How I’m spending my quarantine

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to write about today—nearly every prompt that passed through my head just didn’t feel right or appropriate for this crazy pandemic we’re all fighting together. I don’t really want to write about restaurants (who knows if they’ll be open when this is all over with) or travel (for obvious reasons). I know we should be keeping grocery store trips to a minimum, so writing about recipes involving ingredients that are either 1) most likely not on hand or 2) most likely out of stock, seems less than ideal. So what’s left?

I thought it would be kind of therapeutic and fun to give you guys a peek at what I’ve been up to and how I’m spending my days in quarantine!

Jared Freid, one of my favorite comedians, has a simple but great quote: “We’re only 10 percent away from each other.” Translation: at the end of the day, most of us (as in the 20ish to 30ish crowd) are more alike than different, and I think this might be especially true for how we’re staying busy in these trying times of social distancing. I mean, who hasn’t been snacking, Netflixing, FaceTiming/Zooming friends, refreshing their social media feeds, etc.? 

Here’s the 90% I might have in common with you, and the 10% I might not!

Working from home.

For my new followers (or anyone who needs a lil refresher), I work on the digital communications team at St. John’s University in New York City. I never expected to land in a position like this, but if there’s a tiny, tiny silver lining from the coronavirus situation, it’s that my work feels more fulfilling than usual at the moment. The university community heavily relies on our team to deliver information in an accurate, efficient, and easy-to-follow manner, be it via email, a website update, video and/or social media post. Between the transition to online learning, leaving campus, finding resources they need, and tons of events being canceled or postponed, everyone need us to be on our A-game. I may not be on the front lines saving lives, but in the biiig picture, I’m still serving others who need my help!

Greek salad in a gray bowl
Not to mention, my lunches are being upgraded big time.

Going on lots of walks…

One of the few good things about riding out this pandemic at my parents’ house in the suburbs of Cleveland (instead of NYC) is the change of scenery, specifically outdoors. It’s pretty amazing how many calories you can torch by walking at a brisk pace… I’ll let my Fitbit app screenshot speak for itself.

Fitbit app screenshot
I’m kind of a fanatic about checking my stats, it’s one of my biggest motivators.

…and being surrounded by dogs!

Our family’s dog Finley has been my best friend since I came home. I’m dying to have a furry friend of my own, but my apartment doesn’t allow pets (major boooo). So I’ve been getting my fill of puppy love from Finley, my sister and brother-in-law’s Goldendoodle Lucy, our neighbor’s Goldendoodle Buster, and the Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy that our neighbors across the street recently brought home!

Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy
Rhodie has stolen all of our hearts!

Clearing out my phone and computer.

This is one of those tasks that’s perpetually on my back burner to-do list, and I’m so glad I finally have the time to get it done. My camera roll is clogged with screenshots, multiple takes of the same picture, and photos I keep meaning to print. My Notes app needs some attention. I haven’t gone through my contact list in forever. I should delete apps I never use. And don’t get me started on the heap of files staring at me from my laptop.

Spending time with my family.

I miss NYC like crazy (even though I realistically wouldn’t be able to do anything if I was still there). And while it sucks to be away, I do appreciate this quality time I have with them, at the expense of zero vacation days. We’ve been watching TV together, eating meals together, playing Nertz and Sequence together, and just goofing off, being each other’s much-needed comic relief in this stressful, anxiety-inducing period of time.

Last but not least, working out!

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of working out at home to begin with. Yet, desperate times call for desperate measures. We have jump ropes, a couple sets of free weights and resistance bands here, so I’ve been taking advantage of those. I gotta say though, my favorite piece of equipment is my own body—basic moves like lunges, squats, jumping jacks and planks have my heart!

So there ya have it, my quarantine routine 🙂

Before I sign off, there’s just one more thing… I need to deliver on a promise I made earlier this month to stay accountable!

Evaluation of my March intentions

Lower my sugar intake – I think I did pretty well with this one. I didn’t see a huge difference in my weight or skin, but I definitely did in my energy levels, so that was a victory! I’m going to continue to monitor how much sugar I consume, because I think it’s a good overall lifestyle change to incorporate.

Lower my dairy intake – Ugh full disclosure, I faltered toward the end. I realized I was missing out on key vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats, plus my wallet took a bit of a beating too. The verdict: I think I’ll still incorporate dairy alternatives here and there, but for the most part, I’m back with my moo crew 😀

Get more sleep and switch gyms – The good news: on most nights now, I’m sleeping for about seven hours! The bad news: I didn’t sign up for Planet Fitness. Once the coronavirus started getting worse, I decided it would be best to wait. So while that’s on hold, I’m still chomping at the bit for a fresh start!

While I do want to set intentions for April, I’m still determining what those will be. My guess is they won’t be too grandiose, but stay tuned!

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