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Everything is a work in progress

Well, guess who has two thumbs, COVID-19, and is now almost out of quarantine? That’s right, it’s me!

Not that having covid is any great exciting thing, nor all that uncommon, unfortunately. After all, it is a relentless, years-long pandemic, grossly mismanaged on an epic scale. 

But in my case, thanks to being vaxxed and recently boosted, and the fact my (also vaccinated) five-year-old was already in covid-positive quarantine, and my wife is an absolutely tireless saint of a parent and partner, it hasn't been too bad. 

I got to enjoy a bit of a slumber party with Arya. And do masses of time-sensitive work giving presentation skills feedback for a client, on a short deadline.

Did I do lots of that work sitting on the lid of the toilet, working on an iron board. You're damn right I did!

And now, I'm about to break loose, negative test result permitting, and get cracking on executing plans for the year   

Remember when I said I was going to "break loose" up there?

Well, that might be true in a figurative sense, as I do have some exciting work projects on the go, some personal passion projects percolating, and some bigger ideas cooking off on the horizon.

But if I'm being really real, I think I just mean get out of quarantine, maybe put on some pants and even leave the house and go for a walk. 

There are my starry-eyed ideas and dreams, you see. And then there's also reality. 
I absolutely co-sign on that image above. Every project I've worked on, most anything I've done does not follow a set plan.

The image, by the way, is from The Oatmeal, the brilliant webcomic that I'm sure you know.

He recently published Eight Marvelous & Melancholy Things I've Learned About Creativity.. The image is from the chapter on Erasers, but the whole thing really spoke to me.

I highly recommend you take a cruise through all eight, because our misery loves company, and it's also wonderfully enlightening and inspiring.

There's a whole lot of 2s going on

Of note: I drafted this email to send it out 24 hours ago, so you could read it at 22:22 on 2/2/2022, time zones permitting. It didn't work, but this is still a good opportunity to celebrate the twos of our lives. Besides, I couldn't wait until the 22nd of February, that's too far away, and I'm interested in twos now!

Here are some examples of great twos, doubles and pairs, off the top of my head: the Wright Brothers, peanut butter and jam, fire and ice, Duolingo, the two of diamonds, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Rob Base's "It Takes Two", binary, Wrigley's Doublemint, cross-country skis... and the list goes on.

Celebrate the twos!

Alright, that's all. Reply to this mail with a couple of your favorite 2s.

And enjoy your day!

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