Monday, May 31, 2021

positivity journal 2021:5


may 1: during a phone call with lawrence, i made 2 batches of bagels, a gallon of chicken stock and did 2 loads of laundry. he inspires multitasking 
may 2: lymph nodes
may 3: i like the show roadies so much i’m mad there are only 10 episodes 
may 4: i had a print made with my grandmother’s recipe for dinner rolls, and woman at fedex said she looked at it while it was printing and it made her think of her grandmother’s dinner rolls
may 5: laughed pretty hard when i realized i typed “thrown” when i meant “throne” in a headline (no one else ever saw it)

may 6: i don’t know why the combination of cheese popcorn and caramel popcorn works but it definitely does
may 7: eating a lot of rice lately. i’m a fan
may 8: finished reading “a shot in the moonlight” by ben montgomery and am patiently awaiting the movie 
may 9: “sometimes i’m tired, sometimes i’m shot. sometimes i don’t know how much more i got”
may 10: wrote about 1,000 words after work

may 11: during a zoom meeting, secretly multitasked, clearing my email box from 1,500 to 47
may 12: my sleep schedule (like that's a thing) has been altered by najah, who has decided she wants to sit on my lap until at least 2:30 am every night all of a sudden. i. can't. say. no
may 13: cava y coffee con courtney
may 14: despite shortage, was able to fill tank w gas, which should last a couple months
may 15: dinner at bowerseseses. wait, what?

may 16: reading on the roof, catching up with laura and geoff without them being there
may 17: went out walking, holding a mask dangling from my fingers, in case i needed it. guy walking toward me starts laughing and says “hey man, what do you keep in that tiny purse?” “my makeup!” i said. and he laughed harder. then i put the mask in my pocket
may 18: closed exercise ring before work started   
may 19: fulfilled career goal to write a headline for a story with a picture of a naked person
may 20: delivery truck flew through crosswalk as i was walking, and driver slowed down to apologize. which was nice

may 21: laura hayes’ photo from dinner at caruso’s had so much joy in it, it gave me true hope 
may 22: started planning an epic return to concert-going
may 23: caramel swirl gelato 
may 24: have taken full advantage of the fact that my apple watch has been out getting repaired by hardly moving at all
may 25: sitting on a plinth in a park drinking coffee, and four dogs come running up to me at the same time

may 26: every time i hear rem’s man on the moon, i remind myself the movie was named after the song, not the other way around 
may 27: got watch back. guess i better start walking again
may 28: pre-work coffee and bagel with lockwood
may 29: the last 5 minutes of S2E6 of loudermilk includes a level of rationalization that has happened in my brain so many times, i am considering charging whoever wrote it rent for the time they've clearly spent hanging out in my brain
may 30: went for a 90-minute walk because i had a 90-minute podcast i wanted to listen to. stretched it into 100 minutes because after listening to the bill simmons podcast with adam duritz, i had to listen to mrs. potters lullabye

may 31: walked 7 miles and my hat did not deg saturated with sweat

Saturday, May 1, 2021

positivity journal 2021:4

mostly cooking and cover versions

apr 1: it never gets easier, you just get better
apr 2: stevie nicks covered “free fallin,” and in it, she sings “he’s a bad boy, ‘cause he *doesn’t* even miss her,” and i was shook when i realized she was correcting tom petty’s grammar 
apr 3: went to store that sells my favorite soda and didn't buy any, displaying will power i didnt know i had
apr 4: i did not commit murder in my kitchen, i just made beets. reasonable mistake
apr 5: opened up the roof top to outdoor dining

apr 6: turns out i have complicated feelings about spam that i never wouldve guessed  
apr 7: the bluegrass cover of you shook me all night long is just a totally different experience    
apr 8: dose dos  
apr 9: learned you can stay in the room where billy joel wrote the turnstiles album. thinking about it 
apr 10: i had to test a french fries recipe for work so i spinach dip and dropped chicken fingers in the hot oil when the fries were done and turned it into a sports bar dinner 

apr 11: if you want to go look at cars, go right before the dealer closes   
apr 12:  ive been searching for a red wine that i can make good kalimotxa with, and i think i found it, and it is in a box and costs the equivalent of $5 a bottle  
apr 13: about a week before the anniversary of my first wck shift, went in for another. 
apr 14: if all there was was chinois chicken salad, i think i’d be ok with that

apr 16: takeout chicken wings
apr 17: im only selling these to people who will know what to do with them. update: this confidence was misplaced
apr 18: moments pass, and time moves on, but dreams remain just as long as they’re dreamers
apr 19: “did you intentionally write a teze to the hash story above the teze to the cannabis story?” update: it was not on purpose but i wish it had been
apr 20: i was thinking about tom rhodes and he texted me. i summoned him with my mind  

apr 21: matt adler showed me his not-yet-opened restaurant, and it felt like id already been there; in the best way   
apr 22: listened to nina blackwood on sirius, and to tease an upcoming song, she mentioned that it had been rated as the 17th-worst guitar solo of all time (def leppard, rock it)  
apr 23: dose dos + two weeks. i am invincible  
apr 24: made pizza from stuff in the fridge in about the time it would've taken to order one and pick it up  
apr 25: got all my work done on a huge section without working too late

apr 26: lara bush’s 13th anniversary of kicking cancer’s ass
apr 27: everybody wants to know you when you're the only one to know; new counting crows that i didnt know was getting dropped today!
apr 28: went on a 45-minute maskless walk that was officially ok as far as the cdc is concerned  
apr 29: the steelers top draft pick is a running back named najee jerome harris. so he shares names with two of my favorite steelers running backs, and almost with my cat. i approve  
apr 30: noticed gray water on top of sourdough starter, could not stop singing be our guest the rest of the day