I didn’t want to do one of these posts. Feels overdone and to be honest while I’ve been home I’ve been reading The Evergirl everyday and they have been pumping out some pristine content about what to do while at home. So why would I need to write anything?
It’s impossible to avoid what’s going on in the world right now. Everyone I talk to it comes up right away or later on in the conversation and all I have been able to say is “it’s crazy”. When I have conversations with my roommate I keep falling back to that this feels like an episode of Black Mirror.
But you know all of that. The reason I wanted to write a post about it is more for documentation. There are so many times in my life I wish I had taken a moment to write about how I was feeling or my experience. We are a society of over documenters but do we really document the important things? If you look at my Instagram there are a lot of posed pictures with well thought out captions and for a lot of us, what we document is good. Documenting the bad seems like a waste because why would you want to look back one day and remember when it was hard? So that was a long winded intro to what is going to be my COVID-19 update.
My first work from home day was Friday, March 13th and this day was originally broadcasted as a “test” to see how our technology would do if we were all asked to work from home. Needless to say, we never went back to the office. I started a new job about a week before all this started and it has been a very difficult transition to not only change jobs but to be thrown into an environment like we’re all experiencing. With that said, I cannot complain. I am one of the few and fortunate that is securely employed right now; the unemployment rate is skyrocketing because so many businesses are losing money and being forced to close. Again, I am fortunate to be on the outside.
The grocery stories are becoming more and more empty; with shelves of things like toilet paper, rice and pasta completely bare. On a less morbid note there are people outside. You would think that living in Arizona people in the Spring would be biking and walking all the time but it’s almost like my area is alive for the first time. With the lack of indoor activities and closing of gyms people are forced to go outside to find entertainment (at a safe distance from others, of course).
As for any trips or outings I have made since the quarantine I have limited myself but I wouldn’t say I am putting any super harsh precautions into place, if i’m being honest.
Basically everyday I have gone to my local coffee shop to get my morning coffee. This is still really important to be even if it is a grab and go situation. As the week progressed the shop became more and more aware of the issues and by the end they removed all the tables.
I did get my hair done (hello fiery redhead!) from my gal in Gilbert. I think it’s important to take proper precautions but it kills me to think that some businesses are taking such a hit from all of this and I want to spend money with people I care about.
I ordered a matching sweat suit, which is featured in this post, from Target online and picked it up in- store. Was this necessary? No, but I was getting bored of the same 2 sweaters I was wearing all week!
4.The Grocery Store
As with most I still have to go to the store. We need food to survive and just because there is a pandemic doesn’t make that fact any less true. We have made two trips and both times the stores were busy and empty.
5.Seeing my parents
This probably is the biggest “iffy” topic. A lot of people are avoiding others at all costs but I just cannot not go to my parents house. Luckily we are all healthy and my parents aren’t old enough to be a health concern. With that said my sister and dad did just get back from Canada, where my sister goes to school. Only time will tell if family time is a mistake.
So that’s the update. If you read to the end congrats because I am sure you are also living something close, maybe worse, to my reality. I’m not sure what the next week or next few months look like but I am thankful for how fortunate I am right now. I plan my content out pretty far in advance so right now I am reworking to change my posts to focus more on at-home living and things to do during this time. Mainly because no one wants to read the top 5 places to bring your dog while we aren’t supposed to go anywhere. So stay tuned for that kind of content coming soon!