KEEP SMILING

Listicles. I love them. Because there is so much angst in the world about Omicron, Flurona, insurrections and what my husband refers to as “weather warming,” I thought you might need a list of things to appreciate. Perhaps smiling is too much to ask for right now, but anyway:

  • You only need to isolate for five days now. If you are asymptomatic, you can go to work!
  • Pundits from all over are now saying that “diet culture” is horrible, body shaming is too, and we should all just eat when we are hungry, and tell our doctors that we won’t weigh in unless we are having some sort of situation that requires it. Going in for that sore knee isn’t one of those situations.
  • Carbohydrates are necessary. They give you the energy to do the dishes, make your bed, and take the stairs instead of the elevator. So have a potato.
  • Whiskers on kittens.
  • But forget the warm woolen mittens, because they itch.
  • We are all getting used to staying at home all the time.
  • You can scramble eggs in the microwave!
  • The economy has regained 84% of jobs lost in the pandemic!
  • But if you are going to work, ditch the cloth mask and use a KN95–and they are now readily available!
  • If you are sick, just assume you have Covid and act accordingly, because tests are so hard to get. Acting accordingly is very confusing, however, because the CDC doesn’t even know what it is recommending any more. So just call in sick and try not to breathe on anybody in your family. But the good news? Five days only! And maybe the CDC will switch it to two days, who knows any more?
  • After all those folks were stranded in their cars for so long, we all know now to put Snickers bars and blankets in the trunk, just in case.
  • Dark chocolate is still good for you (the Snickers reminded me).
  • You don’t have to feel like a sloth if you wear your pajamas all day. The whole world is doing it now.
  • Tomorrow is my birthday!
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