COVID Diaries: Day 365

That’s it…  We’ve hit a whole year.  A whole year of disrupted life; isolation, worry, and all the other things that have gone along with COVID.

On this day last year, we were sitting in my employees’ office, making last-minute plans to work from home.  Sending telecommute agreements to managers to have their employees sign, assigning cables and peripherals for Surface computers.  Testing Microsoft Teams for videoconferencing.  St. Patrick’s Day was the last day that I was in the office on a regular basis.  The official lockdown in Washington was announced on March 23.  Although I have been in to work since then, it is for a day at a time, once a week at most, but generally a day every couple of weeks. 

I mourn everything that has been lost since then, and I have struggled mightily at times.  I haven’t had a real vacation in that time, as I am not a fan of staycations.  I’ve had a few days off here and there, but it isn’t the same as getting out and fully decompressing.  I long for a flight to a far away town.  I long for a road trip to a National Park.  I think I just need to book something soon. 

I continue to believe that COVID has been a huge boost for the early retirement plan.  With nothing to spend money on, I have saved so much!  But I have had a hard time feeling motivated to tackle all the home projects that I ought to do.  Purging all the random crap that I know I should get rid of?  Still not done.  Selling stuff on Facebook Marketplace?  Nope.  COVID has not been the shot in the arm I need to take on these tasks…  See what I did there?  Clearly this lockdown has not made me more witty either! 

Anyway…  15 days to bend the curve and all.  Maybe year two will finally start looking up.

COVID Words of Wisdom: They said I changed a lot.  I said a lot changed me.

How are the rest of you all feeling on this one year anniversary? 

14 thoughts on “COVID Diaries: Day 365

  1. We are retired, so our world did not change drastically like yours did. We continued to go to church, often outside or via video, and to the supermarket. Several family members came to visit, and none of us got the virus. People around us are beginning to socialize more, so things are looking up. I hope you can get away somewhere special soon.

  2. Yes, it has been a difficult year hasn’t it? I work from home normally, but the restrictions and closures of all the cultural sites and events has definitely stifled my creative processes and opportunities for inspiration. I have one friend whose husband was in hospital and on a ventilator for six weeks with the virus (now back home okayish), but my 20 year old student niece hardly knew she’d been infected. It’s hard to know who has had the virus as I even know elderly people who were randomly tested and were infected, but were asymptomatic. I don’t think we will ever know the full extent of the spread of Covid, but let’s hope humanity has now got on top of it with the vaccination programme. All the best to you. Agnes

    • All the best to you as well. I know many people who have had it, as my workplace is essential and about 2/3 of our employees cannot work from home. Almost everyone says it ranges from mild cold-like to bad cold. Only a few have even had a fever. One employee’s father died of it, but that is the only death or serious illness I have had anywhere remotely close to me. Our county of 225,000 people has had 85 deaths in a year, so it seems our numbers have not been that high, comparatively. Almost all of those are from nursing homes that were hit. I agree with you that we will never really know; I know my suspicions are that far more people have had it than is being reported in the media. The CDC here in the US’s own estimate is that 8x as many people have had it than have been officially confirmed, which is pretty much the entire population at this point. I’m ready to get back to normal.

  3. It was a very difficult year, Camille. I work from home from more than 8 years, but I always travel for work, at least once a month. Being completely stuck at home had been a serious challenge, plus all the worrying and such.
    I know people who lost their family members. Many of my friends had it, some with a very serious consequences – one of my friends still doesn’t have smell and taste, 4 month after being infected – and some had it much worse than that.
    The next year will be marginally better – considering all the new mutations, vaccines only offer a temporary protection, and I guess will have to be repeated on the regular basis.
    I don’t know what the new normal is or will be, but we are going to have to continue looking for it…

    • I’ve been lucky. I’ve only known about a dozen people who have had it, and of those, only a couple who had anything worse than a cold.

      I am concerned about how much stock is being put on the vaccine. The surveys I am reading indicate that somewhere around 30% of the population do not intend to get it and when the latest news is that you can still get COVID and transmit it and who know how long you get some protection for, the numbers who will get the vaccine who drop. I can’t blame them, as it is not an approved drug at this time.

      I do like working from home, most of the time. I think working from home, mixed with the ability to have more social activity would be great in the long term. I can’t see my boss doing that, but maybe I would only have to go in once a week or so. Fingers crossed.

      I’m still focused on my early retirement plan, so hopefully that comes to fruition. The good thing about COVID is that I’ve saved a ton of money in the last year to put towards that. No travel, no commute, not much eating out, no entertainment. Boom!

  4. I could write a book, and maybe I will! Till then, I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who didn’t make good (or at least productive) use of all this free time!

    • I started writing a book before the pandemic but didn’t make much progress on it during the pandemic. Of course (and I’m thankful for this), I have been fully employed the entire time, and much busier at work than I was before the pandemic. So the additional free time was really only outside of work hours, and the time at home meant that my house was getting messier all the time too. It’s a conundrum!

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