friday reflections – may 7

Oy. I got my second vaccine shot yesterday and it’s been rough sailing. I was shaking uncontrollably much of the night and my teeth wouldn’t stop chattering. I think the sound of my teeth knocking around woke Jason up at one point.

I read that if you’ve already had Covid, you might have a harder time with vaccine side effects. This is true, apparently. I think I’m coming out of the worst of it but I’ve been doubling up the pain meds today so it’s a tough call.

I’m trying now, at 445pm, to avoid another nap so that I can sleep tonight. But my mind is fuzzy and not much coherent thought is coming to the keyboard this afternoon. So I thought I would just share a short list of my favorite podcasts from the week.

this one from Poetry Unbound — featuring a poem by Hanif Abdurraqib called “When We Were 13, Jeff’s Father Left The Needle Down On A Journey Record Before Leaving The House One Morning And Never Coming Back” which you can also find in The Crown Ain’t Worth Much.

this one from Armchair Expert with Erin Meyer — so interesting, even for someone who works alone

and this from On Being with Alain de Botton on the hard work of love and relationships. Jason and I are about to celebrate 20 years of married love and I was especially intrigued by de Botton’s words about compatibility being an achievement of love, rather than a precondition.

happy listening and have a great weekend


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