March 19, 2020 (Toilet paper inventory: holding at 12 rolls)
Here in the containment zone, every morning is pretty much the same. I have my rituals in place and go through them step-by-step…
- Wake up (Essential)
- Assess breathing and check for body aches/fever (All good)
- Tend to morning ablutions (Use your imagination. On second thought, don’t.)
- Go down to the kitchen and begin decontamination protocols (Involves Lysoling the bejesus out of everything my husband and I communally encounter: doorknobs, faucet handles, drawer pulls, countertops, ice dispenser touch pad, light switches, etc. And yes, “Lysoling” is now a verb.)
- Wash hands while singing the ABC song.
- Apply lotion to sandpapery skin
- Make and consume coffee (As essential as Step #1)
- Walk Fluffy (Inviting neighbors who like to walk with us. Maintain social distance.)
- Return home and repeat Steps 5 & 6.
This might sound a bit compulsive, and you could be asking yourself if Anita is speeding down the highway to OCD-town. Let me assure you, once the dust settles, I will happily give up Steps 2 and 4. In fact, I’ll be able to lighten up a little after the following things happen:
- My husband stops going to work. He owns his own business and only comes in contact with his partner, but they have separate offices. So, there’s plenty of distance between them. But he’s out there. In the world.
- March 25th passes without any sign of illness in my husband. He attended a conference in Las Vegas and the 25th will mark the end of the supposed incubation period. Now, since we’re talking about Vegas, baby…I’ll bet you somebody at the conference had it. Those are pretty good odds.
So, until then, I will continue to be the sanitizing queen of corona.
After my daily checklist is complete, I start making important decisions: Should I do laundry today, or save that for tomorrow so I’ll have something to do? Should I sort the laundry and just do whites today and save the colors for tomorrow? Should I cook for the day, or make extra for the freezer? Should I start an adjunct list of bigger projects: Clean out the closets? Prepare the flower beds for spring planting? Build an ark?
One thing did happened this afternoon that was very different from the “norm,” whatever that is anymore. I attended a virtual memorial service for my friends’ mother who passed away two days ago. My heart went out to the whole family that they could not gather together in person to comfort each other. But my hat’s off to them for coming up with a way to gather “virtually,” see each other’s faces and share tributes to their beautiful mom. There were stories and songs and, honestly, it was just as meaningful as any memorial I’ve ever been to.
These are very different times, indeed.
After the service, I head back down to the kitchen to whip up some keto-friendly dishes (I decided to cook.). The diet is going well; I’ve lost quite a few pounds and feel energetic. As long as I have access to the foods I need, I plan to stick with it. Of course, if we reach a critical point where there is nothing left in the house but carbs, I will do what I have to do. But we’ll dive into that bowl of pasta when we come to it.
I make keto Oopsie bread, which was easy and came out very well, I think. You can find the recipe here. In addition, I made a lovely zucchini, bell pepper and brie frittata. And last but not least, a creamy cucumber salad.
Once the clean-up was done, I called Amanda and invited her to our 5 o’clock Fluffy walk. One of the wonderful things that has come out of all this is seeing families take walks together. Everyone is out with their children and their dogs. It’s very nice. We saw our neighbor, Lauren, who came outside to say hello. She was having a cocktail party with her husband. It used to be “two’s company, three’s a crowd.” Now two’s a cocktail party.
Strange days indeed.
And now it’s time for some mindless entertainment. I like documentaries. Yesterday I watched Fyre on Netflix. Today, who knows what I’ll find.
Then it will be dinner and some conversation when my husband gets home. Then bed.
Postscript: My husband received an email that someone at the Vegas conference tested positive for coronavirus. That’s a bet I would have preferred to lose.