Hello friends and Happy Friday! That view above is from yesterday, and today was just as pretty and even a few degrees warmer, which is welcome. I’m wearing jeans and a sweater and socks … which isn’t really all that typical for mid-May around here. Still, I’ll take blue skies with a scattering of puffy white clouds at just about any temperature!
Thinking about … the CDC’s announcement yesterday about relaxed guidelines for fully-vaccinated folks. It feels like we turned this last corner super-quick (like my body has been slammed against the door, and I’m glad I’m wearing a seat belt quick) and I need time to adjust. My small group spent much of our time together talking about this new guidance … one of us was 100% on board and felt like the updates had been too slow and the rest of us were more like me. Sara hits her 14-day mark tomorrow so our household is almost there. My mom and I are going out for lunch on Monday (patio dining). I guess I’m still taking baby steps and I’m ok with that. I trust the vaccine; I just need at least a few days to adjust.
Grateful for … the positive news – finally – about COVID (at least in the US – Pantsuit Politics had a great segment in today’s episode about how things are going in other parts of the world and as always, I recommend listening!) I cried when I read this headline in Axios’ newsletter last night:
“For the first time in a long time, nobody needs to cherry-pick some misleading data to make it seem like things are going well, and the good news doesn’t need an endless list of caveats, either. It’s just really good news. We’re winning. Be happy.”
Inspired by … all of that to order some new lipstick! Chelsey of Novel Pairings was wearing a lovely berry shade on Wednesday night’s Classics Club class – I bought that exact shade, and a tinted lip balm. Root is a brand I handn’t heard of until Chelsey shared … I’ll report back!
Fun … I mentioned last week that we had a fun weekend planned and here are a few of my favorite bits (at least the few favorite bits that I actually captured in a photo). Saturday morning, my sister, Marc, Sara, and I joined Katie and her family at the ballpark. Charlie had a game at 11 and Sam had one at 12:30. It was so much fun to see the boys (and their dad) out on the field. and it was a good “first step” for us to get back out into the world (also, it was Karen’s first time seeing Sam and Rob since Christmas 2019 … Sam’s grown a bit since then). After the baseball, we went back to Katie’s for a late lunch. Karen got to meet George (and whoa, he’s grown a lot since we saw him at Easter!) and we ate, and played, and … hung out. and it was just so wonderful. On Sunday, Sara made me lunch (and opened a special bottle of wine to accompany) and after, I enjoyed a bit of me-time on the porch with a book. For all that my full-vaccinated weekend felt normal, getting to share pieces of this weekend with Katie’s family and my sister … well, priceless.
Writing a TGIF post on Friday afternoons is such a nice transition to the weekend; thank you for sharing it with me! Thinking about rhythms, what routines do you have to mark that transition? Here’s to the weekend, wishing you the best one available to you!