And Counting…

It’s a little weird for me as an office worker and slicer right now.

We are in Day 20 of this challenge. My head knows there are only eleven days to go and it’s done. That once far off horizon has shown signs of a shore, I can see this year’s sailing is almost over.

I once has bronchitis. My doctor put me on a week’s bed rest. I only had to get through a mere eight days of being in bed. I lasted all of five days; technically four and a half. Yes, I was in my flat, but I was not in bed. I’m just not that person. On that fifth day, by early afternoon I simply had to get out of the house.

Eight days; the shore was clearly in sight – and I failed.

On Facebook I had quipped, that this self-isolating and self-sequestering must be an agoraphobes dream. Perhaps it is, but I am not an agoraphobe.

I am now on Day 3 of self isolation and working from home. The saving grace is that it’s Friday. Tomorrow I will go out to do laundry first thing in the morning. Then I will do a small grocery run – after all perishables like milk and bread do not last forever. I live in an area that services like Fresh Direct do not deliver and the cost would be prohibitive. Not to mention I am picky about some food items and just need to get them myself. In my neighbor the early afternoon is when people are beginning to crowd places, so I will be fine. I know I should done with everything and back in my home by 1pm. Still, I am one of the lucky ones in that I get the option to self-isolate and work remotely.

I work for an agency that is in operation 24/7/366. We’ve instituted limited or a rotating staff, but I have colleagues in other departments that must come in. Their jobs cannot be done remotely and they cannot continuously use up time their leave banks when no one knows how long the wait will be.

In seemingly just a couple of days, the estimates of when this may end has gone from a couple of weeks, to a couple of months to perhaps early autumn. It all depends on how fast we can flatten the curve here in the City That Never Sleeps and globally. Still, as I commented to another slicer yesterday I refuse to consider this my new norm. For however long this lasts there is nothing normal about this.

It is only Day 4 since the good ship “Self Isolation” has officially sailed here in NYC. We can’t say “Bon Voyage”. We’re headed into the rough waters right now and who knows how long it will take before it looks like smooth sailing again. Most of us will go a little stir crazy/Cabin feverish on this voyage from time to time and to all of ys I add “Bon Courage.” But voyages, however long they may be, are by their very nature temporary things. They have a beginning and more importantly – they have an end. Thus I have chosen to take a quote from the TV show LOST:

“See you on the other side…”


Getting it done from home on Day 20, of the Slice of Life Writing challenge for 2020 – let’s see how others are slicing it:

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4 thoughts on “And Counting…

  1. We are in uncharted waters. I did a good run this morning. Our store set aside 6:00-7:30 for seniors to shop. At 68 I qualify. To combat cabin fever, which hasn’t set in yet, Kathy and went outside and did some yard work today. It just felt good to be out of the house.

    • I remember being happy when reaching enough vintage for AARP, now I have new vintage goalposts set. 😊 It’s spring as the weather gets warmer I suspect my cabin fever will become more pronounced. Crossing my fingers.

  2. That’s been the strangeness for me. I keep making plans, and then realizing that I need to think much further ahead than a few weeks, than a month. As I posted the other day, I’m very able to stay home, and it feels like a gift … but I definitely don’t want this to be my new normal. I, too, wonder how this is going to feel when spring is fully on us and all we want is to be out and about. Whew!

    • For me it is the constant disappointment of all the things I already planned that are cancelling. Practically every single thing I had in the works for the next six weeks has cancelled. Email notifications, payments returning to my accounts. The head understands, but the heart is not so quick on the uptake.

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