts of everyone keeping my mother’s assisted living community infection free. They are in lockdown quarantine with no visitors. While it’s really difficult because she hasn’t been there that long and she has a history of falls, I am soooooooooo grateful for the aid that we have employed to be with her throughout the days and the other staff that deliver meals and mail during this quarantine.
7. My sibs. I am grateful for them. We have managed to pull together to keep mom afloat and have had a running group text since this quarantine began. I have heard from just about all of them that they are all grateful to feel closer to each other since this started.
8. Have I mentioned Joulie? She is possibly the smartest dog I have ever had. There was a time when I had to childproof the kitchen until I could train her that it wasnt cool to be opening the cupboards on her own. Last week she started barking during a client session so I left the room and closed the bedroom door behind me. She could continue barking and I could continue to work. Turns out she has just been holding back all this time (like the good girl she is) because after she finished barking she opened the bedroom door and came strolling in to sit beside me.
9. Adaptability of the average person. We all have to adapt but I look at some of my friends and family and am really proud of them for all that they have changed in order to meet their lives head on.
10. Have I mentioned Joulie?PicsArt_03-13-12.55.17

This has been the TTOT. Go on over to Thankful Me and link up.

16 thoughts on “A Random TTOT

  1. Friends, family and furkids have definitely been a big part of what keeps us sane in this truly surreal situation. I love that Joulie knows how to open the door, she and Tiggy would make great friends! I am really glad the arrangements for your mom has helped to unite you and your siblings, and that she is doing good in her new place. As always, even in the midst of dark clouds, there are reasons to be thankful. ❤️

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  2. A fine post indeed. These are tough times and it’s so important to have people we can trust to carry on care of our loved ones – and of all of us. Joulie is looking lovely and floofy after her bath. I’m so glad you have her to hang out with. Hopping over to Carrot to see what’s new over there.

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  3. I agree. And, for the record, my favorite surreal is Sugar Pops* (or was that Sugar Smacks?… or perhaps, Frosted Flakes), in any event that is a most excellent word to avoid being caught in a reality loop.**
    I have always been fond of the old saying, ‘fear is the only enemy’. And, while still true, I continue to better understand what it (fear) is and how best to relate to it. (Spoiler Alert: it’s appearing to me that fear is energy first and foremost but is prone to link to other like elements within me. Good news is, there seems to be a way to ‘denature’ fear, which leaves the energy for more constructive use.)
    * there’s a theme there somewhere… alas, I cannot remember the last time I had Sugar Pops. It produced one of the best cereal milks of all, total sucrose liqueur
    ** which don’t really exist, except for one time when I was in 10th grade

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    1. Sugar pops….was the subject of an earlier conversation with a friend this am…culminating in my sending him boxes of monster cereal (ie count chocula, booberry and frankenberry.)

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  4. Has it really been 4 years that Joulie has been in your life? Wow! I would say “time flies,” but nowadays I’m not exactly sure what time is doing. Anyway, hurray for Joules! Drexel says hi!

    I am so glad you joined up again with the TToT!

    Oh, I forgot to comment on Carrot that I think a photo challenge would be interesting. I don’t seem to be writing as much as I used to (I keep meaning to up the game, but life is funny sometimes), but a photo challenge might be a fun diversion that doesn’t require a lot of words.

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    1. Great! I know what you mean I still have to hop around for the ttot I just have not done it yet because it’s going to take some writing and time….

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  5. During this time of the pandemic I think a lot of families drawing closer together even though there may be miles apart. It is nice that you and your sibs are working together to keep Mom afloat. Having a job that you can do at home is such a blessing.
    Someone I used to visit had a dog that looked just like Joulie, and I remember how very soft his fur was. It is always nice to see Joulie on your posts.

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