Welcome to February 2022

I’m going to take another stab at a NaNoWriMo-type output for the month. However, I am going to cheat a bit. You see, I have a circa 2011 laptop that has one long stream-of-consciousness post that I will probably edit into at least three individual posts on my recent bout of COVID. I’m finally out and about at my desktop computer because I just did an at-home test and got a negative test.


During my illness, I did a lot of reading, a lot of knitting, and a lot of wrestling with the laptop. I the laptop to connect to the Internet and almost got the laptop to the point where I can watch YouTube videos and DVDs on it, but there was just no way I could get it to work.

Alex has been working on computers lately, so I may see if he can take a stab at it and speed it up so that I can use it for things. It is also incredibly heavy. Why am I trying to knit a 12-pound weighted blanket when I can just sleep under my 7-pound laptop?

I finally gave up and after I went back to work, I ordered a new portable DVD player. Now if I ever find my old one, Alex and I can have dueling DVD players when we travel. Now I’m working on a Chinese series I bought on DVD — The Bratty/Mischievous/Unruly/Crafty Princess (isn’t Chinese great?). Basically, it’s about a young woman who disguises herself as a man to help a refugee community in ancient China. She and the new young Emperor fall in love and it turns out that the young woman, it turns out, is the daughter of the previous Emperor, thus “Princess.” And the schemes she gets up to to help the refugees are what qualifies her as Bratty/Mischievous/Unruly/Crafty.

I watched the first ten or so episodes, then Thomas and I split up and the DVDs ended up shelved. So, like, 12 years later, I’m tackling it again. I’m having more trouble with the spoken language than I did back then, but the reading is much easier.

So, now that I’m out of quarantine, you know what that means? I can start walking again!

Also going back to the gym. I hope. The last couple of months at work were pretty rough, and I just was so sore afterwards. I compared it to, like, when you’ve been in a car accident and are sore all over? Yeah. So now things have settled down a bit and I’m over COVID, so let’s see how it goes.

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