These days I spend a lot of time on the balcony. The weather is decent (albeit a bit humid and hot, even at 9:30 PM at night) but the view is nice and thereâ€™s few bugs here in the city.
I never thought I would get sick of watching television but sometimes I feel the need to just sit on the balcony and do very little. As I remind my team at work from time to time, we may all be used to working from home but weâ€™re still working under unusual circumstances. Thereâ€™s a subtle increase in stress levels; COVID-19, politics, riots, all of the angst in the country. It all adds up.
I sit on the balcony and I watch the flights into Oâ€™Hare follow a shorter than usually approach because of the lower amount of air traffic these days. Watching airplanes always makes me smile.
Iâ€™m taking some time off later this week because I havenâ€™t used vacation time since February and I have a lot of time left. Itâ€™ll be our first â€œstaycationâ€ in maybe forever. Iâ€™ll probably spend time on the balcony when Iâ€™m not flying airplanes or chasing thunderstorms.
We all need to chill.