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Lagniappe - Global Pandemic Edition #1


I have so many thoughts bouncing around my head, so I figured I'd get some of them out onto virtual paper. Here we go!!

1. Today has been one of my best days, emotionally. I think it's because I was physically active and productive. Yes, it helped that I didn't have a migraine, but I pushed through the headache that I did have to finish the laundry, clean the cat boxes, etc. I'm going to make it my goal to not just be productive in less physically active things like writing and knitting, but to also do more active things like decluttering and cleaning. The house will be the better for it, too.

2. I can't watch the President's press conferences anymore. According to the Washington Post, the President's notes actually have Coronavirus crossed out to read Chinese virus. The virus is named coronavirus because that is the class that it belongs to. Calling it the Chinese virus only serves to incite racism. Sheesh! Also, the President rambles and states incorrect things that really bug me. For example, he equated hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. They aren't the same drug. It's a minor point, but he needs to let the people who know what they're talking about talk about the drugs. Anyway, I'm back to just reading The Washington Post and New York Times.

3. Patrick is doing online teaching with his kids from school. They have arranged for all of his students to have some kind of internet connection and they check in with him every day. He has office hours from 9-11am and 1-3pm. He's been doing this since Wednesday and it seems to be working well. Having a schedule works for me and Minh as well.

4. I'm looking forward to some sun and warmer weather so we can at least get out of the house. We may not be able to go anywhere except walk around areas of town where we won't meet anyone, but at least it's outside.

5. I follow the blog of a historian and he's telling his readers to keep diaries or other notes of what living through this is like. Whatever life is like on the other side of this pandemic, we're going to have kids and grandkids asking what the pandemic was like. How was it to not be able to go out to eat? How did you live without going to the movies? What was it like to have to teach from home for so long?

6. Minh is still here with us. She's going to stay until the first week of June as scheduled. Things wouldn't be all that much different for her at home. Vietnam has closed their schools and is restricting movement, so she might as well be here with us for the time being. The big question is whether or not her flights have been cancelled or changed. But, we'll figure that out later.

7. Minh and I were supposed to go to Atlanta next month, but that's off now. I'll contact Delta a couple of days before to see how I can get a refund or gift certificate for those miles. Bummer that Mom and Dad won't get to meet Minh.

That's all! Stay home! Stay healthy! Wash your hands!

How are you coping with quarantine?

Catherine

 

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