Self-Isolation Diaries – Week 83

Greetings, Internet! I hope everyone’s staying as safe and sane as possible. This week, postseason baseball made me sad, I finished “Squid Game,” and successfully restrung my guitar! Daily summaries below!

Day Five Hundred and Seventy-Five (10/8/21)

  • Went to Push to Walk!
  • BASEBALL. ALL OF THE BASEBALL. LET’S GO GIANTS! Side note: David Robertson (you should listen to his incredibly calming voice in post game interviews) is on the Rays, and I don’t hate it.
  • Tried to restring my guitar. Texted my friend’s roommate who knows way more about this stuff than I do. Attempted not to sob as I repeatedly messed up. The roommate gave a series of simple and helpful solutions. I have restrung two strings. It’s one of those things that’s easy if you’ve done it before, but difficult to figure out after only watching YouTube tutorials.
  • Total Times Outside: One Hundred and Thirty-Four!
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0. I am very behind.
  • Currently feeling: Ugh, it’s late. I have restrung two strings. Why.
  • Currently looping: Jónsi’s “Where No One Goes” from the “How to Train Your Dragon 2” soundtrack.

Day Five Hundred and Seventy-Six (10/9/21)

  • Did the FES cycle. Watched more “Squid Game.” All right, I get the hype.
  • Finished “What If…?” Season one was definitely bleaker than any of the MCU films. But it was pretty good.
  • Watched “The Muppets Haunted Mansion.” It’s adorable (but duh, because it’s The Muppets).
  • Finished restringing my guitar! It took 1.5 hours to change four strings. The other two were changed yesterday, which took over two hours, so I’d consider this more progress.
  • The Giants were sad tonight. Alas.
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 25.
  • Currently feeling: Another late night in which I have been catching up on post-dissertation-chapter things.
  • Currently looping: Sarah Jarosz’s “Run Away.”

Day Five Hundred and Seventy-Seven (10/10/21)

  • Finished “Squid Game.” I couldn’t pull myself away. It was so intense. And so messed up. And not as violent as I was expecting, but still pretty intense. And horrifying. And did I mention I couldn’t look away?
  • Watched an episode of “Dug Days” as a counterbalance. It’s a series on Disney+ that follows the adventures of Dug (from Pixar’s “Up”). It’s as adorable as you’d imagine, and then some.
  • Played a bit of guitar.
  • FaceTimed my sister! And I briefly got to talk with my niece, which was the first time in a while (she usually hates FaceTime) ❤
  • That moment when you wish you had MLB Network, and then the game has some nonsense happen and you’re suddenly okay with not having MLB Network.
  • Did some vocal exercises, and dang, singing straws are amazing.
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 19.
  • Currently feeling: I’m glad I got to FaceTime my sister and see my niece. It’s a gray day outside, and grayness and a lack of human interaction don’t go well together.
  • Currently looping: Tatiana Shmayluk’s one-take vocal performance of Jinjer’s “Judgement (& Punishment).” Love her growls.

Day Five Hundred and Seventy-Eight (10/11/21)

  • Did the FES cycle. Watched the latest episode of “Titans.” Wow, um, things have gone downhill. I’ll watch because there’s only two more episodes left in the season, but wow, this season should’ve been ten episodes. They’re prolonging a very annoying villain’s story arc. Dang. The season started off so strong.
  • Watched an episode of “Ted Lasso.” Now, that’s quality uplifting television.
  • Milwaukee is sad.
  • Tampa is sad.
  • Chicago is…rained out.
  • San Francisco is intense. Holy cow. That Brendan Crawford catch was incredible. My neighbors might have heard me yelling, “YES! YAASSSSS!” from the hallway, but I do not care.
  • Saw the last half hour of “Alien.” I’ve never seen the movie before, but I knew the plot enough to know what was happening. Sigourney Weaver is a national treasure.
  • Cleaned hella makeup brushes today. It was overdue.
  • Did vocal exercises. I continue to stan singing straws.
  • Total Times Outside: One Hundred and Thirty-Five!
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: At first, I thought to myself, “Why are the NL ALDS games spaced so far apart?” And then five minutes later I realized that the AL games were today, too.
  • Currently looping: Sara Bareilles’ live acoustic rendition of “Orpheus.” I kind of want to try that soon.

Day Five Hundred and Seventy-Nine (10/12/21)

  • Went to Push to Walk! Taught my trainer the concept of Mercury being in retrograde (and then I think he called it “Mercury month,” although I might be misremembering).
  • My mother and I stopped by one of my favorite chocolate stores so I could get some treats (some of which will be sent to my sister).
  • Alas, Chicago.
  • Alas, Milwaukee.
  • Ugh, San Francisco.
  • PMS headache, ow, why.
  • Total Times Outside: One Hundred and Thirty-Six!
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 19.
  • Currently feeling: This Giants-Dodgers series has me stressed. Egad.
  • Currently looping: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me.” I was told this song was an underrated pop classic, and every time I relisten, I agree more and more with that assessment.

Day Five Hundred and Eighty (10/13/21)

  • Lots of recording today for a collaboration that I’ve been putting off.
  • Watched “Black Widow.” I liked it!
  • My bestie came over!
  • Oh my gosh, period cramps are hitting so hard. Sweating, pain, fatigue, raised temperature, dehydration (I keep drinking water!).
  • Please tell me this is just period related.
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: Took my sister’s advice and took some extra strength Tylenol.
  • Currently looping: I didn’t want to listen to anything new. Ow.

Day Five Hundred and Eighty-One (10/14/21)

  • Woke up an hour late. Yesterday’s pain was definitely period related.
  • Temperature is normal. Phew! Those period flus are no joke. (Note: they’re not actually a flu; they’re just when your period pain gives you flu-like symptoms.)
  • Speaking of which, I need to get a flu shot.
  • Therapy!
  • My mother’s here! She baked an apple crumb pie.
  • WTF WAS THAT CALL?! I shall welcome our robot umpire overlords with open arms after this game.
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 1.
  • Currently feeling: RAWR. BASEBALL FEELS. Folks, I may have to root for the Red Sox to win the World Series. I don’t feel great about this, but they are the least terrible team in the draw right now.
  • Currently looping: Carly Rae Jepsen’s live performance of “Run Away With Me/Your Type – Medley.”

Thanks so much for reading! Stay safe, get vaccinated, and I guess root for whichever team you feel the most trace affection for?

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