9 Things I Miss: April vs. August

9 Things I Miss – April 12, 2020

  1. Swimming lengths on a quiet afternoon at the pool
  2. Grabbing a hot coffee from the McDonalds drive-thru on my way home from work as a little self-reward for a day well done
  3. Wandering the aisles at HomeSense smelling candles and admiring mirrors and lamps and, of course, buying something super cute that I don’t really need
  4. Going out for supper as a big crazy family at Mr. Mikes 
  5. Working with my students in the library; the shelves of book and the learning and the atmosphere
  6. Being in the classroom with my EA students. There’s many wonderful things about making screencasts and using Moodle and I’ve been pushed to learn many new things in the last month, but the face-to-face connection is irreplaceable.
  7. Driving. By myself. Banana-Strawberry-Peach-Oatmeal Smoothie in the cupholder. Sunglasses on. Podcast playing. Cruising to G.P. Bliss. 
  8. Family outings to the dino museum, the pool, the library, etc. We’ve been getting creative with lots of visits to see Grandpa Wayne’s “pigs and calves, no horses!” and drives to watch a herd of elk, but it’s not the same 
  9. Our routine and schedule

9 Things I Miss – August 10, 2020

  1. The freedom of going into a busy store without the added worry of remembering a mask, or the stress of trying to keep a mask on a toddler
  2. Looking at travel destinations without wondering if two weeks of self-quarantine are required
  3. Driving anywhere that’s more than 30 minutes away: the backlog of podcasts I need to catch up on is growing to epic proportions! 
  4. The many cancelled weddings
  5. Seeing Henry’s over the top enthusiasm about the parade: fire trucks AND horses?! Oh my goodness. 
  6. Yoga classes in Beaverlodge
  7. The feeling of nervous excitement about heading back-to-school in a few weeks. I understand the safety aspect, but my heart aches because a virtual class and a virtual strategy session are just not the same as face-to-face interactions, and they never will be. 
  8. Going to a movie in the theatre – and I don’t even like going to theatres that much, it’s just been so long. (and yes, I know theatres are open, I’m just not comfortable with that particular risk at the moment). 
  9. The simplicity of life without Covid-19

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