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I need to laugh! Will you share with me the pettiest, silliest things that are bothering you right now (with the understanding that if we can laugh and be annoyed by petty things right now, then we’re among the more fortunate at the moment)? Then share any hacks you’re using to keep your spirits up and deal with the peeves!

My Peeves

I hate not remembering where I’ve put my phone. And there’s no one living with me who can call the missing piece of sh…I mean, the essential electronic to find it!

I’m through with strained eyes and headaches from too much screen time! Yet it’s the only way to stay connected with all the Zoom addicts.

I’m exhausted with long meetings with folks pretending everything is business as usual and trying to get through the agenda, not acknowledging how many of the participants (usually all!) are struggling.

I’m thoroughly irritated with neighbours who no longer say hello, in case I can magically contaminate them from twenty feet away.

My Hacks

I’ve started only wearing clothing with pockets so I always have somewhere to stow my phone. And when I really can’t stomach changing out of my yoga pants, I just add a fashionable travel belt and voila! A stylish solution to losing my phone.

I’ve begun to gaze pensively out the window during my Zooms. I can still pay attention but with way less eye strain!

For the long business-as-usual meetings, I’ve started cracking very dark jokes and pointedly getting up to stretch, just to indicate, hey—things are not normal and I can’t focus on the agenda without acknowledging that!

And for my suddenly unfriendly neighbours, I’m employing the most cheerful hellos you can imagine, and I say them repeatedly until someone acknowledges my existence. After all, maybe they aren’t avoiding me; maybe they’re just preoccupied. I’m sure my delightful greetings are helping to cheer them up.

How about you? Any petty peeves and happy hacks to share? Help me giggle!