Tuesday, March 24, 2020

quarantine, week two

The tl;dr is that this still feels mostly like my regular life, minus the constant undercurrent of anxiety.

I had a virtual lunch with my work from home friend today. Who lives in my neighborhood, saw me out walking my dog this weekend, and got lunch from the same restaurant as me before we got on facetime. She agrees - for us, not much has changed.

Houston took on a safe working initiative today which is our version of a lock down. I don't want local restaurants to fail but I don't understand how they are exempt from this? However, I won't complain.

So this weekend, we wanted to support local. I'm honestly really torn on this. How are you handling it? Houston's food scene is predicted to take a while to recover from this (already, and longer the longer this goes on...) so we want to support where we can while we can. And we like to eat. So we spent most of our time in the car but got to-go food from several places to enjoy over the weekend. We didn't touch surfaces, stood away from counters and tables while waiting for our order, and complied with each restaurant's preferences. And we were sure to tip. We used hand sanitizer between each stop, too. Is that good enough? Am I helping to flatten the curve enough while still trying to do a small part to keep the economy afloat?

Anyway. I had been meaning to go to HomeGoods before all of this and wish I had because now it's like an itch I can't scratch. Obviously, even if it were open, I wouldn't go, but it is a thing that's like, hmmm, wish I could do that. I also miss thrifting but I think it's going to take a long time before that feels safe. And, we cleaned out a bunch of stuff to donate, so I wonder when I can get all of that from my house? These are very trivial things but I wanted to document them, because why not?

Pippi is supposed to get spayed on April 3rd. It was included with her adoption fee, but we have to go to a vet that the shelter uses and not our own. Which is fine. I just keep checking the vet's website to see if they are doing procedures. Are the same PPEs needed for pet surgery? I really, really don't want to deal with a dog in heat but I do want people who need lifesaving treatment and those giving that treatment to have what they need. I'm not like certain Texas politicians willing to let one entity suffer to save another. I can't with that.

Work is busy and every time we think we are moving forward, someone comes up and needs us to do a thing, fast. I honestly really like it and enjoy what I'm doing - trying to script a virtual event and troubleshoot all the tech needs. It keeps me busy and is a new challenge and the days fly by. Gives me way less time to watch the news, too.


  1. Ugh we haven’t been anywhere. It’s so awfully boring. I don’t mind being home but hate being told I have to stay home. Watching the extroverts lose this minds over it all is kind of interesting. They’re not used to being on the “I don’t want to do this” side of the going out/staying in debate.
    But anyway...I don’t want local restaurants to fail bc that’s so many jobs.

  2. I think the NOT being able to really go anywhere is what's getting me. This feels a lot like summer vacation for me... the only one home & no one to really go do anything with. Except in the summer, if I wanted to, I could go to a coffee shop, or hang out at the park, or whatever. I still usually don't, and it's definitely saving me money, but that whole NOT being able to is like you said, an itch you can't scratch.


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