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Not-So-Deep Thoughts During COVID-19

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All at once, time is both standing still and flying by.  I have a vague idea of what day it might be, but no urgency to figure it out.  Thoughts are clanking around in my brain like a forgotten quarter in the dryer.  So I jot them down on a piece of paper, in case they eventually make some sort of cohesive sense, and I thought I would share my compilation with you.  I know the news is constant and our inboxes are full with virus updates from every business we have ever worked with, so it seems like some light notes from our time at home might be relatable, if not, therapeutic. 

  • Is anybody else hiding food from their family? If I happen to buy a treat at 4pm, perhaps some cookies or chocolate, I can pretty much guarantee it will be gone by 8pm.  They are an incredibly engineered breed of scent-driven sweets hunters.   Right now there are chocolate covered raisins hidden in my underwear drawer (who would go there?!) and I will sneak a handful to ration out to everyone when the timing is right.  
  • Smiles are contagious, in a good way, but now they are all hidden under our masks! (photo, big grin)
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  • Many people, aside from essential workers, are SO accessible right now. Was there somebody you've always wanted to talk to? Or an old friend you never had time to catch up with?   Isolate physically but reach out virtually.  I've never heard so many people actually answer their phone!  Hey, does anyone have Oprah's number?
  • Just making sure that you know this important fact: menopausal women all over the globe wake up every morning in a cold sweat and take their temperature thinking they could have it. 
  • When school got canceled (the first time), one of my 17 yo girls said "Ohhh, it's like 99% of the stress just got lifted from my shoulders."  I thought that was interesting in a time when this situation is causing much greater stresses on so many people that for her it actually a bit of a relief moment, even though she is sad to miss her friends and teachers. Meanwhile, her sister is painting/creating COVID-19 planners. (photo at top)
  • I put some jeans on today for the first time in weeks and they fit! Winning!
  • Who has TikTok? If you have hours of your life that you would like to make disappear, this is a great way to do it with some belly laughs along the way.  Make your family do one of the group dances, I'll be looking for you.
  • -I am not hoarding.  My family actually eats this much.  3 teenagers=(2) costco 3 packs of milk and (2) 18 packs of eggs in any given pre-Covid week.    
  • -I bought some hand sanitizer from Heritage Distillery and am hoping I don't mistakenly drink it on any given day at 5pm (photo)
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  • -Is it too early/presumptive to start planning a Christmas party at my house?  Somehow that would bring me joy now.   
  • I went for a walk with Riley and was noticing how many bunnies and birds seemed unusually close to us, almost as if they were saying hello.  "Perhaps they miss seeing people too?" I asked. "Or maybe they're always there and you're just now taking the time to notice?" she said.  Touché. 
  • It will be interesting to see  stats on how many divorces, alcoholics and babies this quarantine produces.
  • For teen drivers w/permits, this is a great time to practice driving on less congested roads without making everyone around your crazy (except your parent in the passenger's seat)
  • Do you think we'll ever phase back into shaking hands? If we do, can those of you with wimpy handshakes please use this downtime to practice a bit?
  • COVID makeover- this will be a mandatory step in the recovery process as I am looking quite primitive now.  Gyms, hair and nail salons will be a hot commodity when they re-open.   
  • I was driving the other day and suddenly felt a wave of emotion and welled up with tears.  Was it from that quick taste of lost freedoms? The build up of going on for weeks  pretending this new life is normal? Or my mask pinching me behind the ears? I'll never know.  We all have these moments.  Acknowledge them.  Move forward. 
  • I took the gray polish off of my toes and did them bright pink instead.  It just feels happier. And sometimes I wear bright clothes that don't necessarily match. Try it. It's liberating and makes me laugh at myself.
  • So, I try to check in with my mom every day. But it's mind-blowing- like Groundhog Day- hearing the same info/news updates because she never leaves the house anymore and has nothing new to talk about.  She did say we could use a Jonas Salk right now, which is very true,  and then she will tell me again tomorrow.
  • Mother Earth.  I feel like she's taking a giant inhalation with her head tipped back and her arms held out wide.  Her fish are returning to the newly clear waters of Venice.  Air quality has greatly improved, especially in LA and China. Her bunnies and birds are enjoying their space again on my walks again. What will we do?  What will she?
  • Not being rushed by my teens/our hectic schedules and being able to have family dinner every evening has been an upside to this giant slowdown.   
  • I'm so thankful for every healthcare worker, truck driver, mailman, no-touch food delivery person, fire/policemen, grocery workers, and behind the scenes people that keep our days moving forward for all of us. 
  • This Seattle video made me well up (again). We're making great strides, WA, but we're not there yet.  We can do this.  And yes, I miss your face. xo

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