I am okay. But also not okay. A lot has happened this week. I’m still heading up for my mini getaway which I need now more than ever and will be back to my more regular posting next week.

TGIF

I hope you all have great plans for the long weekend! I have a few nearby hiking adventures planned. And next week I’m heading up to Massachusetts to summit Mount Greylock.

How our brains numb us to COVID-19’s risks — and what we can do about it [Washington Post]

China’s Vaccine Front-Runner Aims to Beat COVID the Old-Fashioned Way [Bloomberg]

Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful [Medium] So the crazy thing about reading this is while I could relate it wasn’t due to the pandemic but rather grad school… If anything, the pandemic gave me the break I needed from grad school to recharge

Have you ever been to therapy? [Cup of Jo]
“They assume it’s [therapy is] for someone else — someone more fucked up, or with a harder life, or less capable of coping independently. But for me, going to therapy isn’t about the severity of my problems or ability to solve them; it’s an opportunity to see things differently.” THIS SO SPEAKS TO ME AND PART OF WHY I LOVE THERAPY

Showing Up Even When You’re Not Feeling It [Zen Habits]

Fall Foliage Prediction Map for those who want to plan their hiking accordingly

Must read if you are interested at all in the Neuralink [Neurocritic] disclaimer: I am not an Elon Musk fan, or a hero worship in general fan, and I’m tired of people buying into his overselling of what technology will actually offer.

I NEED to try this recipe, seriously how good does a grilled veggie orzo with feta sound?! [How Sweet Eats]

First Emails [Cup of Jo] So cute! #relationshipgoals

Ursual K. Le Guin’s home is MY dream home! Also I love her books!

Intentions for the Week

Better late than never. I even did a few things already on my list, well mostly just one but whatever.

This Week
Write a blog post
Write next week’s intentions blog post (preferably on time)
Mail my friend her gift that I bought her forever ago (don’t ask)
Write personal essay for writing group (you know the one I’ve been thinking about but haven’t written a single word down for yet)
Get more veggies from the farm stand
Laundry
Clean room
Replace cabin filter and engine filter in car
Therapy appointment
Get massage
Aztec Clay Mask
Walk on a trail I got up at 5:45am to go before lab, so proud of myself
Journal everyday
Meditate everyday (failing here but I’m glad I wrote this because I needed the reminder to do this)
10k steps everyday
Workout everyday
Run at least once
Drink more water!!!
Update my lab notebook
Write 5 pages toward dissertation
Start the fluorescent RNA experiment I have been putting off
Finish AAUW Dissertation application writing prompts

Last Week
Wash car
Laundry
Write/mail my friend a letter
Mail my friend her gift that I bought her forever ago (don’t ask)
Write personal essay for writing group – I neither wrote it nor went to writing group, I had a long walk on the beach instead. Worth it!
Walk on a trail
Journal everyday 4/7
Meditate everyday 2/7
10k steps everyday
Workout everyday 6/7, close enough
Run at least once – Wednesday AM run, it was really nice – finally starting to feel like fall
Drink more water (I have been so bad at drinking water, especially at work because I’m always wearing a mask) Could still do more
Eat all the veggies in my house
Update my lab notebook
Write 5 pages toward dissertation
Start the fluorescent RNA experiment I have been putting off – one of these days… I’ve actually been prioritizing other more pressing lab work over this so I don’t feel too too bad that I haven’t done this yet, but I really should get around to it soon because it will probably need optimization.
Finish AAUW Dissertation application writing prompts

Extra stuff I did last week that I feel are worthy of adding so I can cross off
Car Inspection
Renewed car registration