Self-isolation: A week in review

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Yet another week in self-isolation has blown by for me. I only wish. While this week dragged on like every other week in lockdown, I saw and felt some noticeable gains in my productivity.

Here are some highlights from the last few days:

  • Exercise became a regular part of my schedule again!
  • I submitted two new articles to TechTarget which is always a wonderful thing.
  • Over the week, I made a lot of progress writing an article about cloud migration for a new market.
  • I sent my elderly mother Celery Seed and toilet paper via Amazon.com. She could find neither in her local grocery store. Also, she’s not online so when she needs an Amazon order she goes through me.

I got an email today about the reopening date of my favorite hotel in Ocean City, MD. At the least, the note made me feel like life getting back to normal is slogging ahead. My original plan was to go to the beach in August. I guess that gives me time to see how the reopenings go. Fingers crossed.

How was your week?

That Tuesday during the pandemic when a house project moved forward

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I spent my Tuesday at the computer keyboard like I seem to do every day during the current quarantine. The good thing about today is that I had some work done on the outside of my house. I’ll accept it as a small victory considering everything that’s going on with COVID-19. I was originally going to delay my house projects until things got back to normal. Then again, who knows when that’ll be.

Some other highlights of my Tuesday include:

  • Ocean City, MD is taking some small steps towards opening up this summer and I can’t put into words how much I’d like to have my feet in the sand at some point. I’m fine doing it a comfortable social distance from other beachgoers.
  • I had the motivation to get some exercise in which is always a good thing. My gym can’t reopen soon enough!
  • I’m still full of more personal blog post ideas than I have time to write with my schedule. My current plan is to outline out the ideas in spare moments so I have some preparation work and ideas written down in Google Docs.

I look forward to things picking up this week and remaining productive.

How was your Tuesday?

A case of the Mondays: COVID-19 edition

I wish I would have written down when my state shutdown because of COVID-19. While I remain thankful that I have a job and career that lets me work from home, It’s getting harder to track the days. I’m setting more reminders, referring to my calendar more, and at peace knowing that I can always ask Alexa what’s the date and time when I wake up.

Anyhow, I blew off this blog last week but for excellent reason. Work got busy. I also had a pitch hit in a new market and had to get writing. Then I had a TechTarget deadline for SearchCloudComputing. Writing is one thing that takes my mind off of being stuck at home because of COVID-19.

Here’s how my Monday went:

  • I woke up this morning and knew what day it was without having to ask Alexa, so I’ll take that as a win.
  • I had a productive Monday at work and made two deadlines.
  • I had the energy, and motivation to exercise before I ate dinner.
  • The governor of Virginia — a politician I can’t respect — alluded to the state might enter the first stage of opening up on May 15th and I hope to the heart of hearts he’s not playing around.

Along the way, my Pandemic beard is really growing in after a few weeks of not shaving. If only I could grow a man bun too, but I think that’s too much to hope for at my age. #JustKidding

How did Monday treat you?

Self-isolation: The good and the bad

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After four + weeks of social isolation, I still say it’s challenging even for a person like me who enjoys their time alone.  I continue to put one foot in front of the other and move forward.

Here’s how I’m seeing self-isolation:

The good

  • I’ve been full of ideas for personal writing projects that I plan to publish on this blog, LinkedIn, or Medium.
  • I have the time to read a lot more.
  • I have a job and a career that lets me work from home.
  • I’m still writing about the cloud and DevOps for TechTarget.


The bad

  • I continue to feel like my wings are clipped because I’m stuck at home.
  • My days are bleeding together and my first words on some mornings are “Alexa, what day is it?”
  • I can’t get to the gym and struggle to find the motivation to exercise at home
  • Grocery shopping remains a challenge because there are still some shortages in my area that make it hard to experiment with new recipes which were part of my plan to pass the time.

How is self-isolation going for you?