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Well, it’s only been five months since I’d last posted a “weekly” roundup. That’s pretty on brand at this point, right?

In these times of COVID-19, time as a concept seems as nebulous as it does immemorial. Seriously, some days I wake up and still wonder if it’s June. Yet, the clock does still keep ticking in the same 12-rung, twice-a-day cycle that it always has. There have still been some landmark moments here and there that recall that place some semblance of rigidity back into the monthly calendar. A lot of it, in 2020 fashion, hasn’t been good. In an at-home dosage of bad news, my mini-dachshund of 14 years, Twinkie, passed away in June.

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Like so many others, I was swept up in blind, desperate optimism while blurring out the facts. COVID-19 is here, and its influence is vast. Take your pick of the likes of past pandemics and epidemics, and MERS, SARS, Ebola, and more are still deadlier than COVID-19, but deadliness should have never been the only quantifying factor in any of our minds. The key behind why we’re all cooped up in our homes at the time being seems more to be with the efficacy of transference than anything.

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Here we are, folks! Without further ado, we’re coming in hot with another “weekly” roundup. This one is only 8 weeks behind, which means that somewhere along the way, progress is being made (considering that the last before our January roundup was in November). Should I start making these into a more manageable monthly roundup format? Probably. For now, though, let’s stubbornly grip onto this weekly dream and maybe it’ll come true.

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