How Are You All Doing?

My day-to-day life hasn’t changed all that much since we all started self-isolating; I work from home and live by myself, so I was reasonably self-isolated to begin with. I mean, I’m well aware that I’m not interacting with people the way I used to — I’m not going to the YMCA, I’m not going to choir rehearsal, I’m not getting coffee with other writers, and I’m not even visiting my parents (they’re doing fine, by the way).

On the other hand, I was already good at interacting with people on Slack, FaceTime, and Skype (for both business and personal purposes) so… you know… a little more of that, a little less of the face-to-face, a long walk every afternoon after work, and otherwise my life is pretty much how it always was.

What about you? I’m pretty sure my situation is fairly atypical — so if you’d like to share yours, the comment section is open. ❤️

Also, here are some of the resources I’m referring back to every morning:

The Financial Times’ coronavirus tracking data (includes lots of curves at varying stages of flatness or growth)

The New York Times’ coronavirus cases by U.S. county (my county’s cases jumped from 42 to 71 in the past 24 hours, which I know is still a lot better than many places, but we didn’t see our first confirmed case until March 21 and I suspect our curve will trend upwards for a while)

Mathematician Brenda Fine’s Twitter feed (lots of info on whether the numbers are moving in the direction we want them to move, and how we can tell whether social distancing efforts are working)

2 thoughts on “How Are You All Doing?

  1. My new normal feels both familiar and vastly different. Before my current job I freelanced for many years. I worked remotely about half of the time. I knew what my best work from home rountine looked like. But my current job is not well suited to remote work. I run a college theater department. I can do paperwork from home but there is no way to do maintenance on the theaters or any of the technical theater aspects from home. It’s been emotionally very up and down. The rest of our season is cancelled through August which is hard. I feel like now is the time more than ever that theater and art matters to get people through hard times. But I’m also the very privileged few who has a job in the arts still receiving her full salary and being allowed to work remotely. In summary I am a jumble of feelings but overall doing well.

  2. For the most part I’m enjoying working from home – my commute is easily one of the worst parts of my life, and I like having a quieter work environment and fewer meetings taking up my day.

    Not really being able to go outside is kind of tough. I’m a nature person, and a 1 bedroom apartment starts to feel pretty small.

    Overall I’m feeling grateful. I still have a job – one that doesn’t put me at risk of getting the virus. I’m not homeschooling kids while trying to work. I’m in good health. I’m not FI but I’ve spent years as a personal finance hobbyist.This is the type of thing I’m prepared for financially, and that feeling of security is invaluable.

    I’m definitely scared about the state of the world but not much I can do about that.

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