Heading into Week 8 of this Quarantine Business

covid-19 guidelines for households

We’re coming up on 8 weeks of being quarantined in our homes, and I just wanted to reflect on the happenings, or lackthereof, so far. At first, people were doubtful and scared to go out. But then there are the people who just don’t care or don’t understand the importance of staying home, inturn they are putting themselves as well as the people around them at risk.

I do give it to those people that absolutely cannot stand being alone who actually distance themselves. Upon doing my weekly grocery store runs, I have seen people “hang out” in to parking lots, but they literally keep their distance… usually forming a circle with each people looking like they’re at least 6 feet apart. Like, okay cool, I get it.

There’s no talking to the people who don’t give a shit about what the government or the CDC says about social distancing, the people who want the state to re-open. Do they not have enough sense to find things to do indoors? Have they not heard about Facetime or other video chat apps that allow them to converse and socialize with other people from afar? We live in an age where all of this is possible now… but seeing as how some people still don’t take advantage of the technology that we have, those people are still living under a rock apparently.

Some of the kids that you normally see walking around on a normal day… are still… just walking around, closer than the 6 feet recommendation. The only difference from a normal day is… they’re more frequent, since all the schools are out for the rest of the academic year.

A client that I talk to frequently brought up a point that not everyone has is easy to just stay at home comfortably… and this was in dealing with the troubled homes, anyone dealing with domestic violence and those who are abused at home. I get that home is worse place for them to be, but there’s got to be alternatives to that side of things as well. I don’t know… I can only hope for good things.

Other the other hand, for anyone that needs to hear this: There’s no need to be afraid [of going outside]. You can confine yourselves to your homes, that’s fine. Honestly, I think you have a better chance of being physically safe and healthy than those ignorant enough to disobey the social distancing guidelines out there. But your health and well-being are important as well. You’re going to need to restock on essentials, what you need to continue living. Even if it’s just a step outside your front door, to take a deep breath of the beautiful nature that’s still out there. Just be smart about going out: wear a mask. If you’re a germaphobe, wear gloves if you have to. Then disinfect yourselves when you get home. 

All that I mentioned above should in general just apply to everyone, not just the scared ones. But I’m mainly directing this to the ignorant ones out there. You don’t have to cause a riot or do a stupid march at the Boardwalk to prove that you’re bored or that you don’t have a job anymore. This is just my opinion and I haven’t seen things from the other perspective yet, but I believe the health of the population is more important than anything else. Yes, a lot of lives have been changed by this virus outbreak. The entire world has changed. And I know there is a line between just everyone’s health in general versus what helps people stay healthy (income from jobs). But if anything, and I might sound silly, this helps us really understand the old fashioned ways of living. Or, this could just be the start, the birth of a new way to live. Who knows?

This new quarantined lifestyle has taught me some things:

  • Only take/buy what you need. These damned toilet paper/paper products rations are fucking ridiculous.
  • I’ve saved money by ONLY buying groceries for the past 8 weeks, and it’s mostly thanks to the stimulus checks we received. Oh, and with the exception of my recent Amazon order, but they were essential things that I can’t find at grocery stores.
  • Talking to friends and family and checking in on them are more important than ever. It has always been an important thing that I always took advantage of, but it has helped me realize that staying in touch has also been important and that it’s more important than ever to keep it going, even during these times.

neon lights message saying things will be fine

I think this is it for this entry. I’m hoping things will look up soon, such as a cure to this outbreak. I know someone who did a test for antibodies, someone who was almost on the brink of death from being super ill back in January of this year. And this may just be the answer the entire world needs to get rid of this outbreak. Keep your fingers crossed and your minds positive. Oh, and stay safe y’all.

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Quarantine Life

cat laying on desk next to monitor connected to a laptop

I couldn’t get anymore original with the title, but what else is there?

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been working remote and staying indoors, for the most part. I say “for the most part” only because I did leave the house twice within these 2 weeks to restock on groceries and other essentials.

We now live in a world where toilet paper is being rationed.

Shopping for groceries to keep us stocked for an unforeseen amount of time is difficult, especially when you have a boyfriend who isn’t frugal with his food. What I mean by that is he gets way too much dip for his chips or way too much marinara sauce for his mozzarella sticks that he has leftovers, and when he does, he just throws the leftover dip away. Eek.

Working from home was okay at first, but there are just too many distractions for me.

I’ve been staying with my boyfriend instead of my apartment on the other side of the water. At my apartment, I’d probably be the only person because my roommate still has to physically go into work, and I think the same applies for her fiance. I’d be working from my small room and putting on lofi in the background, occasionally getting up to warm up some food, then wait for them to come home. The only thing that’d be missing is my boyfriend.

But because I’ve been staying at my boyfriend’s place and being isolated from the outside world with him and his 2 other roommates, there have been way too many distractions. Okay, not THAT many, but it feels like it. For one, his TV which is connected to my hand-me-down computer has the video games that I just want to play as soon as I get off… not even, I’d RATHER be playing than working when I’m working. And now that Animal Crossing has been released, that has been taking a lot of my attention also. Video games in itself is a huge distraction because of the amount of time it takes to play a certain game. I’ve found myself waking up every morning and turning on my Switch to play Animal Crossing first thing while still lying in bed.

me lying in bed cuddled up with boyfriend and Nintendo switch in hand

Why am I complaining? I get to stay in bed as long as I can until I literally have to roll out of bed to get on my laptop. Not having to get up and get ready to shower to go somewhere I guess is nice.

But I am starting to feel like I’m in a rut again. I’ve been cooped up in one place for too long and I just wanna go back out there and go about my days before this pandemic started. Doing those zealous tasks of getting up, showering, getting dressed, preparing for the day makes me feel motivated and to do things. My boyfriend is completely fine with this though, being his extreme introverted self.

Which is why I’m taking a wee break form playing video games (kinda) and getting back to this website and my bullet journal, and just other things in general. It’s a new month in a few days and this is the perfect opportunity to plan for the year ahead… even if it’s spent in quarantine. Gotta keep my head up during these times.

That’s it for now. I’ll end this post by posting a cute picture of my boyfriend’s sleepy kitty, Trigger.

sleepy black cat laying on blanket

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So far in 2020…

Two coffee lattes in yellow cup with saucer on brown wooden table

I’m already doing terrible with updating this thing, but some kind of effort is better than none, right?

I originally wanted to start off this post with a quote, which I saw on one of my daily care/of vitamin packs from last month:

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
– Simone de Beauvoir

I’ve been on a productive kick since the year started… and then things started dwindling down when I went to the doctor over a month ago for a lump in my throat. To save all the boring details, I’ll just say that I’ve been through a series of many appointments and it’s been almost 2 months and I’m still trying to find out what’s been going on. Hopefully, it’s not too bad.

Back to when I said I’ve been on a productive kick, I had so many ideas for my bullet journal and things that I want to accomplish this year. Starting with my bullet journal, I got so excited about working on my bujo that I got a head of myself and already designed my March spreads within the first week of February. It is now the 2nd of March, and I have a strong urge to continue on to April. But I’m saving the planning for closer to the end of March, and my friend actually wants me to wait for her to catch up on her bujo. And so I will.

The previous statement totally goes against the quote, but I have been trying to accomplish things at a much faster pace than I have been the last several years. My bujo is only a tool that is helping me work towards my accomplishments.

I’ve let so much time passed from when I originally started this post and I still have yet to share more updates, and with pictures! I will update again much sooner than from the last time.

Stay tuned.

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2020 Vision

It’s 2020, and I’ve still got a lot of planning to do for what I want to do and accomplish this year. I’ve told myself before 2019 started that I would start making things happen. Lo and behold, of course, I did stuff but not noteworthy of being considered accomplishments towards a better me.

But it’s 2020, and I’m getting the hang of actually setting realistic goals and accomplishing them. Here I am, freshly 29, and still struggling with those baby steps… but I’ve always said that I’m still moving forward and past all of the obstacles.

For starters, these are the journals that I will be using throughout the year.

The dark green journal on the left is my planning journal, which lists the important tasks and events of the year, along with some spreads that will help with my planning.

The white journal in the middle is essentially like a diary, where I pour out my thoughts and recap my day if I feel it is worth documenting. I started with the idea of using this secondary journal as a way to unleash my unorganized thoughts since I wanted my planning journal to be clean and uncluttered. But in the midst of going through depression in October and November, I was in dire need of an immediate outlet that allowed me to unload all that was stressing me out or made me cry. And trust me when I say, it helped to unload on paper. So, I will be using the white journal for both my unorganized thoughts and as a diary.

Not too long ago, I remembered that I had some thin Moleskin notebooks that I originally bought to start my bujo journey a few years ago, but my heart and mind weren’t fully in it yet. The black notebook with the “love” and pineapple stickers on the right has some attempted planning pages and “word art”. But now, I’m going to use the rest of the pages for scratch notes, brainstorming, and doodles.

I would’ve posted a still of the page in my planning journal of my goals for 2020, but there are a lot of personal things on there that I do not want to share. However, I will share these:

Long Term

  • Travel the world
  • Make photography into a hobby (or profession) that pays
  • Achieve minimalism
  • Maintain healthy diet & weight

Short Term

  • Go to my first EDM concert: EDC in Las Vegas, May 2020
  • Stay in touch with my family (This originally said “parents”, but I just had the thought of keeping in touch with the lot of the family I know using today’s technology of Messenger, and maybe the occasional handwritten letter or card)
  • Clean out my emails – both personal and work
  • Do something creative every other day

I have way more short term goals. Some of them, as I was listing them here, I realized could be considered long term goals. Some of the short term goals I have are in relation to a long term goal, like “lose 10 more pounds” goes with “maintain healthy diet & weight”.

Regarding the photography goal, I’m a step into achieving this goal and I’m happy to say that I have been approved to be a contributor to gettyimages and iStock. I have not yet submitted content, but I’m working on it. More general updates on this will ensue once I learn more about the Contributor Community.

To achieve minimalism is something that I’ve been trying to do all year last year, and it’s slow progress. On a random day last year, I watched an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and I was fascinated by the thought of minimalism, mostly through her way of teaching: to keep things that “spark joy”, and say good bye to what doesn’t. After watching all of the episodes, I’ve become all about “sparking joy”. Honestly, I just love that phrase so much. “Spark joy.”

More recently, Brandon’s roommate, Jesse, recommended a book to me with the similar concept of minimalism, called Goodbye, Things. Not long after the recommendation, I started reading a long excerpt of it on Google Shopping results, and I immediately wanted to read it. Of course, my want to order the physical book holds me back from the concept of minimalism when I could’ve purchased the e-book version. But oh well.

The last goal that I wanted to expand on is the one saying “do something creative every other day”. This goal came to mind after New Year’s Day, and I thought, “Hey! This could help me with not only having a side project to keep me busy outside of work, but it also gives me something to look forward to that’s different from my normal routine.” Using my creative juices in this way, I believe, also helps me get out of my comfort zone and break out of those creative blocks that I always have.

Recently, I had a longtime friend ask me if I could make a prayer card for her significant other’s grandfather. It was a small job that I was glad to take on, and it took me picking up Photoshop again and relearning how to use it.

The next thing you know, a few days ago, another friend of mine a few states away asked if I could help her with a new intro video for her YouTube channel. This is a bigger job than the last, but it’ll help me bring back my video editing skills. This one is currently in progress, and I’m unsure of the process it will take me to get through it, but I’m doing it. I’m kinda being a yes woman, if you think about it.

Lastly, for now, this is an ongoing “project”… and it’s helping my cousin, who recently got engaged, plan for her wedding! I’ve never been so excited for weddings before, but now I am. There’s a whole lot involved that I have no prior experience with, but I’m getting out of my comfort zone and learning something new with this. And I couldn’t be more excited for my cousin, but also about the process of going through this in general.

For the future of this blog, I am thinking to post only 1-2 times a month. Maybe one post to give a monthly update on my life and another post specific on my recent photography journey. Who knows. I’m still planning that out too.

I feel like there’s more that I’m leaving out, but I have to end it right here. Gotta put in some relaxation time, watch an episode of The Magicians and fit in some Stardew Valley before the night ends…

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