The COVID Diaries: Thoughts on an Anxiety-Fueled Rewatch of Dawson’s Creek

I’m about knee-deep into a rewatch of Dawson’s Creek. This is televisonary comfort food. I’m about neck-deep into the process of refinancing Supergenius HQ, and if the knots in my neck and shoulders are any kind of sign, I am not handling the anxiety very well. So, I am enjoying this re-watch, mostly because I skipped all but about two eps of Season One. Season…

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The COVID Diaries: Anti-Bummers? Anti-Bummers!

Lest you forget, Anti-Bummers are a concept I completely stole without permission from my friend Carrie. You should know she has a new book coming out next month. It’s called The Whitsun Daughters, and you should buy it because Carrie is an excellent writer and the original creator of Anti-Bummers. Anti-Bummer #1 My nephew’s girlfriend recently introduced him to the movie “Best in Show,” and…

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The COVID Diaries: Tastes Good Like a Winston Should

When Jaycie & Max were wee ones there were certain rules I’d make them recite before they could use my digital camera. No pictures of the TV No pictures of people’s butts Something else I can’t remember The rules came about because on holiday, when they were four or five, Max and Jaycie took a picture of everyone’s butt. The next holiday Max lined up…

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The COVID Diaries: The World Has Shifted Yet Again

On Thursday I got an email from a client who I haven’t heard from since the very beginning of the COVID outbreak. This is not unusual. This is the type of client where months can go by without any work from them. She started her email, “The world has shifted yet again since we were last in touch. She was, of course, referencing the Minneapolis…

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The COVID Diaries: Damn

Damn. Damn. Damn. I don’t know where to begin. Oh wait. To begin: Black lives matter. Police departments across the country are violent, destructive, racist organizations that should be abolished immediately. I liked this idea in theory and then I really super loved it when I read this series of posters asking you to imagine the alternative. I had never imagined the alternative, because as…

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The COVID Diaries: Wrong

Here’s what I can’t stop thinking about. Do you know how when you are drinking something and you swallow wrong and you start to choke and you spend 15 seconds thinking your life is gonna end and you panic because you don’t want to die, and you definitely don’t want to die for something as stupid as your inability to swallow properly? I keep thinking…

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The COVID Diaries: Old Dutch

Oh, Darling Ones, I am struggling today. It’s one of those days where I feel unappreciated, unsupported, and taken advantage of. Today I am lonely and afraid and frustrated. And I might have had a small emotional breakdown because Hy-vee forgot to give me my hamburger buns thus ruining dinner and my life and the entire universe as we know it. Instead of whining again…

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