So I was sitting here writing a long and charming intro on how I hope you get through your hump day through sheer grit and optimistic determination, and then I poured my second cup of coffee and remembered it’s Thursday. HUZZAH.
Also thought you’d appreciate that when I googled the above to make sure I was using the proper “sheer” because my brain often betrays me, I did discover that there are pet grooming salons named “Shear Grit” and I am HERE FOR IT.
TO THE INTERNET.
Love love love love love love LOVE to see headlines like this: How Canadians turned a bronze medal COVID-19 vaccine supply into a gold medal vaccination rate (The Globe and Mail). From the piece, “As of Tuesday, more than 71 per cent of Canadians at the age of 12 and older had received a first shot.” Going from the vaccines mess of a couple of months ago to the most first shots in arms of both the G7 and G20 is pretty damned cool. So here’s hoping the effort continues with that second shot in arms.
I absolutely concede that some of the reason I share these today is purely confirmation bias on my part, but I don’t care, I still want you to read it: ‘’Lockdown' states like California did better economically than 'looser' states like Florida, new COVID data shows’ (Yahoo! News) and ‘There's A Stark Red-Blue Divide When It Comes To States' Vaccination Rates’ (NPR).
But don’t consider me smug on all of this, because unvaccinated people = more deaths, more public health trauma, more opportunities for the virus to mutate into something our vaccines can’t handle: Hospitalizations could rise among the unvaccinated in the U.S., health officials warn. (NYT) And from that piece, in case you’re wondering why I’m going to keep wearing my mask inside, “One way of limiting the spread is for those who are vaccinated to wear masks around those who are not, doctors say.”
Um, this is unrelated but I read one of the most unexpectedly bonkers first graf ever while reading the Yahoo! piece above and glancing in the Trending articles column: “A former Tennessee governor's administration helped fund a contract murder of a key federal witness decades ago while embroiled in the state's largest political scandal, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday.” (From ‘Closed cold case murder tied to ousted Tennessee governor.’)
And finally, have I shared this yes? I feel like I’m committing morning newsletter malpractice if I haven’t: ‘"Stay The Fck Away From Me": Not Everyone Is Excited About Hugs Making A Comeback’ (BuzzFeed). Now, you all know I’m a hugger, but a few years back I went to an in-person meeting with a male client, accompanying two male colleagues to a meeting. We arrived, and the client proceeded to confidently shake the hands of said colleagues. When the client got to me, he looked me in the eyes, opened his wingspan, and said “how about a hug?” So do I want to go back to that? Not really, let’s leave that in the before times please.
You rock. Get outside if you can, stop to smell a flower, be kind to yourself.