Well Well Well, If It Isn’t Little Miss July…

Can you believe it? Can you believe that 2020 is half over? That we have made it this far?? TO THE HALF WAY MARK!! I don’t have much to celebrate these days, but I’m definitely in the mood to celebrate this.

If the first half of 2020 has taught me anything, and I doubt that it has, it’s that you have to think ahead.

I’m not at all gifted when it comes to thinking ahead.

For example, I went on record, here in this blog, in February, pooh-poohing any need for panic or urgency about this COVID-thing. Then we went into mandatory self-quarantine on March 15, and I didn’t run out and grab as much toilet paper as I could jam into my Costco cart, I didn’t buy a 6-month supply of canned goods, and I didn’t get me as much black-market hand sanitizer as I cold score on the dark web. I did get a few cases of wine and a six-pack of liter-sized Grey Gooses, but that’s what I do every Monday.

If I had known then what I know now, I would have bought some dumbbells. Although I miss my gym, I’ve been able to do a work-around with a new fitness routine while I’m at home, except for weight training. So my first Second Half of 2020 purchase will be some hand weights so I can keep wearing short-sleeve shirts for now and the foreseeable future (sleeveless shirts were ruled out, forever, some time around my 52nd birthday).

My first Second Half of 2020 self-improvement project will be to finish re-doing the stairs. Last November I stripped 5 layers of paint off of our 100-year-old staircase in the living room, and it took a week and I got down to bare wood on the treads. I knew I was going to wait until warm weather to open all the windows and do the sanding before I refinished the old wood and re-apited the risers and the trim, but I’ve been putting it off because I’m so used to doing nothing in self-quarantine that I just haven’t found the time to do anything useful. But my Second Half of 2020 goal is to get the stairs done by the end of this month, or at least by Fall. Certainly by Halloween.

And then I’ll call it a year.

Anybody else got big plans for the Second Half of 2020? Anybody else taking this exciting opportunity of the six-month mark to Start Over?

OK, I might be getting all Self Helpy and Living My Best Life (fingers crossed), but I still find these memes funny (because 2020 is, really, no joke):








I look forward to the end of 2020, but I warn you. Don’t think too far into the future:

And, as always: Fuck Trump.






I got no thoughts or prayers for this guy:


































Have a great weekend, everyone. Top Cat and I have bought ourselves the fancy face masks, the ones that have the front seam in the center so it doesn’t smash up against your face, you know those ones? I highly recommend them. I can’t believe that I’m excited about this, but this is where we are in July 2020.

Stay safe, stay weird, stay you.












7 Comments, RSS

  1. Megan

    I am tired just thinking about stripping and sanding and refinishing the stairs, good for you for being motivated. I realise we are past the half way point to the end of 2020 but I am rather concerned about 2021… Fingers crossed.

  2. Refinishing stairs would not be the #1 item on my list of “how to survive the rest of 2020” projects, but hey, go for it!

    Then again, I live in a one-level house.

    I’m working on various decor projects to make my home a place which I never want to leave…because of the possibility that I never *will* be able to go anywhere interesting for a long time. We just now moved to “modified” phase 1 here, the area is full of maskless fuckwits, and recently the Virus hit my sister’s family (all are well, but she visits me and my 90-year-old mother regularly, so we all just came out of a 14-day quarantine). Not fun.

    What I want to know is, Where Is My Star Trek Holodeck??!? My home needs one desperately. I would never come out again.

    Have fun with the stairs!

  3. Well, bravo for the stairs plan. Those ARE hilarious memes — I am probably the last person on the planet to have not seen the pic of the guy on the airplane. Seriously, WHAT THE HELL are people thinking?!?!

    I can’t wait to see what the second half of this year might be like. (I laughed at the “Cleveland Browns win the Super Bowl” joke on that forecast — and I’m not even a football person — but that was FUNNY.)

  4. There sure isn’t a lack of Trump stuff going around now, but it still amazes me how you find so much of it. I am hoping he just finally realizes he can’t win and walks before even the election. Now wouldn’t that be fun?
    I like those masks with the center front seam too.
    Oh exercise! I am just figuring that out myself and missing the gym. Just ordered a thick yoga mat, so I could get down on the floor to do stretches and exercises. Also included some of those elastic bands for resistance and tried them today. Still working out the routine, but I think exercise 3 days a week and walk at least 30 minutes 3 days a week, then take Sunday off. I may never want to go back to the gym, but I certainly want to be able to still travel. If I don’t exercise I won’t be traveling and the arms will go to having wings under them or is that called flab?

  5. Just google “Torch Lake Sand Bar” and you can add another few hundred into the grand stupidity category!

    I don’t know a lot of people who have had great motivation during the first half of the year and by and large, the ones who redid their living rooms, built a conservatory, cleaned out their attics or basements, built a splendid garden — I hate them all. Well, not really but kinda sorta!

    On a much better note, the lovely books by Frostic arrived and I got them when got home from the lake and now they are up here with me, where they belong, in the north. Gwen has come home. I visited her studio once where they printed them all. It was the days before blogging and I have no photos but it wasn’t a huge operation but lovely and full of nature inside and out. She was authentic.

    Thank you for sending them to a good home!

    I’m less authentic. I’m thnking that if I color my hair after this is all over again, I should leave a little at the temples to look authentic. Which isn’t terribly authentic.

  6. Kirra

    Thanks again for these great memes etc! Very funny and the only way to survive the current news! I got a bit behind so have just read your last few blog posts, such a great read. Good luck with the staircase plan, I also have plans of doing a few things around the home as we haven’t been away anywhere since January and usually we go and visit relatives sometime by now. Since that involves travelling via plane it won’t be happening for a while.

    Thankfully I’m now on two weeks winter holidays from school, we taught a full term like normal in my home state in Australia, we’ve had no cases for quite a while but that’s because the borders are closed……they may open soon so we will see what happens then.

    Take care everyone in the US and enjoy your summer at home! Thanks as always for the laughs.

  7. No Wed. updates anymore? If you knew how many times I visited today, you would, I don’t know, laugh at my pathetitude. What can I say? You’re good for my mental health, and not much fits that bill anymore!

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