Is anybody out there?
Isn’t it amusing the songs that get stuck in your head when under quarantine, or shelter in place? We’ve had several. My faves have been Billy Idol’s Eyes Without a Face, Jim Carroll Band’s People Who Died, of course the header, “Is Anybody Out There“, is in reference to a tune from Pink Floyd’s Wall album. This week, strangely, Woody woke up with Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak stuck in his head… funny thing, he doesn’t always listen to Thin Lizzy, but when he does, so do our neighbors.
OK, no more dating myself.
Many thanks to those who have reached out to inquire about my/our well-being. It’s been a bit surreal these last 2-3 months, as it has been for most. We hope everyone in your circles are safe, healthy and coping with the “new normal,” assuming post lock-down is coming.
More of the Same
When we were playing the routine game during the Summer of Maribel, I got into gardening, cooking and meal prep. There were a lot of people around to share my efforts. This time, after 8 weeks of same place & peeps, my enthusiasm is dwindling. Every now & then I get a kick out of a successful meal, or treat. The latest: my take on CARROT BACON. For real! I got the recipe from a TikTok video and tweaked it from there.
Speaking of TikTok… it has been a source of some good belly laughs. I’ve actually run out of breath laughing at some of them.
I think it’s helps for fitful sleep. Or, could it be the 7-9 miles I’m clocking-in on my inline skates??
Little Bold Lady on Skates
Today my routine includes rollerblading!, or inline skating. In February I brought home a pair of blades that we found in Catherine’s closet. Used once (maybe twice), lighter-weight plastic with a neoprene “sock” which fits inside a plastic shell-boot, and laces that tie all the way up – no buckles. Likely late ’80’s, judging by the neon green wheels & laces.
After a couple uses, the plastic reinforcement on the tongue-part of the insert, shattered on both. I’ve duct-taped them with matching black tape, and they’ve been awesome. But, I realized I would probably enjoy a more modern skate technology.
With so many factories shut down, finding a size 7 rollerblade has been next to impossible. Carli & Devon had planned on gifting a pair of blades for Mother’s Day. They were on the way to pick them up – a 30 mile drive – when Carli gets an email that their order was CANCELLED. I had some K2’s ordered from Seattle, they took the money, but my actual order was never fulfilled. After a couple calls, they found my money but had “no idea what happened” to the actual blades. If ever there was a sign to just be happy with what you have – this was it. (Post note: I received a call from a shop in San Luis Obispo – they had a size 7 returned and offered them up, should be here next week! Yes, I’m ready to take anything.)
We are lucky to be surrounded with plenty of space to spread out. Our pathways are wide, plus our association is obsessed with power-washed sidewalks, and not too far, there’s a movie theater parking lot which has been an excellent place to practice. Rollerblading may not have been my first choice hobby, but it has been exhilarating, and for the last 5 weeks, I look forward to putting the skates on.
I’ve said it before, and I don’t think it can get old, but when it comes right down to it: