Goal Post: Did Better Than I Expected

I’m not talking about progress since I had planned very little of that to begin with.  I mean with surviving the week.  Although, I guess today could take me out since it’s going to be crazier and run later than the weekdays.  Just can’t catch a moment to rest unless I’m bedridden lately.

For those who forgot, I had Covid over a week ago and this was my first week back to work since recovering.  This was my second bout, so I was nervous.  The first battle with Covid was at the start of last summer and it left me a physical wreck.  I spent the whole summer trying to get myself back to functional.  So, I expected the same type of battle to ensue this time around.  It would have been even worse considering I couldn’t sleep in since I had to go into work.  If I was in the same type of bad shape, I’d be struggling to the point where I would collapse.

Thankfully, I had it a bit easier.  Maybe it was because it wasn’t hot like last time.  The rainy days still battered my sinuses and left me mentally fuzzy.  It wasn’t enough to make me limp through the day until Friday when everything caught up with me.  I woke up feeling like crap and couldn’t even eat yesterday.  Felt better once I got on my way to work, but I was definitely feeling like I was hit by a truck until I got home.  Then, it was me trying not to fall asleep, which is how today is going too.

I managed to finish Darwin & the Demon Game last Saturday too.  That meant I could settle in to tinker with other story ideas last Sunday . . . I didn’t though.  Not that I didn’t try or want to.  The adrenaline rush I get from finishing a book mixed with the post-Covid exhaustion to make it hard to get out of bed.  Didn’t even watch TV or play any video games.  No idea what I did either.  Just drifted through Sunday and made sure I was rested for Monday.

Blogging goals were met with me setting up July and starting in on August.  My hope is to get at least those months scheduled for Do I Need to Use a Dragon? posts. That will make June and the summer easier.  So much is going on in May that I don’t even think I could properly tackle the Darwin & the Beast Collector outline.  That might have to wait for Memorial Day when things calm down for me and my son.  Not sure if I’ll start writing that book in June or July either.  Depends entirely on how I do with preparing blog posts for the future.

In the realm of parenting, my son had a lot on his plate as well, which is another reason I didn’t tackle a lot of personal projects.  Poor kid had 2 tests and 2 quizzes in one day.  He has Lego Robotics until 4:15 after school every day, so I have to pick him up.  Then, it’s diving into homework, which can take us to 10 PM.  He also has a concert this coming week and a NYSSMA performance next weekend.  This is another reason May is going to be a challenge, so I shouldn’t tackle a new writing projects.  With my energy already questionable, I don’t know if I can make it through everything without collapsing at some point.  Fingers crossed that I can make it because it’s not a good month for me to be out of action even for a day.

My brain is too foggy for me to remember if there was something else that happened this week.  Even writing this is taking a mental and physical toll.  Doesn’t help that some people kept bringing up ‘Paxlovid rebound’.  That makes me think I’m relapsing every time I feel out of sorts.  I’m not since I have no fever and the only time I cough is when I start freaking out, which means it’s my anxiety cough.  Get the sense that some people think Covid is something everyone shrugs off too.  Can’t get them to understand that the fatigue I feel at times isn’t the ‘I am tired’ version.  It’s down to my marrow and deepest organs that I feel drained. At least it took an entire week of working and parenting to push me to this point instead of a single day of writing like last time.  Silver linings!

Only thing going on is that I started watching ‘White Collar’ again.  Haven’t watched it in years and figured it’s a good one that I can pause if I need a nap.  I remember enough to be able to stop an episode halfway through, but not enough for me to be bored.  It’s a nice combo for how I’m feeling right now.

Goals of the week?

  1. Continue resting and recovering . . . Starting tomorrow.
  2. Parenting from morning until night.
  3. Watch more ‘White Collar’.
  4. Work on James Bond puzzle.
  5. Go to my son’s concert.
  6. Write posts for August.
  7. Tinker with Phi Beta Files next weekend if blog stuff is done.
  8. Sign Mothers Day cards and birthday cards.
  9. Biking!

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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10 Responses to Goal Post: Did Better Than I Expected

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Your poor son! Don’t his teachers co-ordinate?


    • Teachers try, but it gets difficult as you get into the 4th quarter. Everyone tries to finish the final units with enough time to study for finals. There are also state tests that delay lessons for all classes, which starts to put them on the same test schedule. You also have electives around this grade and those teachers aren’t part of the cohort.


  2. Cherish those little victories. It seems like the 2020’s are going to be a rough ride. I feel bad when I blow off writing time, but I’m getting over it. I can only force it for so long, and when life gets ahead of me something has to give. Surviving the day has become a mantra for me.


  3. Hope you continue to gain strength.


  4. Victoria Zigler says:

    Glad you’re not struggling with the recovery quite as much as you were last time, and that you managed some writing time while dealing with recovery and all the work and parenting stuff. Hope you continue to gain strength, and good luck with the coming week.


    • A family event yesterday may have knocked me back down. Was up way too late and my anxiety wasn’t letting me sleep. Hoping this is just a one day situation and I’ll be fine tomorrow.


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