The COVID Diaries: The Bleakness Begins, or Did You Decorate Your Bedroom?

Hey Darling Ones, When I finally decided to paint the main bedroom in Supergenius HQ back in like 2007, I inadvertently chose the same colors as the Wakefield Twins of Sweet Valley. One wall is beautiful blue like Elizabeth’s bedroom. The other three are Hershey-bar brown like Jessicas. This was not a conscious decision and something I only realized a couple years ago. I have…

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The COVID Diaries: It’s All Happening

Hi Darling Ones, Guess which 6’5″ Spinster Goddess of Minnesota finally landed a vaccination appointment? It’s me! Thanks to eagle-eyed Sister #2 who spotted a tweet from my former (and hopefully future) State Representative Brad Tabke* I scooped up an appointment at Canterbury Park for Thursday. I am so relieved. That’s all I got today. My brain is foggy from endless rain and a messed…

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The COVID Diaries: Only a Few Girls Allowed

Hello Darling Ones, I’ve worked myself into a barely coherent paroxysm of rage over 89.3 The Current’s Essential Debut Albums poll. I love/hate when they do these kinds of lists. Love: I am a musicgeek/pop culture nerd and talking about music is one of my very favorite things on earth to do. You’d probably be appalled to learn how much time I spend every day…

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The COVID Diaries: You Cannot Love Someone Into Loving You Back

Hi Darling Ones, The Shitty Anniversary I didn’t think I’d remember the specific day of is today*. Thanks, TimeHop! Thanks nonstop tweeting past-self who couldn’t help remarking on John Prine’s death on the shittiest, toughest day of my life. Thanks, life for being ceaselessly difficult sometimes. Today it is officially one year since Cade left and I’ve had any contact with Sister #3 and The…

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The COVID Diaries: All of This is Coming Your Way

Dear Darling Ones, Here is the hazard of essentially spending a year alone + having a 20-year-old blog + being a forty-eight-year-old perimenopausal woman: your memory is not as reliable as it used to be. Every day when I get ready to write I have to think really hard about whether or not this is something I just wrote about. It seems everything I think…

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The COVID Diaries: He Has Risen

Hi Darling Ones, In the middle of my many and varied pandemic depressions, I ordered a tradescantia nanouk named Travis. I’ve mentioned him before. What I don’t think I told you is that the first one that arrived was dead. If I have told you this, forgive me. On day 389 of the pandemic I can’t keep my stories straight. At least that’s what I’m…

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The COVID Diaries: Something Wonderful & Immersive

Hello Darling Ones, Have you ever seen the movie “Elf?” The one with Will Ferrel? Second best Christmas movie of all time? I have seen it roughly eleventy kabillion times. Sister #2 watches it one a day, every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. She has done this for years. Anyway, there’s a scene where Buddy busts into the room when they’re in a meeting…

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The COVID Diaries: Odd Couple

Good afternoon Darling Ones, I googled “when is evening” and “when is afternoon” to make sure I was using the right one. I learned evening starts after six and afternoon is noon to six. For the record, it is currently 5:23 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in sunny Shakopee, MN, day 385 of the pandemic. Did you miss me? I didn’t intend to take a small…

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The COVID Diaries: Today is Coming Up Jodi

Hey Darling Ones, Guess what happened today? Give up? I worked almost five entire billable hours. Just today. This is equal to all the billable hours I worked last week. I almost feel like a contributing member to society again. Yes, it is gross that I feel I have to earn money to be contributing to society. That thought just fell out of my fingers…

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The COVID Diaries: What I Did Today

Hello Darling Ones, Back in the olden days, in the year of Brach’s Red Hots Cinnamon Candy Canes*, I had a recurring bit called It’s Sunday & I’m Boring. What happened in those posts seems pretty self-explanatory, right? Guess what? Today is Sunday and I am boring. It’s just like the old days again. 8:10 a.m. I woke up because the coffee maker was beeping….

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