Hearts all over Washington State were broken this evening. “Stay at Home” is extended until May 4. 32 more days of staying home, at a minimum. UGH…
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t disagree that it is necessary, but ugh all the same. I was feeling kind of mopey today anyway. So let’s explore some things I’ve learned about staying home in the time of COVID…
- I use more toilet paper. I’m currently mapping this, but I think I am going through a roll a week. I didn’t hoard, but I did buy 1 package last time I could find some, so I have about 19 rolls. That will last me a while!
- I run the dishwasher way more often. It’s all that eating at home. I’m tired of eating at home by the way.
- COVID is stressful. I’m safe at home, but I’m on the front line of decision-making for how to keep my essential government organization safe. I am back to my stress-induced 3 am insomnia wake up call. Ugh.
- You can’t make everybody happy (see #3).
- I never knew it was possible to obsess so much about having to clear my throat. Was that cough “dry”?!?!?!?!?!?
- Working 40 hours a week from home does give me more time at home to get things done in my non-work hours, but that doesn’t mean I will!
- I’m really grateful that I had my surgery in December, before all elective surgery got canceled.
- Even introverts crave time with people.
- Putting on nice clothes doesn’t really have an impact on my mood. But taking a shower does! The last time I did laundry, I washed and folded exactly one pair of work slacks from the Board meeting I attended almost two weeks ago; since then the Governor has ruled that all public meetings must be conducted remotely. I can’t say I’m disappointed!
- Coraline enjoys busting in on video meetings!
I like to get out for a walk each day or do some yard work; thankfully I’m only a short walk away from a college campus that is eerily empty… I’m praying that our efforts are working to flatten the curve and save lives. I’m heartbroken for the people who have lost their lives, and lost loved ones. I hope that sooner rather than later, we are able to move on from this. Meanwhile, I’ll keep doing my part.