How are you doing? How have you been coping with everything? Are you safe?
Mrs. C. and I haven’t left the house for over a week and last time we went out was for a supermarket run early in the morning. We’re fairly stocked and we shouldn’t have to hit the supermarket again for another 10 to 14 days. I’m a bit worried about the dairy situation though. I drink coffee with cream (no sugar anymore) and I’m drinking a lot more coffee than usual. I thought I had stocked up fairly well but may have to switch over to milk early next week. The horror.
Workwise, I’ve been working from home. Fortunately, there’s a lot of work I can do from home. At some point I may have to go to my office to pick up some mail, sign checks, etc, but I figure I can slip in late and keep any exposure to other people at a minimum. I certainly won’t be using public transit.
We’ve been having some zoom parties lately with friends and family. I’ve found that to be a big morale boost. Seeing the faces of loved ones who are also quarantined is good for the spirit.
I’ve also started to look for some online courses to do. I’ve broken my french flashcards out and grammar books and have been watching french shows on Netflix to retrain my ear. My house is looking pretty damn clean and I’m trying to use this time to reorganize my thoughts and find a newly found respect for everything we could do when we could leave the house.
I don’t know anybody yet who has tested positive for covid-19, although, I also don’t know anybody who has been tested.
I hope everyone else out there is staying safe.
I’m going to start creating a list below of resources and tips for those of us who have been impacted directly by the coronavirus, either by the disease itself, being quarantined, or those who are having immediate financial ramifications. Please, leave anything you come across or have found help with in the comments and I’ll post it to the top of this page in this thread.
CDC How to Protect Yourself from coronavirus infection.
CDC Symptoms of coronavirus.
IRS releases guidance on deferring tax payments due to coronavirus
Reddit’s Personal Finance job loss megathread has resources from state to state and other helpful information.
Lighter stuff but still important:
Don’t let self-quarantine get you down with these virtual museum tours, online photography collections, and more
What are you doing during these quarantine days?
I’m fortunate that I can do most of my work from home. So that part is squared away and I don’t have to worry about commuting. Mrs. C and I had a fairly well stocked pantry at home in the beginning and the few times we have gone out was just to top off some things, especially perishables. We have been doing a lot of baking so far to not just keep busy, but because baked foods are delicious! We also can freeze half so that we have some good treats stored up for later when we want them.
For other activities, I’m practicing sketching (A new skill I started last year and haven’t had much time to practice.) Reading, (but I always read.) I also restarted a few languages on DuoLingo that I haven’t had time to study the past year. Le francais, bien sur. Italian, portuguese.
Organizing my photos on my computer, catching up on podcasts. I haven’t been binge watching many tv shows at the moment. Mostly because I’ve been too busy watching news and YouTube clips about what’s going on.
Lola is starting to get annoyed that we are in her house 24/7 though. I’m a bit afraid that she is going to evict us soon.
So what are you stress baking?
We’ve made (or Mrs. C is more of the baker so my participation is more about eating) chocolate babka:
How has the coronavirus impacted your life so far?
I’m fortunate to be able to do most of my work by telecommuting. Our office is pretty much closed for the next two weeks (downtown Boston) so I’m just trying to balance work and home. (Not checking emails after 5pm, etc). I’m not at the high risk level of getting too sick with it so I’m more concerned with carrying it to older relatives and so on. So taking most of the recommended precautions. Although, every single time someone reminds me not to touch my face, my eyes and nose immediately feels like they are being tickled by every feather in the entire world.
But guess which ones actually go out to vote.
I voted for Warren, and am happy about my vote. I knew she didn’t have much of a path but now she’s finished. She’ll stay in for another round of states but the reality is she finished third in her own state and the delegates aren’t going to be there for her.
We did learn that Bernie’s appeal just isn’t there. He’ll win a few more states and make this into a contest but the only way he could take this from Biden now would be for him to appeal to a wider audience than the Bernie Bros, and I just don’t think he has that in him. I’m thinking the popularity he found in 2016 may have been more due to a lot of people not liking Clinton and seeking an alternative than to Sanders really having a broad appeal. And she still beat him. Personally, I love a lot of Bernie’s message, just really not a fan of the messenger. (But if he does pull it off, yes, I’ll vote for him. How is this even a question.) As to his creepy cultish hardliners crying about the Democrats not giving him a chance….. well, you guys realize he isn’t a Democrat right? And I don’t think the DNC has to shut him out. Voters seem to be doing that job by themselves.
Bloomberg. Well, as I was writing the last paragraph, Bloomberg just suspended his campaign. He spent about half a billion dollars and the only thing he won was a territory that doesn’t vote in the presidential election. So, well played. His strategy of jumping in later reminds me of when Giuliani did something similar when he was running in 2008 and skipped all the primaries to concentrate on FL. Spectacularly bad gamble.
And as for Biden…..I’m trying to find some silver lining in having him as the eventual nominee. I’m really not excited to have him as a candidate. He’s 77 and looks about 82. I think he can beat Trump if he stays alive to November. But it’s a big concern. Who he picks as veep is going to be critical. A few good things though if Biden is the nominee is that we won’t be taking anybody out of the Senate (depending on his veep choice) when we are going to need every D (or I) possible to try to gain the majority. The other big point is Trump is scared to death of Biden. He’s so scared that he actually was impeached in an attempt to derail a Biden candidacy. Trump wanted to face off against the SOCIALIST. He’s been on Twitter all morning whining about it:
The flip side is now we’re going to hear Fox News go on and on about Hunter Biden for the spring, summer, and fall.
This year has started off with me reading books at a glacial pace. But at least I tripled the amount of books I read in January.
The Border by Don Winslow. Book 3 of The Power of the Dog trilogy. Don Winslow is an amazing writer and this trilogy had me hooked right from the beginning. It’s fiction but based on mostly real events dealing with the Mexican drug cartels and American politics. I can’t recommend this series enough.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins There’s a lot of controversy surrounding this one being that it deals with a story about a family of Mexican refugees written by an author who is not Mexican. I really don’t think that an author has to be of a particular nationality or race to write about them, with the caveat that you better get it right. (I rarely look at an author’s background before reading a book they have written. My rule is just give me something good to sink my teeth into.) There are arguments to be made for or against that but it’s outside the scope of this post. The problem I had with this book is simply, it’s not very good. I got about halfway through before sending it back to the library. The writing is not that strong, the plot doesn’t feel very honest, and it wasn’t worth putting the work into finishing reading it. Hard pass.
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier. A mixture of travelogue and history of Siberia. I’m not even sure how I ended up reading this. It was on my goodreads list and I guess I was in a winter mood. It was worth it despite it being a very in depth book. Only pick it up if you’re in the mood for about 700 pages of Siberian travels.
Have you read anything good lately?