Welcome to my new temporary normal!
For the time being.
Parts of it may look like your new temporary normal.
With the current state of pandemic affairs, here’s what the past week has been like for this blogger.
Oh my word, it has been crazy busy. I have been going to work, but only because ours is a small office (less than 10 people) and I’d rather spreadsheet with two large monitors than squint at a laptop while listening to a cat snore.
We are a government agency, so there’s been a lot of pandemic planning and policy, video conferencing, spreadsheets, critical requests, daily reports, etc. I found out what this ZOOM thing is all about, spending about four hours this week on video conferencing. We’re allowing employees to work from home whenever possible, but not all employees have laptops or access. We’re trying to get everyone the supplies they need – face masks, Lysol wipes, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer (although soap and water will do the trick), paper towels, or whatever will help in keeping employees safe. We’re trying to stay safe and not panic. Without going into detail, our agency has a lot to consider, and take into action, to protect us and the public at large. Unfortunately, the last bit of business yesterday was a hiring freeze. No new hires until we get the green light.
The hiring freeze will take one thing off my plate for a while, but it is yet to be determined if I will stay busy or find time to electronically file purge.
Natasha is working from home as she works for a large manufacturing company that had not sent many people home as of Monday. She reported COVID-19 heebie-jeebies that made her pack up her stuff and stay home. I don’t blame her. She can control her home environment better than the work environment.
The cats have not felt a huge change other than they hear Natasha working through a closed bedroom door. Gibbs and Ziva have to stay put so as not to bother my roomie with cries for food or attention while she’s on the phone. Mom comes home close to her usual time, so there’s no difference in that sense. Perhaps with the stay-at-home weekends, they’ll figure out something is different. Or they’ll sleep at their usual times and not care.
Natasha and I are keeping our normal cleanliness routine without Lysol wipes. Too many icky chemicals that make our eyes water. We make sure there is thorough hand washing and hope/pray for our continued health.
The grocery store. It’s the only other place I go at this point. There are three stores I frequent, but trying to keep it to a minimum. If I have to pay a little more to only shop at one store, I will do that. I had to go to the mega grocery store the other day to get items the other two don’t carry, and I think I escaped unharmed. It’s anxiety inducing. I tried to keep my people distance, get what I needed and get out. I wore my gloves the entire time because the thought of touching things…
The yoga studio downtown is closed, but they are posting classroom videos on YouTube. The library is closed. My Saturday morning chai tea latte place is only open at the drive-thru. Church is closed, but they will be Facebook live on Sunday. My Life Group is meeting online. The dentist is closed for now, but my next appointment isn’t until July. I was going to take Gibbs and Ziva in for their annual physical, but now that is not possible and I know they are very thankful.
So, the question remains, “What am I going to do with myself while social distancing?”
Answer: I have a non-inclusive list.
- Continue to go to work
- Skip yoga on weeknights
- Sleep in on the weekends
- Grocery shop only as needed
- Shop for other stuff online
- Clean out the mess underneath the bathroom sink. Maybe.
- Read books
- Bible journal
- Yoga at home
- Church at home
- Check out new music
- Harass the cats
- Let the cats harass me
- Feed the starving cats
- Go for walks
- Watch Star Trek (that’s the always normal)
- Write blog posts
- Read blog posts
- Play Bananagrams with Natasha
- Eat food and chocolate
- Hope for warmer biking weather
- Give virtual hugs
- Take naps
- Keep happy and healthy thoughts for all of you as we all live out our new temporary normal.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cheek.” Use it as a noun or verb. Have fun!