Yesterday I noted how much weather impacts my mood. Today, after a rather gloomy day yesterday, the sun is back out and temperatures are moderate with lower humidity. That means I can finally get outside again today.
My day yesterday moved back towards the direction of “normalcy” in some ways. Things related to my job were not appreciably different than any other early June day with the exception of meetings online rather than in person. I still have deadlines related to the end of the fiscal year. There are still annoying people asking for useless bits of information – I guess to justify their paychecks.
On a more positive note, yesterday I made a reservation to go out to a restaurant tonight to sit on their outdoor patio. It has been impossible to get a reservation for a “table for one” since patios reopened. Apparently, nobody wants to “waste space” on a single diner when they could have two people at all of their two-tops. That has been supremely depressing to me.
Luckily, I am friends with many restaurant people and contacted the bar manager of a restaurant I used to frequent. So tonight, for the first time in over twelve weeks, I will actually dine at a restaurant. Those who know me well know just how significant that is. I have a side gig as a restaurant reviewer and have a robust Instagram presence related to restaurant food and cocktails. To be away for twelve weeks is a bizarre experience.
Yesterday was also the first time I received an email about booking a performance at my theater and thought, “I might be able to do that.” It is a potential free concert in October with one of the military music ensembles which tour around the country. I am calling the Sergeant in charge today. It made me feel, briefly, like a normal arts presenter again.
Today, I have moved my “home office” back into my kitchen to catch the bright sunshine beaming through my east-facing windows. Like the title of this post says, I feel as though I am phototropic like many plants. I yearn towards the light.
That, of course, is also a metaphor. Today’s sunshine reminds me to revisit my thoughts of the past few “sparking isolation” posts to continue my journey towards new energy.
It’s only Quarantine if it comes from the Quarante province of France. Otherwise, it’s just Sparkling Isolation.