It's been a minute since my last post, but a lot has been going on. Given the “unprecedented times” we’ve been living in with the COVID-19 pandemic (we hear that a lot, don’t we?), I thought early on that I could be drafting weekly blog posts of all the ways I’ve spent my time during our stay-at-home orders. If all I’m doing is staying at home, of course I’ll have the time to bake a bread and start a hobby! One day it’ll be valuable to know the day-to-day ways we spent this once-in-a-lifetime global crisis, and it deserves to be documented!
I kept up with it for the first four weeks and posted them. My first month here was full of trying to create what life was “supposed” to look like, filled with whipped dalgona coffee and a new exercise regime (what was I thinking?!), but as this second month has come around, I have simply run out of steam (sorry to those posts, which now live in word document drafts and off this website.)
Life was repetitive, and my school and work commitments stayed the same. While I got angry at people behind a screen going to the beach illegally, I was still pulling weird hours and trying to turn in my work on time, holed up at home. Some of my professors were not as flexible to the six-hour time difference as I wished they were, and my schedule consisted of taking long naps through actual, normal, usable daylight hours when I had classes at three in the morning.
What started as a spring break trip home turned into staying here for what has now been just a day over two months (I came in on March 15, ready to maximize my final break of undergrad, holding onto a fleeting week of peace and family time. What a thought that was.) It has been full of its ups and downs, but there is a lot to be thankful for, and I’ve been trying to focus on that with this second month of my quarantine. My dog is an old man and I am grateful to spend this time with him. My family argues of course, but I am very lucky to spend time with the people I love for an extended time before my graduation (and what may be my final flight out of the nest.) My grandma gets to see me graduate while I’m in the room, since she does not travel anymore! Although the job market isn’t too promising, I stayed the full length of my internship, a rarity for many companies during this pandemic. They were even flexible to my time difference (Thank you, Universal Kids!) Although I am not in New York anymore, I have wonderful friends who helped me pack up when it wasn’t safe or right for me to hop on a plane and pack up myself (shout out to Juliana, Bee and Sofia!)
While I hope to return to New York soon, there is no place like home. I can sit in our yard and soak up some sun, and I can take destination-less walks around my neighborhood to just enjoy the fresh air. Although the times are certainly “unprecedented,” I just need to breathe and trust that everything will be okay.
* Sending big love to the people working on the front lines to combat the pandemic. I know I’m “doing my part” by staying home, but during this I also tried to give a little to local causes and groups that have been affected by this crisis. Please help in the ways you can!