Sunday, April 05, 2020

Sunday Stealing

Gratitude Journal

1. Name a highlight of your day I changed my bed linens Saturday night. I took a moment to enjoy how good it felt to slip between fresh sheets.

2. What made you smile today? I discovered a silly little movie from 1942. The Affairs of Martha is about a maid in a small, upscale New England town who writes a book about what her employers are really like at home. Naturally it causes a scandal and hijinks ensue. Imagine a screwball version of The Help with no racial overtones or danger, where everyone lives happily ever after.
3. What made you laugh today? The "Where's Mayor Lightfoot" memes. People with too much time on their hands can be very creative!

4. Recall a time when you needed encouragement. At the beginning of last week, I felt disconnected and low. I reached out to my friend Patrick, and a coworker just happened to call me. These interactions made me feel much better.

5. What is a luxury you are thankful for I'm getting paid. I realize that many people are experiencing financial insecurity these days, and right now, I'm fine. Maybe not next month, but I managed to stick to my regular budget and pay all my end-of-the-month bills.

6. Favorite childhood memory Here's the first one that comes to mind: When I was about six years old, we had an unseasonably pleasant Easter. My uncle hid my Easter present somewhere in his car -- an exceptionally cool blue Mustang convertible. He drove us around the block with the top down until I found the Easter present he'd hidden for me. (It was a book under the floor mat.)

7. Favorite song–and why? This one always makes me happy, no matter what. Ba-de-ah!


8. Where is your favorite place? Why? As soon as I finish this, I'm crawling back between those clean sheets (see #1). That's one of the benefits of this covid-19 crisis -- I can't go anywhere so I can nap whenever I feel like it.

9. What is your favorite scent Cinammon

10. What is your favorite topic to talk about? Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs' first baseman is a hero, taking care of hospital workers while supporting local restaurants during this crisis.


11. What do you like doing so much that you lose track of time? Farting around on the internet

12. If you had 5 minutes and the whole world was forced to listen, what would you say? This crisis didn't have to unfold so badly. In February, when the World Health Organization was warning of a pandemic, our President was saying, "It's going to disappear. One day, it's like a miracle, it will disappear." Imagine how much better off our states would be if he had listened to those around him and mobilized manufacturing a month ago. Remember this when you vote.

13. Whose life do you envy the most, and why? I try not to look at life this way. But OK, for the sake of the meme, I'll say Jennifer Aniston. She's pretty, talented, and she's a doting dog mom ... all in a house that's worth $21 million.

14. What would you different with your education if you got a chance to start over? I'd take it all more seriously.

15. What would you do with your life if you had no fear? I'd pursue love relationships.