Sheltering In Place – Week 3

Me in home made face mask with my jacket hood upIt’s week three of the new normal. We’re all still relatively healthy. We’ve settled into new patterns at home.  In some ways it isn’t that different from the old normal.  I still go to work as critical support staff. I’m slowly adapting to my schedule being two hours time shifted.  While getting off at 3:00 PM is great, having to be at work at 6:30 AM is less so. After work it’s straight to home to take care of Mom and try to decompress before the next weekday. On the weekends I’m trying to catch up with sleep and kitty snuggles. There has been another minor medical incident that required me to run to the pharmacy, but that is par for the course around here. Hence the selfie of me sporting my home made mask.

The big difference is the stress levels.  I find myself remembering my dreams more, which is something I normally don’t do. And they all have a recurring theme – me trying to maintain control a situation that is absolutely bonkers. Yes, I know what my subconscious is trying to tell me.

So I am trying to control what I can and let go of everything else. I’m washing my hands, using sanitizer, and social distancing at work. At work I’m trying to rest and practice self-care as I can. Self-care involves a lot of knitting and crocheting. But don’t worry. I won’t run out of yarn any time soon.

I am still writing in small spurts during my break at work. It’s harder at home because I’m mostly drained by the time I’m there. I’m hoping that I have something I can announce at BayCon, which is now rescheduled for November 6th – 8th. It may or may not be related to the fact that Chaos Wolf is currently on sale for $0.99. I’m also going to attend as much of the Nebulas Conference May 29th – 31st as possible. Being online uninterrupted is a little tricky for me to do.

So until we can all meet in person, everyone remember to wash your hands, stay at home, and if you have to be out, keep six feet apart. Let’s do our best to make it through this.