7 lessons and reminders from my self-isolation during the pandemic

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I’ve had plenty of time to think during my solitary confinement at home due to COVID-19. While my work as a writer means a lot of alone time the current situation is unlike any other work from home experience from during my career. I hope to use this crisis as a catalyst for positive change for me. I want to come away from this experience with something positive to show for it.

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A pandemic week in review: Phase 1 begins

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My blogging on this site is getting more infrequent as the pandemic shutdown drags on. The big news this week is that Northern Virginia finally entered Phase 1 of recovery today. It’s a slight step to getting back to normalcy. The only big change is that I could go out to lunch today and eat outside. We must still wear masks. I’m still working at home.

Here are some highlights of my last week:

  • I was off Monday and Tuesday making it a short workweek but then again I spent my days off in my home office and living room which wasn’t much of a change over where I spend my work weeks these days.
  • I went to my first online meeting of the Good Docs Project and I feel good at the prospect of volunteering with them.
  • I wrapped up another TechTarget article and sent it to my editor.

While I won’t be completely happy until my gym reopens, it’s nice to see things in my area take a few steps forward finally.

How was your week?

Sunday is still not so fun day when there’s a pandemic on a holiday weekend

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It felt odd to take time off from work during the current quarantine, but I’m glad I did. My days off have been moving along fast. Then again, being in quarantine in solitary confinement screws with my concept of time.

Here’s how I spent my Sunday:

  • I watched some Kubernetes training videos on LinkedIn Learning after much procrastination
  • I did some edits on a personal writing project I plan to publish later in the week
  • Watched Dinner with the Gaffigans, a YouTube show I’ve grown to enjoy during the quarantine

Tomorrow is the unofficial start of summer. I’m usually spending this holiday weekend at the pool. My local area shut down right around the time I normally send in my membership fee for the summer. I held off on sending my check. It remains to be seen if my neighborhood pool or any pool in my local area will open at all this summer.

How was your Sunday?

I want a do-over for the start of summer 2020

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My headline says it all. I want a do-over for my start of summer 2020. It’s Memorial Day weekend. I took today off and spent the morning reading and spent some time on some personal writing projects in the afternoon that seem to always get blown off for billable work.

Here’s the rest of my Friday in review:

  • I slept in a bit late this morning because I had the day off from work.
  • My morning was spent on the couch reading for myself.
  • I snuck in some binge-watching of the season 3 of HBO’s West World.
  • Writing for myself felt good and I wish I could do it more often.

It’s not the start of the summer that I would like, but I’m rolling with the punches. Fortunately, I can also write for relaxation, which is what I’ll do this long weekend to pass the time.

How was your Friday?