Last year I wrote about celebrating my birthday during a pandemic. A year later it’s the same story. I got another ice cream cake from Dairy Queen like last year, but at least now I can occasionally enjoy sitting on a patio with friends.
I took my birthday week off as vacation from work. In terms of employment I am much better off than many of the people I know. I’ve been working full time remotely, so I haven’t had any interruption to my income. Due to business needs during the pandemic I have had to switch departments a couple of times, which has proved enjoyable. Never-the-less lately I’ve felt myself hitting a wall where I just didn’t have any energy left. Work was becoming tedious and I just needed a break. So, I took one.
It is one of the more low-key vacations I have ever had. It mostly consisted of lying in a hammock and binge watching every episode of The Mandalorian.
For my birthday, as is tradition I purchased an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. Now that I am decidedly in my mid-30s I didn’t each very much of it, and I long for the day when the gyms open up and I can work off some of the weight I’ve put on by stress eating during the past year and a half.
I also look forward to finally getting a haircut. Before the pandemic started, I was trying to grow out my hair to have long hair at least once before it goes grey or bald, and now it is longer than it has ever been in my life.
There are more signs of life in London. Not only are patio’s open but London Major’s baseball is starting up for an abbreviated season. If all goes well, I will get to attend on Friday.
I don’t know if life and travel will ever return to normal, but for now I just hope I won’t be writing a similar post one year from now.