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A Quick Bloglet for the end of March

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I figured I’d better drop in and say a few things, just so y’all know I’m still alive.

I’ve had my ears rechecked, and the infection is gone. Unfortunately, it takes a while for fluid in the ears to go away, so my balance remains a bit off (as does my hearing). Still, things are a little better in that regard.

Otherwise, I’ve been reading and re-reading some of my favorite books, while contemplating doing some writing just as soon as I have the energy for it.

As per usual, I’m working on several editing projects and am planning to make good progress this week.

Other than that, I continue to feel a bit unsettled and off-center, probably because of the ear issues. In addition, I remain deeply concerned about the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Ukraine (I truly hope Russia pulls its troops back, and soon, so Ukraine can start the rebuilding ASAP).

There are so many things I can’t do much about, and Ukraine is one of them. That said, I’m glad they’re still fighting. And I was happy to see that some of the Ukrainian figure skaters made it to the World Championships in France last week, even though none were even close to being medal contenders.

But that wasn’t the point of them being there, not under these circumstances. The point was that they refused to give up.

The crowds at the World Figure Skating Championships understood this, too, and gave the skaters a standing ovation.

So, while I was happy to see the American pairs team win the gold medal (and a second American pairs team was in medal contention before the female half of the pair suffered a hard fall, forcing them to withdraw), and glad to see that the rest of the American team did well in dance, men’s skating, and women’s skating, it was more important to me that the Ukrainians were there doing what they could.

Their perseverance, as well as their joy in skating despite all that has befallen their country, is what resonated with me. And I hope that next year, the Ukrainian skaters will have a much easier time of it. (Once the war’s over, I’d imagine it will be much easier to find time to skate. Hoping the ice rinks haven’t been completely bombarded, that is.)

How are you doing this week? What’s going on in your neck of the woods and/or corner of the internet? What did you think about, hope for, or pay attention to last week? Let me know in the comments!

Written by Barb Caffrey

March 30, 2022 at 2:39 am

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  1. I am loving spring and getting back to normal, but of course nothing is normal with friends getting Covid – it’s not over yet ! And Ukraine…

    March 30, 2022 at 10:53 am

    • That all makes sense.

      I am still worried about Covid, too. I can’t take the next booster shot for a few more months, but I will take it when the doctors allow. (That’s all we can do. Maximize our odds so we do not get it, or if we must get it anyway, get a lighter case of it that doesn’t totally debilitate us.)

      Barb Caffrey

      March 30, 2022 at 11:43 am

  2. How crazy is it to have a war going on in your homeland while you’re out doing the olympics? The world is indeed a strange place!

    Kayelle Allen

    March 30, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    • Yes, it definitely is, Kayelle.

      The Chinese, reportedly, were upset that the Russians didn’t wait until the end of the Paralympics before doing this.

      I felt bad for the Russian para-athletes. (Paralympians?) They had nothing to do with this, but because of Russia doing what it did as a country, those paraplegic athletes were unable to compete in China. I don’t even know if they were able to go back home. (China had a policy in place where you had to be there for a few weeks in quarantine before you could compete. So those para-athletes had been there for quite some time, and then they weren’t able to compete anyway.)

      Barb Caffrey

      March 31, 2022 at 8:43 pm

  3. Glad to read you’re free of the infection Barb. Don’t push yourself too much, take it slow.
    That was an uplifting account of the World Skating Championships. You train you focus all your life on one target, so you defy an aggressor in the one way you can. Not unbowed.


    March 31, 2022 at 2:25 am

    • Exactly, Roger. I was happy for the Ukrainian skaters. They went there and did their best. They were not in the best of shape for obvious reasons, but they went there and they did their country proud.

      Barb Caffrey

      March 31, 2022 at 8:44 pm

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