Happy Friday!

You made it! Good job! Every day you wake up on the right side of the dirt is hell of an accomplishment, especially these days, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Sunday is the big day here in my county – WE’RE ALL ELIGIBLE TO GET VACCINATED! Watch me wear out the F5 button on my laptop, LOL.

I’ve never been this excited to get a shot in my damn life. They’re talking about needing boosters and I’m like, “Fine, but let me get the first one!”

To be clear – staying home to protect myself and others has not been a hardship. I don’t want to catch this shit, and my god, if I was an asymptomatic carrier and gave it to someone else who got really sick or died? I couldn’t live with myself.

I also know how lucky I am to have a remote job where I don’t have to be around people. I mean, that’s great any day of the week, but especially now.

Over a year of masking up, getting takeout, doing the marketing in off hours at top speed, terrible hair, front porch happy hours, and my only “social” interactions being saying hello to the wonderful baristas at Starbucks as I race in and out will finally be coming to an end.

I know it won’t happen right away, but my god, a real light at the end of the tunnel that isn’t an oncoming train.

I’ll still mask up as long as Dr. Fauci & Friends say it’s a good idea – that’s a non-issue for me. (And I suspect I will mask up in airports for the rest of my life.) And who knows when I’ll actually be able to get the shots, and I’ll keep watching our county vaccination stats to track the march towards herd immunity. But, so many fun things to contemplate!

  • Taking my time at the grocery store!
  • Breakfast at my diner!
  • Eye exam!
  • Haircut and color!
  • Short rib ragu at Trattorio Villagio!
  • The local Fall Festival!
  • Beers and Irish Coffees at my bar!
  • Hugging!
  • Ooh, maybe a massage!
  • Leisurely trips through Target, the Hallmark store, the hardware store, Sephora, and lots of other stores!

None of it is big or earth shattering. (OK, the eye exam is important and I have been living in fear of breaking my glasses this past year.) They’re just all small, nice things that I genuinely miss.

Good things are coming. While we wait, here’s a LilyButt and a LilyFace. Apparently, it’s a burrowing day.

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Ooooh, broken!

In the midst of more feature testing and damn, today I am finding shit wrong left and right.

And honestly, I’m loving it, cause it means I’m doing my job right.

And the county has finally provided guidance on what is going to happen on April 18th when we go to level 2 for vaccinations.

And that guidance is: We’re washing our hands of this, you’re on your own. Good luck.

So, I’ve got a bookmark folder with VaccineFinder.org, Walgreens, CVS, Giant, Wegmans, and Safeway all tucked in there and ready to go, and I know I’ll be spending all day Sunday and every non-working-waking hour for a while…

I AM READY FOR THIS!

But hey, no waiting around for a callback from the county, which is good, since they still have 23,000 people left to call.

Fun times.

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And J&J has left the game for a bit…

I am very much of two minds on this – on the one hand, ugggghhhhhhh we’re already so far behind in my countyyyyyyyyyyyy but also, I’m really glad they’re taking it seriously. Blood clots are not something to mess around with.

And I swear to god, if I hear “But the risk of blood clots with birth control is way higher” one more goddamn time.

THAT’S NOT GOOD EITHER AND IT IS UTTER BULLSHIT THAT PEOPLE ON BIRTH CONTROL HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THAT, TOO.

Hopefully they can figure out what the correlation and possible causation is and use it as a screening tool.

But I fear this may be the end for the J&J shot – I think folks were already a little iffy on it with the perceived lower effectiveness, and even if they start administering them again, I suspect we’ll see folks go, “Yeah, I’ll wait for Moderna or Pfizer.”

Sucks, but we’ll get through this like everything else.

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Defund them all…

I don’t even know what the hell I was thinking yesterday when I thought we could fix policing via legislation. Another police shooting in Minneapolis. And of course, they’re treating a grieving community like shit yet again.

Like so many, I keep thinking, “we need better rules” – but the culture of “fuck you, we’re the cops and we can do whatever we want” is so ingrained that I don’t know how we get out of that.

We need to come up with a better public safety system. We can do it. We just have to decide that we actually want something better than this. I know I do – I just have to break away from the idea that better rules will make better police.

One of the Windsor police has been fired – but what about the culture that made them think that traffic stop was OK? One of our state senators was quick to point out that the stop would have been illegal if it had happened 3 months later. I don’t know if that would have changed anything… (Also, I thought we hadn’t been able to get rid of qualified immunity?)

I don’t know how the fuck we fix this and convince people that we can have something better, but we’ve got to try.

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*relaxed sigh*

Putting the weekend in the win column. Didn’t clear everything off the to do list, but enough of it, and there are clean towels and clean clothes and a clean kitchen sink.

I’ve also got a case of the Sunday nights – not a bad case, I’m not full on dreading tomorrow, but I’m very relaxed and content and I know tomorrow is going to be an exceptionally long day, and I’m not totally looking forward to that, cause it’s gonna undo all my zen shit I’ve got going on right now.

I really do like my job, but if I could retire tomorrow, I’d do it.

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Windsor, Virginia

OK, I didn’t realize until just the other day that awful incident with Army Lt Nazario and the Windsor police was here in Virginia. (I guess I was hoping it was Windsor, Ontario.)

Folks are very understandably pissed off and upset about it – because we all know if that young man hadn’t been able to get to a gas station, they would have killed him. And I hope his lawsuit will bankrupt that department. Defund them one way or another.

My county’s NAACP is pissed about it too – and whoever is running their social media right now is understandably not OK – last night they went after my delegate after she tweeted that what happened was appalling. I didn’t screenshot it and they have since deleted the reply. I know it was done in the heat of emotion and pain, but she’s not even on the subcommittee that killed the biggest reform bill.

Let’s get the state AG on it. Let’s keep getting better laws on the books.

Thing is, we *did* get some law enforcement reform done this session. Was it enough? Obviously not, but we’re finally moving the right direction here in Virginia, and we can’t slow down. (I don’t see defunding happening here anytime soon. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.)

No knock warrants are gone.

We banned the use of facial recognition technology by police (cosponsored by my delegate)

We’ve sharply curtailed ICE/LE access to DMV records (introduced by my delegate)

More funding for body cameras I know that body cameras are not a cure-all, but it’s another needed form of witness.

Then there is HB 2045, which was tabled – it provided for civil actions against law enforcement when they deprive folks of their civil rights. (I think this was the House bill to end qualified immunity.) Didn’t even make it out of subcommittee – and my delegate isn’t even *on* that committee. This is the bill the Virginia Black Legislative Caucus is pointing to right now as very needed.

Also, a bill on releasing disciplinary records didn’t make it out of committee.

Now, I can’t find solid explanations as to why these two were tabled – could have been poorly written, needed more research to avoid unintended consequences, I just don’t know. Given that the D’s control the legislature, they should have passed when they hit the full floor, so – I can only think something wasn’t right with them. (The Senate attempt to end qualified immunity didn’t make it either.)

I know it doesn’t do us any good to just slam bills through only to have them turned over in the courts. So, let’s re-write them, make them better, and bring them around next session. Hell, let’s call a special session and do it NOW. I even sent a message to the Governor asking him to call everyone back.

Waiting and hoping the police become less racist isn’t going to work and it’s just going to cost more lives.

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Such a spoiled monster

Had to run up to Felix & Oscar for a big bottle of Wondercide flea spray – kitty tunnel season is coming and my plan is spraying down the area around the tunnel in hope of creating a barrier so Lily doesn’t pick up any fleas this year.

Of course, I am physically incapable of walking in there and not buying some kind of toy or treat for Lily. I just cannot do it. How can I go to the best kitty toy store in town and not bring her something back?

Today I came home with these:

Two fabric tube-shaped kitty toys

I think they’re a hit:

A blurry action shot of Lily, a black and orange tortoiseshell cat, playing with her toys
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MY SAN DIEGO PADRES!!

Last night, they finally got their first NO HITTER!!! 8,000+ games to get there, but they finally did it!! Congrats to Joe Musgrove – that was a hell of a game he pitched.

When I went to pick up Starbucks this morning, someone saw my Padres hoodie and said, “Hey, they had a no hitter!” Me: “OMG, YES, IT WAS THEIR VERY FIRST ONE!” I am not sure he expected that enthusiastic a response.

My local Starbucks was doing the work of two stores this morning, seems the next one over had their mobile ordering go down, so there was quite the crowd patiently hanging out in the parking lot. I like that the folks around here aren’t hellbent on crowding into small spaces.

Now, given the crush, the trip took longer than usual and when I got back, oh lordy was the LilyMonster DISTRESSED.

Like, crying at the top of her little lungs the moment I walked through the door distressed. “GIRL! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! TERRIBLE THINGS ARE HAPPENING! THE BOY IS IGNORING ME AND TRYING TO SLEEP!”

After the requisite handwashing, there was much consoling and petting and reassuring that everything was OK. Then my brother came upstairs and there was much happy mewling and purring. It’s just adorable how she has decided that he needs to not spend so much time in the basement over the course of the pandemic, despite the fact that it is ya know, his living space.

Lily, a black and orange tortoiseshell cat, sitting on a satin pillow
All better for now

I suspect she is not going to be thrilled when the pandemic is over and we leave the house for more than 15 minutes at a time, nor will she be super excited that I have to go out and run another errand today… But at least her boy is awake and she can yell at him, LOL.

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You made it to another Friday!

Well done, you! And hopefully you’re closer to getting vaccinated if you’re not there already.

I am so very, very happy for everyone that has been able to get vaccinated, but THE ENVY IS REAL. And I have to say, I did *not* expect that. And it feels SO petty, because I am lucky – I have a job where I can safely work at home, and I am healthy, and there’s no real hardship in staying home. BUT OMG, I WANT THOSE SHOTS.

Woke up to hear that Prince Phillip has passed away. Unsurprisingly, BBC news is wall to wall coverage of it this morning. I know that the monarchy is weird and outdated and he was quite the prat in many ways, but my first reaction was still to be a bit sad about it.

Got myself a proper long weekend this weekend and next – HR can’t say I’m not using my PTO. And I am actually going to make a concerted effort to get my around the house to-do list cleared. Even though it’s grey and dreary and my entire being wants to go back to bed, LOL.

But the list needs to be tended to, because sometimes self-care is making sure you have clean underwear and that the kitchen counters are un-stickied because it is fucking tiny ant season.

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Like clockwork

I schedule a day off and existing schedules either radically change, or additional stuff gets dumped on me with a short turnaround time, LOL.

HR has been fussing at us to take our PTO – fine. I’m taking this Friday and next. As of Monday, everything was totally under control, the days off were absolutely a non-issue, wouldn’t have to work late or say fuck it and show up on Friday or anything like that.

Then yesterday… “We have another feature to test” Fuck. “By the end of April” Oh, well, that’s fine, not a problem. Then look at the spreadsheet for said feature and it’s broken out into pieces – good – with target deadlines of 4/12, 4/19, and 4/23. That is not the end of April. (I shall not grumble about the fact that it appears the time estimates on these are also ridiculously low.)

It kinda defeats the purpose of taking use or lose leave when you have to work uncompensated overtime in order to have everything in a place where you can take the leave. (Much like our half-day Fridays each pay period – it’s nice, but I don’t know anyone who is actually working 4 hours less a pay period. Just give up and call it what it is – a company wide alternate work schedule.)

Worked late last night to get everything back under control again, so the rest of this short week should be relatively calm, I hope.

But good grief, it seems to happen every damn time lately.

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