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Welcome to my weekly update for January 31, 2021!
I mentioned the virtual Parade Across America last week and several of you said you missed it as well. I streamed it from the official Biden/Harris inauguration page but that video has been taken down now. This WBUR video appears to contain the whole parade instead. If you watched Biden and Harris walking down Pennsylvania Avenue in DC, you can skip ahead to the 32:00 mark to find the beginning of the virtual parade. I really enjoyed watching so many excellent performances from all our states and territories!
I also thought I’d share my husband’s experience with the COVID-19 vaccine since some of you may not know anyone who’s received it yet and have questions.
He is a healthcare worker. He received his first injection (the Pfizer one) on December 23.
Side effects that only lasted one day:
- Slight soreness in the arm that received the injection
- Faint headache
- Slight nausea (possibly from the Mexican food he had for lunch)
Side effect that lasted about a week:
- Significant fatigue. This didn’t interfere with his ability to work but his wagon was draggin’, as my aunt says, by the time he got home.
He received his second vaccine on January 13. He’d heard repeatedly that the second shot causes worse side effects than the first but that wasn’t the case for him. In fact, the side effects may have slightly decreased.
Side effect the day of the second dose:
- Arm soreness. More noticeable than the first time but it didn’t hamper his activities. Could be because a different nurse gave it to him.
- NO nausea or fatigue
Side effect the day after the second dose:
- Significant fatigue. This was probably a combination of a stressful day, lack of sleep due to an earlier-than-usual alarm, and the vaccine.
Side effect that started a week after the second injection and lasted five days:
- Mild headaches
He’s relieved to know that he’s well-protected against the virus now and says he would do it all over again. But remember, everyone’s experience is different.
Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams–4 Stars
Goldie Vance Volumes Three and Four by Hope Larson et al.–4 Stars
Deep Storm by Lincoln Child, read by Scott Brick–2 Stars
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams
Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey by Kathleen Rooney
End of Watch by Stephen King, read by Will Patton
I needed to return these graphic novels to the library so I buckled down and read them this week.
Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Stephanie Hans
Lumberjanes Volume 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson et al.
Giant Days Volume 3 by John Allison, illustrated by Max Sarin
Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson et al.
Blackbird Volume 1 by Sam Humphries, illustrated by Jen Bartel
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan by Isabella Bird
Reading Challenge Update:
I’ve seen some of you posting this and I think it’s a good idea to hold myself accountable. I’ll try to remember to update at the end of each month. Challenge title links go to my personal progress page and host links go to the relevant sign-up page.
- Books in Translation Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 0/4
- Southern Literature Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 3/7
- New (To You) Narrator Reading Challenge (hosted here at Introverted Reader) Progress: 1/6
- Uncorked Reading Challenge (hosted at The Uncorked Librarian) Progress: 1/12
- Nonfiction Reader Challenge (hosted at Book’d Out) Progress: 1/12
- Diversity Reading Challenge (hosted at Celebrity Readers) General Progress: 4/25; Monthly Progress: 1/12
- Audiobook Reading Challenge (hosted at Caffeinated Reviewer and That’s What I’m Talking About) Progress: 3/20
- Book Voyage: Read Around the World Challenge (hosted at The Book Girls’ Guide) Progress: 1/12
I honestly don’t know. It’s already time to start planning my reads for my monthly challenges. This may be a busy week for me so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done.
What did your week look like?
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