Jill "xtingu" Knapp

Traveling musician. Singer. Road warrior in bursts. Dork. Easy to spot. Gauche eyeshadow fan. Unreasonably happy.

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Good lord, it really has been almost a year since I posted here. Wow. I have 27 drafts here in OPW land, which is both amusing and pathetic. I'm slowly starting to think I have ADD. (I can hear you all saying, "Ya think?")

Lots to report, which is also to say hardly anything to report.  This is gonna be a boring post. 

I should be at Burning Man now, but I tested positive for Covid after Beatlefest (Beatlefest was August 9-13), and it kicked my ass... so much so that I couldn't do my usual pre-BurningMan prep. I was really disappointed to sell my Burning Man tickets, but it was the right thing to do. Anyone who says Omicron is mild can smooch my 'ttocks. It wasn't easy, and there was a day there where I thought it might be hospital time. The good news is that out of 40+ musicians involved in a week-long music festival, only two people got sick, and I was one of them. Oddly, Matt never got sick, and we shared a bed for pretty much the whole thing. 

I also had Delta in November 2021, and while that bout wasn't a treat by any means, Omicron was harder in many ways. I lost taste/smell with Delta and had a pretty high fever for several days, but Omicron was quite different: a low-grade fever that was on and off, and a headache that was so awful that I spent the better part of 5 days with a knee sock tied tightly around my head like a tourniquet to hold my skull together... and then I had a black t-shirt over my head for a few days because any and all light hurt my eyes and head (including my phone) I only ever had a migraine once in my life back in the 90s (it was a reaction to a prescription), and this felt like that. Ooooof. 

I tested positive on the 15th, and finally tested negative on the 23rd, but I waited until I had three negative tests under my belt before feeling like it was safe to emerge. 

Like my Delta experience, it feels oddly good to have a few weeks of immunity. 

I find that I'm sometimes having a hard time finding my words... moreso than usual. It's frustrating, and unnerving. I didn't have that experience with Delta. 

I also can't believe I've had covid twice; I feel like it's a moral failing or like I was careless. I tested every day leading up to BeatleFest, I tested before leaving the house for the theater each night, I ate well, I wasn't stupid, I masked up... I never shared a mic with anyone, I had my own platform on stage with plenty of room around me.... so I dunno. 

Anyway. 

This post is all doom and gloom, but things are otherwise good.  

Matt and I have been playing a lot of disc golf, which I suck at but also really enjoy. It's been cool noticing improvements. I got my first birdie (one under par) yesterday! Wheeeee! 

This time of year is always a bit bittersweet... I know we're going into the cooler months and I know winter is around the corner which I Do Not Like. But I bought I neat sweater that I'm excited to wear. (It's the little things.)

I wish I took advantage of fresh summer vegetables this season... I look at Annie Mollo's meal posts and I wanna drive up to Vermont and eat everything. :)

I miss my friends very much; I just haven't had a chance to see my peeps and I would like to do that. 

During my recent covid haze, I had an idea: Maybe the time is right to sell my house, get rid of all of the excess nouns in my possession, and go check out other cities. My house has been good to me, but I never really wanted a house and only bought it because everyone told me it was something I was supposed to do. I'm tired of doing things that other people tell me to do. I'm not getting any younger here, and Matt and I wanna live places that aren't Delaware.  We have no concrete plans or anything, but it's fun to think about. 

In other news, Dad is now 82 and he's doing great. He's found a groove and a routine that works for him. He misses Mom (we all do), but I think he's also enjoying being a bachelor. He never lived alone ever in his life, and I think it's good for him. 

Lastly: After Mom passed, I got myself a therapist and HOLY CRAP she's awesome. It's all self-pay, but it's pretty reasonable. I'm grateful. 

OK, this is a boring post. It'll be more interestin*

I love y'all. 

I'll be back*

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* I didn't actually stop typing mid-sentence... my phone just randomly starts deleting words. Good times. 😁 It's all part of the, um, "charm" of using a 2017-ish phone. La la la!

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Not bored. Nope. Glad you’re back.

Your second bout of COVID sounds harrowing. Do not want. Cannot really avoid indefinitely. Argh. One of us had a five day headache this week but tested negative.

I get the moving bug too. It comes and goes. Where we land, nobody knows. Or everybody knows, so far: Philly. Has a lot going for it.

Hanging out with friends sounds good.
Also not bored! Nope! So good to see your words across the screen.

Covid is a gd mystery. Who gets it? Why? How bad? How long? How contagious? It's all over the map. Consistency isn't really a Thing with this virus. I hope your thought fog burns off soon.

Yay for disc golf! We have a nice course within walking distance of the house and I've YET to play. I don't know what's wrong with me; need to get on that. When you say you got a birdie, don't you mean BIRBIE?

I'm glad to hear your dad is finding his groove. I hope he finds fun new adventures.

About houses... yeah, I've always been a reluctant home owner, and this house? We've been here 12 years and it's the longest I've ever lived anywhere in my ENTIRE LIFE. Makes me itchy. Both staying put and also being responsible for this big structure and the land around it. But then I look at the housing (shortage) situation that is basically everywhere and think, well okay at least I'm not living in a tent--because there is, like, NO PLACE to buy OR rent, or if there is I wouldn't be able to afford it. But gawd I hate having so much stuff.
Been 15 years here, and I feel you on this so much.
I’m so happy that you’re on the mend.
Good therapists for the win! I found a fantastic one, although he's $$$, but: I'm worth it.

Glad you're on the mend, Birmingham will be there next year (I'm actually considering a return, but...have lots of mixed feelings), and: come visit!

Also: Frostburn 2023?
We have a lot of things happening in common. Good to hear from you, kiddo.