It’s Monday. And it’s not a holiday. Time to get back to sharing what’s on my mind.
I read something recently, I think it was from the NYT Cooking, and it was describing a recipe as so good it would make you feel like you were eating in a restaurant . . . back in the days when eating in a restaurant was a solace and not anxiety producing. And I realized – that’s IT. That’s why Dale and I have no interest in going out to eat right now. It’s not because we are living in fear or overreacting. It’s because the thing we loved was to sit at the bar and have a drink and relax and eventually get something to eat, too. It was relaxing and fun and sociable. The idea of going to a restaurant and wearing a mask and being sort of . . . trapped . . . at a table just doesn’t appeal to us at all. So we continue to cook at home and get take out and we’re good with it.
One bonus to the change in lifestyle we’ve experienced since the start of the pandemic is we are saving money. Sure, I’m spending more at the grocery store, but we save a lot by not going out to eat because cocktails are spendy. And we aren’t traveling. Normally we would have spent a weekend in Maine this fall, shopping at L.L. Bean and the outlets, eating in restaurants and staying in a hotel. We decided to go with mail order for the stuff we wanted at L.L. Bean and we both now have new matching flannel pants for the upcoming season. Yes, we wear matching lounge wear and not just at Christmas. Go ahead. You can call us dorks.
Early voting has begun in Massachusetts and reports are that record numbers of people are turning out for this. I decided to google how early voting works across America and I was surprised to see just how many states don’t offer it. And just how many states have only in person voting and don’t offer absentee ballots without an excuse. I’ll refrain from going on a diatribe about voter suppression but looking at the states which are working hard to offer lots of options for voting vs those who aren’t . . . well . .. I have my theories.
And that’s what’s on my mind this Monday. Let’s have a good week!