#BreakThings: Party On
I am not in a celebratory mood. 11 months in isolation, added to the regular ups and downs of life, has taken my revelry from me. I struggle to find joy in both the small things and the large ones.
But today, my Mom got the vaccine.
I had to stalk the website for days, checking every hour, and choose a vaccination site an hour drive from her home, but I got her an appointment. And I could not be more relieved, but it should have not been that hard.
Optimism is a challenge right now. But I remain hopeful that the vaccination process can be sped up, and that the vulnerable will all be vaccinated soon. Then, we can all party together.
What do we want? Equal division of labor in our relationships. When do we want it? Yesterday.
As more women learn how deep the inequality in their marriages may run, the common refrain is “just divorce him.” But as the author of All in Her Head summarizes: Isn’t [divorce] an individual solution to a systemic problem? Wouldn’t it be better to focus on issues like paid parental leave and subsidized child care?
I’m still doing some pandemic baking, and I’ve learned that my Focaccia game is strong but my scone game is weak. King Arthur Flour’s tutorials and lessons are here to help with that. Their ‘pie guide’ is amazing, as is their blueberry pie.
If you want to get a bit of the Fat Tuesday spirit today, Artnet News has a wonderful selection of images to brighten your holiday. With parades cancelled many NOLA residents decorated their homes like floats to bring color and life back to Mardi Gras.
The Atlantic makes the case for bringing back the nervous breakdown. It used to be okay for regular people to admit that the world had become too much and just step away for a bit. Why can’t we still do that?