Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I've been locking myself down until I think it's safe to go out again. To alleviate fear and stress, my writer's group has put together a daily “morning pages” get-together on Zoom in order to touch base before starting the day. Here's some of my brief thoughts.
A ferret mom proudly showing off her babies (or trying to get her human to take care of them for her because babies are exhausting):
I finished watching Season 4 of “Parks and Rec” yesterday! I actually had this coding assignment for an interview application, and I finished it early because I was so tired I was making elementary mistakes, but also because I wanted to watch “Parks and Rec”. It's very 4th grade of me to finish things too quickly so that I can go watch TV, but it's also nice to have something to look forward to after work, and that's not a feeling I've had for some time now.
I also managed to sleep pretty much right after I went to bed, which is kind of a miracle (usually it takes around an hour or so, today it took 15 minutes). Calm Sleep Stories really help out here. I also woke up naturally in the first time in a few months, instead of being woken up by my alarm clock (because I slept early). Good things build on each other and hopefully I can build on this one day's worth of momentum.
Life isn't perfect, but I think it has gotten better for me in the past few months. Back in June, I was pretty much starving because my sabbatical funds were running out quicker than I thought they were, and not capable of doing any work because I was so hungry. Maybe that's being overly dramatic. But today, I'm living (at my parent's place) in a pretty nice neighborhood, going outside for walks, waving to neighbors, getting paid (really well IMHO) for a job that I like, and having no health problems really during a global pandemic. It's crazy to think about.
I'm sure there will be ups and downs as the situation develops, and things aren't perfect (e.g. I wish I had an S/O I cared about or something, I don't really talk to my little brother, etc.), but I think it's really good overall, and a lot better than things were just a few short months ago.