Pandemic Week 118

Getting this out a little late this week – but it’s because I was super social this weekend (which you know I’m definitely going to write about!) and well, by the time Sunday evening came around, I took some quiet time to recharge and get ready for the new week. 

Let’s start with a small pandemic update. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one. I’m hearing about new variants, but it’s not all media sensationalized like past ones were. But it’s still real, still there and still mutating. I’m still double masking when in indoor social settings, outside of small groups of personal friends. I did notice when I was on the GO train this weekend that they’re no longer requiring mandatory masking the way TTC still is, even though at least half the people on it now aren’t following. 

I started the week feeling really tired, some high anxiety days (where I pushed through like I always do) and ended the week feeling more calm. Truth be told, if I hadn’t made a note to myself about feeling really tired and extra anxious at the beginning of the week, I wouldn’t have remembered to mention it. I truly have the worst memory and it’s a big reason I write these – for myself to look back on to remember things factually. I tend to push things out of my mind if it’s not fresh, especially if it isn’t so pleasant. Definitely a coping mechanism for me to drop things from my brain. I think the week ending calm is a few reasons. I ended the work week feeling okay with where I’m at for the month – even though I’m not completely caught up, I feel confidant that I will be come month end – as well as getting some validation that maybe things I’ve been saying that have been dismissed might actually be a thing and others are starting to see it. We’ll see as time goes on, but it’s lifted a small weight off me and just maybe we’ll finally get resolutions. 

My weekend started with a baby shower, which means getting to hang with one of my besties and her family. Ever since she moved a few hours away, it’s been so long since we’ve seen each other and gotten to hang out. I miss her (and her kiddos!) so incredibly much – we both teared up when we hugged as we felt our love for each other come out in our embrace. We had a great afternoon (even after my transit issues getting me there an hour late) catching up, sitting by the pool, playing games and mostly just gabbing. We can’t let it go as long between visits and my heart is so full from getting to see them all. And I can’t wait to snuggle the new baby when he arrives! 

In typical fashion, Heroclix Canadian Nationals announced that it’s going to be in Ottawa and we only have about 3.5 weeks notice to prepare travel plans, build teams and practice them. Thankfully there are other locals in the same position and we’re all scrambling together. I’m feeling super grateful by locals to the event for offering a place to crash and being able to save the amount of a hotel for the weekend. Also for locals to me for being willing to carpool to get there and back. We’re also figuring out teams and practicing – which is exactly what we did on Sunday. I ended up having Mike, Jay and Devin over and we got a bunch of practice games in. So far I’m practicing a team Jay built and I’m liking it. I just need to get better at knowing exactly what each thing does and get more confident in my choices and faster at figuring out what’s the most optimal play. I’ve only played it a handful of times so far, so I’m sure I’ll get there – but I need to so I can better focus on what my opponent is going to do so I can prepare for that. 

I decided to add tips to my mani to change it up for the last few days of wearing it. It’s not often that I wear just a solid color with no design and no glitter – so I added some subtle glitter tips. I’m definitely going full on glitter with the next mani! Other than that, it’s been a bit of a slow business week. I’ll admit that I’ve been a bit slower at posting in my group every day, a few times a day, and need to get back to that. I should schedule some posts so I don’t have to think about it as often and just check in for comments on them. 

This week I did great at my walking goal, even on the weekend! Saturday I ended up walking to and from the GO station instead of taking a bus there and helped me pass 10k steps for the day. I did manage to get sunburnt on that walk though. I’m not used to being out in peak sun so I didn’t even think of putting sunscreen on. Definitely noted for next time. I also way increased my produce and that feels great. Helping fill me up and it’s a lighter full feeling then feeling sluggish. I also feel like I’m  watching my sodium good. It’s a little harder when eating out, but I’m learning what I can get from where (like Subway salad’s aren’t too terrible or the veggie sub if I’m feeling the bread and the breakfast sandwich at Timmies is much lower sodium if I choose an english muffin and the impossible sausage). I will say that these changes have resulted in being down a few lbs. I’m not seeing changes in my blood pressure yet though as I’m self monitoring at home. I have no idea how long it takes for changes to take effect, but I hope to see some reduction in it before my doctor’s appointment in 3 weeks. I really want to avoid having to go on medication. Know how serious I am with not wanting to go on medication? On Tuesday, I went to a movie with my son and brother (say Dr. Strange again – just as good the second time!) and I didn’t get popcorn. 

That’s me this week! I appreciate you all for hanging out and reading along – I’d love to hear what your self care is this week! 

Until next time, xoxo