Living Life Under A Stay At Home Order
I’m thinking “woman” cave sounds like a wonderful idea.
Maybe there’s a learning curve no one told me about when it comes to this stay-at-home stuff…
Sure, I get to chat with my neighbor across the fence when I step into the back yard…
Or yell across the street to another neighbor when I step out onto the front porch…
Or better yet, I can have conversations with my ‘not on my street’ friends as we sit in our cars with the windows rolled down, making sure we maintain the current “social distancing requirements.”
I really shouldn’t complain, though. I’m one of the fortunate ones. I didn’t get furloughed when our nation virtually locked down. I work for a large corporation and we were among the first to go “remote.” And now I have my dream life… right?
Now I don’t have to go into the office every day. I get to work remotely from my home office and spend every day with my husband (we talked about that earlier). I don’t have to get up in the wee hours of the morning at O’dark-thirty, long before the sun’s even thinking about coming up. I don’t have to put on makeup if I don’t want to – and if I don’t look in the mirror too closely.
I don’t have to fix my hair, dress in something other than sweat pants, or drive through rush hour traffic!
I don’t have to do the same thing in reverse at the end of the day, driving home through heavy traffic… again. My car doesn’t even have to leave the garage, if I don’t want it to.
As I type this, I’m looking out my back windows at the green space our yard opens up to, listening to the sound of the fountains in the lake, and the birds chirping as I watch the sky lighten and the sun begins to come up.
I just saw the first runner of the day pass by on the trail outside our back fence… and an anxious feeling began to tingle through me…
Because suddenly everyone has discovered that they live next to this beautiful green space and the path around the lake…
Our quiet, peaceful, occasionally used walking trail has turned into the new version of rush hour. So bad that, with the 6-foot social distancing requirements and unknowns about how far this virus (COVID-19 ) can spread, I now have to take my walks during off-peak times, and often must step off to the side of the paved trail in order to navigate around the sudden congestion of recent days.
So… how am I dealing with this new normal on a daily basis? With the tension… the subtle and underlying anxiousness… the more frequent tendency to pick a fight with David just to release the pressure valve?
“So… how am I dealing with this new normal on a daily basis?”
I’m launching a website
I’m creating my own recipes and leaving surprise care packages on my neighbors’ doorsteps so they can help me taste test before I publish them.
I’m making home-cooked meals.
I’m causing David to gain weight from eating everything that is suddenly coming out of the kitchen!
In other words, I’m busier than ever. At a time, and under circumstances that I thought would leave me with constant time on my hands and bored to tears, I’ve got plenty to do.
Here’s what today looks like:
Frost the cinnamon rolls (made from scratch) baking in the oven right now – I’ve never done them from scratch before. I always thought they came out of a Pillsbury tube!
Make my next online grocery shopping list and check for an available time slot on my handy dandy phone app
Watch more people walk by outside the back fence on the trail, and be sure to stay far away from them
Bake some cupcakes and a cake to share with the neighbors tomorrow for Easter Sunday (from a table set up on our front sidewalk while we sit on the porch and wave)
Put fresh mulch down in the yard
Work on the website
Brainstorm some new recipes
Plan photo shoots for the things that will be coming out of my oven over the next two days
Go walking with my husband (must find off-peak hours for that!)
Ahhhh… living life under a stay at home order!