|Hello from Quarantine, NYC|
Hello, dear readers! Hello! Holy smokes! I can't believe that it's been more than a month since I last blogged. Weirdly, I just didn't have the time. I've been juggling both jobs from home and trying to finally unpack and settle into the new apartment. It hasn't been easy that's for sure.
|Yes, I like to work in the bathtub.|
Besides working, Ed and I have been doing a lot of cooking. Ok, I've been doing a lot of cooking and Ed has been doing a lot of eating. As I've said in my last post, we've made the decision to stay inside and not do any shopping at the stores. We get our groceries delivered and we've been Hello Fresh subscribers since we lived in Texas. Yes, this is a very privileged position and I most certainly don't think this is a reality for everyone. However, we're trying to stay out of everyone's way while staying safe. Supermarket workers don't need two more people in their stores and the local hospital doesn't need us there.
|Bijou watching Star Wars with Daddy.|
Bijou hasn't really been affected by any of this ... well, except for the fact that we're both home and ready for a game of fetch or mid-afternoon cuddles any time she wants. If you've been following my Instagram account, you know that I've been sharing a ton of pictures of Bijou lately. It's gotten out of control, so I made an Instagram account for her! She loves the new apartment, especially all of the windows and the fireplace.
|Our Aerogarden planters, Day 1.|
|Our Aerogarden planters, Week 2|
We ended up buying two Aerogardens to plant lettuce and cherry tomatoes. While this apartment is comfortable and relatively spacious for a two bedroom, we're having some adjustment issues. We were told that we could have a few pots of plants in the backyard, no problem. When the coronavirus forced NYC to close, our landlord moved his kids and his parents into the basement apartment in our building. Two weeks ago they fenced in the yard, preventing us and our neighbor downstairs from using it. Our neighbor downstairs has full access to the garage and the driveway, which they made into a patio area. Forget about putting any plants out there now! Yup, this was after our landlord told us that we could plant. sigh ... ah well. So we're doing the Aerogarden. Here's hoping this isn't a failed experiment.
For the most part the apartment is quiet during the week. We can work undisturbed on weekdays from the moment we wake up at 7:00 until about 4:00 in the afternoon. Since the weather has been nice, the weekends around here are impossibly loud. I chalk this up to the fact the bars are closed, there's no sporting events, and people are stuck at home. No one is traveling to stores or vacation spots. That means EVERYONE is home and making their little backyard their new "staycation" spot.
Our neighbors downstairs have been barbecueing (grilling out) with friends almost every weekend. They always break up by midnight; however, until then, the noise is terrible. Since we're following rules and social distancing, we're stuck at home while everyone around us are in their backyards, many breaking social distancing rules and not wearing masks. And that's been the most frustrating and upsetting part about all of this: the rule breakers and protesters.
|Hiking ... when everyone else was. Masks on!|
|High Rock Park, May 1. Happy Beltane!|
And this is what has been really destroying me during this whole thing. I'm good with staying home. Sure, I'm antsy and I would love to go to a museum or out to dinner with friends. I'm good with all of my events being cancelled or rescheduled -- the Coffee and Tea Festival, the 1920s Jazz Festival, Dead Can Dance, and probably Bauhaus. I'm good with staying inside and doing all of the cooking. I understand that I'm an individual who is part of a larger community. My actions not only have consequences here in my own house, they have consequences in my community and in the greater metropolitan area. The fact that some Americans can't seem to grasp this concept is frustrating. Their selfish narcism is appalling. Their armed protests and threats to government officials takes the cake. I thought we were much better than that. I was so very wrong.
Anyway, Ed and I discovered that hiking in bad weather is better than trying to do so when it's gorgeous out. We had a cold snap last weekend and there was no one on the trails. We were able to take off our masks and wander around the woods. We even had a snow squall in the middle of May!!! While it's not ideal for hiking, bad weather is really good for social distancing while enjoying a walk in the woods.
|I've been trying to eat breakfast, shower, and dress before I start any work. I'm not always successful.|
As for me, personally, I'm ok. Sort of. I'm starting to come to terms with the fact that life as we knew it before coronavirus is gone and we're in a "new normal," whatever that means. Ed has his job and has been telecommuting for years. Nothing much has changed for him, except that he has been busier since his company has gotten more clients. My adjunct gig is over for the semester and my gig at the N-YHS will probably be over on June 30. Furloughs, baby. I was given one class to teach in the Fall. I guess it's better than nothing. I need to do a LOT of soul searching this summer, that's for sure.
And maybe I'll take some relaxation tips from Bijou. She's so good at it!
So, how have you been coping with the pandemic? Do you live in areas that are opening up despite cases and deaths rising? How has your country or state dealt with coronavirus?