Coffee & a Chat – Prickly Pear

I thought I was busy at the pharmacy on my last post, little did I know, the next day it would go live on vaccinefinder.org that we had the Covid-19 vaccine in stock and I would experience the craziest day EVER in my entire pharmacy career. I’m not even going to sit here and explain. I don’t want to think about it anymore, it was that level of absurd.

Instead, I’ll focus on the fun stuff. It was finally a work hard, play hard kind of week.

As you can see in the picture above, I went to the library for the first time in over a year. It felt insanely good to just browse the racks. I was so excited that I forgot to bring my library card and had to go home and get it. (Apparently our very small library still doesn’t have the technology to look someone up without them knowing their library ID number. I don’t even have my driver’s license # memorized.) I do not live far from the library though so it was a small price to pay for the level of joy that I experienced.

We went out to dinner with friends for the first time in over a year as well. The local Mexican restaurant has one of those outdoor igloos and there was hardly anyone there. It was raining which made the experience in an igloo bubble even more atmospheric and fun. Everyone in the party is at some stage of their vaccinations. With Michigan surging in case numbers again, we were a bit nervous but the lack of people and plenty of precautions made, we think we’ll be a-okay. If I deserved nothing else after this hell week, it was my favorite prickly pear margarita. (Although it was hella bittersweet without Ignited Moth! My BFF and Margarita-annihilating partner!)

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What does this week entail?

Who knows. I’m basically flying by the seat of my pants and just making it through everyday at this point. A week from today is my birthday so hopefully some cool stuff happens that day and the following week brings a desperately needed bathroom remodel.

How has April been treating you thus far?

24 thoughts on “Coffee & a Chat – Prickly Pear

  1. It’s nice that people are getting back out now. I was so sad to hear that some libraries were still closed. Have a good week! Hope you have a wonderful B-day. ❤

  2. I went to a pharmacy last week for my first vaccine and I was the only one there! It was so weird. I had an appointment but I got there early and there wasn’t even a line (but they made me wait anyway). I’m sorry your work is so crazy right now, hope you have a good week!

    1. Thank you. 🙂 I’m preparing for the worst but hoping for the best this week lol. I’m happy to hear you were able to get your first vaccine! That is weird that no one else was there though. 😛

  3. Our libraries and all non essential shops are opening again tomorrow after close to another four month lockdown here in the UK. As glad as I am to be able to visit my local comic book shop and video-game stores, like yourself I do feel a little reluctant, as Covid is still pretty bad over here, even though over half the population have at least had their first jab. Stay safe and take care my friend. 🙂

    1. Michigan has been surging again so it probably isn’t the safest thing to go to restaurants right now. We had fun last night and were very safe but we’ve just agreed to wait awhile before we do it again. It was a much needed to change of scenery. I can’t imagine the lockdowns you guys are going through. We had a much shorter one than you and people literally started rioting here. =/
      Stay safe!

  4. Our libraries have been open for pickup if you reserve online, but after living outside of the country for almost nine years and missing the library like crazy, I cannot WAIT until we can actually browse inside again.

    Sorry you’re having such a crazy time because of the vaccine! Yikes, I can’t even imagine what your work must be like. I guess at least so many people are willing to get it? I feel like I keep hearing too many people here spouting conspiracies and how they’re soooo scared of rare side effects from the vaccine so would rather take their chances with Covid, much less risky. I can’t roll my eyes hard enough.

    Are you liking Prophet’s Prey? I thought that one was really good!

    1. I binge read it and finished it about an hour ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I thought the author a little too redundant at times. I immediately went and googled updates about Warren Jeffs afterwards to see what was still ongoing. Crazy to that things can get so botched in the government that child molesters are given free reign under the disguise of religion. D:<
      I'm happy that so many people are more than willing to get the vaccine but dear lord, the chaos surrounding it is intense. Everyone person that calls has to give you their entire medical history in an attempt to guilt you into giving them the vaccine. For whatever reason, when you say that you don't have anymore available, they think you're lying about it or can boot someone else for them. It's crazy.
      The library was a much needed respite this weekend. I think they've been opened back up for awhile but I was trying to work my way through my own book collection and was still nervous about going in.

      1. Oh my gosh, I didn’t even consider that you might be having to hear stuff like that from people. How exhausting and emotionally draining. It’s like, in all of our interests that as many people have it as possible, anywhere that has it is giving it out. Ugh. There was a lot of chaos at the hospital where I got mine around the beginning, it was better by the time I got it last week and they seemed to have a well-oiled system in place. But I passed by the vaxxing area in the first week and no joke there was a guy with a bullhorn standing on a stepladder trying to restore order 😂 I feel for you, I hope you’re through the worst of it soon!!

        I thought the same, it wasn’t the strongest writing or organization but the story itself was utter batshit! Warren Jeffs is repulsive. I can’t believe what he got away with.
        Although why am I even surprised at this point…I read a book recently about all the things we can get away with in medical settings by claiming religious exemptions, including not vaccinating 🙄 also I think there’s a documentary that the author was involved in too but I haven’t seen it yet. Might be worth a watch!

      2. Well the J&J vaccine pause threw yet another wrench in the chaos, so not rest yet!

        A couple flu vaccine seasons ago we had a University of Michigan nurse try to get us to throw away the vaccine and just give her the paperwork proving she had received it so she could go back to work. (It’s a requirement of staff at U of M.) Obviously we said hell no to that and I don’t remember if she finally got the shot or continued looking for pharmacy that would pull shenanigans for her. =/

      3. Whaaat?! Why didn’t she want to get it, did she say? People are so deeply weird, but I can’t believe her tactic in avoiding it was trying to rope pharmacy staff into her fraud…wtf!

      4. No she didn’t stay. I think we were too stunned to really push for answers. We were mostly like, either you’re getting this or you’re getting the fuck out without any paperwork.

      5. I would’ve been stunned too. People are just so deeply weird, but I can’t fathom the misplaced sense of entitlement that makes you walk into a pharmacy and ask them to collude in fraud with you all over a vaccine that saves lives, which is why you’re being asked to get it in the first place. What a fucking world.

      6. Ohhh! I we get something similar at the library. Whenever someone sends in unemployment or rental assistance or whatever, whether that’s as a fax or they need help on these various sites, I always hear the horrible story of what happened. The only thing I mind is 1) the story is long and other people are waiting, and 2) we have a policy of really trying to protect patron privacy, even if they don’t seem to want to themselves. Another hard one are folks asking for divorce or tax forms. There’s always a hard story there.

      7. It always surprises just how much information that people will just throw out there. I had to tell a patient not send all their private info to the pharmacy’s Facebook Messenger as that’s obviously not a safe site and gets hacked regularly. They seemed so surprised at the concept.

  5. This post makes me miss going to the library with you, and sipping on delicious margaritas with you, but most importantly just you in general! ❤ ❤ ❤

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