Let’s Count 2021 Mar edition

0 – number of times I’ve wished that my sister was still alive since she died two years ago

0 – number of years I’ve seen Crystal Lake frozen before

1 – number of people I know (within two degrees) who have died of Covid; number of friends declining the vaccine

1 – number of memorial services that should have taken place in our family and didn’t

1 – number of neighbors out Saturday morning without a mask (a bearded 20 – something wearing a Patriot’s hat, JOGGING)

1 – bed sized quilt finished this year

1 – number of quilts lost en route to Australia

1 – number of identical answers in NYTimes and Boston Globe crossword puzzles today. (This morning: heft. This happens with a freaky frequency).

2 – number of chairs on the curb Saturday morning; number of auto-immune disorders I have that don’t bump me up in the vaccine queue

2 – number of poll working gigs I’ve turned down since March 2020

2 – number of personal international trips cancelled since this time last year; number of African American Museums donated to

3 – number of nightmares where I don’t have a mask; there’s also been a spate of wedding dreams lately

4 – number of masks lost en route to California

5 – number of haircuts I’ve given my husband

5 – minimum number of times I’ve asked, “what does 50% more contagious even mean?”

6 – number of phone calls with my brother since he got back to LA

7 – number of people I know who’ve had Covid

7 – number of vaccinated family members

8 – number of trips to a grocery store in a year

12 – Flickr albums left to download before I stop paying pro fee

19 – number of hours fasted between dinner and today’s lunch

A few dozen – the number of times I’ve missed my sister since March 2019

At least 20 — number of times I have cursed WordPress’s block editor OUTLOUD (ask my husband)

40 – number of minutes walked Saturday morning before one hip really hurt

43 – number of years I’ve had hip pain

89 – number of masks I made since March 2020 – three sold and the rest given away (or kept) (or lost in the mail)

200 to 800 – number of phone photos I aim to delete every week

1,000 – number of photos Flickr will allow without a pro fee

4,000+ – number of photos on my Flickr feed

8,000 – the number of steps when my Fitbit offers a vibrating graphic congratulations

10,000+ – number of pictures on my phone

Number of friends who have been vaccinated? All of them? Well, not Rieko, Barbara, Barbara, or Jane. BUT EVERYONE ELSE

Number of times something I ordered from Amazon arrived and I had no fucking idea what was in the box — I’m not telling you!

Number of times in the last year I’ve crowed while serving a plate of food to husband that it was restaurant fare — I’m not telling you that either!

Number of times when I crowed that I was serving restaurant grade food and it WAS restaurant grade? ALL OF THEM (and you thought I was a creature marked solely by self-doubt!)

I also refuse to disclose how many uninspired duds were served up!

Lastly, a contest on walk yesterday: $2.5MM – my guess for sale price of house near lake (above); K’s guess – $3.1MM; listing price – $2.95MM. He wins! note: there is a house between this house and the lake and the road is fairly busy

Enjoy your Sunday. I’m curious what some of your Covid-specific numbers are. Do you know anyone who has died? How many people do you know have had it? Have you?

13 thoughts on “Let’s Count 2021 Mar edition

  1. Joanne

    My brother (Georgia) emailed that he and his wife had shots early in January. His daughter and her partner in Vermont both had COVID in January. Husband and I have qualified for our first dose- 74 years old. Next one is 3/20. Both of my children will wait until age 50 gets a chance (then I might be able to invite them into my house). I go into the Grocery store every week on Monday. For the entire year. Every Monday. We all wear masks. Carts are sanitized. We stopped wearing medical gloves to grocery a few months ago.. I have not eaten in a restaurant in almost 18 months.I do go to a salon to get my haircut- we all are masked. I don’t know anyone who has died. I see quite a few Confederate Flags. I still make your Pantry Soup. From your exact recipe. I have one mask with elastic wrapped around the button of my Winter Coat- so I always have a mask. Handy. In case someone with a dog walks by as I am shoveling or getting the mail.

    1. deemallon Post author

      Congrats on the shots! One of our boys is vaccinated so once we get shots, we could potentially get together.

      I know that grocery shopping is pretty safe and maybe it was laziness that won out in that one for me. I plan to resume soon. At least I’m not washing the bags and cans anymore! Or letting the mail sit for three days.

  2. Nancy

    Dee, Dee, Dee…your posts always inspire! I may have to start counting, but many of them can’t possibly be truly accurately counted. Things like Number of times I’ve yelled at the news, including the word idiots…too many to count! Hugs to you.

  3. Tina

    Wow I’m impressed by all your numbers of this and that. I’ve had probably a dozen people testing positive with mild symptoms .. my daughter being one. A friend that very early on spent 3 weeks in the hospital including 1 week in ICU. Sadly just a few weeks ago a cousin passed.
    All 4 of my grandchildren lost there jobs .. my twin grandsons that are on the autism spectrum have had the hardest time of it. I will say that since they have been back in school they are doing much better.
    Michael and I have both had our first shots which is just beyond great.
    Like so many we’re just taking things one day at a time ..

    1. deemallon Post author

      I’m so sorry about your cousin, Tina. And job losses are rampant. So glad the kids can be back in school. It kind of feels like a lost year for so many students.

  4. jude

    I have less photos on fliclr than you…
    I do not know any one who has, has had or has died of covid, personally.

  5. Liz A

    I especially like your uncounted times … boy oh boy can I relate

    and never did I ever think I would cut Don’s hair … but now, every two weeks

    I finally got my own hair cut last week … found out my stylist, her husband (who owns a bar) and her 2 year old all had Covid after a family reunion at Christmas … such high-risk professions and then to be felled by family … they all survived, but she said the symptoms were awful

    I will fly this week, for the first time in ages … I fully expect it to be totally weird

  6. Hazel

    Well, this was just a fabulous post, thank you!
    1- death, local store owner- yr. ago, was fine when we saw him on a Th, died the next Sunday
    1- mother who isn’t sure she wants the vaccine (you can guess who she voted for)
    1- self hair cut (+ 1 repair of haircut by K)
    2- job losses (K & Moon)
    2- acquaintances had mild cases
    3- closest friends have been vaccinated (teachers)
    Uncounted- swear words uttered during this last year


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