On the COVID front -
We've had some recent positive results in the extended family that we are watching closely (one is in the hospital) - as well as someone a lot closer having direct exposure to someone else with a positive result. So that's a waiting game as well. I've had the sniffles for last couple of days. Normally I'd blame seasonal allergies, but right now it's "OMG! It's coronavirus!!!" :)
(Note - it's highly doubtful that I have it. My levels of exposure have been minimal, and it's literally just a sniffle. But I know how people can worry...)
There was something I left out in my Gatekeeper email. I actually didn't think about it until after I sent it, and now I've had some time to think about it, it's really a remarkable stat that I will probably end up mentioning over and over again from now until the end of the competition -
We started with 131 contestants this season.
That little voice in the back of my head (of course) has been looking at that and telling me how much I suck and how the I might as well give up... because that's what that little voice does. It gives you the worse perspective.
The perspective that I've gained over the course of this season is that Livejournal is "dead." Everyone says so.
There are people who refuse to come here for various reasons, some completely legit and some just because people have decided that they just want to post what they had for dinner. :)
With all of that in mind - sure, it's not as big of a season as most of the "modern" Idol seasons - BUT I still was able to get 131 people to show up (a couple of those were alts, but let's just use that number because I don't feel like looking it up. It would still be in the 120s) - 131 people showed up and the vast majority of them wrote something. Maybe they didn't last long - but they wrote something. They brought something new into the world.
That doesn't suck. That's remarkable. It's worth celebrating.