The week gone by — Feb. 28

“I just want to wake up and it not be February,” Suzi said the other morning.

I got where she was coming from. Lately, it has felt like Punxsutawney Phil — pictured above from when I visited the town long ago — predicted six more weeks of February, and not winter, when he saw his shadow on Groundhog Day.

Although I must say, she went a little too far when she said she was tired of seeing Aaron Judge on my Yankee calendar. (Having looked at our upstairs Germany calendar, she informs me she is also tired of Dresden.)

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The week gone by — Feb. 14

I liked living there perfectly fine, but it seemed as if, compared to the rest of Cape Cod, Hyannis wasn’t held in quite as high regard.

In spite of the beach area pictured above, overall, I don’t think the town was considered quite as picturesque as other areas of the Cape, and may have had more people who were openly not rich. And there’s a mall, which is sooooo déclassé.

But it has the Kennedys.

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The week gone by — Feb. 7

Every weekday afternoon, Suzi and I watch “BBC World News America” on our local PBS station.

Katty Kay is the regular anchor, but her usual Friday fill-in, Laura Trevelyan, was at the desk last week. That had us wondering who might cover last Friday: Nada Tawfik, Larry Madowo, the woman whose name I can never remember …

… “You,” Suzi said.

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The week gone by — Jan. 31

It hasn’t happened much since college, but maybe I should have been more annoyed when people asked me why I didn’t drink.

After all, I wasn’t asking them “Why is your idea of a good time drinking so much that you’ll possibly make yourself sick tonight and probably feel terrible tomorrow morning … with the extra added attraction of potentially making very poor decisions about who you go home with and what you’ll do once you get there?”

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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.

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The week gone by — Jan. 3*

*And maybe some more, since last week was a bit slow and I didn’t do an actual recap the week before. My blog, my rules.

In news that should be as shocking as Tuesday following Monday, the top term on Lake Superior State’s 2021 list of banished words — complied since 1976 “to uphold, protect, and support excellence in language by encouraging avoidance of words and terms that are overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical—and otherwise ineffective, baffling, or irritating” — is “COVID-19” or any version of the word.

And like Wednesday follows Tuesday, the second word is “social distancing.”

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