distancing on the beach — photo by author

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Another page in the Daily Distancing Diary.

Sara Grace Stasi
Apr 3, 2020 · 2 min read

Yesterday I sat down and made a master weekly schedule. Since it’s clear now that we’ll be sheltering in place until the beginning of May, and schools in California will not be in session for the rest of the year, I figured I might as well take advantage of the opportunity to establish some healthy habits for April.

Working from home has certainly brought some changes to my life. I’m not totally unaccustomed to having large chunks of time off since I used to be a high school teacher, but this is completely different. Neither my husband nor I am going to work, although I am so fortunate to be working from home and getting my regular paycheck.

It’s overwhelming to think of the impact this pandemic will have on our economy in the long term. I believe there will be some innovation and creativity that will lead to no opportunity and industry. At the same time, a great deal of what we know and recognize in our cities and neighborhoods will be forever changed.

my succulent garden — photo by author

Today we worked on cleaning the front porch and back deck and pulling weeds in the garden beds close to the house. I have a large succulent collection and I tended to those as well, removing dead leaves and such. Hubby mowed the yard yesterday. We continue to do the normal things in this completely less-than-normal situation.

I did do one thing yesterday that I thought I never would. I joined Facebook again, after five years. I used to be a social media manager for a small aquarium and at the end of that job I was pretty burnt out. I ended up quitting facebook and up until now, that has been a fine situation.

I quit originally to connect more with my friends in person, and that’s not possible right now, so I decided to rejoin to more easily connect with people that I haven’t been able to see or talk to in person.

Also, Facebook groups have become a place where communities are gathering that I want to be a part of. In the absence of in-person interaction, I find myself turning to virtual communities.

Today I’m grateful for…

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