Zooming with confidence

It’s a way of life these days. I’m on Zoom. A lot.

I take meetings. I attend classes. I perform improvisational theatre. It’s all via Zoom.

I learned early on, by observing how my zoommates sounded and looked, that I needed to improve my video and audio games, because, I reasoned, if my zoommates sounded and looked crappy, I probably did, too.

Here’s a rundown of my recommendations based on what I did to up my Zoom game.

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The wonders of a simple bidet

Who’d have guessed back in March that one of the best things to come out of this covidcrisis would be my discovery of the wonders of a bidet?

Remember how there was a wild run on toilet paper early in the pre-lockdown phase? My solution was to buy a 48-roll box from Who Gives A Crap. It’s bamboo TP — better for the environment, as bamboo is an eminently renewable resource — and not expensive. Great find, I thought, because I hadn’t been able to source inexpensive bamboo TP locally. Thanks, Facebook ad!

But then one day, when I was out, my partner — you can find her at Falcon & Acorn — installed a new Tushy Classic Bidet.

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Remember when we had to remember things?

I woke this morning, and, as always, I looked at the clock. It displayed the correct time. That is not so astonishing, because the primary purpose of a clock is to display the correct time. But, wait, daylight saving time kicked in last night.

In years past, people would end all conversations the week before the arrival of DST with a cheerful “Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend!”, and we’d do it, usually before going to bed the night before, to ensure all the clocks in the house were accurate on the designated day.

Now my primary clocks are phones and computers, so there’s no need to remember when DST starts or ends — my devices automatically update and tell me.

In fact, there’s hardly a reason to remember much of anything any more.

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Noom and me — one year later

It’s been a year since I signed up with Noom. Here are some facts.

First the negative.

  • My current diet is not what I’d like it to be. Specifically, I eat way too much sugar, mostly in the form of cookies (okay, Oreos).
  • My arthritis has been acting up in my right index finger and my right big toe.
  • My sleep is still not great. I continue to struggle with getting back to sleep when I wake up early, which is far too often.

Now the positive.

  • My weight is around 160 pounds, which is 15 pounds below my original goal, and 10 pounds below my stretch goal.
  • I’ve been holding steady around 160 pounds since June. This morning I weighed in at 158.2.
  • My grasp of the Noom principles is still intact and manifests itself primarily in my eating less and exercising more. When I overeat those cookies, I know it, and respect the impact that has on my life.
  • My exercise level is pretty good, because I’m able to play disc golf almost daily.
  • I also am still planking regularly to keep my upper body and core more engaged.
  • I feel generally pretty good.
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Gaining weight during the pandemic?

I see so many people and memes commenting on social media about how they are not exercising and eating poorly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I understand. It’s tough.

The gyms are either closed or we think they’re too dangerous to visit.

If we are working from home, the little exercise we used to get going to the office, heading to meetings, walking to the coffee machine — that is gone.

It’s hard to scrape together the motivation to go for a walk through the neighborhood alone. Oh, sure, once, maybe twice a week, but…

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