One month into 2021 and I'm not sure it's any better than 2020. But I'm surviving. And hey, at least there's toilet paper! Because they prioritized school personnel here in Utah, I got my first dose of the Moderna vaccine last month, and should get my second dose next week. No side effects other than a sore arm. I just hope it works, especially with all these scary variants popping up. I'd love to see a light at the end of this long pandemic tunnel!
On the upside, I watched a fun movie the other day: Anna and the Apocalypse. It's a musical .... with zombies! Who can resist that? The songs in it are amazing. And Anna is a great character. It is rated R for some language and some zombie violence...though it's way less graphic and intense than a single episode of The Walking Dead. I thought it was a very entertaining film.
I recently finished reading an excellent biography: Revolver--Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter that Changed America by Jim Rasenberger. I thought it was fascinating, and I learned a lot. It's very well-researched and it's clear that Rasenberger really knows his history. There were times however when I felt the writing got a bit too detailed, which made the narrative drag. Overall, though, I liked this one. And who knew one man could influence so much of history with one little gun?
Favorite Quotes of the Week:
"If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present."
"Life is but a dream. Don't turn it into a nightmare."
Have a good weekend...and Happy Reading!
I LOVE that they prioritize school personnel! Over here they're just gonna open the schools on Monday and pray that the numbers won't go up WAY TOO HARD... I'm happy at least to be working at school again, but I'm not all that sure about the safety...ReplyDelete
When we started back to school in the fall we did so with a lot of trepidation and fear. We thought for sure we'd be closed down again within a few weeks. But there have been surprisingly few cases of covid transmission within the schools. Most of the kids I know who have had to quarantine have been exposed to the virus by family, not at school. And I only know of two teachers in the county where I live who contracted covid through a school exposure. Hopefully, that'll be the case where you live, too. Thanks for commenting!Delete
2020 was a crazy year! Let's hope this year will be a better one in all aspects! Love those quotes; especially Lao Tzu's. :)ReplyDelete
I love that quote, too. It feels especially appropriate right now. :)Delete
Great that you got your jab, Lark! And your What a Year thing made me laugh too. Happy February reading!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Cath! :DDelete
Congrats on getting your jabs! It's got to feel at least somewhat safer. Sadly I don't think much is going to improve all around until lots of people get them and that will take a while...ReplyDelete
It is going to take awhile! But at least we're making progress. Maybe by summer things might start getting back to normal. I hope. :)Delete
Yay for a vaccine! I hope it makes a huge difference in the fight against this crazy pandemic. And I'm glad you didn't suffer any awful side effects.ReplyDelete
Anna and the Apocalypse sounds fun! I might have to watch it. I like zombie stories, but I couldn't stomach more than one episode of The Walking Dead. Too much violence and gore for me.
I hope the vaccine makes a difference in this pandemic, too! And Anna and the Apocalypse was fun. And not very graphic or gory. And the music! Some of those songs they sang are so good.Delete
Revolver sounds like an interesting bit of history that few people know about. I love the idea that writers can still dig up something like the Colt story and tell us something about the past that is still surprisingly fresh.ReplyDelete
Congrats on getting the vaccines. Here in Texas, even though it's almost exclusively an age-based thing after all the healthcare workers and other essential workers are vaccinated, most everyone I know that's in the over-65 age group are still waiting - including me. I'm on two waiting lists right now, so maybe my turn is coming. The people I know who have gotten the shots have all traveled outside of Houston to get them, to smaller towns within 100 miles of the city.
My mom is in that upper age group and it's been really hard to get her signed up. We put her on every waiting list we could find. Then Utah got sent some more doses and they finally emailed us and offered her a slot. So she just barely got her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Hang in there. Hopefully yours is on the way!Delete
(And the Revolver book was really pretty interesting.)
It's awesome that you were able to get your vaccine and that you didn't have any bad side effects. I have a cousin who got it and had fever and chills for a day but was perfectly fine after that.ReplyDelete
I had to laugh at that What a year this week has been. LOL! That's how it feels sometimes. :D
I'll have to see what side effects I have after my second dose next week. Hopefully it won't be too bad. And that "what a year this week has been" is how my life feels most weeks. :DDelete
I tried to watch it last year but I couldn’t get through it! My husband get his first vaccine on Saturday, he has MS so is classed as vulnerable.ReplyDelete
I'm glad he's gotten his first dose. Every little bit of protection helps.Delete
Love the quotes! And I'm glad you got your vaccine doses. Hoping as the year progresses that more and more are able to do that.ReplyDelete
I hope that, too!Delete
I just used that Lao Tzu quote in my journal last week. So good. Yay for getting your vaccine! I'm hoping we get more people vaccinated soon (me included!).ReplyDelete
Fingers crossed on those vaccines! :)Delete
What a year this week has been. LOL I love it. haven't seen that one before but it's a good one.ReplyDelete
Isn't that the best? That's totally how my weeks feel most of the time. :DDelete
I'm so glad to hear you were able to get the vaccine! I'm with you, I hope this is going to mark an end to the pandemic. It is crazy to think that we are a year into this already.ReplyDelete
A year in with no real end in sight yet. But I have hope we might get to return to normal someday. Fingers crossed!Delete
I'm so glad you were able to get your vaccine!ReplyDelete
I'm even more relieved that I was able to get my mom her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday. She's the one I worry about the most.Delete
A musical with zombies! Oh, yes, please!ReplyDelete
I know zombies aren't supposed to make you smile, but this movie did. :)Delete
That's wonderful you'll be done with the vaccine soon! I hear the Moderna is more effective with the variants than the Pfizer one, which is what I got. Oh well. Anna and the Apocalypse sounds fun. It's hard to find anything good to watch.ReplyDelete
Love the Lao Tzu quote. So true! :)
It is hard to find anything good to watch lately; makes me read even more. ;DDelete
So glad you got the vaccine! I am also really hoping that we are moving towards a return to "business as usual" soonish. My parents got their first shots a couple of weeks ago. I know it will be a long time before it is widely available like the flu vaccine, but I am crossing my fingers that this initial surge of vaccinations will help bring down the numbers so people and businesses can start to recover.ReplyDelete
I'm crossing my fingers for that, too! :)Delete
I don't think this year will be much different from last year until everyone gets the vaccine. My dad is due to get one this week but we don't know which. Personally I did at least get my first new-to-me film watched this year so I'll count that as progress!ReplyDelete
Any progress this year is good! I just managed to get my mom in for her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Fingers crossed we all get vaccinated soon.Delete
Unfortunately I think until the weather gets warmer and the virus recedes we are in for a rough beginning if the year.ReplyDelete
That biography looks so interesting. Firearms have played such a big part in American history.
Sadly I think you're right about 2021 being another rough year. I hope there's not another upsurge of cases after everyone's Super Bowl parties. And the Sam Colt biography was very interesting!Delete
That's great that you have gotten your first dose of the vaccine. I hope the second dose won't give you any trouble either. I've never heard of Anna and the Apocalypse but it sounds like a lot of fun. :)ReplyDelete
I wasn't sure what to expect when I checked it out, but I ended up really enjoying Anna and the Apocalypse. Especially all the songs they sing! :DDelete
Our thermometer stopped working about a week ago after 10 or so years and while my husband was looking online for a replacement he saw disposable masks were available. It feels like forever since any were--not that we've looked hard since we have cloth ones. Still, we were excited and bought a box just the same. That's life in the pandemic, I guess. :-) I hope your second dose of the vaccine goes well and you have little to no side effects. I get my second one next week.ReplyDelete
Anna and the Apocalypse sounds like fun! I'll have to see if I can see it.
I hope you have a great week, Lark.
Funny how excited we can get these days over disposable masks, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. Our new reality. ;D And thanks for the good wishes with my second dose of the vaccine. I hear the Moderna has more side effects than the Pfizer. Hopefully we both survive. :DDelete
Man, it's nuts how crazy the year has been in only two months. I'm grateful my husband at least got vaccinated at work so that's one plus. Now if I can manage it. I did finally get a new job I'm really excited about. So it's not all bad.ReplyDelete
I need to watch Anna and the Apocalypse. I checked the book out from the library once but never got to it.
Congrats on the new job! And fingers crossed that you're able to get your vaccine shot soon. :DDelete