2020.04.21

Today is Day 35 of shelter-in-place.

The governor announced that measures to lift restrictions on shelter-in-place will start to lift in phases.

This is all everyone wanted — to return to the lives that were traumatically interrupted by COVID-19. And I, too, want this. I want life to return to its gentle rythyms that we took for granted.

This is the first time in my life that I’ve fully worked from home, so to speak, that each day my intention was to work from home. I’ve had the odd time in my career where I would work from home because of snow, or illness, or because I had a big meeting. But never because home was the place that I would get work done.

Weirdly enough, there was a small jag of terror when the governor announced lifting lockdown. Because this is of course, what generalized anxiety looks like. I miss so much about having an office to go to, having a discrete and separate place where “work is completed,” and I have all the necessary tools to do it at my fingertips. I crave a schedule, and I know that I need that structure to thrive. That’s not what terrifies me.

These are some of the things that I will miss, though, about working from home:

  • Having my senior cat with me all day, getting to enjoy here while she’s still here.
  • Post-lunch, mid-afternoon naps.
  • Being able to vape all day at my desk while I’m working.
  • Not having to drive 70 miles a day to get to and from work – and the money we saved not buying gas. (Double-edged sword, because I knew the Faustian bargain I was striking marrying a man that worked in Ashland County)
  • The amount of reading I’ve been getting done

Friday 5 for April 17: Silver

1. What was the last thing you purchased second-hand?

Right before we all went on lockdown, I was buying a lot of secondhand Chico’s Traveler’s line shirts.

I like them because even though, yes, they are acetate and microplastics, they last for a million years. The one that I originally bought, I purchased in 2008 – so it’s 11 years old – and it still looks as good as I did when I bought it. So, I’m buying a piece that could have ended up in a landfill otherwise and will last forever.

I have about 6 pieces now in my wardrobe. And if I ever get to be seen by the public again, I’ll probably slowly replace more finicky pieces in my wardrobe with new secondhand peices from this line.

2. What’s a dish you cannot resist a second helping of?

Homemade spaghetti. It’s a comfort meal to begin with, so I usually end up eating a pound of cooked pasta in a sitting.

3. How many seconds can you go right now without blinking?

Now that you’re actually asking, zero seconds.

4. Whose second album is much better than their debut album?

Music is not one of my high hobbies, so I had to get a little bit of help with this question.

And though Nirvana is not for me, and I will turn them off whenever they come up on Spotify, I will wholeheartedly agree that Nevermind was the album that not only cemented their credibility as a band, but was a landmark change in music. Period. No one talks about Bleach. Everyone I know in my generation still has Nevermind in their music catalog, even if they never listen to it.

5. What’s something for which you were runner-up?

Any job that I was a candidate for that I lost to anyone else, I suppose. No other discrete times come to mine.

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Bosch is dropping it’s 6th season on Friday.

I found Bosch last year, and it became my “while I’m flying” show — because that was a thing we could all do before The ‘Rona. I’d basically watch it as I was on flights across the country, as it was one of the few shows I could binge-watch for a few hours and not get bored with.

Girl loves a procedural, and this hits all the marks: decent story, good characters, easy-on-the-eyes lead actor. It’s total Julz-nip.

So anyway, obviously I’m not flying anywhere soon, and I’ve been really looking forward to it coming back. I’m clearly going to watch it at home, but I have to fight the urge to watch the entire season in a single sitting.

2020.04.13

Photo by Tom D.

Today is Day 28 of stay-at-home orders.

The irony and upside of sheltering in place is that it gave me the perfect holiday – I can stay home, but I can still see and talk to friends and family.

Two separate virtual meetings with both sides of the family: one using Zoom, the other using Google Hangouts.

The verdict: Google Hangouts is way better.

Charlie put together a huge Easter spread for just the two of us. Ham (just for him), green bean casserole, leftover stuffing from Thanksgiving, cranberry sauce, noodles, sweet potatoes. We are blessed with a ridiculous abundance of leftovers, and honestly, it makes me feel a little guilty. If you are local and want some extras, I will leave you a small care package on the front porch.

We are now planning a playdate between all of The Brothers.

Friday 5 for April 10: Excitement in the domicile

We’ve largely recovered from the tornado, at least here at The Apiary. Charlie fired up and did set up service on the new generator, and now it sits, gassed up and oil changed, in the garage, waiting to be called into service.

But hopefully never needed.

And of course, the weather in Cleveland is going through puberty, so the day after our Wizard of Oz-like adventures, it’s been cold and snowy.

So, onwards to this week’s Friday 5.


1. In what way have you recently been naughty?

Naturalizer was having a pretty solid 40% off sale, so I bought three new pairs of shoes. How bougie can you be during a pandemic?

  • A new pair of black heels to replace the ones I’ve had for at least 12 years, and are looking super ratty.
  • A pair of nude sandals that I can wear with summery dresses.
  • A pair of (beshitted) flats, in the event I wreck my toe (again), and need to wear flats.

2. What’s the closest you’ve been to death-defying these past few weeks?

I left the house on Wednesday to go downtown to the office to actually get work done with the post-tornado power-outtage. In the time of Coronavirus, that’s both the most, and least death-defying one can get.

3. What temptations have you recently resisted?

Let’s talk about what I haven’t resisted temptation-wise — chewing on my fingernails and picking at my toenails. Every single one of my digits looks right now like I manicured them with a belt sander.

4. What’s something you wish you didn’t recently see?

In the tamest sense ever: Charlie loves to turn on the TV and then ignore it. He’ll then dither on his phone, or walk out of the room, start a project, etc. He did it this morning and set the TV to some visually-broadcasted entertainment pox called the Laff Channel, and it was playing “America’s Funniest Videos.”

I ended up “watching” that garbage for a good 15 minutes before I realize that he’d done That Thing He Does and had abandoned me to this entertainment hellscape.

And I say this as someone that fully admits to spending 8 hours yesterday watching Adam Savage’s “Tested”: I want that 15 minutes of my life back.

5. What behavior from others are you excusing nowadays?

Look, I’m non-confrontational to a fault. So, just ignoring the unwashed masses by and large is pretty much status quo right now.

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