Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

First of all, let me say that while the adjective “miscellaneous” is quite popular, I don’t think that the noun “miscellany” is used nearly often enough. So I’m happy to use this neglected word as the title of this post, which certainly fits the definition of “a collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items”. 

In other words, this week I had a handful of things that I wanted to discuss, but none of them felt like enough to fill an entire post. So let’s start with:

Covid-19

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As I wrote about in last Sunday’s post, I was lucky enough to be able to get a rapid test when I had an exposure scare, and, thankfully, tested negative. Meanwhile, St. Louis and statewide trends, cases, and hospitalizations are on the rise, as are the waits times for testing results, which I’ve been told are now averaging 7-8 days. Meanwhile, our local school districts are scheduled to release their fall plans tomorrow, which has a lot of people feeling extremely anxious. Our schools typically start in August, and I’ve been watching the national and local debate on the school issue, which has gotten quite contentious.

Both of my sisters have been weighing pros and cons of sending their kids back to school, and my teacher friends have been trying to plan for all possible scenarios.

Baking

I had a rare two post week this week, because on Wednesday I posted my entry for this year’s Great Bloggers Bakeoff, which is going on right now over at Mel’s Caramel blog. You really should take the time to check it out, because there are some amazing entries.

I wouldn’t put mine in the “amazing” category, but I had fun. So much so, in fact, that as the week went on and some really stressful stuff went down at work, I kept making little cheesecakes and various toppings, eventually mastering strawberry and cookies & cream. It was extremely therapeutic, and I ended up with way too much cheesecake. Lol. 

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Small Acts of Self Care

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I’m a firm believer in looking for opportunities to maximize the benefits for investing time, money, and effort. Recently, I’ve started applying that principle to stress relief and health management. Even on the busiest days, I’ve made a point to set aside at least an hour for relaxation, and I’ve gotten in the habit of taking a few minutes to consider what activity would have the greatest impact on my mood. I’ve discovered that varies day to day, and being mindful of it has been really beneficial. So some days I add a little extra reading time, while on others I take a walk, do a little baking, or watch the Muppets (which never fail to lift my spirits…no matter how old I get). 

I’ve also made a few small financial investments that are paying daily dividends, like a new seat cover for my stationary bike (good timing, since I’ve increased my workouts a little due to all the cheesecake), a few new accents for the house (they make me smile every time they catch my eye), and high-quality, super comfortable bedroom slippers (which, since I’m still working from home, I’m wearing most of the time).

The right small things can really make a big difference.

Life 2

Let’s keep the miscellany going. What’s on your mind?

26 thoughts on “Miscellany

  1. Paul says:

    Miscellany is a great word and certainly should be used much more.

    One thing confuses me, though… How on Earth can you have too much cheesecake? 😉

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I miss the days when I could go on a baking spree and then take the results to work.

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  2. in says:

    😍 cupcakes!

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  3. kagould17 says:

    Thanks for sharing Amanda. A tough decision on schooling, for sure, but as long as outbreaks soar, I would not send my kids back. In general kids are tiny petri dishes, who will bring back any infection they come in contact with. Even if they do not get sick, others they come in contact will. I recall having 5-7 colds (Covid virus) a year, when my kids were in Kindergarten to Grade 8. The number dropped down as they got older and now they are out of the house, I have not had more than one cold every 2-3 years. As to relaxing, it is key these days. I am up early today, doing a big Levain bake, so we can enjoy the fresh bread for breakie. Stay well. Allan

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I worry for my nieces, and for my friends who teach. There isn’t a perfect solution, and I understand the concerns about education gaps and students’ emotional well-being, but I would prefer to err on the side of public health. I hope my local school districts agree. I, like many others, am anxiously waiting to see their plans tomorrow.

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  4. kagould17 says:

    Up here, we are planning for three different scenarios….back to school like regular (very unlikely), part in class, part at home (possible), all at home (most likely). Many Universities have already stated that classes will be all virtual this year, due to the large amount of advance planning they must do. I guess the biggest drawback for virtual learning, is for those students who do not have access to high speed internet. We have a real push on here to complete, but there are likely still a few gaps. Once a treatment/vaccine is available, we can all plan better options. I just wish the politics could be taken out of Covid with clear concise directives coming from the top, so the economy does not suffer further harm due to people not trusting the message, and not doing physical distancing or wearing masks in stores and areas where physically distancing is not possible. We can only end this thing, if we all think of each other instead of only ourselves. I am praying the message gets through soon, so people will stop getting sick and dying. Allan

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      We’re looking at the same three scenarios, and I couldn’t agree more with wanting the issue to stop being political.

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  5. The new cushion for me exercise bike is the best investment ever. It really is…..

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  6. Jennie says:

    Little things absolutely make a big difference! I have very mixed emotions about the school ahead.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I think everyone does. My teacher friends and my parent friends are all on pins and needles.

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  7. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    What’s your favorite muppet?

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Oh my gosh, that’s such a tough question. I love them all so much.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        I liked Animal. We’re similar on the drums.

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  8. I agree with you. It’s the small things that are keeping me going this time. As a student, I am desperately awaiting news about whether or not I will return to school. It’s stressful but there are worse situations to be in.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Do you have any idea when your school will be releasing information?

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      1. Just got an email today that i can schedule my move-in on Friday. Thanks for asking!

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  9. Simon says:

    I think slipper sound gooood…

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Super comfortable. 😀

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  10. This has made me want cake!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It’s an easy recipe. 😉

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  11. How can cake be nothing but delicious!!!!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      The baking has been good for my nerves, so I’m making a list of other things I want to learn to make.

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