Quarantine

Well, guys, it’s finally happening. I am blogging in quarantine!

It only took a month… and a week. That’s how long I’ve been 100% working from home. I can count the number of times I’ve left my house in that time period on one hand (thank god for our balcony porch!), and my cat is officially my best friend.

You would think that I would have posted several blogs by now, and maybe read about 10 books? Alas, I haven’t completely finished one book, and well, as you know, I haven’t blogged since Feb. 21.

It’s an interesting phenomenon. You’d think I have oodles of time now that I’m at home 24/7. But something has happened to my brain. I’ve managed to be very productive in my “home office” — a corner of our kitchen and the kitchen table — but on the creative side, it’s pretty bleak.

I could be writing the next great novel! Learning how to podcast. Beating my 2019 reading record (52 books). Instead, I have tried to perfect my impression of Carole Baskin, eaten an alarming (even for me) amount of cheese and have learned there are new, expanded limits on how long I can go without showering.

My partner is still going into work every day of the week, and sometimes on weekends. We have a pretty set routine, still. I work regular hours, we take turns making dinner (OK, we’re still ordering a LOT of takeout- but we’re supporting the local restaurant scene OK?!), we video chat with friends several times a week. I think we’re doing the best we can. And we still like each other — a lot, actually. I’m glad if this has to happen, it’s happening now, and not 10 years ago.

I don’t worry so much about us — so far (knock on wood) — but I do worry about other people. People who aren’t working or don’t have the option to work from home. People who aren’t getting paid and can’t afford groceries. People dealing with what once might be considered everyday problems, but are exacerbated 100x by this hellscape we’re living in. People in volatile living situations who aren’t able to access the outlets and resources they need.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed, to become consumed with how CRAZY this whole situation is. I think we all have good days and bad days.

If you’re having a bad day, you can always reach out to me. Even if I don’t know you. I will listen, and if there’s anything I can do to help, I would be glad to help.

In the meantime, a few of the things that are helping me to get by include:

  1. My bestie’s accordion YouTube channel, The Quarantined Accordion:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzPQQZcQOY0m7_p0z2EzDhQ

My friend Katie decided to take up learning the accordion right before all of this shit came down, and watching her learn to play pop hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “Wrecking Ball” has been a real delight.

2. John Krasinski’s “Some Good News”

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOe_y6KKvS3PdIfb9q9pGug

We desperately need this right now.

3. LIVE MUSIC STREAMING

This one is everything. Streaming live music and prerecorded sets from around the world has been the greatest escape, the greatest joy I have felt during these dark days. In particular, I miss Wheelhouse Tuesdays, and having them live stream every Tuesday evening gives me something to look forward to.

https://www.facebook.com/WheelHouseMadison/

4. Sometimes, working out and yoga

I’m definitely not forcing myself into some kind of quarantine fitness routine (I told you, I’m eating A LOT of cheese), but when I want it, it’s been great. I downloaded an app called HIIT, which seems to still be giving me the workouts for free, at least for now, and I live stream yoga sometimes.

5. Crossword Puzzles

I downloaded the NY Times Crossword app, and it’s a new addiction. I don’t want to pay, so I just keep sifting through the sample packs of puzzles, and The Daily Mini is free.

What are some of the things keeping you sane these days?!

Currently, our shelter at home order is set to go through May 26. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can see a few friends for my birthday on the 31st. It’s good to have goals.

Hang in there. I love you!

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