Hello, dear readers! We’ve made it to another Thursday. Where has the week gone?

Last Friday, I took the day off from work and my partner and I helped a friend move. It ended up being a very long day – in addition to the move, we also decided to go to IKEA. I’m so, so glad we were able to help…I was also so, so tired on Saturday that I did basically nothing all day. Sunday we put together the furniture we’d picked up at IKEA (an actual desk chair for me and a desk for my partner).

The beginning of this week wasn’t bad – pretty nondescript, really. Yesterday, though, I woke up with some pretty obnoxious vertigo. (This is a thing that happens almost every year when my allergies get really bad – one or both of my ears get plugged and it throws my balance way off.) I ended up having to take the second half of the day off from work, because looking between my two computer screens was making my head swim. I’m feeling somewhat better today, but I still have moments where I go to take a step and sort of start listing to one side. Hoping it clears up in the next day or so and that I don’t end up with an ear infection right before the wedding…

The wedding is the thing I’m mostly focused on right now. Our rings came yesterday, and they fit and look lovely, so that’s exciting. We have a LOT of cleaning up to do around the apartment, and still have a few technological details to work out. We’re just over a week away from the big day, so I’m trying not to freak out. I’m glad that we’re getting married, and I’m looking forward to the wedding…I’m also glad we didn’t give ourselves more than two months to plan, because I can see how it just takes over your life after a certain point.

I hope you’re all hanging in there. Keep wearing your masks and washing your hands. Stay hydrated. Keep educating yourselves and standing up for the marginalized. (I recently subscribed to the Anti-Racism Daily, and I’m finding it a really helpful resource.) We’re all in this together.

Finding Time to Rest

Friends, apologies for another late post – I stayed home sick today in an attempt to recover from the cold that’s plagued me for the past week before I go to visit my grandmother for her birthday on Saturday, which meant I slept in rather than writing a post on time. I’m feeling a bit better after the extra sleep and a shower, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign.

Part of why I called off from work and took a sick day was also due to the fact that this is just a bit of a bonkers week. My bestie from Minnesota was in town over the weekend, which was delightful. She left Monday afternoon; Monday evening I had therapy and my partner and I both played sets at an acoustic show. Tuesday I had the day off, but somehow it went by very quickly…that evening, we got dinner with our friend Emily Ann Peterson who was in town for a show, and then I had songwriting class. Yesterday I went to work (despite the fact that I felt pretty crummy when I woke up), and then in the evening we went to Emily Ann’s show, which was super fun. Tonight, I’m volunteering at the Old Town School, and tomorrow after work I’m picking up a rental car, picking up my partner, and driving to western Wisconsin. Saturday morning, we’re getting up early and going to eastern Iowa to have birthday brunch with Grandma, and then we’re driving back to Chicago for another show (our friends Heather Mae and Crys Matthews). Sunday I’m returning the rental car, playing Monsterhearts 2 with some friends, and possibly (if the game ends at a reasonable time) going to my songwriting class showcase. So yeah. Busy week.

So while I didn’t really want to use my sick time, I am taking today off, because if I keep going at the breakneck speed I feel like I have been, I’m going to end up with more than a cold. I’m going to try to get some laundry done while I’m home today, but beyond that, I’m trying to rest.

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week.

Friday night after work we made our way to the airport, where we caught a flight (complete with hilariously punchy flight crew – well done, Southwest) to Minnesota to celebrate my partner’s mom’s retirement.

Saturday was the party, and we also ended up seeing a friend for a bit that evening. Both were fun!

Sunday morning we got breakfast with my bestie, who I’m pretty sure we hadn’t seen since Christmas, so that was delightful. That afternoon we got lunch with my parents, which also went well.

Monday morning we stopped at a favorite coffee shop for coffee and pastries before heading to the airport to fly home. That flight was less fun – the crew was still great, but there was a fair bit of turbulence on either end of the trip.

Tuesday I worked from home, because I needed some space to recover from our trip. Yesterday I had to rent a car to drive out to Lisle, IL for a day-long meeting. And this morning, I returned the car and am now on my way to work.

The rest of the week also looks pretty busy. Tonight I’m volunteering at the Old Town School. Tomorrow after work and all day Saturday we’re planning to do some major sorting and purging of stuff in anticipation of our move in August. Sunday we have separate plans for social things in the morning/afternoon, and then we’re seeing a show together that evening.

All good things, but it does feel like a lot right now.

What do you have going on this week, readers? I’d love to hear from you!