Editor’s Note—this post was last updated on 3/24!
HELLO FROM DUPONT CIRCLE! How is everyone fairing out there? I feel like I’ve lived a whole year in the past week!
Let’s back it up a little bit: last Monday, my company had us all work from home so we could test the VPN and make sure it would stay up with increased demand. Tuesday, we headed back into the office like normal and I went to OTF with my squad after work—and looking back, that day was probably my last normal day for a long time! On Wednesday morning, I had a dermatologist appointment before work, so arrived late and then went to a lecture-style training meeting. On the way back to my desk, I somehow managed to chip my front tooth on my laptop—you literally can’t make this shit up! Luckily, my dentist could squeeze me in over the lunch hour, and afterwards, I just headed home to work from there for the afternoon. While I was at the dentist, my company asked all employees to work from home, effective Thursday. So, since then, I’ve been spending a lot of time at home, settling into a new routine of web-conferencing work calls and eating too many of my ‘rona rations.
While I ventured out some Friday and Saturday, since Sunday, I’ve fully embraced social distancing and plan to for the foreseeable future so I can do my part to flatten the curve. If you want to better understand why this is our best chance to stop the spread of Coronavirus, I cannot recommend this interactive Washington Post article enough. (And while you’re at it, check out their TikTok because it’s amazing!)
I consider myself *SO LUCKY* to be able to work from home and to have circumstances that allow me to socially distance, since I know many do not have these luxuries. And I am especially grateful to all the healthcare workers who are on the front lines, putting themselves at risk for us!
Growing up, my mom always told us that only boring people are bored, and I am fully embracing that mentality over the next couple of weeks at home. So, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite media—books, podcasts, TV shows & movies (and where to stream!)—as well as a few other ways I plan on keeping busy during this time. I am still keeping a normal schedule during the workday, but since all my social plans after work and on the weekends for the foreseeable future have been postponed, I, too, will be looking for more ways to stay busy at home!
Also, if you’re not following me on Instagram, I am sharing a ton of content in real time over there—I’ve also saved everything in a highlight called “Quarantine”—I would have named it “Social Distancing” but it was too long! I am doing daily work from home walk + talks where we can check in with each other about how we’re feeling and talk about a topic of the day and I’m also sharing a ton of non-Coronavirus related content that’s been on my list for a while that I just haven’t had the time to create—like my makeup tutorial!
I’ll plan to make this blogpost a “living, breathing document” as we say at work, and will update it regularly throughout our time at home—please live any suggestions you have in the comments below so we can all help each other out during this crazy time!
One last thing before we dive in. Today, I really beat myself up for not being able to focus and be super productive at work like I normally am—and then I decided to stop and just give myself a pass. And, last night, I had a really hard time focusing on my book and going to sleep—two things which usually come to me no problem. There is so much information coming at us on a 5-minute news cycle and the world today is a different one than we were living in just let week. So I’m trying to be really nice to myself and others during this time—let’s keep morale high and support each other, even from afar!
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