Welcome to random thinking with zoe.
The Baked Potato Song is still running rampant in my head. I have this horrible thing where music never leaves. Consequently, I listen to music rather infrequently; maybe a couple times every few months if I am being generous. It all started when I joined Twitter after seeing that Matt Lucas had a daily vlog. I love Matt Lucas and having been in quarantine for 17 days, I was vulnerable. I let my guard down. It was only a moment and then there was no going back. My real failing will be if I join the ranks of the FB. I suspect like true revolution, (which is typically 9 missed meals away for most populations) it would take an awful lot for me to succumb to the ways of Mr. Zuckerberg. But then again it didn’t take much for the blue bird of misery to chirp at my door… So I’m not gonna get cocky.
I gave Joulie a bath today and she slept so long and hard that I was able to move about the house without my usual K9 appendage. I may have to do that every day. I went back twice to make sure she was still breathing. She was.
I have been writing over at Carrot again. I’ve been including some things about motivation and anxiety management as well as ways to stay busy during this necessary down time. I was thinking about having a quarantine photo challenge. I would perhaps pick a cue for the day and people would just link in their entry for the day. Or maybe a quarantine contest of some sort…. just thinking… would anyone be interested?
Has the word surreal been absent from peoples vocabularies this week? It’s as if people just don’t even want to acknowledge how truly bizzare our shared covid 19 experience has become. It is surreal right? but no one is saying that….
I have to say I am worried about family and friends, especially those who are vulnerable and those who are working in healthcare. I remember when I worked in hospitals, thinking that it was always job security to be in healthcare; and it is. It’s also really crummy on holidays and times like this. I no longer work in a hospital setting and I am truly worried for those who do. I said in another post that we had times when we were dealing with what was considered a disaster, however our lives were never at stake just our levels of fatigue over the next 48 hours. This is a whole different bag. I can’t thank these people enough. Like others, you may want to send a gift certificate for groceries or call in a no contact delivery for the family of a healthcare worker who can’t get home to make meals this week, or just get the kids together and make a thank you card for someone. I know many people who are just not going home for fear of contaminating their families.
I have been trying to think about what I am willing to do to protect our way of life, not from disease, but from mismanagement and corruption. I fear the time may come when we will have to do something and I don’t know what that could possibly be. It worries me. ***See, “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis.’
I’m grateful for so much as well.
1. That people have been calling and texting about Carrot
2. Joulie. I don’t know if I would be doing as well with quarantine and other associated stressors without that girl.
3. Joulie gives me a reason to go out and walk every day, and it’s important to have something or someone to take care of. If I were isolated and living completely alone I dont think I would be doing as well.
4. Even though it is stuck in my head, I do like Matt Lucas . He just seems like a genuinely nice man with an incredible case of alopecia.
5. I’m grateful I have a job I can do from home.
6. I’m grateful for the efforts of everyone keeping my mother’s assisted living community infection free. They are in lockdown quarantine with no visitors. While it’s really difficult because she hasn’t been there that long and she has a history of falls, I am soooooooooo grateful for the aid that we have employed to be with her throughout the days and the other staff that deliver meals and mail during this quarantine.
7. My sibs. I am grateful for them. We have managed to pull together to keep mom afloat and have had a running group text since this quarantine began. I have heard from just about all of them that they are all grateful to feel closer to each other since this started.
8. Have I mentioned Joulie? She is possibly the smartest dog I have ever had. There was a time when I had to childproof the kitchen until I could train her that it wasnt cool to be opening the cupboards on her own. Last week she started barking during a client session so I left the room and closed the bedroom door behind me. She could continue barking and I could continue to work. Turns out she has just been holding back all this time (like the good girl she is) because after she finished barking she opened the bedroom door and came strolling in to sit beside me.
9. Adaptability of the average person. We all have to adapt but I look at some of my friends and family and am really proud of them for all that they have changed in order to meet their lives head on.
10. Have I mentioned Joulie?
This has been the TTOT. Go on over to Thankful Me and link up.