Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Things I will want to remember about this weird time

Hi, future Jen. Half of the reason I have this blog is so I can go back and read things I've written. I used to be much better about writing and capturing memories here. Now, not so much. But I know I will want to remember things about this, so here goes.


  • The last night out I had was March 13th, when Missy and I went to see the Queen tribute at the Orpheum. Everything with Omaha Performing Arts has been cancelled since that night. So I lost out on seeing Dear Evan Hansen and the Lion King. I'm pretty pissy about that. 
  • The next day, I went to lunch with Nicole, Kate and Mom for Nicole and Mom's birthdays. This was the last time I would eat at a restaurant. I've done take out a few times - Bucksnort like three times, Applebees one night and Texas Roadhouse another night. I did takeout chinese last night and it was pretty terrible. I'm very excited to sit at a table and order off a menu again.
  • On Sunday, March 15th, I got an email from my boss that we should work from home on Monday if we can. I did, and then I went to work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday that week. Friday March 20th was my last day at work, as we got an email that afternoon telling us to start working remotely. 
  • Since this all started I've been to Walmart once and Target once. I admit, I've been to HyVee more times than were essential. HyVee has one way aisles and stickers all over the floor telling you where you can stand. It is highly, highly annoying to me when people don't follow the rules. I am that person who will stop in your way and glare if you are going the wrong way down a one way aisle. My biggest pet peeve is when people think their space is more important than other people's. Stop it. 
  • I've had more Zoom work meetings that I can count. I would say 3-4 a day since March 23. I've done zoom hangouts with friends, I've done Google Duo calls with my family. I've facetimed with other family members. 
  • I've done some illegal things, too. I went to Glenwood and helped my Dad, Peg, Kate, Gavin and Alex put up Christmas decorations to lift spirits of people in Glenwood. I hugged my niece and my nephews A LOT that day. I've met Missy twice for a walk at Lake Manawa. I had one social distancing fire pit night, and I have another one planned this weekend. 
  • Alex turned 7 during this pandemic. 
  • I've watched Roseanne (the old sitcom), Ozark, so many movies, Waco and SO MANY episodes of 90 Day Fiance. 
  • I've become almost obsessive about keeping my apartment clean. Except my bedroom, which always looks like a teenage girls room. 
  • Missy and I have been giving each other fun little challenges to do during this pandemic. We've done a lot, and my ideas are starting to run dry. We've done creative workouts, magic tricks, drawings, scavenger hunts, etc. 
  • Sometimes I forget to eat until 6pm, or sometimes I eat literally all day long. 
  • I haven't been sleeping well. I tend to sleep very well, almost coma like, on Friday nights. Every other night of the week I toss and turn and wake up a million times. 
  • I am also staying in bed later. Before this, I was usually up and out of bed around 6am, sometimes earlier. Now, I have to actually force myself out of bed at like 730a. Sometimes 745a. 
  • The beginning part of the Stir Cove season has been moved or cancelled. I'm really hoping we are able to be in Stir Cove at least a few times this summer. 
  • I've had to conduct Alumni Association and Street Dance meetings on zoom. We are still planning on having the street dance this September. 
That's all I can think of for now. Starting May 11th, I am going to work one day a week. Then in mid-June, we'll go to two days a week. Hopefully at the end of June we're back to a normal five day a week work week. This is all depending on the outbreak, which doesn't seem to have hit Nebraska/Iowa as badly. 



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