Week in review: 25 – 31 October 2021

Happy Halloween!

4:00, wallow in self-pity. 4:30, stare into the abyss. 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one. 5:30, jazzercize; 6:30, dinner with me. I can’t cancel that again. 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing. I’m booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9, I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness.

The Grinch

My Halloween costume this year feels like the role I have prepared for for so long. I love love love the Grinch (and his dog Max). It turned out that my belly also has the right size to make me look even more grinchy. Plus I have watched the movies often enough to be able to move and talk like the Grinch to a certain extent. This might be my favorite Halloween costume ever.

Since I spent the last weeks rather home alone and every now then also wallowing in self-pity, I feel very much in my Grinch role. I always thought the Grinch was misunderstood anyways. He is just an introvert hiding in a cave. Maybe he neither didn’t obtain a work permit in time. Good thing he and I have our best friend Max who keeps us company whenever we feel down.

And now excuse me, but I have to get back into my costume because our building soon starts trick and treating for the kids who live here. Afterwards, we are going to the NYC Village Halloween Parade. – And tomorrow I might start the day with laughing at this year’s Halloween memories.

|Watched| Küchenschlacht, The Great British Baking Show, inside job

|Read| Majesty, Der Fischbrötchenmord, Der Tölpelmord, Der Bienenmord

|Listened to| some play lists Spotify made for me

|Done| had another pregnancy checkup, went swimming, got my Covid-19 booster shot, continued my training on Coursera, we went to a Halloween party Saturday night

|Eaten| $1 pizza after midnight (the best!), pad thai, vegetables and pumpkin stir-fry, Halloween cookies

|Drunk| water, coffee, herbal tea

|Thought| my maternity swimsuit arrived and it is amazing how comfortable it is for the growing belly

|Been happy| about my Halloween costume

|Laughed| when we dressed up for Halloween

|Desired| to order the furniture we still want and that are still not available

|Bought| we finally went and started our layette properly, like we found a baby bassinet that we didn’t know we needed until we saw it came with a net on top to keep the cats out

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|Clicked| this essay: On Leaving New York; and then this one on: Holy Smokes, I’ve Lived in NYC for 20 Years; relatedly, this article about NYC wildlife: Eagles, Beavers, Sea Turtles: Why N.Y.C. Is Humming With Wildlife; how workplaces change: The 37-Year-Olds Are Afraid of the 23-Year-Olds Who Work for Them; the U.S. just can’t get it done, and at this point paid family leave is already totally off the table: The World ‘Has Found a Way to Do This’: The U.S. Lags on Paid Leave

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