The Digital Armageddon I’m going through since February 2, 2021 has resulted in some losses of data—I need to recreate my journal index for 2019, 2020, and the early part of 2021 which were lost.
The great news is I didn’t dream that I indexed them. I have the physical printouts glued into the backs of the journals. That means I can quickly open up the indexing file and type what I have at the back of each journal from that time span.
It does, however, mean I have to go into storage and retrieve a bunch of journals so I can do just that.
The index is too important to how I retrieve my information and work on ongoing projects so of course it will be done.
I focus not on the redoing of an already completed task, but instead am looking at the bright side—the fun of looking at things I had packed away very quickly (because I wanted to be finished with packing for storage).
So while we are looking at this page spread I’m also reminded of three other things about life during the Pandemic:
- Rancho Gordo has the best dried beans. If you haven’t tried them you really should order from them. Seriously their dried beans are different from anything I’ve ever had. (And yes I draw the beans and keep a record.)
- I have already discussed, I think here, but perhaps only on Patreon, but at the risk of repeating myself—I just have to say that the CNN anchors (here Chris Cuomo) stay rock solid still while they are interviewing people remotely during Covid. And that makes it very easy to listen to the news and sketch at the same time as evidenced by this page spread!
- I used to go in for regular massage therapy sessions before Covid. That stopped on 3.20.20 because of the lock down. You might think that I miss these sessions because I continue to battle my shoulder injury made worse with all the packing of boxes for storage—but what I really miss is my massage therapist talking to me about a wide range of television shows. Thursday Dick stopped by the TV room to tell me he was ready to go over some household details. “Don’t think I’m stopping by to enjoy your Walking Dead shows with you,” he laughed, as I put the DVR on pause. No, I would never think that. My journals are getting a little zombie heavy, now that I’m not getting massage therapy and have to discuss the undead with myself.
Find time today to write down a list of things that have changed for you during the pandemic.
It may be a difficult list to make, but it is an essential list. Small details of life help anchor us in life.
It’s important to remember what we lost so that we can look for those things again.
But it’s also important to find something positive that Covid brought, in all the chaos and mess.
On this day in my journal I was grateful for those delicious beans.