Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.
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Happy Sunday! It’s a great weekend for America. Here are the scratches for the week.
What. A. Week. Monday feels like 4 months ago, because it basically was. Tuesday was Election Day, but since Sean and I voted by mail a few weeks ago, it was a low-key day around the house. I got plenty done at work because it was just a matter of waiting for results to start rolling in that evening.
During my lunch break, I headed to This is a Bookstore, my local indie bookstore, to purchase both of Yaa Gyasi’s novels. I also picked up a coffee (what a treat! I haven’t gotten a fancy coffee in months) and a puzzle to distract myself on Election Night.
I pretty much didn’t sleep on Tuesday night. I kept having PTSD flashbacks to 2016 when I woke up in the middle of the night and checked my phone thinking “oh I wonder if it’s over,” only to get the worst possible news. I kept refusing to check my phone, but we had turned off the screen of our bedroom Echo device, so I had no idea what time it was. At one point I literally woke up and walked to the bathroom because I thought I was going to vomit. And every time Sean rolled over, I thought to myself “oh fuck he’s going to check his phone!”
Thankfully, there wasn’t any bad news to wake up to in the morning. I wasn’t my most productive self Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, but I think that was pretty much where everyone was at.
Then of course yesterday, we got the best news ever: Joe Biden has been elected the next president of the United States. It was also a beautiful day: sunny and in the 70s. Compare that to last weekend, when it was snowing and generally felt like the world was ending.
We celebrated by opening up all of the windows, listening to snarky music (like Hallelujah and Bye Bye Bye), drinking beer and champagne, eating cheesecake, and not focusing too much on our to do lists.
That being said, I also made a meal plan and went to the grocery store, which was such a good form of self-care. We’ve been ordering delivery a lot because we haven’t had the mental space to figure out meals to cook, and it felt really good to take that part of our lives back.
Here’s to another day of celebrating today! I’m proud of you, America.