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January 14, 2022

Two weeks into 2020-too – how is everyone doing?

It’s been a mixed bag for me so far. In the YAAAAAAY column, I got my COVID booster (woo vaccines! woo science!) and The Boreal Forest won the 2021 Information Book Award!


Thank you so much to the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada for this honour! Also, every book on the shortlist is awesome, so check them out.

In the BOOOOO column, I got the results of my sleep study. My heart, lungs, and legs are all fine, which is great news, BUT… I’m waking up 8 TIMES PER HOUR. 

Which, no wonder I’m exhausted all the time. On the one hand, this is incredibly validating – it’s not all in my head. But it IS in my brain, and one of the things I’m supposed to do in order to sleep better is reduce my stress levels. 

*looks around at the world*

*laughs hysterically*

Yeah. I’ll work on that.

Speaking of the pandemic, does anyone else get vaguely uneasy when movie or TV characters are in crowded places and NO ONE IS WEARING A MASK? I didn’t actually notice how much this was bothering me until Tech Support and I watched Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, which is set in the 1920s. There’s a scene near the beginning where Price is walking down the street and people in the background are actually wearing masks, and the cognitive dissonance between the masks and the period costumes was overwhelming until my brain went RIGHT: the INFLUENZA pandemic.

It was weird, you guys. But the movie was good, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at. I’d love to hear how everyone else is doing.




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