Stay At Home: Day 48

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We’re still here, and still kicking. Apologies for not writing sooner. I’ve picked up a little work this week, and actually left the house yesterday for a bit (!!!) so my schedule is out of whack. What was going on when I last posted? Did I make beef bourguignon? That was a good meal that lasted several days. It was a surprisingly busy weekend, even though we originally had very little planned. On Friday night we played some games over Zoom with friends of the GF (I think we just had paninis for dinner). On Saturday we had some errands to run, including stops downtown to load up on wine and beer. We played more games with friends of mine (because we’re equal opportunity social butterflies), and my sister on Saturday evening. On Sunday I think I had four different Zoom meetings scheduled, but I only made it to two of them. Or was it one of them? No. I remember now. I had an early afternoon/evening meeting with co-workers and then virtual trivia night with Shaun and Amanda and some of their friends. King Trivia has shifted from pub trivia to Zoom/Twitch trivia lately, so we’ve been drinking on Sunday nights while we try our hardest not to cheat from the comfort of our respective couches.

Monday was exciting because I didn’t have to cook dinner! The GF made eggplant parm, which was a welcome and delicious change from the norm. I had some work to do during the day, and at night — over dinner — started watching Band Of Brothers on HBO. I’m surprised I haven’t seen that before. I like war films and documentaries. I guess it was something I figured I would get around to someday, and not being able to leave the house much has created a perfect opportunity. As previously stated, I left the house yesterday for about an hour to drop off the project I spent Monday working on. I toyed with the idea of staying out longer and driving around the city but ended up heading straight home. Apparently lots of people have been driving to the beach to photograph bioluminescence in the water? We thought about taking that drive last night but ended up staying inside. I’m kind of glad we didn’t go to the beach, the news this morning said it’s been super crowded the past couple nights.

Today I put in about 4 hours of work while simultaneously catching up on the Last Dance documentary on ESPN and taking care of some things around the house. We had a ceiling leak a couple of nights ago so my work station in the kitchen has become a staging area for items we needed to remove from the cabinets to keep them from getting dirty water all over them. The leak required a plumber to come into the house to fix it, which was absolutely terrifying. I wore a mask and stayed in the guest room for the duration of his visit, while the GF basically followed him around to make sure he wasn’t sneezing or coughing on anything. As far as I could tell, he was very professional and wore a mask at all times except for when he was in the upstairs bathroom alone trying to see if there was a toilet issue somehow related to the leak. There wasn’t, thankfully. It was just a random pinhole-sized hole in a clean water pipe. Once it has dried out we’ll have to bring in a contractor to fix that mess, which I’m sure will cause me even more anxiety. As long as I can plug my Playstation into the guest room TV I should be able to survive.

Tonight we have a Zoom meeting with the regular Wednesday night Survivor crew. To be honest, I’m way more excited about having just ordered some pizza than I am excited to watch a two-hour episode of Survivor. Tomorrow I believe the plan is for me to return to my regular dinner prep duties, but I’ve enjoyed this brief respite from the kitchen. We’ve got more produce coming tomorrow, and plenty of meat left in the freezer, so I’ll be cooking up some tasty dishes this weekend. I think we have a few more Zooms scheduled for the next several days. I’m not all that excited to get back to going to bars and restaurants with friends (at least until we have better therapies and maybe a vaccine?), but I have to say, Zooms are fucking exhausting. Maybe it’s my lack of empathy for other people or general dispassion (is that a word?) for face-to-face conversations, but I find them to be atrocious for the most part. I can do it while watching a TV show or a movie but the ones where you just have to talk so tedious. My dad’s side of the family has a regular Zoom meeting on Tuesday evenings and I feel like I just sit there quietly while everyone else talks. Yesterday I got up to grab my laptop charger and when I returned the meeting had adjourned. I don’t think anyone even noticed I was still there. Oh well.

That’s about it for today. If work is slow tomorrow I’ll try to compile a new mixtape for you.

Stay healthy and stay safe.

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