If We Were Having Tea

Work

Another month of working from home done. We didn’t have a regular Commencement, and I was bummed that I wasn’t spending my weekend a few weeks ago running around taking pictures and posting. The ceremony is postponed for now; they haven’t decided on when it’ll take place yet. We still honored the graduating students with video tributes at the times of the ceremonies; there are normally two ceremonies: one for undergraduate students on Saturday and one for graduate students on Sunday.

I took last week off, and we all know how bad I am at using my vacation time. Months ago I had planned on taking the week off, and once we started working from home I wasn’t sure if it was still a good idea. Regardless, I still took the time off and it’s been enjoyable.

Running

My mileage for the month dropped a lot compared to earlier this year. Well, it’s because I’m running three times a week at lower mileage versus running twice a week and running 6 miles each time. I’m back into my love-hate relationship with running; I’m not doing as well as I think I should be. But it’s May and prime allergy szn PLUS I forgot how even if it’s 70 degrees out it feels like 200 degrees when I’m running. I think I’ll have to adjust my 10 mile plan because I’m having trouble reaching 5 miles as it is.

I have a virtual 10K this upcoming weekend; it runs from June 4 to June 7, so I’m going to run a 10K twice and submit my best time. Regardless, I still get a race t-shirt and medal mailed to my house after.

Sports

Still no sports to report on. I was supposed to go to a Red Sox game last week, and that makes me really sad.

What I’m Watching

TV

  • The Zoo
  • North Woods Law
  • Whose Line is it Anyway
  • NCIS
  • FBI Most Wanted
  • Say Yes to the Dress
  • The Blacklist
  • In the Dark
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (first half)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1 and part 2

Netflix

  • Waco, episodes 1–3
  • Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter-Life Crisis
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Dead to Me, season 2
  • Trial by Media
  • Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

What I’m Reading

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: 5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: 5 stars
  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn: 4 stars
  • Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: An Introvert’s Year of Living Dangerously by Jessica Pan: 4 stars
  • Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: currently reading
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: currently reading

(I’ll have a post this week with all of my thoughts about Harry Potter.)

Extra Stuff!

I know there’s a lot going on right now, and if you’re able to, donate, educate yourself, and listen. I’ve seen a bunch of people sharing resources, petitions you can sign, and places where you can donate. I donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, and I’m going to look into getting some books out of my library because I feel like that’s one way I can better educate myself and become an ally. Also please take care of yourself as we’re still battling a pandemic; it’s okay to take a breather for yourself and family.

I turned 26 on Memorial Day but will be telling people for the foreseeable future that I’m 25.

I started doing yoga, which isn’t really on brand for me, but I’m giving it a shot. I’ve been doing runner’s yoga videos from Yoga With Adriene, and so far, so good. I have trouble with the whole breathing thing because I’m more concentrated on doing the move; I know that defeats the purpose of yoga, so that’s something I have to work on.

I ordered books for the first time in a very long time, and unlike my yoga mat, they did not get lost in the abyss that is shipping logistics. I got Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and The Cactus League. I purchased them from Bookshop.org because 1) I’ve lost all hope in Amazon shipping anything to me, and 2) Bookshop.org supports independent bookstores. I wasn’t sure when my town library was going to open again, and I knew I’d need books to read after I finished Harry Potter. Just my luck the day after I ordered the books my library posted that they’re starting curbside pickup this week. I’m going to get through the stack of books I have to read (aside from the three I ordered, I have two borrow from a friend and one I bought at the library’s book sale last summer I haven’t read yet) before doing curbside pickup.

My Questions For You!

  1. How was your month?
  2. How are things re-opening where you are?
  3. How are you feeling?
  4. What book are you reading now/recently read that you really enjoyed?

3 comments

  1. Glad you took some vacation time! Having some time off of work sounds great, even if you can’t really do anything right now. I’ve been enjoying starting to re-read the Harry Potter series and trying to convince Brett that we should watch the movies too! How did you like Waco? It was intense but I thought it was really well done.

    This past month went by so quickly! Our stay at home order was extended until June 12th which is a bit of a bummer but I’m going to continue working from home even after it’s lifted. I’m studying for a certification exam in July so I’ve mostly been reading my textbook and listening to Podcasts in my free time.

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    • I only made it halfway through Waco; I ended up falling asleep during the third episode and then couldn’t get back into it so I never finished it haha.

      I don’t know when our stay at home order is up but we’re doing phased reopenings. I’m expecting to be working from home throughout the rest of the summer. At least you have an excuse to stay home and study for your exam haha

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  2. I am reading Garden of Shadows by V,C, Andrew’s. It’s the prequel to the Flowers in the Attic series which is one of my favorites.

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