I haven't had much of a sense of humor lately. It's tough. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself about this, however. It IS my first pandemic, after all. Maybe the next plague will be funnier.
However, memes are helping. I've been interspersing news intake with dark comedy for balance. Staying at home has not been difficult; turns out that I hate leaving the house anyway, so this has been convenient. At least for the time being.
Everything I find fun is at home: reading, writing, making crafts, learning about personality disorders, you know. The usual.
But I haven't really had cabin fever.
I haven't missed the commute to work.
I wasn't surprised when social distancing recommendations changed from 6 to 13 feet though. And that's just for BREATHING. Everyone knows a sneeze is basically a rocket launch of germs, right?
Credit: Classical Art Memes
People can be contagious for up to 2 weeks before getting symptoms and can continue spreading the virus for up to 37 days AFTER they get better. No wonder it's spread like wildfire.
The apocalypse: idea vs. execution. The dude lives!
Still, this has been quite an unexpected start to 2020.
And the whole world is going through it.
This virus has been the great unveiler for issues that already plagued many but weren't always at the forefront of mainstream consciousness. For some folks, being confined and isolated at home was their norm far before local governments mandated it so.
Half of the exhaustion and weariness we're all experiencing is not knowing how the future will pan out.
I mean, none of us ever really KNOW, but this is a reality many have faced before the virus even hit. Struggles with illness, disability, stress, food and financial insecurity, loneliness, all of these things are now more illuminated. And it's HARD.
So... you want to speak to the manager of Coronavirus?
But at least now that everyone's more aware, we are all being nicer to each other. Kindness is trending!
And (some) policies are changing...
Nature is healing a bit, too. Air pollution is down and animals are spreading out.
Some countries are doing better at providing help for their citizens, like Canada. The U.S. has sent a one-time payment of $1200 which barely covers one month's rent for most.
But other bills are being introduced and hopefully more help will be available soon. In the meantime, let's play COVID-19 Bingo!
So, when the new coronavirus guidelines were first announced, all the toilet paper in the region disappeared. Like, GONE. It was impossible to find.
This was what the shelves looked like:
Actual photo of my local supermarket's toilet paper aisle.
The boxes are completely empty.
Not a single roll of paper goods to be found! While I have read that people go at home 40% more than usual while quarantining simply because they're not leaving the house and going elsewhere, like work, this is a respiratory virus. No need to hoard TP!
We came close to running out.
I know one can get creative when one must:
But I still resorted to buying toilet paper online (after discovering all the local stores were out). The only place with any inventory was a company that supplied hotel chains. The smallest pack available was a 96-roll box. FINE. We ordered it. It took 3 weeks but it finally arrived:
Let me know if you need some.
Everyone had trouble finding toilet paper. Like this guy: "After accidentally buying way too much toilet paper for years, I finally ran out. THIS WEEK."
I tried to relieve stress by baking, like the rest of the country, except I don't understand complicated recipe terminology like "baking powder" and "baking soda" so I used pancake mix. I somehow managed to turn chocolate chip cookies, the easiest and most delicious cookie flavor on the planet, into revolting little bricks of salted butter. Whatever. I'm more of an eater than a chef anyway.
Who doesn't want a stronger, more delicious super cereal?
Still, I've been trying to settle into a routine.
Dressing for the day has never been easier.
Reminder: 9pm is the time to remove your day pajamas
and put your night pajamas on.
Even chores have been easier, like laundry. Don't need to wash what you're not wearing!
The most unused household item during Quarantine 2020: Bras.
It's still good to mix up the scenery a bit and get around.
Feeling cute. Might go to the couch later.
At night before bed, I like to read up on the virus just to get extra relaxed before drifting off to sleep.
Satufrituesday at 3:08 AM in quarantine
I don't totally understand why it seems to have been so hard to communicate risks with this pandemic but I guess society hasn't exactly been a shining example of well-informed critical thinking.
People don't always seem to understand why they have to stay home.
Maybe we need better strategies.
If you can see what's on this mask, you are too close!
And so is everyone else:
"Exercising and eating healthy are super important!"
"I haven't eaten my young, Molly, what do you want from me?"
I've been trying to give back in some small way. One way has been visiting advice forums to see if I could help anyone asking career, life or relationship questions. I recently expanded my scope to a medical advice group at https://www.reddit.com/r/medical_advice/.
OHMYGOD people, if your eye has fallen out and you "think" you can "see the optic nerve" GET TO A HOSPITAL. I tried hanging out in that group but 99% of my advice was the same: "Please see a doctor." So I'm considering alternative hobbies.
A lot has changed, however. Dating must be even more difficult now:
Classes are being held online:
Meetings are too:
The animals must miss us:
Stay healthy, as much as possible, everyone. Don't let stress get in the way of self-care.
Hang in there!
How have you been doing? All okay? Hope you are all staying healthy, safe, and sane as much as possible.