36 Impacts of the Coronavirus on My Life.

The Coronavirus continues to have serious impacts on our world.  Personally, I am counting my chickens! It has had a significant impact on my life already:

  1. I haven’t been able to see my best buddy, my little Grandson for 4 weeks.
  2. I haven’t met any of my friends for 3 weeks, except the ones who also happen to be co-workers.
  3. I haven’t been able to go to the gym.
  4. I haven’t been able to buy toilet paper,
  5. I haven’t been able to teach my class.
  6. There have been no students at my school. However, as a member of the School’s Senior Executive, I have been attending every day.
  7. My regular Monday meeting and training night for the group I volunteer for is cancelled.
  8. Every event in my calendar has been cancelled.
  9. I won’t be travelling anywhere these school holidays. ( hang on I wasn’t planning on it anyway!)

Whinge whinge whinge!

I have nothing to whine about. I am grateful that I am healthy. My family is healthy, although distanced. I am thankful I am isolated in the age of the internet (although that is a double-edged sword.) I am grateful for the economic privilege I have. I live in a developed country.

So let’s start that list again!

  1. I haven’t been able to see my best buddy, my little Grandson for 3 weeks. I need to keep him safe, he needs to keep me safe. Given the nature of my job, I am too risky for him to be around. Given his age, he is too risky for me to be around.
  2. I haven’t met any of my friends for 3 weeks, except the ones who also happen to be co-workers or on Zoom.
  3. I haven’t been able to go to the gym. But my home gym in the garage is rocking to the Zoom classes my sister, a personal trainer, is running! Check out her classes at Village Fitness
  4. I haven’t been able to buy toilet paper. I don’t actually need any due to a lucky coincidence I’ll explain in a little while.
  5. I haven’t been able to teach my class. But they are still learning online.
  6. There have been no students at my school although it is “open” for the children of essential workers. However, as a member of the School’s Senior Executive, I have been attending every day. I get to go out! I’m also supporting essential workers to stay at work.
  7. My regular Monday meeting and training night for the group I volunteer for is cancelled. But we are still attending emergencies.
  8. Every event in my calendar has been cancelled. I can relax!

    Empty Calendar
    No events! The P&C meeting was cancelled too!
  9. I won’t be travelling anywhere these school holidays. Hang on, I wasn’t planning on it anyway! It’s the Year of Zero!
  10. I am doing my bit by being socially responsible.
  11. I am going to stay at home.
  12. I am going to keep my distance when I go out for essential items.
  13. I am going to wash my hands frequently.
  14. I am going moisturise said washed hands every time I wash them!
  15. I am going to dust behind the lounge. I am going to dust the top of the pelmets on my windows. I am going to dust behind the TV.
  16. I am going to do at least one jigsaw puzzle, but not the friggin Mona Lisa one which had too many plain black bits! I couldn’t even finish the border! Or the desert one which had too many plain red dirt bits!IMG_4797
  17. I am going to write every day at my “best” time! Not when I am tired and overwrought from a busy day. Incidentally, that’s early in the morning.
  18. I am going to enjoy the clear blue sky when I go for a walk. It has been so clear and so blue.

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    Walking on the sand. I didn’t make it home before that storm hit!
  19. I am going to enjoy some crafternoons. Love that word! How long has it been in the lexicon?
  20. I am going to make that family cookbook I have been promising to do.
  21. I am going to carefully ration the year’s worth of toilet paper I bought in January. (Feeling a little bit smug here.) As part of my Year of Zero, I did a big shop and bought a year’s supply of essential, non-perishables so that I would only have to worry about buying fresh food when I went shopping. I didn’t stock up on sanitizer at that time though!
  22. I am going to figure out how we can get Jacinda Ardern to be Prime Minister of the World. Seriously we need a Jacinda!
  23. I am going to slow cook.
  24. I am going to watch and laugh at Pluto.
  25. I am going to learn online.
  26. I am going to sew.
  27. I am going to create new stories and finish the half-finished ones.
  28. I am going to up my no waste efforts.
  29. I am going to enjoy good teapot tea every day because I have time!
  30. I am going to work on my side hustle.
  31. I am going to do everything with interesting podcasts in my ears.
  32. I am going to figure out how to do compositing on Photoshop.
  33. I am going to sort out my digital storage. (Wait up, I don’t think we’ll be in isolation long enough for that one!)
  34. I am going be grateful that my family and I are safe, and so far, healthy.
  35. I am going to hope that everyone else stays as safe as they can. And that people don’t behave like jerks and go out!
  36. I will hopefully be able to see my little buddy soon, after 14 days of “real” isolation.

 

STAY SAFE! STAY AT HOME, WASH YOUR HANDS.

 

 

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