The Last Thing I Did “Before”

2020-04-01

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash

Everything happened so quickly in a matter of days in March.  As the news from Seattle grew more serious, with large tech firms ordering their employees to stay home, major sporting events, theaters, and other gatherings announced their closure.  “Social Distancing” became a term we all knew.  Various states began to put in place their own measures.

Yesterday I tried to remember: What was the last thing I did “before”?

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Planning for the Worst

2020-03-28 Planning for the Worst

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When I was pregnant with Autumn, I had a hospital bag packed.  It wasn’t the typical “If I go into labor early, this is what I will grab as we rush out the door” bag.  It was the “If the doctor tells me that my baby has no heartbeat, this is what I will tell Ger to grab for my stay at the hospital” bag. Continue reading

The Movement of Past Years

2020-03-23 The Movement of Past Years

Every day, I look at my social media content from past years.  Between Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter I post a lot.  It has always been my way of capturing memories with our family.  I am up to 634 days in a row of looking at Timehop, as an indication of how much I enjoy looking at past years and remembering what we were doing on those days.

Now, looking at those days have become a reminder of freedom in movement that we no longer have, at least for the next few weeks.   The “shelter in place” order in Illinois is through April 7th.  I will bet that it is going to be extended beyond that, and that we could be looking at months of confinement. Continue reading

A Birthday We Will Never Forget

2020-03-18 Celebrating a Birthday Alone

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Quentin turns 8 years old today.  We never could have imagined a birthday like this one.

Our schools are shut down, at least until April 6th, but I am going to guess that it will be longer.  Restaurants are closed to dine-in eating.  We had plans to go to a hotel and waterpark in a few weeks to celebrate his birthday and that has been cancelled.  All due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the practicing of social distancing to help flatten the curve – a bunch of phrases that weren’t even in my vocabulary a week ago. Continue reading

In the Face of a Growing Pandemic

2020-03-13 Growing Pandemic

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Somehow, this week went from “growing concern” to “everything hit the fan” in the past 48 hours.

We have been following the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) since the outbreak in Wuhan, China.  I remember the spread of bird flu (H7N9) and swine flu (H1N1) years ago.  H1N1 in particular was spreading in 2009 when my son was an infant.  I remember being nervous, though I do not really remember taking many precautions.  It likely never reached the community where I lived at the time, so it was less threatening. Continue reading