Self-Isolation Diaries – Week 85

Greetings, Internet! I hope everyone’s staying as safe and sane as can be! This week, I submitted a dissertation chapter to a graduate workshop (only to find that the title contains a word that basically does not appear anywhere in the main text, whoops), watched more “Ted Lasso,” and got my flu shot! Daily summaries below!

Day Five Hundred and Eighty-Nine (10/22/21)

  • The battery in my remote died while the television was on, so we couldn’t turn it off (is there an off button on televisions nowadays?). Cue my mother running to the nearest place to buy batteries.
  • Went to Push to Walk!
  • Watched the “Great British Baking Show” with my mother while we ate pie.
  • Applied for some part-time work. Because this girl’s gotta save for when her stipend takes a hit next year.
  • I need seven games in both the ALCS and NLCS. Come on, Boston.
  • My mother forgot some kiwis in my apartment. I have found half of them. Commence the kiwi scavenger hunt.
  • That was not half of them. That was a separate (and somehow unrelated) container of kiwis.
  • Where are they?! Is there a patron saint of finding lost fruit that I can pray to?
  • THE KIWIS HAVE BEEN FOUND! They were in a shopping bag far from the kitchen.
  • Well, this night has been plenty exciting for me.
  • Total Times Outside: One Hundred and Forty-One!
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: I got nothing done on my chapter revision. But I cleaned my living room and applied for things (and found some errant kiwis!), so, that counts for something, right?
  • Currently looping: Death Cab for Cutie’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

Day Five Hundred and Ninety (10/23/21)

  • Did the FES cycle. Caught up on “Legends of Tomorrow.” You know I love this show.
  • Met up with my bestie and one of my dearest college friends at the Morgan! She used my camera to take many photos, including a future album cover (for when I finally get around to this EP).
  • We then ordered risotto and drank wine. I was tipsy.
  • Later did a YouTube karaoke night. Definitely safer than going out to a karaoke bar, but darn, I miss karaoke bars.
  • Ah, car horns at 2am. Sounds like my city.
  • Total Times Outside: One Hundred and Forty-Two!
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: Like I should sleep in tomorrow.
  • Currently looping: I have a Spotify playlist I use when company is over. I could share the link if there’s any interest, but it’s basically my playlist of things I like that I think other people may also like (i.e. I removed 99% of the metal I listen to).

Day Five Hundred and Ninety-One (10/24/21)

  • Skyped with an old college friend!
  • Watched last night’s SNL. Jason Sudeikis and Brandi Carlile are both fantastic, and this may have been my favorite overall episode thus far (although that “Squid Game” song from last week is pretty sweet).
  • Continued revising this chapter throughout the day, at about an hour here and there. I’ve got the major issues sorted out. Perhaps one or two more readthroughs, and it’ll be ready to send.
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: Tired. Didn’t get enough sleep last night. Really need to get better about that, but we know how that goes.
  • Currently looping: The 15th anniversary of My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade” was a few days ago (10/20), so I’ve been playing this gem of a “what else you got?” emo album.

Day Five Hundred and Ninety-Two (10/25/21)

  • Did the FES cycle. Watched another episode of “Ted Lasso.” It really is all soccer and kindness.
  • Finished reviewing my medieval workshop paper. Oof. Please be kind and constructive, fellow medievalists! However poorly done you may find this, believe it or not, it used to look worse. #iswearmyimpostersyndromeisgone
  • Sent off my workshop paper! Phew! I mean, it was two days early, but still, phew! Oh snap, I still have to read the workshop paper for this week.
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 18. It’s a start, I guess? I don’t even know if I’m posting anything this week.
  • Currently feeling: I had gone to bed early last night, but alas, two nights in a row is not meant to be.
  • Currently looping: Spiritbox’s live set from Blue Ridge Rock festival last month. That’s Courtney LaPlante with clean and harsh vocals, like a boss, in mom jeans. Just the epitome of cool.

Day Five Hundred and Ninety-Three (10/26/21)

  • Went to Push to Walk! Thankfully, the nor’easter basically had stopped by the time my mother and I were on the road.
  • Well, this article is hilariously (yet painfully) true. #academiasquidgame
  • Bahahaha, that’s right, Atlanta. Put the hurt on the cheaters (even though I really dislike the Braves as a team).
  • Should I read Dune?
  • Vocal practice! Worked on clean and harsh vocals.
  • Total Times Outside: One Hundred and Forty-Three!
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: Looks like I’ll have to read a workshop paper tomorrow hours before the workshop happens. Probably could do it tonight, but I should develop healthy sleeping habits.
  • Currently looping: Ad Infinitum’s “Animals.” That’s right, we’ve got another release before their album drops! Squee!

Day Five Hundred and Ninety-Four (10/27/21)

  • Got an email from my undergrad advisor that there was a talk being given (over Zoom) in one hour that was relevant to my dissertation. So guess where I was an hour later.
  • Dang, that was a good talk. And then my undergrad advisor introduced me to the scholar who gave the talk.
  • Musical hangout!
  • Went out and got my flu shot! My arm is a bit sore.
  • Read the paper for a medieval workshop later that evening.
  • Medieval workshop!
  • Basically was running around like a very busy person from 11:30am-7:30pm. No time to film.
  • This game is sad.
  • Practiced some guitar and vocals. My fingertips hurt, but it’s like a familiar and happy hurt.
  • Total Times Outside: One Hundred and Forty-Four!
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: Such an eventful day. Hooray for productivity!
  • Currently looping: Spiritbox’s “The Mara Effect, Pt. 1.” Okay, Spiritbox’s earlier stuff is fire. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to listen to this.

Day Five Hundred and Ninety-Five (10/28/21)

  • Did the FES cycle. Watched more “Ted Lasso.” Is cute. Also, I’m a fan of angry and brooding Roy Kent.
  • Phone calls with a couple of medical places to schedule appointments. Fun times.
  • Therapy!
  • Tried to sign up for a part-time side hustle, only to be requested to do 32 hours of work per week. That does not sound all that part-time.
  • My sister sent me chocolate! She’s the best ❤
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 33. Oh gosh, this was a catch-up day. And I still have at least ten more to go. And I’m not even posting anything this week.
  • Currently feeling: Once you realize that you sent a workshop paper to every medieval grad student in your program with a title that includes a word that you: 1. Never define, and 2. Never really use to any great effect in your paper. Egad. Apologies to my colleagues who will be like, “Wait, but why did you use this word in the title and nowhere else?”
  • Currently looping: Spiritbox’s “The Mara Effect, Pt. 2.”

Thanks so much for reading! Stay safe, get vaccinated, and get a flu shot!

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