Weekend Plans Post: Winter Is Officially Over


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  1. DensityDuck says:

    “I’m not even going to give a review of what drinking a glass of metamucil every day during Lent went like.”

    when they say you’re supposed to give things up for Lent, I don’t think…that was what they had in mind you’d give up…Report

  2. fillyjonk says:

    I have more grading I must do (four more papers, provided no one else sends theirs in today….I gave them until Monday in a fit of pandemic laxity – normally they would have been due Monday of THIS week – and one set of minitests).

    I originally said “I need to clean this filthy house this weekend” but I’m going to wait to see how I feel tomorrow about that, I am having a little bit of what a friend dubbed a “Pandemic Hell Zone” day today (you have three days or so where you’re kind of okay, and then you just descend into the “Hell Zone” where you feel little hope for the future and you are sick of your own four walls and don’t want to do anything)

    I did get groceries this morning and even though rye bread is not to be had, nor flour either, at least I got a few of the things I needed. I have milk ahead for the next ten days, and more sour cream, and i even got a thing of lemonade. I also have an Imperfect Foods box coming today and since they didn’t say anything I ordered was out of stock, I will have more oranges and onions and also some smoked salmon…and oh hey, I just remembered a take-and-bake Italian loaf, so maybe baking bread does not need to happen and I put that energy into doing another batch of beans instead…

    I might bake bread this weekend, seeing as I didn’t get any. I only have plain flour unless I have some kind of whole grain stashed far back in the freezer (I should check).

    Next week would be our exam week. I managed to write all my exams to be all multiple choice which means BlackBoard grades them for me. It’s the lazy way out but….I think I’m permitted to be a little lazy for once. I will still have the late papers to grade and the lab books for one class.

    Once this is all over – next week – I don’t even know. No graduation to go to, not traveling to see family, can’t even go out antiquing (well, I COULD, Texas is apparently reopening stores, but I’m not going to because it’s “unnecessary” shopping and I have been using Etsy as a substitute – I have some vintage tea towels on their way to me and a set of small British souvenir cookbooks)

    It’s hard to know how to “celebrate” the end of a semester when literally none of the things you used to do to celebrate are really possible. I’m hoping and praying that when the “real” holidays (Christmas, and to a lesser extent, Thanksgiving) roll around, it will somehow be safe to travel to be with family but I am preparing myself emotionally – already! – for what I will do if it isn’t.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to fillyjonk says:

      Yeah, around here, the end of the school year is always a bit of a big deal. The seniors graduate and “this is the best group of kids ever” and it’ll be so hard to say goodbye and then we switch from School Year Schedule to Summer Schedule.

      But, man, the quarantine has had us on 24/7 schedule.Report

      • Michael Cain in reply to Jaybird says:

        My high school class was the opposite. We were the first group to graduate from the new high school and the town’s attitude was “Why did it have to be those rotten kids?” The local weekly newspaper came very close to putting that in writing. The administration had to hunt to find any prominent local figures who would say nice things about us at graduation. Okay, I’ll admit that we had just a bit of a problem with authority (maybe read that in a Bob Uecker “juuust a bit outside” voice).

        Some years later my mother sent me a copy of a letter to the editor from that local paper. Basically, “You remember all the horrible stuff you had to say about the class of ’72 when we graduated? Members of that class are currently the mayor, the chief of police, four of five city council members, the county attorney, and the local representative in the Unicameral*.”

        * Nebraska, so single-chamber state legislature.Report

  3. Pinky says:

    Don’t forget the Wendy’s baked potato, good sir. A frank and honorable spud, unafraid to face the customer without being fried. Served with or without chives, and a noble packet of legitimate sour cream (and, unfortunately, a packet of less-honorable “buttery spread”).Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Pinky says:

      The local BBQ joint has them too (get a Shotgun Spud with brisket and make it “dirty” with a ladle of baked beans! And then boggle when you get to the register!) but the Wendy’s one feels like an opportunity cost given the quality of the baked potato and given that you can get a burger with fries instead. Not that a good baked potato isn’t better than a Double and fries… it’s just that a mediocre baked potato isn’t better than one.Report

      • Pinky in reply to Jaybird says:

        I’ve had a couple of shoe-leather Wendy’s baked potatoes. And Wendy’s has terrible chili, which is a wasted opportunity for them. But I’m just done with fried food, and Wendy’s will give you a potato that doesn’t clog your veins. Viva la papa!Report

  4. Slade the Leveller says:

    We’re going to enjoy some socially distant company whilst drinking some brandy Alexanders Saturday.

    Sunday will find us Zoom boozing.

    So I got that going for me.Report

  5. Fish says:

    I’ve gone past the standard baked potato and started making jacket potatoes. For your consideration: https://cupofjo.com/2014/08/how-to-make-english-jacket-potatoes/

    Now…where it says to “cut them again,” I instead get some oven mits and squish them from the four courners of the cross-cut so the innards kind of push out, and then back in the oven for 10 minutes.Report

  6. I don’t know about you guys but I’ve been having trouble concentrating on anything much more challenging than food articles. Like, existentially speaking.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to Kristin Devine says:

      In your defense, there’s been a lot less pop culture to distract in recent weeks.

      Would you like to have a fight over whether or not the new replacement sitcom is morally inferior to a previous replacement sitcom that no one watched?

      Well, so would I.

      But there are no new sitcoms.

      We’re stuck watching Henry Winkler skype with Ron Howard, Anson Williams, and Donnie Most.

      Well, “stuck” is the wrong term. “Taking comfort in”.Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

        Plus there’s that thing outside that is putting everything else in perspective.Report

        • Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

          Sort of like “this is important!” has totally shifted.

          My opinion on the proper response to Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN? Yeah, that’s not important.

          Whether Jalapeno Cream Cheese should have a couple of capers in it?

          Holy crap. This could change someone’s life. Or, at least, their next month. This is important.

          I think that the things that were obvious status jockeying games have been laid a bit bare. The things that were concrete improvements in and of themselves (e.g., capers) have proven resilient.Report