Skip to main content

Corona Thoughts From an Extrovert

I know it's been a little bit. When I started this, I wanted to post weekly. At first, it was time. My busy travel season at work had started and  food and sleep were on the agenda primarily. Now, it's anxiety. Until just this moment, I wasn't really inspired to write. What on Earth could possibly be on my mind other than Coronavirus?

I'm not a panic person. I've been through enough crises in my life that my coping skills are excellent. I am a planner. This is where my anxiety is stemming from. I am a full Type-A-sometimes neurotic- perfectionist planner. I live and die by my calendar, I plan ahead. Spontaneous things are fun to me, and I love surprises, but especially where work is concerned, I like to be organized, know what's next etc. Naturally, current circumstances have thrown that all out of whack. A cascade of cancellations:

-Work events I had scheduled at some schools
-Colleges moving online
-National and regional conferences, including a national one I was presenting at in April and bringing Kilton

Not to mention the whole host of others that don't directly impact me. It's weird times, my friends. And as a people-loving, hug-giving, empathetic people person, I am on the s t r u g g l e bus. Social distancing is not my forte. But I'm doing it. I want to protect people. I get that. It doesn't mean I like it.

I'm thinking a lot about my dad. I likely wouldn't be visiting him if he were alive. I'd be more worried and scared than I am now. If there's any silver lining to him being gone, it's that he doesn't have to worry and neither do I. But I am also thinking about his neighbors in the building that I learned to love. Elderly family and friends. Its for them that I am going to practice social distancing. I've always been a bit OCD about hand-washing and disinfecting, but I'll lay low.

Let me know if you're immunocompromised, or your parents or grandparents need something. I want to help. <3 If your campus or school is closed and you and/or your kids are hungry, let me know. I love feeding people.

So, wash your hands, keep it low key, take care of each other. Don't panic. Accept my virtual hug. Be kind.


Popular posts from this blog

5 Common Grammar Mistakes That Make Your Argument Invalid

For those of you that don't know (which is unlikely), I am what you call...a grammar hound. A former colleague once called me Conan the Grammarian and honestly it's the best. I'm the resident word nerd at my current workplace and editing things is a hobby I truly enjoy. Damn if I don't love a red pen. Grammar, and really spelling and vocabulary are honestly hallmarks of professionalism IMO but also should be part of our everyday conversations. Today at lunch I used the words "eschew" and "amalgamation" fluidly in conversation, which should tell you what my nerd level is. I don't put this out there to brag, and I'm not one of those people who throws around big words just for the sake of doing so. It's just the way I am. And let's be honest, I have to be strong at words because I'm w e a k at numbers and math.  I lay this foundation to clue you in on why this post is necessary. Read on, friends.

     I've got a bone to pick wit…

We Bought a House During a Pandemic

Y'all. It has been a HOT minute. How are you? We are at, what, month 217 of the Pandemic?  Is everyone still working out, taking up new hobbies and making sour dough bread? Truthfully though, I hope you all are well. When all this kicked-up in late March, I assumed that by now we'd be back to some sense of #normal. I was clearly wrong. That's a post for another day, but I hope that we'll get there soon, and I hope you've been hanging in there. At this point, you might be wondering what Kilton and I were up all this time (or maybe not but you're going to find out anyway). We worked, we parented, we cooked and we ate (and drank). We also bought a house. That's right. We thought a global pandemic was a great time to buy a house. Technically, the process did not start during the pandemic, but it certainly became official. 
It was a PROCESS. We learned so much and I know how cliche this sounds, but if I can buy a house, then you can too. I'll spare you the g…

5 Work From Home Tips for Surviving Social Distancing

Where to even begin? It seems like day by day-hell, hour by hour, there are more closings, updates and articles about Covid-19. It's almost hard to keep up. As you can tell from my last post, I, an extroverted people-lover am struggling hard with a social distancing situation. I feel slightly useless. Normally March is my busy season; it's why I wrote my travel hacks post. But, this isn't the first time I'm working from home. In fact, for my job, I work from home unless I am on the road. So, for the last 2.5 years, I've been a remote employee.

In my quest to feel less useless and restless when traditional work hours are done, I thought I'd share some working from home tips with those of you for whom it may be new. I hope they help you feel motivated and productive.

Set Up a Home Office Space 

This is a crucial piece to start with. I keep seeing things circulate like "working from couch" which is technically do-able but may not help with productivity. I…