I'm going to be even scarcer than usual around her for the next few weeks. I've got some vacation time coming up and I think I'm going to try to unplug from everything and see if that helps my burnout.
Anyway, the links are all starting to seem the same. There are only so many ways to say "get vaccinated," I guess!
If you've seen the news about the Provincetown outbreak and other breakthrough infections and are feeling worried, this thread may help:
I know I sound like a broken record— Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@ashishkjha) July 30, 2021
But here's the thing
The vaccines are largely working as expected
We had an outbreak in P-town with lots of vaccinated folks infected
No one died. Very few got sick
And things have returned to normal
This is how vaccines work folks https://t.co/hSCf7tj4zX
Personally, I'm glad we're back to more mandates/encouragement to wear masks because I think we should all keep wearing masks indoors until kids can be vaccinated. I am very grateful to be living in a place where the school district has already announced masks will be required indoors, although they are apparently getting sued for their troubles. The new CDC guidance makes me worry a little less about that lawsuit, at least.
Nicoleandmaggie have a post with a scripts for contacting your elected officials if you live in a place that is prohibiting mask mandates and with a reminder that perhaps people like me should email our officials to thank them for protecting our kids.
In other news:
This thread from Amanda Knox is really good and thought-provoking. (Note: Both the thread and the article discuss plot details of the movie Stillwater that would probably be considered spoilers.)
Does my name belong to me? My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my name refer to events I had no hand in? I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face, & story without my consent. Most recently, the film #STILLWATER.— Amanda Knox (@amandaknox) July 29, 2021
/ a thread
She's also written a piece in The Atlantic expanding on these thoughts.
Based on Jennywenny's recommendation in the comments last week, I decided to check out the Ten Percent Happier podcast. The episode I picked to try is called Getting Over Yourself, and is an interview with Joseph Goldstein. He mentioned a type of meditation where you just notice which sense has your attention. I tried it on a walk later in the week and it is an interesting exercise. I didn't really notice more things, but I noticed them more fully. I might try it again.
Next time I'm in Albuquerque I'll check out the Bow and Arrow Brewery.
In case you missed it, last weekend I posted a Something Splendid over at Adjusted Latitudes - a photo that made me miss New Zealand and my family there so much when I came across it that I knew I couldn't turn it into a "where in the world" quiz. It is too obviously New Zealand!
And that's all I have this week.
Here are your rabbits for the week:
The lookouts... 👀🐰 pic.twitter.com/Aslrka7NGT— Carl Bovis (@CarlBovisNature) July 25, 2021
Have a good weekend! I'll see you in a few weeks.