How is everyone feeling this week? How is your mental health, your physical health, and your stress level lately? What are your plans for Thanksgiving next week? We’re staying home, just the four of us, and I’m in the process of figuring out what I want to cook and what I’d prefer outsourcing to small businesses in the neighborhood who could definitely use some extra love over the coming weeks and months. (This herb and apple pudding sounds good! And Joanie has her heart set on baking a pumpkin pie.) Otherwise, I’m feeling pretty fine. I need to exercise more and snack less and do better at keeping my blood pressure under control. I’m on medication for it but it’s been alarmingly high when I check it, so I need to avoid online drama (like the “keep schools open debate” which, if you follow me on Instagram, you know has taken up a lot of mental space for me as I’ve been aggressively advocating to close the damn schools and save countless lives [I’m not interested in debating this here, so if you feel differently, I respect that but ask that you take your thoughts elsewhere, please.]).
Anyhoo, I know this is an increasingly high-pressure and nerve-wracking time for many. We all have Covid fatigue just as things are really revving up around the country. Plus, the election drama is exhausting and enraging. The holidays – and related pressure and feelings of loneliness that often accompany them – start next week, and for many of us, it’s been way too long since we had a real vacation. If you are stressed, I feel you! It’s going to be rough out there for the next few months. I hope we can continue to use this space to connect, to keep tabs on each other, and to celebrate small (and maybe big) victories while venting and supporting through the the challenges ahead. I’ve had my hands full with both kids home around the clock, and doing some education advocacy, so I appreciate those who have stuck around here even as I’ve cut back so much on the time and attention I’ve been able to devote to the site. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. Such great vaccine news this week! Things will improve again. We just have to get through the hard next few months. Let’s hang in there together, ok?