The week gone by — Jan. 17

I talk to my grandmother and parents in New York every Sunday night.

Last week, I made sure to tell them as much as I knew about the state’s updated COVID vaccination plan, which was being opened to residents over 75 the next day. (My grandmother is over 80.)

I had to let my mother know because, even though I didn’t know the details, I assumed there was an online element, and my grandmother doesn’t use computers.

I’m sure I’ll find out in this week’s call how much of a cluster the registration process was for my grandmother, but Suzi’s 80-something parents are registered for their vaccine in Connecticut.

The first person I know who got the shot was a friend who’s a doctor, and she was early enough that she has also gotten the second shot. I know a few other people who have gotten at least one shot since then, and I’ve been happy to see it every time.

It’s not just because I want to see people I care about get vaccinated (although I am), or that I figure every vaccination is one closer to when my other friends and family and eventually Suzi and I can get the shot (although I am).

It’s because as far as I’m concerned, anybody getting the shot is one person closer to everyone being vaccinated, and all of this being over.

Photo by torstensimon on Pixabay.


We have birthday candles … we have toilet paper … but will we have a chance to travel like we hope to next year?

What is “reality”?


Alexia’s family has been on quite a journey these last three years.

Michelle thinks someone is trying to figure us out. See who she means.

Pea Green and her family are back to school at home.

Becky and Sabrina have both been struggling a bit lately, something I think most of us have gone through at some point this last year.

Lindsay was … having a day.

Zoe has figured out what to do on the days she feels disconnected from the world, and it’s actually quite simple.

Claire has had enough of “mum guilt,” thank you very much.

Giggles has something to help her get through the latest lockdown.

I’ve never seen “Titanic,” and have no plans to, but if it’s something you’re contemplating, Paul would probably encourage it.

Renata argues that growth doesn’t happen when you leave your comfort zone, but that you leave because you’ve outgrown it.

If Vee had been in a boxing ring with this dude, the ref would have stopped it on account of her pummeling him senseless.

Austin tells a tale of anger that has a welcome silver lining at the end.

Helen H. knows the importance of little wins.

Toxic workplaces can just drain the life out of you, but Rosie thinks she was lucky to be exposed to them early in her career.

The first of Helen’s three best things about being in her 30s is something I believed when I turned 30, but I don’t know if it actually happened.

Jamie tackles the question of what “healthy” really means.

Even a “dream job” is still work, but if work was being first baseman for the Yankees, I’d probably be OK with that.


Now this is a proper quest!

I’m long past pretending.

Emotional support is what Canadians are for.

We all need someone like Katie’s grandmother.

Who doesn’t love a happy ending?

So … it’s not just me?

It does amaze me how some people can’t even do the bare minimum.


Me neither


8 thoughts on “The week gone by — Jan. 17

    1. Which is why it drives me nuts to see stories about places having to throw out vaccines because they’re going to expire but they’ve run out of people who qualify in that moment. I get why there are priorities, but failing that, just grab whoever’s around and give it to them.

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