It’s been an exhausting few weeks and I’ll be glad to see the back of October.
I am not a morning person, nor will I ever be. This was proved true once again by the intense course I took, held over four days from 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Who thinks up these times?? Especially difficult was the day I had meetings going right through to 8:30 p.m. I find the long days more and more difficult the older I get.
Then this last week, I had a lot of deadline-driven work, where all the due dates converged… how is this even possible to manage? With some reshuffling and some late nights, I pretty much managed, but I was close to looking for a bridge at some points… if I had only had the time! What saved my sanity one night was finding The Music Man on TV. Such a happy movie, with happy memories of watching it with my mother and performing as Zaneeta in my youth.
Into the middle of all this came yet another stressful issue at my son’s college. One of the things that he deals with is impaired executive functioning, which means, for example, that he will completely forget to hand in an assignment! The administrator at least checked in this semester and let me know that a major assignment was missing. He had put lots of hours into it, working beside me, and completed it nine days before it was due, but due to changes in the routine by the instructor, he somehow thought everything was done and forgot to submit it. Once we were alerted to this, he submitted the project immediately. The administrator then emailed me to let me know that his work earned him a 97%… but because it was 18 days late, they gave him 0%. Cue a ramping up of the stress-mode for me, after which I donned my student advocate cape and wrote a compelling case for medical accommodation. They have now agreed to give him a grade. (I think the administrator was hoping that I could give her a reason to do so.)
We also had a provincial election here, called at one-month’s notice. In addition to mail-in options, there were ample opportunities for advance polls, with 3 or 4 in my immediate neighbourhood running for 5 consecutive days from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We took advantage of those and found the process quick, sanitary, and with limited numbers of people in the facility.
The ruling party was NDP, which is essentially very left-leaning (much farther left than the US Democrats) and/but has been doing a great job at pandemic management. They had a minority government, meaning that they could not always get policies through because they needed the environmental Green Party to support them. In calling the election, the premier said that he wanted to get an election out of the way now, so that the winner would have a clear majority mandate to continue fighting the pandemic without distractions. Not everyone was thrilled that he did this “power grab”, but I actually think it was quite brilliant — he has now succeeded in solidifying a majority government going forward.
The televised debate, unlike certain others that shall remain nameless, was a very polite (boring) affair, where the leaders (mostly) discussed policy, were courteous, and followed the moderator’s instructions. The incumbent’s performance was excellent, as was that of the Green Party leader, but the Liberal leader’s was quite lackluster and seemed to show that he didn’t have a complete grasp of the issues. (The Liberal party in British Columbia is farther right than the Canadian federal Liberal party, and is quite fiscally conservative.) Given that the Green Party would never be able to get enough seats to govern, to me there was only one choice, even though my limited political leanings are actually more centrist with fiscal constraint.
Hallowe’en is today, but for the first time ever, we are turning off our lights and not giving out candy. I just don’t feel comfortable with it in these pandemic times. I did, however, play around with Photo Lab, resulting in this really creepy Richard as vampire GIF….
Here’s hoping that November will be better. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a good US election result and leaving you with a PSA which the participants are hoping will help to get young people out to vote. Here is Keke Palmer (Berlin Station) singing the very catchy “Actually Vote”, written by Finneas (Billie Eilish’s brother), Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Kaleena Zanders.