Tuesday, March 17, 2020

blogging in the time of quarantine

I'm torn between no one cares and wanting to document and today, the latter is winning.

Consuming too much coronavirus info is overwhelming but content that is fluffy feels wrong. I feel like this is a thing I'll want to look back on to see how I handled it, so there is nowhere to document like the internet!

So, first thing's first - we are in the early stages of all things shutting down and so far, I don't feel that different. Andrew has jokingly called me a shut-in since I started working from home, and it looks like he was kinda right.

It isn't unusual for me to only leave the house to walk the dog on a work day. Some days, I go to the gym. Usually on Fridays, we go out to eat. Saturdays and Sundays are normal weekend things - brunch and/or dinner, groceries, errands. This past weekend, we had a family party, grabbed takeout from a restaurant in town, and then got groceries and pet food on Sunday. It felt normal. On Monday, Andrew worked from home but went and got us lunch to-go and ran to Costco since I didn't realize we were nearly out of toothpaste and dish soap. Today, he's at work - his boss wants them to work on a staggered schedule. So again - it feels pretty normal.

I feel weird for not feeling different. I'm trying to be extra understanding of those who do. Workwise, when you have the word "events" in your title, things are a little strange, so after the need to cancel everything is over, I'm working to fill my days with things that will make my work easier in the future. I'm trying to make the fact that I can't go out - or at least, I shouldn't - more bearable. Some days, having a puppy is tiring and I need a break from her, so I would go to the gym. Now, that isn't an option, so I am trying to do more things to wear her out or calm her puppy behavior. She is teething now and it's no joke. I understand why she wants to chew my hands incessantly, but I don't have to like it.

Stores here are still open and while light on a few things, we were able to get what we need. Restaurants have to be to-go only, so I'm already anticipating the places we will support this weekend (responsibly, of course). I'm trying to think about what we can do this weekend - clean out the garage? Teach Pippi a new trick? Choose movies for the other to watch?

I'm loving the virtual things to take part in, like Chris Martin's impromptu concert. I went and listened to an Avett Brothers Tiny Desk Concert from 2009. Headspace has meditations aimed at reducing stress and anxiety and even three minutes makes a difference. I'm trying to find little silver linings amidst all of the scary parts.


  1. It's annoyingly terrifying to be honest. All of it. Scott is working too far on the inside of whatever's happening for me to be comfortable with it but there's not much we can do.
    However, I think I mentioned in a blog post the other day(?), that I read an article that said we should be keeping journals. I'm far too lazy for that, so blogging about the seemingly meaningless parts of this is the perfect solution.

  2. I, too, figured this is a good time for me to start writing regularly again! At the beginning of the year I had a schedule with topics planned out but since this pandemic has broken everything, my idealistic self wants to start documenting with the hopes I could help someone, or spark ideas that could bring us all together somehow.

  3. Honestly, I haven't been to work since March 6th & things don't feel all that different for me either. Well, I mean obviously the not going to work right now feels different, but it feels like we jumped straight to summer vacation. Most of my summer vacation is spent at home because even though I have it off, 99% of my friends & family do not. And while we do go out from time to time, Danny & I usually just cook food at home & use weekends to relax & get stuff done anyway so the not going out to eat or to bars doesn't feel all that different yet either. The biggest thing is when I do go to the grocery store, or the fact that we've had 5 events planned for this month (way more than normal) cancelled.

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