Nowhere Man (Woman)

Day 5

TGIF!  We made it to Friday.  I’d be more excited about the weekend if it wasn’t slated to look exactly like the last 4 days.  We won’t be doing our school lessons, but that is going to be a blessing and a curse because everything is closed, so there isn’t anywhere to go to break up the monotony of being home.  The forecast is for dry weather over the weekend, but it’s going to be cold. Thankfully, we have lots of cold weather gear so I foresee bundling up and getting out of this house!

I’m going to be honest with you, I’m struggling today.  I don’t want to do this. I want our normal back. I don’t want to come up with activities to fill every moment.  I don’t want to stay positive so that my very sensitive child doesn’t spiral into sadness. I don’t want to wonder if things are really as bad as “they” are saying or if “they” are wrong and it is worse – or – better. 

There are no cases of the virus in our county, nor the county right next to us, nor any county in a 30 mile radius of my house on the Illinois side. There is one case in a close county on the Iowa side of the river, but if I promise we won’t go that direction, can’t we just go back to school? Or at least open a park? Or the YMCA? Something?  Chicago Public Schools have extended their time out of school through April and probably longer. I don’t want to do that. I DO NOT WANT TO! 

The cat just threw up on the carpet.  

Yesterday was a bit of a disaster. I got the second migraine of the week Wednesday night and it was hanging on throughout our morning yesterday. Then we had the math debacle, and at the point I tapped out. Terry came home for lunch and Arden took her chapter book and art packet to the office with him (all his employees are at home per the site being closed, so it was just the two of them). I climbed into the bed and pulled the covers over my head and slept for a couple hours.  I am sincerely hoping this migraine train derails very soon, but I am very thankful Arden was able to go someplace else for a couple hours. I think that helped both of us.

Today we are keeping our schedule pretty similar to other days this week (with the exception of yesterday) but we are going to drive over to Aledo (a town about 20 min from here) and drive thru McDonald’s.  

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Is it sad that we are really looking forward to that?? We also decided to wear Christmas themed outfits today. Arden has Christmas tree pants on and I’m wearing a Christmas sweatshirt. Ridiculous, yes, but it seemed appropriate for a really cold and dreary day – and also – Corona! Oh, and I put pigtails in my hair and threw on this hat – because we are going to FAKE IT UNTIL WE MAKE IT, BABY!

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I really want to read some this afternoon.  I think it would do my spirit and mind a world of good to turn off even non-virus related television and escape into a book.  I’ve not been able to settle down my mind the last few days to actually read and retain anything. I am missing it. I have a stack of books to read, and I plan to make that a priority this afternoon and this weekend.

Also, we are going to participate in Jimmy Fallon’s Cowbell Challenge at 2 p.m. today.  He announced on the Today show yesterday that he is challenging everyone to go outside and bang on a cowbell at 3 p.m Eastern (2 p.m. Central).  We don’t have a cowbell, but are going to use pots and pans and wooden spoons. I assume in cities where people do this, it will be a bonding thing.  For us out here in the middle of the forest, maybe it will scare away wild animals and at least give us a few minutes of the ridiculous to look forward to. Arden has begged me not to record it and post it – which means, I will, of course, be recording and posting it!  If you want to join us in this time of silliness – please feel free!

News of the Day: Worldwide death toll is over 10,000 and more than 240,000 reported infections. The U.S. has a reported 13,000 confirmed cases and over 170 deaths. California is on statewide lock down – everyone has been told to stay in their homes. Spain has over 1,000 deaths reported as of this morning.   

The next phase of government relief is a proposed payment of anywhere between $2,000 and $1,000 per person – depending on which plan you read (Congressional Republicans, Congressional Democrats or the White House). Regardless of where it shakes out, it does appear some sort of direct financial assistance will be approved this week.

Two Republican Senators are accused of dumping a large amount of personally held stock just prior to the major outbreak of the virus in the U.S.  Both Senators were privy to classified information on what was coming prior to selling their stock. There are calls from all sides of the political field for legal and political ramifications for these Senators if these accusations prove true.

Plan for the Day:  School work. McDonald’s Run. Cowbell Challenge.  Finish up the laundry (I actually did some yesterday!). Try to get into a better frame of mind/attitude.  Read.

See you tomorrow!

Cheers!

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