Well, we’ve been home a month now. Actually 32 days as of this posting. And when I say I’ve been home, I have been home. Like many of us, I have a pre-existing condition, so if I were to catch this nasty virus, it could be really bad. So although my blog now is mostly books, I do have time to post more now! I thought I’d give you a glimpse into what this time looks like for us – married with 2 dogs and no children.
First off, I am very thankful for our situation. We both are still working (from home, obviously) and getting paid. We have a nice house that we bought a year ago (the townhouse would have been more of a struggle) with a fenced in yard in a nice, large walkable neighborhood. And we have each other. I understand that many people – too many – are in a much worse situation because of all this. And we are trying to help where we can.
So what does one do for 32 days at home when not working?
Puzzles. I have always loved puzzles. Did them growing up with my dad. And I actually was already on a puzzle kick before all of this started. I must have sensed something was coming. I have finished 2 since being at home. A friend and I did a puzzle trade and she had the BEST puzzles!
Reading. Again, I’ve been reader. My goal for this year is 50 books. But, I usually read a lot on the train to/from work and not necessarily at home. There are so many more options of things to do at home! So I’m actually one book behind schedule to finish my 50 this year, so I’m working to read more instead of watch tv. But I’ve finished 4 books since stay home day 1.
Movies and TV: We are obviously spending a lot – probably too much – time in front of the TV. There is literally an endless amount of content to watch through all of the streaming services. We don’t even have cable! My favorite movie so far was definitely Knives Out. We also watched Yesterday (it was cute), Clue (yes, the 1985 film based on the board game – it’s still great. It’s on Prime), The Farewell (it was good – dramatic comedy – about half is subtitled), The Zookeeper’s Wife (WWII film – not a happy pick me up but good, though not as good as the book), Aladdin (classic), and Overnight Delivery (we came across this on HBO, from 1998 – it was funny but a little too ridiculous). As far as TV, I’ve kept watching my usual handful of shows, which are one by one reaching their season finales, or in Modern Family‘s case, the full show finale after 11 seasons. But don’t worry – Love Is Blind and Tiger King made it into the mix already and both were binged in no time. Both ridiculous, on different levels, and VERY entertaining. We’re now halfway through season 1 of Community and it’s hilarious – I can’t believe I never watched it!
Get outdoors: I am very thankful that this is happening in spring and not the middle of winter (at least for us southerners). We have been able to get outside a lot and luckily what seemed like non-stop rain the first couple f months of the year has turned to more sunny days. Walks almost daily, both with and without the dogs. Yard work because there’s now no excuse. Even a couple trips to the neighborhood tennis courts so I can practice a new serve and give my better half some “lessons”.
Games: Again, we were already game people. But we’re trying to make a point of not just sitting in front of the tv every night. So we’ve been going through the games. Five Crowns, Wits End, Sequence, Murder Trivia Party and Guesspionage (both Jackbox games), Oregon Trail, and Mario Kart have all made an appearance so far.
Exercise: I was lucky to have already been exercising at home, so this wasn’t much a change for me. Although it does take a little more self-motivation to get up and do it knowing that you’re not leaving the house. But now, a month in, I feel I have finally gotten into a good routine. I’ve kept up with my BeachBody workouts (started a new program last week). And towards the beginning of all this we ordered an Echelon bike that we had been eyeing. We love it (sorry Peloton fanatics) and I’ll do a full post with a review soon.
There’s been FaceTimes and Zoom calls and even a Zoom birthday. Between working every day and all of this, we really can’t complain. Although it will be nice when things can go back to “normal” – even if it is a different normal that usual. We are hopeful that God has a plan in this and that we will all get through this together (but distanced). How are you surviving and keeping busy through all this? Would love to hear!