In no particular order...
1. My hairdresser. Yesterday, I missed my monthly appointment with the world's best colorist; my roots are evidence of how badly I need her services. I am sad.
2. The automatic car wash. Lola is a dirty mess. Also, I was utilizing the three-minute wash as a weekly therapy session, and, now I can't. I am depressed.
3. Time spent with friends. I am grateful for my weekly Virtual Cocktails With The Girls, but, I would much prefer to be able to wrap my arms around them. And, I miss Jana Bobana, who can make me laugh and feel better about the world. Mama Jill and the rest of the Booster Moms are also missing from my life. I am lonely.
4. Marshalls. What I would give to be able to spend a relaxing hour perusing the shelves, sniffing candles, and wasting money on things I don't really need. I am jonesing for a retail fix.
5. Sleep. My anxiety wakes me at 3:00 a.m. like clockwork, and, there is no possibility of me falling back to sleep, so, I toss and turn and fret. I am tired.
6. My massage therapist. I have a rib out in my back and the unrelenting, gnawing pain that it is causing me is sapping my will to live. A good massage would pop that sucker right back into place and make me feel a lot better. I am frustrated.
7. Downtime. While everyone else is hunkered down in their homes, baking bread, sewing masks, and producing theatrical TikTok videos, I am spending every spare moment working on the big projects that are rapidly approaching their deadlines at New Job. I am overwhelmed.
8. Peace. I could not tell you the last time I felt truly at peace. I am hopeless.
9. My Mom. I hate that she couldn't be with us on Easter. I hate that she's so isolated in Mayberry. I'm grateful that she is staying safe and healthy, but, sometimes a girl needs her mom, ya know? I am verklempt.
10. The gym. I never thought I would miss sweating on a treadmill, but, here we are. I am shocked.
Word on the street is that we have another two weeks of lock down before things start getting back toward normal. I know I can make it. I know I'll be ok. But, man, I'll never again take for granted the simplest of things. And, I'll have this list to remind me.
But, before go, remember at the beginning of this post, when I said that people were spending their time baking and sewing? Well, count Queen B among them.
She tried her hand at sewing masks for herself and her coworkers. It didn't end well, but she gets points for trying!