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AK Month-to-month Recap: April 2021

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I touched down in Boston at 12:08 PM on April 26 — and realized I had time to kill. Virtually 4 hours earlier than my necessary appointment.

My mother picked me up on the airport. We stopped at an Italian grocery retailer in Revere and picked up an Italian sub, one thing I had been yearning for months (and one thing you possibly can’t discover outdoors the closely Italian-American elements of the US).

I fought sleep, having been awake for the reason that equal of 9:15 PM the evening earlier than, however I needed to hold going. I drank tea and glared on the TV, barely in a position to comply with the present, keen the clock to maneuver sooner.

Lastly, it was time. We drove to Lynn Tech, a vaccination website initially constructed to serve the at-risk group of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Virtually everybody in my household has lived in Lynn sooner or later, and Lynn has all the time been a metropolis of immigrants. My household have been the immigrants, French Canadians from New Brunswick, within the early 1900s. Then got here Russians, Cambodians, Dominicans. Immediately, most newly arriving immigrants in Lynn come from Guatemala.

And within the gymnasium of Lynn Tech, the place vaccinations at the moment are open to all Massachusetts residents, I used to be surrounded by individuals of all ages, all sizes, all colours, individuals from all around the world, right here for one cause: to guard others and themselves.

I obtained my temperature checked on the door. I moved from desk to desk, giving my identify and knowledge. “Right here’s an data package deal on the Moderna vaccine.” Ah, in order that’s what I might be getting.

I sat down within the chair and a Massachusetts Nationwide Guardsman slid a needle into my left arm. My mother snapped an image and thanked him for his service.

First dose.

The start of the tip of this nightmare.

Lastly.

Locations Visited

Prague, Czech Republic

Lynn, Studying, Lynnfield, and Woburn, Massachusetts

Kate and her two friends, Lisa and Alexa, standing apart from each other in front of a house. Kate wears a pink face mask, Lisa wears a flower patterned face mask, and Alexa wears no face mask but holds up her arms with a grin.
Socializing the 2021 manner!

Highlights

Getting my COVID vaccine was far and away the spotlight of the month. Charlie obtained his, too, originally of the month! He traveled again to the UK to get his first dose of Astra-Zeneca; he’ll return for his second dose on the finish of June, because the Brits are spacing out the doses 11 weeks aside.

Repeatedly bettering situations within the Czech Republic. We’ve had a tough time with COVID, with three distinct waves this fall and winter, however lastly the numbers have been getting higher, dropping to their lowest ranges since late September.

The whole lot besides important companies (i.e. supermarkets and potraviny, or the closest factor Czechs must bodegas) has been closed since October — except three superb weeks in December.

However with bettering situations, locations are beginning to reopen! We obtained farmers’ markets again, they ended the 9:00 PM curfew, and there was quasi-legal outside eating (i.e. technically not open, however they don’t cease you if you happen to sit down at a desk with takeaway meals and/or beer).

I obtained my Czech residency! This has been an enormous enterprise over the previous six months, and there have been a number of setbacks alongside the best way, however I lastly obtained my visa, non permanent residency, and little Czech passport ebook. It’s good for FIVE YEARS — after which I can apply for everlasting residency. Holy cow.

I labored with Expat Zone and if you understand anybody who wants a Czech visa or commerce license, it is best to go together with them (and inform them Adventurous Kate despatched you). I wouldn’t dream of doing this with out an company. The method is gnarly, even if you happen to converse Czech, and it’s greater than you possibly can deal with by yourself.

Attending to see my household and associates after being away for therefore lengthy. My dad and mom are each totally vaccinated, as are my aunt and uncle — an enormous aid. And my associates Lisa and Alexa and I frolicked outdoor, distanced, and masked — we obtained to have a good time Alexa’s birthday, meet her new pet, and hang around with one in all my favourite youngsters, who’s now two and loves digging within the dust!

A brand new health routine. I not too long ago joined Obé Health and I’m actually having fun with it! They do tons of reside exercises every day and you are able to do on-demand lessons anytime as nicely. It has EVERYTHING from energy to yoga to Pilates to barre to bop to trampoline. I particularly like that they’ve a ton of dance lessons, as that’s typically laborious to search out in different health apps.

If you happen to’re occupied with making an attempt Obé, I can provide you entry to a free two-week trial right here. Extremely suggest Walter’s lessons for low-impact energy and dance HIIT, Peter’s tremendous campy dance lessons, and Katherine’s hard-but-doable Pilates lessons.

Lewis the cat is continuous to do nicely. As I sort this, my little Lewis is simply previous the midway level of his 12-week commentary interval post-FIP therapy. He obtained his first month-to-month follow-up bloodwork and the vets say it appears to be like good. Charlie and I are grateful.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley appreciated a photograph of Lewis on Twitter! She shared a photograph of her lovable cat Sojo and I responded with a photograph of Lewis and the way her beloved colleague was his namesake! Whether or not it was her or her employees…that felt superior!

Cat-sitting a chonky boy. Our associates, a Czech-British couple and their child, traveled again to the UK for the vaccine with Charlie, so I took care of their cat Baliček — a real chonkster and probably the most loving, affectionate cat I’ve ever recognized. You will be holding him and he’ll hold mashing his face into you to get nearer!

I used to be there to feed him — however greater than that, I used to be there to present him numerous cuddles whereas his people have been away. Take a look at these pictures to see simply how clingy he’s!

Kate holds Baliček the gray tabby cat in front of her face; you can only see her eyes peeking out from above his fur. Baliček stares straight ahead.
Kate tries to work on her laptop at the table but Baliček keeps insisting on climbing her, his paws on her shoulders and his head mashed up next to hers.
Kate smiles as Baliček mashes the side of his head against her temple.

Challenges

I discovered I want glasses!!! Age 36, I suppose it’s about time. My imaginative and prescient began getting blurry on and off, and naturally I panicked that it was the signal of one thing neurological, however I obtained it checked out. It seems I simply want glasses for studying and the pc and such. I’ll be getting my first pair quickly.

A not-so-great flight itinerary. I didn’t thoughts too a lot, since I used to be simply pleased to be going house, however waking up at 3:15 AM to get a 4:00 AM Liftago trip for a 6:30 AM flight, the equal of waking up at 9:15 PM in Boston — ugh, that was tough. (What WAS good was that my long-haul flight had 47 passengers and 43 rows, so I obtained a row of 4 to myself!)

A really robust month for me work-wise. I’ve been battling focus the previous few weeks, and as I write this submit and undergo the month, I notice that I’ve been feeling this fashion for all of April. Actually making an attempt to dig my manner out of this now.

I purchased a trampoline, and Charlie and I are too weak to string it. Significantly, that’s not a knock on our energy — that is an IMPOSSIBLE trampoline!! The YouTube video is filled with indignant feedback saying IT’S NOT THAT EASY!

SNOW in April! A number of snowstorms in Prague, actually!! Nothing that caught.

I miss my kitties. That is the primary time I’ve been away from Lewis and Murray since adopting them and I miss them tons.

DMX’s dying hit me unexpectedly laborious. He’s an artist whose music has been an enormous a part of my teenage, faculty, and younger grownup recollections. However my coronary heart all the time went out to DMX as a result of he was severely abused as a baby, and that manifested so clearly in his music, in his performances. He was each gangsta and childlike, unfailingly religious however dropped at his knees by habit.

His dying additionally introduced up numerous tales: like when he discovered there was a presidential candidate known as Barack Obama, when he went into an IHOP kitchen in Buffalo and began making omelets, when he crashed an Albanian wedding ceremony! Yearly at Christmas, I watch his impromptu Rudolph the Crimson-Nosed Reindeer. He beloved bringing pleasure to individuals.

His homegoing included a parade by New York, his coffin atop a monster truck. Couldn’t consider a greater sendoff for him. Could he lastly be at peace.

Karlinske Namesti -- my square! A green open space, like a park, in front of a church with two steeples. People are sitting in groups on the grass. The trees are still bare and the sky is a pink, blue and purple sunset.
That is my neighborhood in Prague. So fairly!

This Month on Patreon

On the Adventurous Kate Patreon, I publish unique content material and never-told tales you could entry from $6 per thirty days. We even have a non-public Fb group and members get free entry to the E-book Membership every month.

I’m excited to share that I’ve my first journey deliberate post-vaccination! I wrote a submit on my Patreon sharing all the small print with my patrons.

The journey can be in mid-July, after Charlie and I are each two weeks previous our closing vaccinations. The journey can be 9 days and to a rustic in Europe that won’t shock anybody.

What I appreciated about being in Croatia final summer season was that every thing was achieved outdoors, from meals to actions to even transportation. (That’s why I wrote that Croatia is the primary place it is best to go after you’re vaccinated! They’re open to vaccinated Individuals this summer season!)

So this summer season we’re going to a equally outdoorsy vacation spot by the ocean. A spot that has been on my bucket record since I first studied overseas. Staying within the good boutique lodge there. Someplace that depends on tourism, and thus is in determined want of our vacationer {dollars} this yr.

Someplace extra widespread with home and European vacationers than North Individuals for certain…although it does get some super-rich celebrities to at least one explicit a part of the vacation spot. It’s obtained seashores, meals, journey.

And in contrast to most of our standard journeys, we’re not doing the work-while-we-travel factor — this can be a true trip. The primary one in a very long time.

Any guesses?

Murray and Lewis, two gray tabby kittens with white bellies and white paws, sitting on a red blanket on a white chair. They both stare straight at the camera, Murray folding his arms beneath him, Lewis reaching one arm out and showing his claws. They are glaring like they're trying to intimidate.
Murray and Lewis, as intimidating as ever.

E-book Membership This Month

I pushed this month’s ebook membership again to Sunday, Could 14, at 1:00 PM ET.

We can be studying Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Loss of life, and Laborious Truths in a Northern Metropolis by Indigenous Canadian journalist Tanya Talaga!

I learn this ebook in March and LOVED it — as a lot because it broke my coronary heart. I instantly needed individuals to debate it with, and I noticed that made it an ideal ebook membership selection.

“In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to dying on the railway tracks after working away from residential faculty. An inquest was known as and 4 suggestions have been made to forestall one other tragedy. None of these suggestions have been utilized.

Greater than 1 / 4 of a century later, from 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous highschool college students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven have been lots of of miles away from their households, compelled to depart house and reside in a international and unwelcoming metropolis. 5 have been discovered lifeless within the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, under a sacred Indigenous website. Jordan Wabasse, a mild boy and star hockey participant, disappeared into the minus twenty levels Celsius evening. The physique of celebrated artist Norval Morrisseau’s grandson, Kyle, was pulled from a river, as was Curran Strang’s. Robyn Harper died in her boarding-house hallway and Paul Panacheese inexplicably collapsed on his kitchen flooring. Reggie Bushie’s dying lastly prompted an inquest, seven years after the invention of Jethro Anderson, the primary boy whose physique was discovered within the water.

Utilizing a sweeping narrative specializing in the lives of the scholars, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the historical past of this small northern metropolis that has come to manifest Canada’s lengthy battle with human rights violations towards Indigenous communities.”

There have been points with suspending the occasion on Eventbrite, so simply e-mail me (kate at adventurouskate dot com) if you wish to be a part of.

The stone Charles Bridge in Prague, lined with statues on each side and Jesus on a cross on the right. A few dozen people are walking on it, including three women with a stroller and a small brown dog. In the background you see Prague Castle and lots of buildings with orange roofs.
The Charles Bridge received’t be this empty for lengthy.

What I Listened To This Month

Eep…I obtained nothing this month. I spent most of April making an attempt to get by the audiobook of The Silent Affected person by Alex Michaelides and ready, ready, and ready for it to get good.

I’m at 66% and nothing has occurred but. How is that this a thriller?!

What I Watched This Month

The Handmaid’s Story is again after nearly two years! Nonetheless one of many biggest reveals, although extremely bleak.

Whereas the present has its points (is June actually going to flee and get captured AGAIN?!) the third episode provides me hope that the writers are making robust however smart decisions. I’ve heard critics say that midway by the season it fully adjustments path, so I’m wanting ahead to that.

I additionally began rewatching The Nanny, which is now streaming on HBO Max! It is a enormous affect of writer Saeed Jones, who has been tweeting about it continually for the final month. And you understand what? The Nanny is fucking nice!

I’m satisfied that it didn’t get the popularity it deserved because of sexism. Fran Drescher is a comedic genius and the present was lightning-fast and viciously humorous, however everybody handled her like a bimbo and talked about how annoying her voice was.

And sure, I would like Fran’s early 90s wardrobe now. Black tights, vests, turtlenecks, puffy shirts…I used to be even a classic leopard coat on Poshmark. DAMMIT, now I’m leopard coats once more!!

Kate and Charlie with big smiles, both wearing black coats, standing outside, each holding a pint of beer with a few inches of foam on top.
It felt SO GOOD to drink a beer outdoor!

What I Learn This Month

This month I completed three new books — not that many! Thus far I’m 33 books into the yr, which signifies that if I proceed at this tempo, I’ll hit 100. My massive stretch aim.

Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Factor by Lauren Hough (2021) — Lauren Hough went viral just a few years in the past for her essay I used to be a cable man. I noticed the worst of America. This ebook is a memoir written in essays: about rising up in a cult; about surviving being homosexual within the army throughout Don’t Ask, Don’t Inform; about dwelling on the perimeters of the working class for many of her grownup life.

I’ve been ready for this ebook for a LONG time. I’m an enormous fan of Lauren and one in all her Patreon supporters. These essays are a masterclass in displaying SO a lot with only a few phrases, and her type is inimitable. I’m making an attempt to consider an writer she jogs my memory of in essence — perhaps Raven Leilani. A bit.

There are memoirs which can be about distinctive lives and memoirs which can be exceptionally advised. This is likely one of the uncommon ones that’s each. Top-of-the-line reads of the yr by far.

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian (2019) — Cassie is a hard-partying flight attendant. Her life revolves round flights, hookups, and plenty of consuming. One morning she wakes up in a Dubai lodge room with one in all her passengers…and he’s been murdered. She was blacked out and might’t keep in mind what occurred — so she will get out of Dubai and begins mendacity to everybody about what occurred. It turns right into a chase across the globe as she and the authorities piece collectively what occurred.

This was a enjoyable ebook with numerous action-packed scenes and a fabulously unreliable narrator. There have been lots of eye-rolling that-never-would-have-happened moments, particularly about New York (actually no one says “That’s how we do it within the 212”), however I discovered it to be a really fulfilling, riveting learn.

The ebook has since develop into an HBO sequence starring Kaley Cuoco. I’m wanting ahead to watching it!

Repair This Subsequent by Mike Michalowicz — Mike Michalowicz influenced me drastically along with his best-known ebook, Revenue First, so I made a decision to present this one a learn. Repair This Subsequent helps you determine what you have to be specializing in in your small business subsequent in order that you’ll be able to self-actualize.

From studying it…I’ve the sensation that Revenue First was his HUGE success and nothing else may maintain as much as it. And for many enterprise homeowners, you’ll discover out that it’s essential to be fulfilling the underside want extra — making more cash — so for lots of people it can look like a lifeless finish. Nevertheless it does get you to consider what you need your legacy to be.

A wide wooden pathway along the water in Newburyport, Massachusetts, lined with benches. There is a pink and purple sunset and it reflects in the water.
Newburyport at sundown.

Coming Up in Could 2021

I’m scheduled to get dose dos on Could 24. And the very last thing I would like is to get COVID in between doses, as some individuals have, so I’m persevering with to remain principally at house, restrict my contact with others, and hold issues low-key.

I do need to do a little bit of native exploration in Massachusetts, although — some day journeys, perhaps even an in a single day journey, whereas persevering with to masks and distance. I’d wish to create extra detailed content material on locations I really like — like Newburyport, pictured above — and go to some locations new to me, like Northampton.

I’ve been making an attempt to get extra US content material on the positioning, not least as a result of journey bloggers with lots of US content material tended to climate 2020 higher than those that focus totally on worldwide content material (hey, it’s me, the latter). Writing about my New England yard looks like a enjoyable option to go about that.

I fly again to Prague on Could 30.

What did you rise up to in April? Share away!

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