greenery

Really into plants lately. I have always been interested in plants, honestly. However, this past year has given me time to focus on the plants I have in the house. I searched for a Norfolk Island Pine for months, but finally found one (in the black container below). 

My grandmother had one that was over five feel tall. Hoping mine will reach that height some day, like the fiddle leaf fig. 

And, I have been growing some more succulents from cuttings. Love these little jade plants. Plants really do make things brighter around the house. A little positivity is a good thing.  


napa

It’s been a while. Well over a year since I’ve visited Napa, for business or pleasure. I suppose that the pandemic is to blame, like many of us who wanted to travel but decided to self-quarantine. Maybe some of use wanted to travel but no shops or stores were open. 

This isn’t a political commentary on the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s simply an observation. Just as many of the businesses wanted to remain open, many of us wanted to get out of the house, many of us could not get out due to concerns about COVID and/or government regulations. 

But, I love the way the way many businesses were able to work around the mandates and directives. Hooray for Napa and St. Helena! 

spring

Now that Daylight Savings Time is upon us, I began thinking about change. This morning, on a long walk, I reflected back on what has happened these last couple months.

Like many people, the pandemic has changed my routines, my priorities, and my sense of normalcy. Yet, that is not necessarily a negative change. The things I took for granted have a renewed sense of meaning. And, priorities have been replaced with healthier options in both the physical and mental sense. 

In late January, I became eligible to receive the COVID immunization due to my position in education. Pfizer was the only option, as all the Modern vaccines appointments were slotted by the time I logged in to schedule my appointment. To be honest, I did not care which vaccine I received...I just wanted to stack the odds against contracting COVID, especially with the changes at school.   

The district has returned to a traditional schedule, and eliminated the hybrid model. And, it will be interesting to see how the 2021-2022 school year plays out. The online school model will run through this year, but it will be interesting to see if the online learning model continues to be an option for students/parents in the coming years. 

My doctoral program continues, under an online model. And, I continue to reflect on my priorities to finish the program, examine career opportunities, and return to the print shop. ⟳ 

time and accrual

2/365 

Some things that have crossed my mind in the last 24 hours: 

  • Parkinson’s Law—a task will shrink or expand to fit the time allotted to it. 
  • Protect your calendar.  
  • The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.

“This past year [2020] has taught me that ritual is the antidote to chaos. Small rituals, when practiced daily, give a sense of order to the mind.”  

ac·cru·al (/əˈkro͞oəl/)

[noun] the accumulation or increase of something over time