COVID-19 and the New Normal, for Now
Dan and I live in Reston, Virginia, just a few miles away from Washington DC. Like so many of you, our daily lives have changed considerably over the last few weeks. We are among the fortunate in that we both have jobs that will allow for working from home. Dan is now working from home full time, and I am working from home at least 90% of the time. On the days that I have commuted into the city, I have been amazed by how empty the Metro is. I’m grateful that people are taking this seriously and staying home, but it is an eerie feeling walking through empty garages and having the train car completely to myself!
The Corona Virus and Signs of the Apocalypse – Grocery Shopping
Another eerie experience is the grocery store. I’ve been the one going out the most to pick up supplies. We were already using Amazon’s Subscribe and Save for paper products, so are well-stocked on toilet paper and paper towels. I also have been buying the family packs of chicken even though it’s just the two of us at home. Dan has given me a hard time about this in the past, but I think he now appreciates my use of the freezer in our basement! While it is disconcerting to see empty shelves, the thing that struck me even more was the lack of connection. No, I am not in the habit of hugging everyone at the grocery store, but I am one of those people who makes eye contact and smiles at others in the store. Most people are just trying to get in and out as quickly as possible right now, so I understand why this is not happening. To their credit, I have noticed that the store employees seem to be trying to keep a cheery atmosphere. Please be kind to them – they really are on the front lines of this!
Finding Normal While Helping Others
While we have been mostly making our own food at home, we have been ordering takeout from our local restaurants as well. Normally we like to get out to eat, so we definitely miss being able to do that right now. Ordering takeout brings a little sense of normal to us, and hopefully helps our favorite places stay in business.
Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC – Next Year
As many of you know, this is Cherry Blossom season in the DC area. In years past, we would make our way down to the Tidal Basin to enjoy the beautiful trees. This year, the mayor of DC has shut down all roads heading down there, and Metro has closed stations closest to the area. Before that happened, we did take a drive through the area to get some photos from the car.
A DC Institution, Literally
DC is also known for all of the Smithsonian museums, which are all closed right now. However, they offer many online experiences. Check them out at https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/online.
What We Wish We Could Be Doing
We live around a lake and are avid paddle boarders. While this time of year is too cold for us to be out on the water, we are usually starting to anticipate our first paddle. That is one thing that has not changed! Our boards are out and ready for us. We are taking advantage of on-line fitness classes offered by our gym to get us into peak shape for warmer days on the water. If you haven’t tried this before and live in the area, check out Surf Reston once our social distancing time is over. Kudos to some of our neighbors who have already been out there this season!
Fortunately, we have enjoyed a few days of good weather, so we have been able to get out on the trails around our home. This has given us hope that things will get better, as nature is doing all of the beautiful things nature does! Flowers and trees are blooming. The earth is turning green again. Birds are chirping, to the delight of our fierce indoor cat, Gracie.
When All Else Fails
Finally, we want to share with you our immune boosting cocktail, the Berrylicious Immunizer. It can be made without the gin for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink.
- 1 tsp black elderberry syrup
- 2 shots gin (we like Hendrick’s)
- Top with tonic water (we like Fever-Tree)
- Splash of rosewater
- Garnish with mint leaves and lime.
COVID19 – What We Can Do Now
We were invited by our friends over at RoarLoud through their article Hello From New Hampshire to share our “Hello From” story during this time. I think this might have been started by Lexi from OneFootOutThe Door in her article, Hello From Houston, and picked up by Thirdeyemom in her article, Hello from Minnesota. We love this idea, and enjoy hearing from everyone as we navigate this difficult time together!
We encourage everyone to stay safe and stay hopeful! We are in this together, and will get through it together. We hope to see you out in the world soon!