Catching Up Over Coffee: October 2021


I started my hybrid work schedule this month. The University put out a work from home policy earlier this fall, and applications would be reviewed on an employee by employee basis. After working from home for over a year and a half, I’ve realized I can do some of my job from home and don’t necessarily need to go into the office. My agreed upon schedule is working in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and working from home on Wednesdays and Fridays. I’ve enjoyed it so far, especially the days I’m at home. I can wear comfy clothes, and I like working alone in my condo.

Josh and I had a fun fall weekend over the long holiday weekend that included a corn maze, wine, bar food, apple picking, and seeing the pups. We went to a Springfield Thunderbirds hockey game and also went to a dog rescue fundraiser at a brewery with one of my friends (I went to the same fundraiser last year and it was fun to see the pups all dressed up for Halloween; plus she was one of the last of my friends to meet Josh).

I got my flu shot in the middle of the month. It was a lot easier to schedule an appointment through CVS than trying to schedule a COVID vaccine shot. I went one weeknight after work, and it took less than 5 minutes.

The theatre group I volunteer with is performing Mamma Mia! next month, and I’m excited to go see it. I’m going with my mom and her friend, who I actually saw the Mammia Mia! movies with in the theaters when they came out. I’ve been working on collecting all of the biographies and information for the program as well as posting on social media.


I ran what I think will be my final 5K of the year earlier this month. I’m taking advantage of the sun still being up after work to run before daylight savings time. Then I’ll just run on the weekend mornings. I think (?) I’m still technically registered for the March St. Patrick’s Day 10K that I’ve been trying to run the last two years; I’ve been deferring my registration since it’s been cancelled twice due to COVID. We’ll see what happens with that.


I’m honestly shocked the Red Sox made it to the ALCS. After the COVID outbreak they had, I didn’t think they’d make the playoffs. But boy was it stressful. Part of me wanted them to make it to the World Series but part of me didn’t want to have to stay up late to watch the games—I know, very selfish of me. I haven’t watched much of the World Series since it started but I’m rooting for the Braves because I hate the Astros.

My New York Giants are 2-5 on the season so far, which I guess is expected. I’m in it for the long haul at this point. And the Alabama Crimson Tide are 7-1—the loss to Texas A&M was brutal—so I guess they’re my only good football team to root for.

This morning, news broke this morning that Jerry Remy, former Red Sox player and current NESN broadcaster, died. If you need me, I’ll be watching this video on repeat for the foreseeable future.

What I’m Watching


  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • NCIS
  • Law & Order: SVU
  • Law & Order: Organized Crime
  • 911
  • New Amsterdam
  • CSI: Vegas
  • Houses with History


  • The Circle (S3E1-S3E8)
  • Pose (S2E2-S2E10)
  • RBG
  • This Changes Everything
  • Special (S1E1-S1E6)


  • Below Deck (S5E12-S6E8)

What I’m Reading

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King: 4 stars
  • The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris: 4 stars
  • Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama: currently reading
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett: currently reading

My Questions For You!

  1. How was your October?
  2. Did you have any plans for Halloween?
  3. Did you do anything fun this month?


  1. Woooow such a great month for you!!

    I had an ok October. Personal life was a bit of a hot mess. But work was good! And I got a library card 🤩🤩

    I didn’t do anything for regular Halloween but I did do school activities.

    November I am not looking forward to because I am going to try to enforce a no spend policy haha

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  2. Nice that you can work from home some days. I was rooting for Boston too, and now am rooting for Atlanta as well. Just so darn glad that the Dodgers did not make it! Wasn’t 11/23/63 good? Really enjoyed it. I just read Lolita because it is on my scratch-off poster of 100 Essential books. I didn’t know what it was about until I started reading. Guess they didn’t recommend that in high school! We are still watching The Sopranos and my daughter and I are almost done with Only Murders in the Building. Hope they bring it back for another season.

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    • I really liked 11/22/63! It was my first Stephen King book. My parents had Under The Dome, so I borrowed that to hopefully read sometime soon. I just won’t read any of his super scary books haha.

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  3. I got my flu shot along with a Tdap booster. The flu shot was fine, but that Tdap left my arm sore for a week! And then I got my wisdom teeth taken out; still recovering a week and a half post op. And I got my COVID booster last Friday. I spent all day Saturday on the couch with a mild fever, body aches, and a really sore arm at the injection site, but luckily it only lasted 24 hours.

    Now that you’re living on your own, do you ever find yourself lonely or bored?

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    • Oh wow that sounds like a lot! I had my wisdom teeth out in high school and it wasn’t terrible but I remember my cheeks being really swollen for a while. My work is offering booster shots but I don’t think I’m far enough out from my original shots to get one yet.

      Surprisingly no. Thankfully I’m about 15 minutes from my parents so I go home every week or every other week, and I meet them on Friday nights for dinner. I watch a lot of TV, read, and cross stitch, and I’ve been out walking/running to explore my new neighborhood. It might be different come winter. But I enjoy living alone so far and having a space to myself.

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