Today is Sunday, time to look back in the rearview mirror and talk about my week in and out of the blog. As usual I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted for years by Kimberly @caffeinatedreviewer .
As this also is the last day of the month, I’ll give you my monthly wrap-up
In my private life
The title today should be “when homeworking make you deaf and mute” paired with “kid’s existential crisis”.
Why deaf and mute you say?
Because after more than two months of homeworking and still being plegded to do so since end August, I had to go to the ORL this week as I was hearing a slight “hissing” or “buzzing” sound in one of my ear from time to time and my voice was also changing!
I could not reach some notes anymore (not that I am a singer mind you but I realized that I could not sing my usual songs in the shower without having my voice breaking) and my voice was changing by the end of the days (raspy/mute).
My ORL is a renowned doctor and a friend so I had an appointment very quickly.
Sadly my doctor does NOT look like that but I thought I would add some man candy today to boost your mood (sorry Greg and Lashaan!)
Now this being in COVID mode, I had to wear a mask, you had sanitizing gel at the entrance, were asked not to touch anything. In the waiting room we had plexiglass separating the chairs and in the doctor’s room, I had to put my bags in a certain place and wait to be seated that he sanitized everything.
When he had to examine my thoat, as he had to use a tiny camera dangling on a long and thin tube, I had that “plastic helmet” on with a tiny hole where my nose was. He inserted the tiny camera through the hole, into my nostrils and on he went to my throat!
Brilliant I tell you!
My hearing is still perfect but I hear that slight hissing from time to time due to the headset I wear while I work from home! Contrary to working at HQ and having meetings “sans” headset, I have that one nearly all the time on my head!
It should be temporary but I must avoid strong noises (I guess when my hubs will use our Nespresso while I am in a skype meeting, I’ll just have to wait for it to be finished without raising the sound to still hear what other people are saying 😀 ).
My voice … my vocal cords don’t shut completely anymore!
Cause? No, Ursula didn’t jinx me!
Skype meetings again! As I want to avoid speaking too loud, I kind of “hush” my tone and speak differently than what I do in a meeting room where every person, even the one nine meters from you, has to hear what you are saying!
Remedy? Pitching my voice as I used to do it. No slouching on my stool, no shushing, nothing. I guess my colleagues will go deaf as I must now speak loudly, doctor’s order 😀
Fun fact: my colleague’s father is working in a school as janitor and also went to the ORL because he could not easily speak anymore. Again, as the voice seems a “muscle” and he didn’t shout any longer, the voice was weaker.
I think screaming contests have to be organized with the lockdown LOL
All this to say that the homeworking will bring new pathologies as we don’t have the same equipment at home (chair, screen, headset) as we have at the office!
Now for the “Kid’s existential crisis” …
My daughter has a really hard time studying for her partials as a vet. They had to learn alone, without a teacher explaining everything. She is so stressed that she is barely sleeping, has constant headaches and yesterday, had a huge migraine.
She questions her choice of studies and I can’t fault her. So this morning, I listened to her concerns and told her that she had tried this year but if she realized it was not her future, that it was too difficult for her skills then she could change.
We learn life in making mistakes so as long as she does not changes her mind ten times, that’s no biggie.
Choosing what you want to do for the rest of your life at 18 is hard!
I could already see that she felt ten times better after I gave her my blessing. Now of course we have to talk about it with my hubs but I don’t think he’ll be opposed to the idea of her choosing another direction.
On the blog: May Wrap-Up (click on the graphic to read the post)
I have read 13 books in May!
My favorites this month are ….
The Raven King and King’s Men from Nora Sakavic (Why did I wait so long to read this unique and crazy series???)
The Switch by Beth O’Leary : really charming, thoughtful and so British. I ordered the Flatshare right after
The most INFURIATING that I don’t know if I HATE or LOVE : Aurora Bunring by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Honorable mentions to Well Met; What You Wish For and What I Carry
On the blogosphere and in the literary world
Epic Read asks us to build our won Royal Court and find out our title! Click on the graphic to take the quiz.
Sam had a very interesting discussion about books getting new covers!
That’s it for this week and month! How was your month? Any favorite? And your week? Anything I should know about?
Thanks for reading!