ridiculous health offerings 

Company I work for now proudly touting availability of "tele-dentistry"

eyesight 

It's become clear I'm gonna need reading glasses or bifocals and maybe a new normal prescription. Definite decline since September. Unfortunately I put off that visit this winter and whoops.

Guess I'll just have trouble with phones and books for several months

music 

A Living Colour day today. No idea if that's considered dadrock or something at this point but goddamn those albums hold up way better than I''d dreamed.

trying trails of cold steel again after another hiatus. battle system feels semi-incomprehensible again but the game is very comforting

death, family, food 

This past winter my grandmother died at age 100.

A few years ago after a holiday, I made a gigantic soup with the hambone and a lot of beans and veggies. She was eating very little at the time, and my folks remarked that she loved it and asked for servings of that soup for weeks after I went home.

Had some ham leftover from this Sunday, started that same soup, and the process and smell are making me very very emotional.

found this weird political compass in the scikit-learn documentation

I believe very strongly in the right of all people to a 2-4 hour nap each and every afternoon

kids 

the 8 yo found a bent object, which started as a boomerang and has now transitioned out of sworderang and tomberang until he eventually settled on it as his doomerang.

baked goods, family 

Now have my Mom's hot cross bun recipe rising. (my folks are well)

A little late in the day for the tradition, but the smell of that enriched dough is making me VERY nostalgic.

Remote Work 

NY office has today off, Boston office does not. However everyone else in the Boston office that I work with is off Fridays until further notice.

Normally, great, but I know I'm going to end up bored/restless and distracting myself by reading terrible news and despairing.

Kids, remote learning 

My kids'' school is apparently moving into a new phase of required assignments. Still p/f I think, BUT ALSO I DON'T THINK THEY SHOULD BE REQUIRING A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TO DO REMOTE YOGA AS A PE REQUIREMENT DURING A PANDEMIC

pets, my own foolishness 

farmshare gave out flowers last night. not thinking, i put it on the table. overnight our cat chewed the lily leaves. now i am at pet urgent care.

I’ve written a basic intro on how to read RSS in 2020, with some recommendations for feed readers.

(I started writing this a few weeks ago, but now might just be a great time to curate the news you want, and filter out the needlessly overwhelming stuff.)

laurakalbag.com/how-to-read-rs

school lunches 

My school district has been providing pick up and go lunches since they closed, and are starting to deliver them today.

Very happy they're doing this for the folks in this town who need it but I can't help but think how we're a fairly well off town overall, & wish it didn't seem to be up to the local superintendents/budgets to make those policy calls.

It's followed by a melodramatic seven and a half song about Dune that is somehow less embarrassing.

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