96% of the United States in under a stay-at-home order, and somehow it already feels like it’s been that way for months, even though it’s only been two weeks since New York and New Mexico became part of that group. It’s incredible to think about how much has changed during that time.
It hasn’t even been two months since the Oscars. I keep finding unrelated milestones in the recent past to remind myself that it’s been such a short time period. I mean…I was just in New York City at the end of February, and things were business as usual. A little discussion with my dad about keeping iPhones sanitized, but that’s really it. Six weeks ago!
I feel like Friday the 13th of March was the day that everything began to perceptibly shift from where we were in the days of “wash your hands” to where we are now. On the 13th there had been 1700 documented cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and 40 deaths. Just over three weeks later, those numbers have risen to 356,942 and 10,524, respectively—as of the writing of this post, at least. I’ve dealt with the anxious dread of two family members being tested and then waiting and waiting for the results (negative in both cases, thankfully).
I started listening to Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani’s new podcast, Staying In with Emily & Kumail. Not only is it very entertaining, it’s really helpful. Therapeutic, even. Highly recommended.
In the past three days, I’ve watched two movies and binged a miniseries. Contagion, Chernobyl, and…To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. A nice mix of “OH MY GOD THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT’S GOING ON AND IT’S ALL GWYNETH PALTROW’S FAULT AND EVEN SANJAY GUPTA IS THERE,” “I can’t really decide if nuclear fallout is better or worse than a global pandemic,” and “I’m so glad I’m not a teenager anymore, but this is really adorable.”
I went grocery shopping this morning. I wore a face mask, glasses (mostly to keep myself from absent-mindedly touching my eyes, which is hard to not do during allergy season), and gloves. Not unlike what I would wear to refinish cabinets [nervous laughter]! Pretty much everyone at both stores I went to was wearing a mask, and most people were also wearing gloves. It’s weird to shop in a store that’s mostly empty. It’s weird to get excited because you found a package of napkins. I think I’ve gone out to shop twice since Friday the 13th, and both times I felt very sad and very tired by the time I got home.
I’m surprised by the particular items I can’t find anywhere: Frozen peas. Tofu of any kind. Basil. Matzo. I feel like there’s a good Passover joke in there somewhere.
My skin has been patchy and dry lately, probably because of the change in season and allergies and stuff. I started using The Ordinary’s Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (Do you know about The Ordinary? Very inexpensive, very effective skin care products. I’ll remind myself to do a roundup of my favorites at some point in the future!), and it’s helping a lot. I’m applying it over Herbivore Botanicals’ Orchid Facial Oil (yes, I still use my old favorites) every other night to prevent the flaking that can sometimes come with retinols.
Oh! The Tushy bidet attachment I ordered was delivered today! When I ordered on March 24th the ship date was April 20th, so I guess they’re erring on the side of caution with their estimates. Two weeks earlier than expected! So that’s nice. I’ll install it tomorrow.
How are you coping?