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 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?

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?

Social-isolation Saturday: Another day like any other day

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I split my Saturday between doing some work around the house and spending time at the computer keyboard. Saturday mornings at the gym and then getting some writing done at Caboose Commons or Panera Bread is something I still miss. It’ll be great to get back to it.

Here’s how my day went:

  • I got the oomph to exercise more with some kettlebells and resistance bands. It felt good. I may even wake up with sore shoulders tomorrow.
  • I spent some time finishing up an upcoming article for TechTarget for my deadline this Thursday. This week, I’ll use the evenings to tweak it more and fact check some points before I send the article to my editors.
  • One of my goals during the shutdown is to work on my online presence so I spent some time today going through some half complete personal web projects so I can chart a new path forward.
  • My day ended off with some personal and professional reading. 

It’s hard to say when this is all going to end and life opens back up. The Health Commissioner of Virginia made an ominous pronouncement of two years that was promptly walked back. I feel that nobody is driving when it comes to the government response at the Virginia state or federal levels. Too much politicking and selfishness are interfering. 

How’s did Saturday go for you?

Another MonTueWednesday: in self-isolation

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I woke up last Sunday morning and thought it was Monday morning. Yesterday morning felt the same as it did the day before. My days are definitely bleeding together. I keep trying to pace myself through this shutdown.

Here’s a rundown of the last few days:

  • I’m writing two new articles for TechTarget which are welcome distractions during the evening for me.
  • I moved forward on doing some much-needed work on the outside of my house. Now I just have to find a reliable contractor that’s still working.
  • Getting back to exercising hasn’t been a lot of fun but I’m determined to do it. Otherwise, I will really suffer when my gym opens up.
  • I have another article going live on

My job is going along business as usual and I continue to be thankful for that. Yet I’m keeping my eyes wide open because I work of all the furloughs and layoffs taking place because of COVID-19.

How are you doing?

Self-isolation status report: Finding a new pace

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As week 5 of self-isolation trudges on, I’m finding a new pace to get work done and to keep moving forward. Last night, I mustered up the motivation to work out with my new kettlebells and plan to up my exercise game yet again today.

Here’s what else I have going on:

  • I won the jackpot last night and was to get an Amazon Prime Fresh delivery through, which made me feel good.
  • I’m still washing my hands…a lot.
  • I’m trying to get better at eating again after the first few weeks of shutdown.
  • I did the author review on my latest article for which should be live soon. There should be another article following up right after that one.
  • My hope at the start of the current shutdown was to get some personal writing projects done and published and I’m moving forward on that plan. I’m still not happy with publishing articles on LinkedIn. In fact, so unhappy that I’m experimenting by publishing the same article to Medium (since it now supports canonical links).
  • I sent out some pitches to new markets and keeping my fingers crossed I can find some extra work.

Tonight, the plan includes getting back to writing for an upcoming TechTarget article and spending more time with my kettlebells.

How goes your self-isolation?