New “Speaking Of” Videos!

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!

Here’s the first video talking about the pandemic.

Here’s the second video, TV Talk, chatting about some of our favorite shows.

Enoy, and have a great week!

Thoughts, Sanitizing, and Funny Memes!

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! I read an article that 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.

No idea where this originated, but it made me laugh… and man, it’s accurate! In the NICU, they wanted a 2-minute scrub in.

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:

This is from the Giant George FB page, I have no idea whether it originated there or elsewhere.
This one isn’t a meme, it’s sidewalk chalk art at home. Here’s hoping sunny days are ahead with healthy people at the end of the rainbow!

Making Lemonade – Random Thoughts From Home

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!

A (Literal) Crappy Day

It was quite literally a crappy day earlier this week. My dog, who is 5 months old, had some kind of a stomach (or poop…) bug. What a delight to walk into the room and see her crate full of poop, complete with paw-prints in it. Ugh!!

We took a short trip to the vet, where a poo test and x-rays showed nothing serious – she apparently just had some random stomach upset. The sign outside at her vet always has funny sayings and on that day said something like “sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield. That sign seemed particularly appropriate for the day. I was definitely the windshield that day!

At home, I was so proud because I successfully “pilled” her with her medicine, it was truly miraculous… until she hurled it all back up. In her crate. That I just cleaned all the poop out of. :O At least we decided to hold off on her heart worm and flea/tick medicine for a day until her stomach was better – silver linings, right?

A pic of the culprit, after she was feeling better and back to her rowdy-self!

That whole debacle really made for a very Monday-ish Monday. I was really pretty excited about the day until that happened, which was around 9am! My friend and I went to the gym, we were feeling productive, and I had fun things planned for after work.

It’s amazing how much your life revolves around bathroom habits when you have a kid and a dog. Seriously, I never could’ve imagined it. You know how there are always articles telling you how “they never told you about ___” before becoming a parent? Well, my fill in the blank is definitely “how your life revolves around poop.” I even did a YouTube video about something along those lines.

But really, once you’re the parent of a puppy, and especially of a baby, poop is life.

With a dog, you’re in the yard every few hours, waiting, then cheering and praising when the pup poops, you have to get home in time to ensure they can poop, etc.

With a baby, you’re concerned with all the things – did she go, when did she go, how much, what color, what consistency, the list goes on. Thankfully, poop doesn’t gross me out like it does my husband. I don’t enjoy it, but it doesn’t freak me out.

My friend, a nurse, is on a whole different level of comfort, apparently. The running joke is how she could eat while wiping a butt. However, it’s worth noting that while she was watching a baby once (before she had her son), she was changing a diaper with these giant gloves on like she was dealing with birds of prey, so I’m not sure if she is as cool with poop as she says, haha! It was basically one of the best things I’ve ever seen and I so wish I had a picture!

Anyway, hope your Monday was less “crappy” than mine. 🙂