Monday, May 24, 2021
Eurovision, Europe Trip, 2nd Vaccine, ...
Yes, you guessed it. It's Monday evening again and another week has somehow disappeared. A week from today is already Memorial Day. I don't even know how it's almost June. Work is still very busy and I guess that really won't change until the fall. But it's good to know that things are going back to normal and relocations are picking up again. Means the world is slowly going back to "normal". Whatever that means. :)
I got my 2nd shot today (Pfizer) So far so good. My arm is sore but so far nothing else crazy. I didn't have too much of a problem with the first shot either. Just a bit of a fever for a really short time overnight, a sore arm and tiredness. But nothing overly terrible. So hopefully it will be the same with the second shot. And then two weeks from today I will be fully vaccinated. Yay! I know Mike is dying to go to a baseball game. We haven't been in ages so would be fun to be able to go this summer.
I am glad there is a light at the end of the tunnel now. I also just booked a trip back to Europe for right after Labor Day and am hoping when I go everything will feel a bit more normal there too. I am flying to London first (Jet Blue had a sale for their new London route) and am going to spend a few days with my friend Nicola in the UK. Haven't seen her since March 2019 so will be fun to spend some time with her. And after that I am off to Austria to spend time with my mom of course. And if the world cooperates I'll also be able to see some of my Vienna friends this time (as last time everything was in lock down and I couldn't really see many people outside of the immediate circle) So yes, definitely looking forward to it. It will still be strange going back and my dad not being there. I know, it's been two months now, but it's still a weird feeling and honestly often easy to forget where thoughts like 'Oh he would think that's funny, I have to tell him that' etc. pop into my mind. I wonder how long it takes for those kind of things to stop.
Anyway, on a more fun note, last weekend was the Eurovision Song Contest and I had fun watching it live via the ORF (Austrian TV) website. The Netherlands did a great job hosting - especially considering the crazy year it's been and all the preparations that had to go into it. Italy won so next year they will be hosting. I think it's been a while since they have hosted/won so should be fun.
Mail Update: Received a letter from/owe a response to: Celia/MA, Nina/WA, Tiffany/OK.
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