In a Rented Minivan and Lighthearted we Took to the Open Road

Somewhere in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

I’m not sure we realized how much we needed to put miles between ourselves and our home, our laptops, and our increasingly codependent dogs until somewhere near the Texas/Arkansas state line. We fell in love while road-tripping in 1995 and I’d forgotten what good road trippers we are. We’ve been on shorter road trips since living in Texas, but there is nothing like 3,500 miles of windshield time to reconnect and refresh.

Although this year has meant much more time at home than ever, most of that has been with my face in my laptop. In the beginning there were many delicious meals and coffee breaks during each work from home day, but somewhere along the way the Ines between my work day and home life began to blur and dinnertime became a chore again, my husband felt like he needed to tip toe around the house when he was at home during the day, and I found i dinlt mind working until 11:30 at night and jumping on my computer again at 6 am becasue at least I was home, right?

Like may of us, I am heading back into the office with my colleagues next week. I have mixed feelings about it, but know I will enjoy the camaraderie and change of scenery. One of the great gifts of this pandemic, beside being lucky enough to work from home, has been gaining back my evenings. I will continue to work from home on Mondays, and go in early so I can be home earlier.

I really loved this podcast episode “What’s Happening in Our Nervouse Systems?” of On Being with Krista Kippett.

I wish us all the best as we venture out into our new normals.


Watching & Knitting

Jean Smart is having a moment. If you’re not watching Hacks on HBO Max you need to remedy that tout-de-suite. Jean Smart’s bombastic, take no sh*t from anyone portrayal of comedian Debra Vance is spectacular. I wanna be her. I’m serious.

Hannah Einbinder either drew the short or long straw to snag the role of Ava, a young comedy writer hired to make Vance’s act more relatable to a younger audience. I say this because she has the herculean task of keeping up with Smart’s comic delivery, which cannot be easy. Their chemistry is what makes this show tick.

Smart is equally amazing on Mare of Easttown playing Kate Winslet’s character Mare’s mother. 

Hacks contains a lot of peppery language, as does this trailer.


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