I'm gonna be honest: I know despair isn't helpful, but I'm feeling it about delta. I was SO relieved to go back to the office—now I wonder if I should, even though I'm vaxed. I'm so utterly exhausted from waking up every day and having to choose between physical & mental health.
I'm so tired. Before my vacation last week, I was trying to work and the doorbell rang for the millionth time and I literally threw my pen down and screamed "GOD FUCKING DAMMIT" at the doorbell. Vacation was a wonderful pause, but not a recharge. I don't feel any less burned out.
So here I am, working again, banging against the same wall, except now there's no vacation to count down to. What do you even do?? It's been 16 months and it was getting better and now it's not and ffs what are you supposed to do when you've done everything you were supposed to?
I am so jealous of the people, apparently the normal people, who are happier working from home. I am so fucking jealous.

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19 Jun
The thing about long covid is that improvement is too gradual to notice from day to day or even month to month. It's only in the past couple months that I realized, hey, I feel basically normal aside from smell/taste.

But I just realized something else.
One of the last lingering effects, aside from hyposmia, was breathlessness when climbing stairs. Last fall, I literally had to brace myself against the wall to catch my breath after carrying groceries upstairs.
I just went grocery shopping and carried three large, heavy paper bags up two flights of stairs, with a KN95 on.

I was in my apartment unpacking before I realized I was only slightly out of breath.
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8 Jun
The pilot on my flight from NYC to Denver — for a connection to Bozeman, Montana — has just informed us that because of tornadoes in Denver, we're diverting to Omaha. 🙃
We're still on the tarmac in Omaha, and the universe has decided that what this plane really needed was a shrieking baby
Missed connection by 15 min, sprinted Terminal B to C to try to get a flight on another airline because mine said they didn't have any more tonight, missed that by 2 min, found out my airline DID have another, sprinted back to Term B, made it, panting so hard people are staring
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28 Mar
Here's the thing.

Beyond the absurdity of punishing journalists for how readers might falsely judge them, sexual assault is all too common. Newsrooms are full of survivors because everywhere is full of survivors. You know survivors. You read survivors' work every day.
Policies like the one being weaponized against Felicia do nothing but punish survivors who make the brave and extremely difficult choice to come forward — thus adding to the litany of reasons people don't.
And yes, as many people have said more eloquently than me, we need to abandon once and for all the ridiculous idea that the only people who can cover an issue fairly are those who have never been affected by it.
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17 Mar
More than 535,000 Americans have died from covid, and millions are experiencing long-haul symptoms.

Some of them, and loved ones of those who died, are channeling their loss into political activism. My latest: nytimes.com/2021/03/17/us/…
Martin Addison, 44, died last April. His wife, Pamela Addison, was left to care for their 2yo daughter and infant son. She was furious when Trump told people not to worry about covid, so she wrote an op-ed, then started a Facebook group for young widows. nytimes.com/2021/03/17/us/…
Marjorie Roberts, 60, got sick last March while managing a hospital gift shop in Atlanta and now has lung scarring. She and other survivors from GA met virtually with @SenOssoff's office this month. She said it was the first time all year she'd felt heard. nytimes.com/2021/03/17/us/…
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8 Mar
NEW: A deep dive on the Lincoln Project's finances and its handling of John Weaver's harassment of young men, from me, @dannyhakim, and @Jo_Becker. nytimes.com/2021/03/08/us/…
Some key points:

- The 4 main founders of TLP had private financial agreements that other leaders didn't know about for some time.
- Nearly 1/3 of TLP's fundraising went to a firm run by one of the founders, from which the 4 were paid (unclear how much) nytimes.com/2021/03/08/us/…
- Some TLP officials were informed of Weaver's harassment as early as last January. Leaders received multiple warnings last year but kept Weaver on board, even as a board member tried to persuade them to push him out. nytimes.com/2021/03/08/us/…
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31 Jan
21 men told me John Weaver, a Lincoln Project cofounder, sent them inappropriate messages, including explicit offers of professional help in exchange for sex. 11 of them spoke on the record — far more than I could detail in one article. w/ @dannyhakim nytimes.com/2021/01/31/us/…
Allegations became public this month in @amconmag and an open letter from @GarrettHerrin, one of the men Weaver messaged. My and @dannyhakim's reporting shows how widespread the harassment was — 21 men came forward within days — and how aggressive it got. nytimes.com/2021/01/31/us/…
One of the most extraordinary things was how much of an open secret this was among the men Weaver commonly targeted — young, gay men interested in politics. Three men told me they'd described the harassment to a friend and the friend guessed it was Weaver. nytimes.com/2021/01/31/us/…
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