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Grocery shopping is done, that’s my outing for the week. I feel less cooped up now. The cashier asked if we were visiting family for Thanksgiving, we’re not, it will be a day just like any other. We wouldn’t be gathering with family even if we could because it’s not worth the risk.

We went to two stores because a pharmacy refill was at a place different from where we grocery shop. We stocked up on items from the pharmacy store that aren’t available at the grocery store. We are minimizing the frequency of our visits to stores. I noticed people are hoarding toilet paper again.

I managed to get a few items to cook for Thanksgiving, like cornbread stuffing, cranberries, and sweet potato. No turkey for us. I’m vegan and Drue’s vegetarian. I am gonna make a vegan coconut pie too. Maybe I’ll make something with pumpkin too. I got some collard greens for me, nom.

We stayed up late watching A Handmaid’s Tale, then slept late. It felt like it was later than it was when we went shopping. We’re not used to it getting dark so early yet. We were thankful that the stores were not crowded. It’s supposed to snow overnight and tomorrow and typically there’s a mad rush at the stores before the snow comes.

Not feeling inspired again. I wish I could fast forward us all to after the pandemic is done. It’s getting tougher with these short days and long nights.

The flu shot did me in this year. I was feeling really good for a month there, then I got the flu shot, then got a stomach bug a few days later and now I feel like I’m coming down with a cold and the rash flared up again on my hands too, though it’s very slight, so that’s an improvement. I’m still getting things done and am making some progress on my goals, I am thankful for that. Oh well. I got some medicinal teas to see if they’ll help. I looked at all the multivitamins too but decided against them. I bought oranges instead. The zinc supplements were sold out at both places.

I’ve been fantasizing about celebrating New Year’s because I’ll be done with this daily blogging! I’ll look at the party favors section next time we grocery shop to get some ideas.

I’ve been drawing from photos on my phone and from magazines. I like drawing cats, people, and baby Yoda. I was given some yummy peach candy as a birthday gift and loved the packaging, so I drew that too, so cute. My doodles are strange, weirdness bubbles up from my subconscious, it’s fun. I’m getting better at the guitar too, the chord progressions are becoming smoother and faster. I’ve been reading more and it seems like that’s getting faster as well.

I began a free introduction to coding class for the skill-building portion of my work search activities. I haven’t gotten very far yet, but it’s so cool that there are free sites where we can learn so many things.

I’m sharing some positive things because it helps me stay focused on everything that is going well instead of dwelling on things that aren’t going as well. It helps prevent me from spiraling down into doom and gloom too deeply. I am able to stay more productive, motivated, and appreciative when I shift my thoughts back to the positive.

It hasn’t been an easy time of it for any of us since COVID, but there’s always something to appreciate and be thankful for and that’s what helps keep me going especially when these days blur together and it feels like this pandemic time will never end.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel now with these vaccines on the horizon. It will be such a relief. Until then I will be making the best of these quiet days of solitude, accepting each day as it comes and resolving to appreciate more and let go of the negative things that are out of my control.

Now I am off to take a hot bath, another thing to be grateful for. Hot baths are so luxurious, so indulgent, I feel so spoiled with a hot bath and a book.

Michelle Miyagi
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