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elizabeth  ·  140 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 16, 2020

Had a rough November mood-wise. Nothing particular happened, just my mood in the dumps due to the continuous self-isolation. Ordered some vitamin D, I heard it can be a game changer for seasonal mood regulation. The final push was hearing about Vitamin D deficiency in Cumol 's podcast yesterday. Let's see if it helps!

December has been better already, my friend hired me for a 4 day work contract on a live streaming set, and it really made my week. She's worked on a big international music tour the past few years, but has obviously lost her job. She started a live streaming prod. freelance company, bought about 40k worth of equipment, has done virtually no marketing and is booked solid with many contracts already. It's super cool and impressive. Seeing her work and give pointers on how to properly lay wires, schemes to connect equipment etc was fun. The work itself was mostly monitoring a few zoom screens, but it was nice to be out of the house, hanging out with a few friends eating gross hotel food on set. It's also cool to be a low level tech with basic responsibilities and no high level planing stress from time to time.

My last year's resolution was to find meaningful paid work - it's been my struggle ever since I've graduated university. I have done a lot of very interesting and diverse things and have a wide range of skills in many areas. The hard part right now is finding something at the crossroad of what i want to do, that pays well enough and also has enough flexibility and free time. Right now, it's looking more likely to be possible as a patchwork of different random projects - I currently have 5 ongoing work engagement, 2 unpaid - but I'm way closer to my goal since most of these opportunities I was not involved with last year.

Started messing around with Notion this week, just to up my organisation game. I've steadily been getting more and more organized over the years, and I've decided to migrate my personal lists like the "movies to watch" stuff into this database from the notes app. I find it's a good platform to learn, and if it sticks could become a really cool way to track many aspects of my life and project plan.

Going into hardcore isolation mode, because my parents decided to go against local regulation rules and do a small Christmas dinner at the country house. I'm not super worried since both my sister and her husband work 100% from home, and my mom only leaves the house to do groceries once a week. So the most likely propagation vector is myself. If i say I don't feel safe going, it will be basically admitting I don't care enough for them to isolate for 2 weeks. I've tried going the route of "maybe we shouldn't do this, what if the neighbours snitch and we get fined?" but have been labeled a party pooper. I'm a bit uncomfortable in the situation, but also they are adults. The family consensus has knowingly accepted the risks, so i'm going to roll with it. It's not like I've been perfect in that regard - see working on a 5 people set last week - so I can't really justifiably complain.

goobster  ·  139 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The key transmission vector for COVID is being in an enclosed space for long periods of time.... aka, Christmas.

So my family and I have decided to break it up into two shorter days. An hour the first day, two the second day. Enough time to get together, share conversation, time, some food/drink, while still diligently maintaining social distance (except for my Dad's and my "elbow hugs", where we touch elbows together only).

Go. Wear a mask. Leave early. That way you can take personal responsibility for minimizing your exposing the rest of the family to anything, while also taking part and being together.

elizabeth  ·  139 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Just had a panicked phone call from my mom, worrying of being busted by the police and getting a 5k fine. Christmas is on standby once again. The most frustrating part about my family (Covid or not) is their absolute inability to make plans without changing the time/date/location at least 3 times.

I'll try to talk them into the 2 days / 3h concept, it might actually work.

thenewgreen  ·  140 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've been recently taking vitamin D too. It works. It's had some great systemic benefits. I had a very low count at my last physical and it's already gone up. Good luck Elizabeth. Hang in there. Glad to hear December is going well!

elizabeth  ·  139 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks! It's already looking up, I think November and February are historically my worst months every year, but I'm learning to cope with it :)

Cumol  ·  140 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I am also visitng my 85 year old Grandma and I am scared shitless. But I also know I will do "my part". Isolate for 5 days, do a test, use an FPP2 mask while traveling. I cannot do more, I guess.

I hope the Vitamin D helps. Make sure to take it in large doses (2000 units per day during food). My grandma drinks it in bottles...

elizabeth  ·  140 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Recommended on the bottle is 1000/day. Should I double up?

Cumol  ·  139 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Did you do a recent Vit D blood test?

I would do a week of double and then back to 1000.

elizabeth  ·  139 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Haven't had a blood test in a while, and right now it's the worst time to go to a hospital. I'll follow your advice - most people in Canada seem to have a deficiency and the (unlikely) negative effects of a surplus seem minor.