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.
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:
What are your favorite games to play on your phone?
I have a long commute. Sometimes, I’m too tired or not in the mood to read. So I’ve been looking for games to play that don’t involve popping bubbles. I started playing The Room which is a fun puzzle game. But also looking for other suggestions. So what are you playing on your phone?
We haven’t done one of these in a long time. Let’s give it a go to escape from the news.
What’s something you have given up in the last year?
Eating mammals. Last August, I decided to start cutting my meat intake. I figured I would start with beef and pork products. I was a huge meat eater for the majority of my life. When I would go out to eat, burgers and steaks were what I looked for first on the menu. I thought I would just try to give it up for a month. I’ve been reading more about factory farming, and I was wondering if I would still eat animals if I actually had to be the one to kill them. I don’t think I could kill a pig. And definitely not a cow. So I went a month choosing either the fish or vegetable dish. Sometimes chicken. And that month went longer. It’s been over a year now since I have eaten a mammal. (There may have been some pork products I unknowingly ate since a lot of restaurants use pork in soups as flavor. New England clam chowder, I’m looking at you.)
Do I miss it? No. I don’t really crave a burger or bacon. It’s a little more tricky when looking at a menu but I’m still eating fish and chicken so ordering is not a problem. I think I would like to start limiting my chicken intake, and I have to an extent. I’m not actively trying to become a vegetarian, but as I get older I seem to be drifting that way.
Who is a standup comedian who makes you laugh the most?
Bill Burr hands down for me. Every single time I start watching one of his specials on Netflix, I always end up doubled over with laughter. And he’s from a few towns over from where I live.
What do you use to listen to music?
Spotify. I started to use it more over the past few months and I’m more than willing to give them my money for a premium membership. I’m listening to entire albums more than I have in years now.