Working from home…

Day 10.
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I am sorry I haven’t been posting as much as I have before and also for my lack of new topics lately. It’s just this entire situation with the CoronaVirus going around is insane. I watched it in the news and I know that they said it was spreading but I never thought it would hit here as hard or as fast as it has. I know there were warnings.
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My husband and I had no problem staying home with the kids as soon as we were allowed to. I only leave right now to go grocery shopping at Costco or the regular grocery store and once or twice a week I go to UPS to drop off a package. That’s it.
We went to the gas station one time last weekend because it was a beautiful day and we brought the kids to the beach so we could get out and walk. It seemed like people were keeping distance when we went but I read that they are now thinking about shutting down the parks and beaches because people are gathering in big groups. What the hell is wrong with people?
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I get freaked out just going to the grocery store. I know this might sound stupid, but I noticed I started to hold my breath when I have to walk past people. Yesterday, my sister sent me an article about a woman who just died from the Virus and her sons said the only places she went were Costco and her church. I freaked out because I was at Costco last week too. It’s so close and scary. I decided to look up home delivery for grocery shopping and no one had anything available for delivery this week. I could go pick my order up next week, 2 towns over, at 8:30 PM. With the amount of milk my children are going through every day, I can’t wait a week. Seriously, we’re at a gallon or more a day. Crazy. I either need a cow or a milk refrigerator if we do have to do a total lock down.
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Working from home has been difficult too. It’s not the work, it’s running school for the kids while working. The school sent home packets and today we have to pick up a chrome book so my son can do online work next week. My daughter does work packets and then has a zoom classroom session at 12 everyday for an hour or so with her entire class. Once we get the kids set up and start to do work, someone has a question, or they get bored and need a snack, or they have to take a “fat dump”, as my kids have been calling it. The point is, we get interrupted.
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My husband and I have figured out a schedule where I go and do the work I need and make the phone calls I need in the morning. Then I come up, make lunch and he goes down to do his work and phone calls in the afternoon. We each have a shift to teach the kids. It works out but my day flies by now.
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Yesterday, I was talking to my daughter and I was like “Oh my god, I have to make dinner already and tomorrow is Thursday! This week is flying by!” She looked at me funny and was like “Really? It is not going by fast at all.” And it occurred to me that I feel like my days are flying by because I am more busy. She’s probably bored out her mind half the day. Teaching on its own is a full time job and I feel like we’re doing alright but the kids are definitely not getting the full benefit of school.  Gym class today was doing a you tube kids yoga video. They had fun goofing around together but a piece of me felt a little sad that they aren’t at school in gym class with friends. They know why they aren’t and they understand but I know that they miss their friends.
They have announced that schools are closed until at least 4/20/2020, and they are considering just keeping them closed until the fall.
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On the other hand, we are way tighter as a family than we have been. My daughter and I came up with a secret handshake, we paint our nails a lot and She has been really into horror movies on netflix, so we’re working our way through some.
My son has taken off his headphones to hang out with me more. He comes in to my room at night to play ipad games together and hang out. It’s actually really nice.
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My husband and I talk a lot more and we started doing Yoga again in the morning. We are cooking and eating a lot better. We’re both nervous about everything all around us and it’s really easy to get sucked down the news hole. Every day there are new numbers of death and new numbers of positive tests. I wish they would tell us where the people were in the past few weeks. Like that woman in Costco, that scared the shit out of me because I was there, probably within the same day or two depending on when her symptoms started. Every time my throat itches or I cough, I worry. Was it allergies? Could I be getting a cold? Could this be the virus?I mean, the symptoms are so common, especially for this time of year.  I hope they figure out a cure soon, or something that will bring the death rate down a lot.
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I apologize in advance for my sort of repetitive posts, I am sure there will be more but I will try to not have every post be about the current situation.
How are you doing? How’s it going around you?
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Last year vs this year

Wow. What a difference this year has been compared to last year. Last year, I was watching the leaves grow and I couldn’t wait for Spring. I was counting down!
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This year, I only noticed it was spring because my calendar reminded me. I am currently working from home,  homeschooling my kids and looking out the window since last week and for the next 3 weeks. It’s currently snowing and the buds are growing on the trees.
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Last year, I was just waiting for the leaves. This year, I’m not leaving my house unless it’s to get the groceries for my family. For the next 3 weeks I will be cleaning up my house and yard and hopefully this social distancing will work and we can resume a little more normal routine. Honestly, I think this is going to last a little longer than 3 weeks. I only hope not that much longer.
This past weekend I did get some things done around the house that I have been putting off…
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I had 4 bags fulls of bags… Does anyone else do this? There were paper bags and party bags from the kids birthday parties. I save the nice ones and reuse them. I don’t need 4 giant bags of them though, so I got rid of a bunch of them. I deep cleaned the kitchen and my husband did the bathrooms.  We also cleaned out the bathroom closet. So I feel like I was productive this weekend.
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I have to make an order for the kids rooms and I keep putting it off. It’s just money that I don’t want to spend right now until this thing settles down a little. The kids want big kid comforters, like mommy and daddy’s, and they need new area rugs in their rooms. I chucked the last ones after our new puppy Luna decided she liked to pee and poop on them. This year she’s house trained like the our other pups so we should be alright to buy new ones…
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Anyway, between the comforters, duvet covers, area rugs, desk lamps (because now they are using their desks a lot more), and a couple new shelves for their books, that’s $1,000.00 on my Wayfair. Money I wouldn’t mind spending except I don’t know about adding any new monthly credit card payments. I might hold off another week or two once we get some more knowledge of what’s going on.
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I am officially 4 weeks no alcohol today and I feel pretty good. I am sleeping much deeper than I did a month ago. I am also doing yoga and now I am watching what I eat a little more. That is mostly because I am cooking a lot more now. I am continuing the not drinking for a while. I think I like me better.
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On a sad note, we’re probably cancelling the family Easter brunch. Usually I cook and everyone comes over and we all eat and drink and catch up. This year we’ll do something for the kids, I will cook and bring a tray to my sister and niece down the street and then we will probably just call everyone. I’m a little sad about this because I love catching up and seeing everyone I love but it’s better to be safe. I still have Thanksgiving.
How are you doing?

Week 1 – Day 5

We made it a full work/ school week. The kids are doing their school work and the teachers are in constant contact to make sure they are there in case we have any questions. It’s cute to see my son help my daughter with her math homework.
I am 25 days zero alcohol and I feel pretty good about myself right now.
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I wanted to come up with something clever to write for my Friday blog and really, I have nothing today. There is nothing going on. Everyday they are closing more and more things around us. Which is fine. I get it. It’s a little weird that there is no end date, you know? I am just happy that we are okay so far.  I get really worried when any of us have to leave the house right now.
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The news said that for everyone testing positive assume there are 100 more people who haven’t taken the test yet… That would be 12600 people at this point and the majority of them are in the towns surrounding us. It’s unsettling.
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See all that red over NY and CT, that’s where we are.
Today the kids have gym for their specials. We are going to try to take them to the beach so we can all get out and walk a little bit. We should be good on groceries to get us through the weekend and I am hoping that when I go Monday Morning, there won’t be that many people.
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The school is talking about not coming back till after what was supposed to be April break. There is no more April break. Now that the kids are doing school from home they want the kids to continue to do that through the break. So I guess the parents and teachers get no break.
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It is what it is right now. I think everyone is just trying to make do with the current situation.
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This weekend is my deep cleaning weekend. I also want to get out in the yard and prune and see what we need to get ready for spring. Other than that, there isn’t much going on. How about you? How does your weekend look?
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Oh, Happy First day of Spring!

Week 1- Day 3

It’s Wednesday. I think everything is starting to get into the new groove. Things have definitely changed and it’s weird to not have an end date to it. There are all these possibilities floating around and no sure anything… I guess no one is sure how long anything is going to take. The school says maybe in a couple weeks, maybe after break, maybe not at all this school year.
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I feel really bad for my sister because she works the before and after program  in the elementary schools, so she’s part time. With no school, she has no work, so she gets no paycheck. She is a single mom with a 14 year old daughter. We’ll help out as much as we can but that just really sucks. They basically said everyone needs to file unemployment for now. I hope it’s not jammed up too much and she can at least start to get something soon.
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My husband and I have divided the day in half so I work mornings in the studio and he works afternoons. That way we each have a few solid hours of silence while the other gets interrupted by the kids while they do their school work. My workday department call ins are 10 or 11 AM and his meetings are mostly in the afternoon. It works out for us.
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I have been cooking lately… A lot. I didn’t really notice how much we used to eat out. But I know now, it was pretty often. Usually my husband and kids make their breakfasts, I have coffee. Then the kids have hot lunch at school and my husband and I will either meet for lunch or I will get something with my co worker. Either way, we tend to eat lunch out of the house most days and then we aren’t really hungry by the time we get home so I make the kids something for dinner, and they snack.
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I realize now how much I didn’t really cook during the week! Now though, I have been making pretty big lunches for all of us and then we make the kids something for dinner later on. I have left overs in my fridge. Tomorrow is left over day.
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The other day I make plastelon (plantain lasagna) . Then I made Kielbasa and sauerkraut. Then I made Goulash yesterday. Today I had to run out to get milk and a couple other things from the grocery store. I bought a roasted chicken and made rice and corn for the side…
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People are not following the 6 feet distance recommendation. I got annoyed at Costco because this man came and stood next to me. I was behind my cart and he stood in front of his cart in line… Like directly behind me. I was so annoyed and I almost turned around and asked him to move farther away, but I didn’t… Then at the grocery store I went to grab some meat and I pulled my cart over like I normally do and went to check out the meat but I stood next to someone… Then I realized that I was doing the same thing as that man had done to me so I grabbed something and ran away.
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I hope I can just keep it in my mind next time I go out to just be super careful and distance myself from other people for now. I hope to not have to go out again for another few days. I think we have enough stuff for a while now. When I get home from the stores I just get nervous for a while even after I scrub my hands a few times.
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Honestly though, the stores are crazy. Today there was no toilet paper in either store. I went at 11:00 AM. The store weren’t packed. I also noticed that people seem to be stocking up on meat, pasta, bread and anything canned. All those shelves were pretty bare. I think we’re fine on toilet paper for another few weeks so I hope the are able to restock by then.
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How’s it going by you?

Monday Update.

I stayed home from work today because the kids are out of school and my husband had to go into work to help people set up to work from home. He works in IT so he needed to be there.
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It was our first day of “homeschooling” and it started off a little wobbly. I checked in online with the teachers to mark the kids as present. We started with reading and writing and a melt down from the boy. He got caught in a lie he told me last week about reading his book in school and he did not. Then on to the maths. Every 3 minutes was a question. I could barely focus on my work. It was frustrating because it was not even hard questions, the questions were about things these children already know the answer too. Ugh… Seriously, how do these teachers do it with 20 kids?
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By that time I was receiving texts from my friends about Costco talking about closing. I was like oh my god, if that happens then I might be better off going shopping on my “lunch”. I was going to try to go late tonight, like right before closing hoping that there wouldn’t be too many people there. I got nervous that everyone else would do the same.
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My husband returned home just as I was receiving the news that my office is officially shutting down. I needed to jump on a conference call with my department to go over our jobs for the next few weeks as we all hunker down and try to wait this thing out. It wasn’t bad. Everyone is going to try to do as much work as possible from home. There will still be billing, there will still be payments. There will be morning call ins at 10:00 AM to go over what we are all working on that day. We will still be getting paid normal and not have to use any of our time. So, good news for the most part.
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After the call I took a quick run to the store to get some more yogurt and milk. There weren’t that many people there and I was really surprised to see the produce was mostly restocked. When I went there Friday, there was not a lot of anything. I got the few things I needed and then a few things I saw as I walked by. With everything I threw in my cart I questioned if I was being rational or if I was starting to hoard. The feeling to grab more was real.  I did buy two of a few things to cut down my future trips to the store this week. I know with all of us home and us cooking all meals, we will be going through a lot more than normal here.
By the time I got to the register I was starting to get nervous. There were a lot of people there, and only a cart length in between each other. I really believe in social distance without a pandemic going around and now it seems to be amplified a little bit.
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I got home, worked some more. For my kids “gym” from home I sent them to the backyard to play and then to help clean it up. 🙂 On the bright side of all this, I have a feeling that at the end of this quarantine I will have a really clean and organized house. I hope.
I am super happy that I quit drinking for a month 3 weeks ago too because I know if I was still drinking I would already be on my first glass of something. But no, I have one week left and I am feeling really good, I think I might push it another week… Or maybe another month. I like the sleep I am getting, I don’t feel so run down anymore (that took a while), I feel better. I am starting to look at how much money we save too just by not having a drink if we go out to eat. Also, not buying bottles of wine and rum for the weekend. So now I’m looking at it less like a temporary break and more of like when I quit smoking… Almost…  When I quit smoking it was because I was pregnant and I never started again because the prices went up so high. With smoking, I loved it, the smell, the taste, the feeling in my lungs ( I know that’s gross but I really do miss that feeling), and I still miss it, but the truth is I feel physically better without it. Maybe this break will be a little more permanent too.
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So that’s where we are at right now. All restaurants are closed for dine in. Only take out, pick up and delivery. The stores are changing some hours so that 65 and older can shop for a couple hours before normal hours for the rest of the public. I think that is smart too.
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All schools are closed. All movies, pubs/bars and gyms are closed until at least the end of this month.
I’ll probably have to make another couple grocery runs, but we should be good to wait this out for a while.
How about you? How is it going?

CoronaVirus and Weekend plans

Surprise, there are no weekend plans for us.
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We will be home and hanging out all weekend. We may take a hike and I will be cleaning and doing laundry like always.
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The Coronavirus is spreading all around us. We are in Connecticut, USA and there are 7 confirmed cases in the state so far. And they are all in the towns surrounding my family right now.
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Schools have shut down for weeks including my kids school. They are currently there getting packets of homework to do at home for the next 2 weeks. Then the school board will re-access the situation. I’m not 100% panicked yet, I am concerned though. We will be practicing social distancing, hand washing and staying home and trying not to go out too much. Also, following the news.
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I do need to go to the grocery stores today though. I really wish people would stop panic buying everything. Other people need to eat, clean, wipe their butts too… You know? Greedy asses. It’s more annoying than anything else. My coworker told me that Costco currently has 700 people rushing in their doors per hour. That’s insane. Just get what you need and go home.
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Husbands job is okay with people working from home. My job would prefer you come in and will only let you work from home if you’ve been exposed and you know it, or if you need to because of a school closure or something, but it’s a day to day basis for that. It’s so dumb. At this point, how do you know if you’ve been exposed or not?
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One town even said that they know of at least 20 people who have been exposed and they can’t track where they have been, or who they have been in contact with. I think the best thing to do right now would be to have everyone go home, work from home to at least minimize the exposure as much as possible so that they have time to figure out a cure, or make more tests to be more prepared. This waiting makes no sense. And the half closing and half not closing isn’t helping much either, in my opinion.
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So, that’s what’s going on around here for now.
How about around you? What is being done? Anything? Nothing?

Onward – A Family Review

I have no idea what this movie is about. Magic and brothers and a good story, I hope. On to the Reviews:
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Me (38): I liked it. I thought it was good. I didn’t really know what to expect and I liked the story line. I liked how the brothers had to work together.  I liked the magic.
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Husband (38): I liked it a lot. It didn’t turn out how I thought it would based on the trailers. I thought it was going to be a straight up adventure. But it’s cool how they were stuck in the modern world. I love how positive the older brother was. The mom and the manticore were a lot of fun. I just enjoyed it. It was a fun movie.
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Son (10):  Uhh. I kind of want his hairstyle. Ian. I liked it. But Sonic was better in my opinion. I liked how the emotions grew between the two brothers. Some parts were pretty obvious but then there were not obvious turns that I didn’t expect.
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daughter (8): Good. I’m tired. (She stayed awake though, so that’s a positive review in my opinion).
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Would we recommend it? Yes.
Should you see it in the theater? Yes.
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Did you see it? What did you think?

Sleepy Tired

That’s how I feel on this Monday. I woke up fine, I powered through my morning workout. I’m 15 days into a alcohol free month and on week 2 of working out. Today I feel really run down. I don’t know if I am catching a cold that my daughter developed over the weekend, but I feel like I’m dragging.
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Anyone else do an alcohol free month? Does this sleepiness happen mid way through? Or is it just a Monday? Jeez. My weight was down and I was super happy. All weekend I watched what I ate and drank water, tea and coffee. I practically jumped on the scale this morning with excitement to find out I GAINED back a pound. Still less than where I started but still… Just ugh. Why is it so hard to lose weight and so easy to gain it? I keep thinking back to the last time I lost a lot of weight and I didn’t do it the healthy way, I basically starved. That’s not an option this time because I don’t want to do that again.
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The corona virus is spreading all around us. People seem to be in either a full blown panic or blissfully naive. I think I am leaning more to the naive category at the moment. I know it’s serious. I know it’s fast spreading and there is no vaccine for it. What am I supposed to do? If nothing is shut down around me, I can’t just pull my kids from school and hunker down at home. No matter how much I wish I could. There is no state of emergency, there are no schools shutting down. I can’t just stop doing everything… I guess I will just try not to think about it and continue on.
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My job is having a full staff meeting tomorrow. I have asked if it’s mandatory, it is. Which makes zero sense to me when everything else that would cause big groups of people to come together are being cancelled. We have electronics, why not use them? I’m trying to decide if I should call out tomorrow. Or I don’t know. I don’t like big groups as is and now it seems like even more of a terrible idea.
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This week will be interesting if nothing else.
What about you? How’s your week looking?

Where’s all the toilet paper?

This weekend is my big cleaning weekend. My husband and I divide and conquer the scrubbing of the house Saturday morning and then we usually chill out for the rest of the day.
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I started a month with no booze 12 days ago. So far, so good. Last weekend was a little tough because I am just use to having a couple glasses of wine, sitting on the couch and binge watching something on Netflix after I do my chores. Last weekend my daughter and I decided to experiment with watercolors. Instead of drinking and lounging, I chugged water, ate a ton of popcorn and tried to paint with watercolors for a while. Then I read and relaxed. It was nice, until I stepped on the scale this past Monday and realized I was probably my heaviest ever.
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I decided to add exercise in and so this week I have been working out in the mornings and doing a 7 minute workout with my daughter at night. I’m also not stuffing a bowl of popcorn and Swedish fish in my face as a snack when I am not hungry… Instead I am drinking water and tea and trying to watch what I eat. So far so good, and I am down 5 lbs. I’m still up from where I was a few months ago, but I’ll take it! Down is down, right?
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I have to say that I have noticed a difference in me this week too. My skin seems clearer, I feel like I can focus a little better and my clothes fit better. Enough good things that I am encouraged to keep this up for a bit. I have been reading the benefits of quitting alcohol and supposedly after the 2nd week, there is an even bigger difference. The last time I went a full month without drinking I was pregnant and I just felt pregnant so that doesn’t count.
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This weekend I plan on working with my daughter on her book she wrote. We have to redo the illustrations and make them a little bigger. Then my husband can work on it and format it so we can publish it on KDP. I plan on checking out a few stores I have been meaning to get too. I also have a book to finish reading and 2 more waiting to be read so I think I am good for the weekend. It’s not supposed to rain either so maybe we can get outside to clean the yard a little and prep for spring.
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We have to replant the grass in the backyard. We fenced it in last year for the dogs and they really went to town running everywhere and digging. That’s going to be one of our spring projects. I think that’s mostly it for the weekend.
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I have to grocery shop tonight and I am not looking forward to it. People are going nuts around here. I heard there are 400 people per hour rushing into the local Costco. One parent showed me pictures of empty shelves where the toilet paper and paper towels were. I get the cleaning supplies but why are people hoarding toilet paper? Does the coronavirus make you poop? This coronavirus has people going crazy.
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It is getting closer to us. There haven’t been any confirmed cases in CT yet, but there are a few in New York which is really close and there are a lot of people who commute in everyday that live here.
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Schools are talking about closing procedures. As are businesses. It’s kind of crazy but it’s better to be cautious, I guess. I’m not going to freak out yet but I am dreading the store tonight.
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How about you? What are your weekend plans?

Voting and me.

I have a not so secret, secret.
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I have never registered to vote. I am 38 and I have never voted. I never followed politics closely because I never registered so why would I? I used to hear people get in arguments over politics and I would just sit back and listen.
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Honestly, I was kind of happy I wasn’t a part of that argument or conversation. I wouldn’t say anything because I had no say and it was completely my choice. I choose to not be apart of that conversation. If asked, I’m not ashamed to admit I am not registered to vote.
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Sure, I have my own views on things. Last presidential election I would have voted for Hilary but I am in CT and that’s who a lot of people voted for. In my mind, my one little vote wouldn’t have mattered at all because the majority rules and the majority was already in her favor.
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I read multiple news outlets everyday, I am aware of what is going on in the world. It’s not like I am in a bubble. I have views and opinions that I talk to my husband and select friends about. I am following the current presidential race and the people running and dropping out. I don’t understand the entire process but I understand a good part of it. What I don’t understand I look up.
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Some of my friends have preached about how important it is to vote in every election. I smile and nod and listen but I still never registered.
This year I think I am going to register. I don’t know why or what is so special about this year, but I think it’s time for me to get a little more active and start being apart of the conversation a little more.
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I still don’t think I will get involved in arguments. I think everyone has a right to have their own opinions. I don’t think It’s my place to educate people on my beliefs. I think I’ll start with registering and learning the process better myself.
What about you? Do you vote? Would you vote?