Hi all, we hope you’re doing well in week 10,000 of the stay-at-home/pandemic world. Just kidding! In reality, it hasn’t been that bad. It’s certainly more enjoyable than being out and about and getting sick.
Since we can’t be in the same spot due to the stay-at-home orders, Dawn and I did our video this week via Zoom conferencing. We split the session into 2 parts. The first is us talking about the last week of the pandemic, and the second is us talking about a few TV shows we like. Check them out!
Well, we’re still living in the new pandemic-world, so it’s taken me a while to get back into a routine of writing! I realize that seems counterintuitive, because there should be more time than ever to write, but it’s weirdly hard to be motivated (with anything… damn you, delicious snacks!) during the uncertainty.
During all of this, I feel like I’m more well read than I’ve ever been, haha! I’m reading all the Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Time, and pretty much every other news outlet you can imagine. And of course, I’ve been watching all kids of press conferences.
If you’re like me, all of this uncertainty leads you to wonder what in the world is right, what’s up, what’s down, what day it is, and more! I feel like I’m living on the edge going to the grocery store. I was going to do grocery delivery, then my husband was like, well, then someone who is visiting many other people is coming to you house, and they’re touching all of your items I was like, crapppppp! Iread an articlethat said getting delivery is better, but there could still be risks. I ended up going to the store that time, but think I will order in the future.
Plus, if people are contagious up to 2 weeks before they show sickness, what are they shedding if they’re not coughing or sneezing? Well, I Googled that today, and apparently it can be through speaking droplets. The WHO also said to stay 3 feet away from people, so that made me feel a little better. If we’re being told to stay 6 feet away from others for social distancing, hopefully that gives us a little extra protection.
Here are some great charts from the CDC:
Thankfully I’m a preemie mom. It has trained me well for this. Since having my daughter (who had a serious lung issue in the hospital), I’ve been obsessive about hand washing, sanitizing and staying away from sick people.
Before I had her, it was almost like a badge of honor to never take a sick day from school or work. Like, nothing can keep me from missing work.
How stupid.For real.
I guess it’s one of those “you don’t know what you don’t know” things, but it never occurred to me how seriously dangerous, dumb, and unfair it was to go to work while sick. Thankfully, it’s exceptionally rare that I get sick (fingers crossed that continues!), so it didn’t happen often. I also sat in my own corner, with very high cube walls, and didn’t have many in-person meetings.
After I had my daughter and the doctors made it perfectly clear that she could die even if she caught a “small cold” from us, I realized the gravity of OTHER people’s decisions, and their ability to impact her health (and I had the realization of how stupid I was in previous years. People with chronic condition like Cystic Fibrosis, those on Chemo, and those with many other illnesses could suffer the same fate).
Per doctor’s orders, we had to isolate for 6+ months, so it was very similar to what we’re living now. No one was able to come to our house, and we didn’t go out, with the exception of my husband going to work. He did a NICU-style scrub when he got home, then changed, and put his clothes right in the washer, then took a shower before even coming near our daughter. Cell phones got scrubbed, everything got Lysol’d, it was very stringent. We’re now back on that protocol at home!
So, other than our own home routine getting amped back up, it’s so crazy trying to navigate the world at large! I look at people while I’m at the store, or walking in our neighborhood, and I’m like, wait, are you 6-feet away, have you been out, who else have you been around? I flash back to articles, and am thinking oh man, is this walk risky? Do I need to be in the grocery store??? I feel like I’m on supermarket sweep (which was always fun to play when we were young, but now with the element of danger, I’m not sure I like it as much, haha!).
When we order takeout (which we’ve done primarily through delivery), I’m not sure if I’m being patriotic (by supporting small businesses and gig workers) or being wreckless. It feels like every decision you make right now leads to second guessing yourself. It’s scary. Are we all going to get this, or can we truly avoid getting it through the precautions?
I have to say I’ve enjoyed NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily press conferences. First, I love that he has the powerpoint next to him (especially at the end when he has the one labeled personal opinion – he doesn’t take the chance that anyone is going to misconstrue his opinion for anything except that). It’s seriously so great. I love his charts, and I love that he talks sense to people.
He doesn’t screw around about the seriousness, which I love, but he’s also super positive about things. He reminds us daily that 80% of people who get COVID-19 will recover without issue, 20% will have serious issues and may require hospitalization, and of that group that gets hospitalized, a much smaller percentage will require long-term ventilation and will die (so scary!!!!!!). He also always shares a very clear plan of action.
Listen, I have no idea what his politics are like outside of this (I briefly Googled, but didn’t get too involved), but I can tell you I love the way this guy handles a pandemic! Here are some of my favorite screenshots of his conference today:
Closing with lighter topics, I have been cracking up at some of these memes online.
Here are some of my favorites – note, I have no idea where these originated. They were not created by me, so I don’t/can’t take credit, and unfortunately don’t know the original source:
What a week. Or few weeks. What day is it? Is this real life? But seriously though, it’s been so fascinating to watch things unfold while everyone learns to live life with a pandemic. Everyday brings something new.
Sometimes I have a little freak out, but most of the time I’m pretty reasonable. I’m certainly heeding the recommendations (unlike all those Spring Breakers in Florida!!). Today, I really enjoyed the NY Governor’s conference. He was calm, upbeat, but amazing at conveying the seriousness of the situation.
To help brighten the day, I have some light-hearted pics to share!
Check out these first two. Have you ever noticed this? When you look at the clock at 1:0_am/pm, in one direction, the 1 and the colon look like one of those exasperated or bored emojis. If you flip it the other way, the 1 and the 0 look like a surprised emoji.
I noticed this a few months ago and took a pic, and happened upon them the other day, and found myself looking at the clock and noticing it again. Silly, but it cracks me up! Who knew clocks had a personality?
On to the next pic – earlier this week, I was checking out my vision board for 2020. I was like, oh sheesh. I realized that I put “home” on my vision board. We just moved back to our home state, and I put it there more as a symbol of happiness and contentment, but I didn’t specify that. I just put the word home. Well, the pandemic, stay at home restrictions weren’t what I had in mind, haha!
Sorry if my vision board helped contribute (just kidding!!!). But, lesson learned. Be specific about what you ask for, haha!!!!
And finally, a preschooler’s take on Coronavirus. Note, she is NOT a medical professional, and she is sharing her young thoughts on this. This is for humor only. That should be obvious, but just in case…
With that, stay safe and please follow the guidelines to stay safe!
Hi! Dawn and I recorded our first videoon Sunday and are happy to share it. As mentioned previously, this is our first video and we’re not experts, so hang with us. 🙂
We figured what better topic for our first chat than… Coronavirus/COVID-19. We are not medical experts and aren’t talking about the virus itself, but rather living in a world where all of this is new! Somehow we end up talking about cooking at home too, haha!
We hope you enjoy!
PS – I’m Stephanie, on the left, and Dawn is on the right.
I really love the pic of that tiger. I’m not sure what it is about tigers that I love so much. I guess they’re just so beautiful, and fierce. That said, I would definitely run from one in the wild. Hell, I’d run from one in a controlled setting.
But, I think there’s something else about tigers that mesmerizes me. Maybe it’s inspiration, actually. I Googled tigers and it said they’re a sign of strength, courage, and dignity. Who wouldn’t want to be described that way? Something about looking at a stunning tiger pic is inpiring. So is listening to Eye of the Tiger, but doesn’t that make us all feel like we can rule the world????
I also love humor, so I got this tiger pillow on Wayfair. Who could resist a tiger in a tossle cap? Not me.
Anyway, aside from tigers, there are other things that are sure-fire ways to make me feel like I can conquer anything. Listening to the Rudy soundtrack always does the trick. When I was a reporter, I would be like, listen, if Rudy could make the Notre Dame football team, I can make this deadline! It always worked.
Speaking of Rudy himself, I had the pleasure of hearing him speak in person a year or so ago. Talk about inspiring. That man really has a drive like you wouldn’t believe. Basically everything in his life required the level of effort that he put into making the Notre Dame team. It was quite impressive. I wasn’t sure what to expect on the way to see him speak, but he definitely surpassed whatever I was imagining. That was cool.
Those are just a few of the things that inspire me. As mentioned many times, humor is another motivator for me, so watching or hearing something funny always makes me feel pretty amazing.
But, with many readily-available sources of inspiration, what is it that holds one back? How do you harness those bursts of energy and inspiration and run with them? I’m trying to work on that. I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but I’m doing what I can. I’m at least trying to make a daily effort to take action.
My favorite primary care provider (have I written about her, gosh I love her!) referred me to a Ted Talk by Mel Robbins and then a book by her as well. It’s called the 5 SEcond rule, and it really is great. It’s pretty basic – it’s hard to motivate yourself, so just count backwards and act when you get to 1. It resets your brain ands helps give you a chance to make a better decision or to actually act. I’ve found myself doing it fairly often. It sounds simple (because it is), but it does work.
So, with all of that inspiration, you may wonder how I’m doing with the goals I mentioned in my first post this year? Well, here’s the rundown:
Get in shape. For real. Once and for all.
I’m down about 3 – 3.5 pounds. I guess that’s alright. It’s not ideal, but at least things are going in the right direction.
FIGURE OUT HOW TO LIVE MY PASSION.
I’m pretty happy about this one. It may seem small, but actually writing this blog is a big deal and a big step. It’s actually taking action. Dawn and I are doing pretty well at being consistent and we’re getting better as we go along. Plus, as mentioned, in 2 weeks, we’re going to post a video! I’m really excited about that. Will it be perfect. No. Will it be funny. I sure hope so. Will it be “us,” definitely. Hopefully we’ll be able to build a following.
Figure out how to get the sassies (what I call it when my daughter is sassy) and periodic tantrums to go away.
This is still a work in progress. We had a few good weeks. Then this week has been “real” again. Honestly, I’m not sure how to improve the situation. Ugh! I guess consistency and setting limits. It’s frustrating.
I’m off to listen to Eye of the Tiger and do some brainstorming about the goals above. 🙂
I always wanted to work for reasons that most people want to work, and that reason is MONEY! I started working when I was fifteen years old as a bus person at Norwin Diner where I learned to quickly clear and clean tables and bus dishes back to the singing dishwasher.
The work environment was great since most of the employees were either my age or these cranky but funny, older waitresses, who had a smoker’s cough and deep voice. I fondly look back and remember one of these older waitresses selling ‘made-to-order’ erotic Christmas cookies for co-workers – more specifically, naked snowmen with more than your standard snowman parts. What a gem this lady was! I honestly think that she made more money doing this than being a waitress.
After a little over a year, I abruptly quit ‘the diner’ when someone got sick all over a table, and it was my job to clean it up. My boss said to me, you gonna clean that up? And I replied, nope, I am going home. I realized in that moment that I would never make it as nurse and chalked it up to some good life experience.
After my busing days were over, I worked in various other fast food chains before finishing my college studies and then returning to college as an adult to pursue my accounting degree. As I gained my experience in accounting at various companies, it helped me to ‘check-the-box’ in what I really wanted from my career path. Sure, I probably made some poor decisions in leaving some companies too soon, but I always felt that if I evolved from the work, or the learning ended, that I needed to move forward. I love learning and working hard.
However, it all changed when I became a mom, because I wanted to stay home!!! All the other mothers in my neighborhood stayed home, so I felt all eyes on me when I would pack my baby up in the car to drive him to daycare. I also got the mom-guilt at work, because I worked with all men; they would say, why aren’t you at home with your baby? It was a rough scene somedays. I did this for four years until I could finally step down from a full-time job and start looking for a part time accounting position.
I made it my mission to consider everything that I wanted out of my next job leap. I like to compare and think of my frequent career changes as that old tv show, Quantum Leap, always jumping into my next adventure. Pay, hours, flexibility, distance, and limited customer service – a lot of accounting jobs are a glorified secretary role, especially when you are the only girl in the office. I was not going to lower my standards.
Fast forward to my current job as a remote, part-time accountant, all my expectations are met and my employer and client value my input. Now the other side of this equation is that I no longer have daycare support and there have been cases where some ‘people’ think that I have all this extra time – so not true!
My job demands an intense schedule, so work is constant. I also find myself missing the comradery of other employees, so I often advise my son’s soccer ball, Wilson, for final decisions, haha. But at the end of the day, working remotely has drastically changed my life for the better. I get to continue my profession, and my mombligations (I just made that word up, mom + obligations). In addition, I know longer have to get rush myself to get to work, and I am available at a moment’s notice if my kids need me. My point is that you don’t have to settle for a job, there are satisfying careers, but it will require work.