May We All Have The Resilience Of The Plant I Found Forgotten On A Shelf, Having Not Been Watered For Months, But Bouncing Back Like A Leafy Champ.
Happy Monday, muppets! I hope everyone had a restful and recuperating couple of days. Like so many people, this here pandemic has really made me appreciate the simple joys of stepping away from my computer. Saturday alone I was able to get dim sum to-go in the Richmond, went for brisk walk in Land’s End AND made the previously mentioned favorite oxtail recipe, so I’m feeling like I weekended well. I hope you did too.
TO THE INTERNET!
Oh hey, in case you forgot over the past couple of days, Rep. Matt Gaetz is absolute trash: Gaetz showed nude photos of women he said he'd slept with to lawmakers, sources tell CNN. Just when you think it couldn’t get more “pulled from a stupid 90s comedy”, the politician from Florida somehow gets it even more on the nose. Meanwhile, per usual, Twitter just hits it on the head:
Quelle surprise: “White Republicans are refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine more than any other demographic group in Texas.” (Texas Tribune) And if you want to drill down into this, don’t forget that white evangelicals as a group are avoiding the vaccine, because God or something, so that Venn diagram is nearly a circle. Just FFS: How White Evangelicals’ Vaccine Refusal Could Prolong the Pandemic (New York Times)
Meanwhile, in Canada: I am still having my daily drop-in FaceTime calls with my extended family, so I’ve been privy to the frustration of watching loved ones wait in line for the vaccine (some over-65-year-old members still haven’t received their first shot) while down here, the US is getting 4 million shots a day in arms. And this Toronto Star piece on COVID envy aptly sums up the myriad ways Canadians are frustrated: Faster COVID-19 vaccination rollout in U.S. is prompting jab jealousy in Canada
Meanwhile, this piece just broke me this weekend - do not read if you’ve already put on your makeup for the day, trust me: “My family sacrificed to fight covid. Many Americans didn’t. Now my mom is dead.” (Washington Post)
OK, we gotta end on something funny, or else we won’t get through today… so here’s some McSweeney’s for ya: I’m A Short Afternoon Walk And You’re Putting Way Too Much Pressure On Me.
That’s it, that’s all. Get at this week, lovelies. And be kind to yourself.