Self-Isolation Diaries – Week 97

Greetings, Internet! I hope everyone’s staying as safe and sane as can be. This week, I got hooked on Wordle, started watching “Succession,” and started seriously planning the next dissertation chapter. Daily summaries below!

Day Six Hundred and Seventy-Three (1/14/22)

  • Went to Push to Walk!
  • Was my post workout treat a couple cookies? Maybe. Don’t judge.
  • Phone call in which I rambled far too much and was introduced to Wordle. No one told me how addictive this game would be. <shakes fist> Side note, how do I learn to be competent at chess?
  • Total Times Outside: One Hundred and Eighty-Four!
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: How am I even more awkward over the phone? Just how?
  • Currently looping: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Emotion” album. I generally don’t repeat individual songs on my daily loopings, but albums? Yeah, I can repeat albums on here.

Day Six Hundred and Seventy-Four (1/15/22)

  • Did the FES cycle. Started watching “Succession.” These people are bonkers.
  • Played Wordle. Three tries.
  • Did some vocal practice.
  • Okay, so the wind chill is in single digits and I am not planning to go outside.
  • My bestie came over for a long overdue catchup! There was risotto and ice cream.
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 7.
  • Currently feeling: I always feel like I’ve been neglecting my dissertation. I mean, it’s going to get done because it has to get done.
  • Currently looping: Carly Rae Jepsen’s live performance of “Let’s Get Lost.” Seriously, such a cute song, and you can really hear the bass here.

Day Six Hundred and Seventy-Five (1/16/22)

  • Ugh, so groggy, did not sleep well last night.
  • Tea and “Succession.” I was told that this is not a bingeable show, and it isn’t, but the one hour per episode is like, just enough for the day.
  • Yes, I played Wordle again. Three tries.
  • So today was a bit of an academic “get stuff done” day. Planned out the bare bones of a lesson I’m doing (covid-permitting) in April (just need the post-doc teaching the course to approve), started plotting some relevant things for the fourth dissertation chapter, outlined a piece for a historical newsletter, and wrote up an email to my advisor so that I’ll have things to discuss with him when we eventually meet. #productivitysundays
  • So much football! Sometimes it’s nice to watch the playoffs when your team never had a chance. You can just root for a good game. But also, wow, what on earth happened at the end of that 49ers-Cowboys game?
  • Why is my apartment so cold?!
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: Bit of chills, but I took my temperature and I’m fine. Ugh, I need to sleep more. I think that’s the solution.
  • Currently looping: The Pretty Reckless’ album “Death By Rock and Roll.” I didn’t listen to it enough when it first came out last year, but dang, this album is amazing!!

Day Six Hundred and Seventy-Six (1/17/22)

  • Woke up around 5:30am and took a moment to realize I was up because I was overheating. Just can’t win. I was cold when I went to bed and pulled on all of the layers. And then my body reacted by basically saying, “Bitch, get up and take off a layer, what is wrong with you?”
  • Did the FES cycle. Watched another episode of “Succession.”
  • Finally sent off two emails that I really needed to send, like, last week.
  • Watched the first two episodes of “Expecting Amy.” Learned lots about Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Of course I turned on the NFL playoffs just as a horrible helmet-to-helmet hit took place. I really hope the player they carted off the field recovers quickly.
  • My friend wrote this! She’s a stellar sportswriter ❤
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: Yeah, I’m taking a music break for dissertation things. It needed to happen. But that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped singing along to my Spotify account in my living room for my neighbors to hear as they wander down the hallway.
  • Currently looping: Continuing my lovefest with The Pretty Reckless’ album, “Death By Rock and Roll.”

Day Six Hundred and Seventy-Seven (1/18/22)

  • Went to Push to Walk! Ended my workout with a two-minute plank and the upper half of my body just wants to take a nap.
  • And the lower half. My whole body. Nap city.
  • My learner’s permit is officially here! Now to…wait a few months before I can enroll in a driver rehabilitation program.
  • Watched “Jeopardy!” and continued to root for Amy Schneider’s run.
  • Writing Workshop!
  • Total Times Outside: One Hundred and Eighty-Five!
  • Currently feeling: Yeah, um, I forgot whether or not I took my nighttime supplements (I was distracted), so here’s hoping I’m not doubling.
  • Currently looping: Tegan and Sara’s “Heartthrob” album. Anyone else remember how good this album is?

Day Six Hundred and Seventy-Eight (1/19/22)

  • Finished watching “Expecting Amy.” It was so good, highly recommend.
  • Phone call with my bestie! So much to update each other on.
  • Therapy!
  • Finally read an article I’d been putting off for like a week. It was tangentially related to my topic, but I felt like it was necessary to read for some part of my dissertation. Tomorrow, I need to tackle the very relevant article that’s written in Italian (which is just bad Latin, right?).
  • Yay, Amy Schneider continued her awesome “Jeopardy!” run.
  • Whoo, let’s go Rangers!
  • Who’s an awkward phone call conversationalist? This one, right here.
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0.
  • Currently feeling: Like I need to go to bed sooner. It’s after 1am. I keep telling myself I’ll be more responsible tomorrow.
  • Currently looping: Halestorm’s “Love Bites (So Do I).” Lzzy Hale FTW.

Day Six Hundred and Seventy-Nine (1/20/22)

  • Did the FES cycle. Chatted with my bestie. This has been a strange start to the year for us.
  • My mother’s here!
  • I’m reading an article from some prominent scholar, and I think this scholar is at that point where they can say whatever they want with minimal evidence, and it’ll still get published. How lovely it must be to have that heft in one’s career.
  • Why is Wordle so hard today?
  • Wait, you can double letters?
  • Total videos watched by other YouTubers: 0
  • Currently feeling: I still have so many things to read before my advisor meeting. And then I need to actually start figuring out this chapter.
  • Currently looping: Halestorm’s “The Strange Case Of…(Deluxe)” album. So freaking good.

Thanks so much for reading! Stay safe, get vaccinated/boosted, and stay warm!

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