Coronavirus: Day 40

40 is a biblical number. Once, it rained for 40 days and washed the world away. Now that we’ve suffered through our own contemporary 40-day trial, I feel a lot more empathy towards Noah—stuck on a boat with his family for nearly a month and half. Depending on your own specific living situation, you may […]

Coronavirus: Day 37

The weather right now is so wonderful, and the light coming into the house is perfect. Outside of this moment, everything is weird and sometimes terrible, but inside of this moment it feels soft and buoyant. I'm looking forward to cocktails on the front lawn at 4:45 PM to continue forgetting about the outside world—if […]

Coronavirus: Day 35

I have no thoughts about today! It was the same as yesterday! Cool how the days now stretch forward in an endless parade of sameness—work, lunch, walk, school, bikes, margs, dinner, Lost, margs, books, sleep. SURE LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW. Honestly, though, it could be way, way worse.

Coronavirus: Day 34

I've been taking slow, 10-mile bike rides most afternoons and using the time to work through audiobooks. A couple days ago I finished Pride by Ibi Zoboi and Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The former was an excellent modern take on Pride and Prejudice, the latter was…fine. Definitely an archetype for a lot of science […]

Coronavirus: Day 32

I wanted chocolate chip cookies, but we didn't have chocolate of any form in the house. Instead, I made these iced lemon cookies with some lemons I had in the fridge that were about to turn. First, lemon continues to be the best flavor. Second, quarantine has helped me get way better at putting all […]

Coronavirus: Day 30

Holy shit. 30 days in quarantine. I remember reading this blog written by a guy under quarantine in China back in early March. At the time, he’d spent 44 days in quarantine, and I thought that seemed impossible and un-American. Not un-American in a “This Shall Not Stand! #CONSTITUTION #FREEDOM” way, but in a “Yee-haw! […]

Coronavirus: Day 29

Yo! It is officially time for me to get summer seedlings into my garden. How am I supposed live through Pandemic Summer 2020 without tomatoes? UNHAPPILY, I tell you what. In the ground already I’ve got some romaine, radishes, beans, and hot peppers (seeds saved from last year, so we’ll see). But none of those […]

Coronavirus: Day 28

I’m thinking about data a lot. Each day, around lunch, I open up the VDH website and update my Virginia-focused coronavirus spreadsheet with the newest data. Then, each night, my friend living in Chicago opens up a set of tabs and updates his nationally-focused coronavirus spreadsheet with the newest data. Even though death and sickness […]

Coronavirus: Day 27

I’ve started to lose track of the days despite our best attempts at putting together a strong schedule to help us mark the passage of time. Today felt like Friday or Monday for most of the day, but it’s neither of those days. It’s Wednesday. Wednesday is great, because Wednesday means Survivor group text with […]

Coronavirus: Day 25

Today we ran out of butter, and I almost lost it. More butter is on the way, set for delivery tomorrow—but still! How did we even approach this butterless event horizon?? Two is one, and one, certainly, is none! And none butter means no more baking projects, no lima beans for dinner, and no toast […]

Coronavirus: Day 23

I am absolutely exhausted by the thought of cooking dinner yet again and have decided we’re eating chips and ramen for the duration. As with pre-virustimes, meal planning is absolutely awful, and, like then, I just can’t bring myself to do it. Now, though, as we shelter in place for the next forever, there’s nothing […]