1. First day working remote
  2. We stay home and wait
  3. Stretching the legs & (some) social distancing
  4. Confirmation arrives, stocking up
  5. Finding routine in irregular times
  6. New challenges with the remote working
  7. Noticeable changes
  8. Finding a pattern
  9. COVID-19 Lock Down
  10. First week, check
  11. Weekend plans? You know stay away from people as much as possible.
  12. Game night as the pause begins
  13. Streets empty as everyone builds furniture and plays games
  14. Staying sane
  15. Keeping date night going
  16. Socializing remote
  17. Friday feeling? TGIF?
  18. House Parties not Street Parties
  19. Running in the rain
  20. Betting on unknowns
  21. Optimizing the lockdown life
  22. Community Support
  23. Virtual Social Closeness
  24. Friday night: Virtual Happy Hours & Games
  25. Four Weeks In
  26. Discovering the new exciting
  27. A Weekend Getaway in Quarantine
  28. Rain and games
  29. Looking for escapes
  30. Escape to the Country
  31. An upstate retreat for some ‘normalcy’
  32. Rediscovering New York as lockdown eases

It’s Friday evening, one craft beer down, Indian on the way and music on. Not a bad start to the weekend.

Eight weeks in. Back in Mid-March when we started working from home, we had a sweepstake at work as to when we’d be back at work. My money was on June 15th, my literal words at the time : “I don’t know if I’m being optimistic or pessimistic”. Right now, I’m definitely feeling that was optimistic. Several media outlets have confirmed their staff won’t be going back to the office until at least August/September.

It felt like it hit most people in the last week, where everyone hit a wall and fatigue. Luckily for me work is busy and I have a home office with a view to save going too stir crazy. I’ve had a new boss start in the past two weeks as well to add another dimension.

There was a brief scare on Tuesday with some news about Nana, in a care home in England. With all the care home coverage in the news, it seemed like worst-case scenario for a moment. Luckily, the next day and everything, touch wood, seems less alarming. I keep comparing the government responses in the UK and US (federal govt more so). Honestly, it feels like there is a scary similarity in (in)competence and distraction tactics. Without getting too political, it makes me feel good to see real opposition to Boris and the conservatives finally take seat in the UK.

As I said, politics aside and in more positive news there have been a bunch of things happening and planned.

Mikel Jollet during his virtual booklaunch, I attended via my laptop

On Tuesday, Cinco De Mayo in the US, I attended a virtual book launch. Mikel Jollet, the lead singer of one of my favourite bands – The Airborne Toxic Event is releasing a memoir. Earlier on in the quarantine, I was going to go to a show of the band. They are releasing their first album in several years but obviously the gig was cancelled/postponed. The book launch was also meant to be a physical event but luckily they were able to keep the date and turn it virtual.

With a margarita in hand I was able to watch the book launch, hear Mikel play a few acoustic songs and talk about his life. The virtual book event was a very different activity to most others during the lockdown and a nice break from the new norm and a semi throwback to old norm. The book looks set to arrive by the end of May, along with the new album. Two things I’m really looking forward to.

Having skipped Cinco De Mayo on Tuesday, we made shrimp tacos for dinner on Wednesday. To accompany the tacos we watched the penultimate episode of my current favourite show, Survivor (I would have said Money Heist, but I’ve now finished it 🙁 ).

Memorial Day is coming up at the end of May, with a trip to Colarado planned, and cancelled. However, Plan B, we’re going to upstate to Danielle’s parents upstate house. We’ll be nestled in the mountains with some hiking trails and breweries around. Sounds like a dream.

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