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! Here are the scratches for the week.
Not to sound like a broken record, but this week was hard. This might actually be the worst week to date for me since quarantine began. Hence a lack of blog posts going up this week.
It started on a good note: on Sunday we spent our stimulus check on furniture for the sunroom and master bedroom! It will take a bit for it to come in, but we’re really excited about everything we’ve ordered.
On Monday, I got some bad news at work: my new coworker is leaving (her last day was Thursday) and we were canceling our summer camps. My whole week was pretty much derailed planning for those two things, both of which ended up happening on Thursday.
To try to save Monday from being a total loss, Sean and I finally played Pandemic! We’ve had it for a few years and love it, and I knew we couldn’t go through an *actual* pandemic without playing it. Amazingly, we won really quickly! Only one epidemic. 💪🏻
We also spent a lot of our evenings listening to the audiobook of Daisy Jones and the Six together. I read the book back in January and loved it, but I had heard amazing things about the audiobook, so I requested it from the library and it arrived! It was fun listening to it together.
Tuesday and Wednesday were much better days; there was still a lot going on, but my attitude was much better. I’ll take little wins where I can get them!
Thursday was… a lot. I started work at 7:30 in order to get everything done before our summer camp cancellation was announced at 10:15. I was happy to get everything crossed off my list and not have to keep the secret any more, but by the time lunch hit I was done, mentally. I had exhausted all of my brain power for the day, and it was only half done. Somehow I powered through, though!
Then yesterday, I was just sad for a large portion of the day. I think I was just in survival mode Monday through Thursday, and the magnitude of everything really hit me on Friday. My coworker is gone, so I have more work on my plate than I have time for (and we have a hiring freeze in place so that’s not likely to change). We canceled summer camp, which disappointed so many girls in our council. The national organization canceled a big event in October, which feels so far away and confirms my fears that we’re in this for the long haul. And then some of my coworkers were furloughed, which made everything feel that much more real.
It was just… a lot.
We took Stanley for a really long walk on Friday evening, which helped, but I definitely almost broke down halfway through. My sadness about this pandemic is coming and going in waves, and I definitely felt it this week.
I’m really leaning into the time off of work this weekend. Yesterday we hit the next stage in our beer-brewing journey: bottling! It’s been two weeks since we first made the beer, and it’s another two weeks until it’s ready. The bottling process is what gives it its carbonation, so we were able to try it today. It was really good, despite being flat! Two weeks can’t come fast enough.
We also wanted to get on a two-week cycle where we’re bottling the fermented batch and then making a new batch once we clean all of the supplies, so we ran by Bell’s General Store to grab an imitation Two Hearted kit, which Sean made! Really excited about this newfound hobby. Next step: naming and label design.
Other than that, I’ve been spending the weekend cleaning, doing laundry, cooking, and all of the other tasks that seem insurmountable throughout the week. I’m hoping catching up will make me feel less frazzled next week.
Oh, I’ve also done some retail therapy, which is helping! I got this shirt and these earrings for free thanks to a bunch of random coupons that I got (whaddup!), this nail polish (also for free thanks to some gift cards I earned), this top, this top, this sports bra, these leggings, and this t-shirt. I know they’re not all small businesses, but I did my best, and I’m genuinely excited about everything!