Every year I set a reading goal. I put it on Goodreads so that I can hold myself accountable. Two years ago, it was 30 books. Last year it was 40 books. I achieved both of those goals. This year, I decided to really challenge myself and try to read a book a week – 52 books. When we first entered this stay at home order, I was actually looking forward to days when I wouldn’t have a lot on the schedule because that meant I would be able to read – maybe even surpass my goal for the year.
I don’t know about other readers out there, but I am having a lot of trouble reading in this time of quarantine. I have read exactly one half of one book. I’ve started multiple books, but I only make it a few pages. I’m thoroughly disappointed in myself. My husband once told my mom that one of the reasons he married me was because I like to read. If he met me now, I doubt he could make the same assertion. I still like to read, but, man, I’m having a hard time calming down my mind to do so. Somehow, binge watching a show I’ve already seen a couple times has captured my attention like a book is incapable of doing. I hope that changes. I miss reading. I really do love it.
Tomorrow, Arden has her first online video call with her class. We found out about it a couple days ago and it is all she’s been able to talk about since. She is really missing her friends. I’m hopeful our woefully inadequate internet will cooperate so that she can see and be seen.
We both really need hair attention. I told her a couple of nights ago (when I was combing out her very long, very unruly hair) that when we can get out of this house, she and I are going to make a weekend of going to Springfield. We will both get appointments with our favorite stylist. We will stay in a hotel and eat at all our favorite restaurants. We will go to all the stores we love. And we will get this hair TAMED. It is definitely something to look forward to. I am praying that happens sooner rather than later. We both are.
News of the Day
Over 2.5 million people worldwide have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 174,000 people have died.
The United States has more than 800,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 43,000 deaths attributed to the virus.
President Trump announced on Twitter that “in light of the Invisible Enemy” he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States.
The U.S., Mexico and Canada are extending restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders for an additional 30 days.
As some areas of the U.S. begin relaxing social distancing restrictions, a new poll showed a majority of Americans fear easing those guidelines could result in more deaths.
Plan for the Day:
Yet again, I’m writing this in the evening, so I don’t really have a plan. I did get all the laundry finished and put away today. And Romeo and I took several long walks. Tomorrow is supposed to be 72 degrees, so I’m hopeful we can do the same before and after Arden’s class call.
See you tomorrow!