2021 Highlights: Week 16

Guys, it’s been a week. There is a spring cold going around and it spread through the girls and I in quick succession. We each went down hard for about 24 hours and then seemed to recover. This will not be news to any parents, but it’s really hard to be a good parent when all you want to do is sleep.

We seemed to be over the worst of it when symptoms ramped back up. Which meant a COVID test and doing our best to quarantine Peter away from the rest of us. Very difficult in our 1097 square feet house with two bedrooms so he spent a night camping in the backyard. In the end, the test result was negative. I was about 99% sure this would be the case but am glad to have it confirmed. I was really impressed with the speed in which we got the result; less than 24 hours!

You try getting these two to physically distance from each other!

So…some real highlights of the week!

  • Earlier in the week Peter and I were eligible to register for the vaccine! This isn’t us getting an appointment but simply registering that we want to be vaccinated. This means we’ll be notified when actual appointments are available and helps the health authority know how many doses to allocate for our community. It’s not a super exciting step as I’ll probably still have to wait until June for my first dose, but it’s a step in the right direction.
  • Cake! When in doubt, make a cake! Eat in the sunshine with people you love! Bring Justin Beaver along!
  • So many beautiful blooms in our yard! This spring I’m noticing several new tulips sprouting up. Somehow, I never quite realized that tulips can plant themselves.
  • This absolutely bizarre Soviet version of The Lord of the Rings. Hilariously awful
  • Rose’s developing artwork. On the left is a chalk drawing of a beaver that she did on the driveway. On the right is a picture she drew. When I asked her about she said, “It’s hundreds of eyes watching the dwarves.” I questioned her a little bit about this, not understanding quite what she was getting it until she said it was “When Bilbo said, ‘Look, wolves!” She was remembering the scene in The Hobbit when the dwarves hide in trees, surrounded by wolves.
  • And, once again, some excellent kindergarten fashion:

11 thoughts on “2021 Highlights: Week 16”

  1. So glad it wasn’t Covid, though I’m sure you still felt just as miserable while it was happening! Hope you get your vaccine soon – it’s such a relief to be able to get a little bit of normality back. Our bookshops open tomorrow… πŸ˜€

    1. I’m glad we did the test so that we know. I find the not being sure really stressful. My parents and in-laws are all vaccinated now and that’s been a big relief. We are still shutting more things down than opening up but soon, I hope. My big post-vaccine plan is to get a hair cut!

  2. Glad you have been able to book your vaccine! I should hopefully be getting my first dose in mid-May, so it’s starting to feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

  3. I kinda of laughed when you said Peter camped in the backyard. I don’t know why I laughed….maybe because the things we do for COVID are bizarre…but also because camping in the backyard is often something you do when you’re 12 and having fun, lol.

    Justin Beaver has seen better days! That loved created. πŸ™‚ I always feel happy when I see him, like I’ve spotted something special. Kind of like how Anne @ I’ve Read This hangs the duck on her Christmas tree and then I see it in one of her video reviews.

    Glad you’re doing well, Karissa!

    1. It felt a little over the top, I’ll admit! But it was the best solution we could come up with so that Peter could still go to work. We figured if the test was negative, we’d overreacted, but if the test was positive, we wouldn’t feel guilty about potentially spreading something. I happen to think Peter did think it was fun to camp!

      Justin has definitely been well loved! He sometimes reminds me of the Velveteen Rabbit and how when you’re loved you don’t care if your eyes fall out and your fur is rubbed off.

      And thank you! This week is definitely off to a better start!

    2. Awwww, all of this sounds like a cute adventure. And I like your comparison to the Velveteen Rabbit. I just hope it doesn’t end with JB ended up in a fire!

  4. I hope it was a good night for camping! Very glad to hear that the illness wasn’t covid-related, but as someone who’s been struggling with aftereffects for a full year it is good to hear you all took the more cautious route of getting tested and keeping distance, to keep everyone as healthy as possible. And I do hope in the aftermath that you’re all having a better week with good health! Even a minor illness can be a real drag. The cake and spring blooms look like a lovely dose of cheer though, and it looks like Pearl and Rose aren’t having any trouble with creative expression! πŸ™‚

    1. This week has been so much better! I’m glad we did do the test, simply for the peace of mind it brought. I thought it wouldn’t feel strange to quarantine while we waited for results since this whole year has felt like a quarantine, but it actually did feel quite unnerving. In the end, I’d rather be cautious and wrong than reckless and learn later that I’d spread this virus to others.

    2. That’s exactly my mentality, too. And I definitely agree about finding quarantine unnerving when it starts to feel like a necessity- I’m not an incredibly social person so in theory isolating doesn’t bother me at all, but actually being cooped up at home knowing there’s a reason you really shouldn’t go anywhere or see anyone is a bit lonely and scary even in the best of circumstances. I’m so eager for this all to be over, and so glad your family escaped any more serious worries this time! Wishing you all the best of health going forward.

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