Ever Feel Like The World Is Going Collectively Crazy?

Hello!

It’s been a while (again) since I’ve written anything here. Mostly, my head has just been in a whole other space.

But hasn’t it seemed like everything is a little crazy right now? We have a pandemic still going on, and protesters are threatening violence because their favorite hair salons are closed. That’s nuts. A buttload of people aren’t wearing masks in public, because ‘I woke up in a free country’, and that’s nuts. People are going to work after testing positive, manufacturing plants are open even after a lot of people there have gotten ill, and we have nursing homes hiding the number of people who have tested positive there.

Can we all just show a little human decency? Or, like, maybe a little respect for others? If you don’t wear a mask because you don’t think they will help you, then wear one because they will help others. Either by preventing them from catching it from you (you can have COVID 19 and have zero symptoms), or by just making them feel safer.

And then we see businesses where they are refusing to allow anyone in who is wearing a mask. What is the point of this? Other than being nuts?

And even beyond the pandemic, we have a president who signs executive orders to punish social media companies because he was called out for one of his many, many lies. And then he basically threatens to shoot people in Minnesota who are angry because an African American man was killed by a police officer.

On a side note, the officer was just charged with 3rd degree murder. As much as I wish this man and the other officers there could have the book thrown at them, I’m glad he was charged with something they can convict him on and lock him up over. I support good officers, but this group clearly wasn’t that, and that poor man died because he was accused of passing a counterfeit twenty. Which is nuts.

Our president is nuts. I’ve tried very hard on here to be respectful to people who disagree about this, but he just is. He is self-serving, egotistical, and criminal. But he was voted in, so we all get to witness his nutty behavior.

Like, you know, maybe when he pulls us out of arms treaties with other countries, or when he ends our involvement with the World Health Organization, because he just doesn’t like that they don’t agree with him. Like when he tries to ban immigrants with excuses that seem like very thin veils for racism.

I’ll end my rant here, for now.

Everyone stay safe!

How We’re Handling Stay At Home Orders

Hello!

Well, I guess the title says it all. We are in one of the states with a stay at home order. Actually, right on the line of two states that both have stay at home orders. The thing is, my wife actually has to work from home. I’ve been doing some stuff that’s a little different kind of writing, but I’ve kept busy.

And we’re both going nuts!

Literally. Like, we’ve eaten so many peanuts, cashews, and pistachios. But anyway…

It’s hard to not be able to just go out and enjoy things now and then. Little things. We like thrift stores and garage sales, for example.

But all of that is meaningless, compared to people getting sick and dying. Staying home is the right thing. These orders are important. Yet there are protests against these orders. Kind of silly. Stay at home people. And if you need to go out, wear a mask. It isn’t going to protect you, but it will protect someone else if you happen to be one of the people who are carrying this awful virus who don’t have any symptoms. Be a good human being, think of others.

So anyway, what we’ve been doing is a lot, lot, lot of watching Disney shows. I know not everyone is so lucky to be able to do that, so I appreciate it a lot. In the last month we’ve:

  • Binged all of season one of The Mandalorian
  • Binged all of Star Wars Resistance
  • Rewatched Mulan
  • Rewatched Monsters University (multiple times, ’cause why not?)
  • Rewatched The Last Jedi
  • Rewatched The Rise of Skywalker more than once
  • Rewatched The Force Awakens
  • Watched Onward
  • Watched most of the Star Wars Lego shows
  • Watched all the episodes so far of The Clone Wars Season 7
  • Watched Toy Story 4

That’s just what I can think of off the top of my head. I know there is more. And that’s on top of our usual Korean Dramas that we like to watch. A lot of sofa sitting. A lot of snacks.

But also, we’ve been making a point of going out for a walk every day after lunch. We just stroll around our neighborhood for a while, getting some exercise. Sometimes we have to go into the road a little to keep our distance from the neighbors, but everyone that we see out seems to be in good spirits.

But yeah, that’s how it’s going here. I just wanted to share this, in case someone else comes across it and feels like they are going nutty too. It’s not like we’re people who go out a lot, but the not being able to gets to us.

One day this will all be over, and we can go out then. For the sake of each other, we need to stay in. For the sake of the healthcare workers, we need to stay home. For the sake of the grocery store employees, pharmacy employees, and delivery drivers, we need to stay in.

Anyone whose job is important enough to be considered an essential worker right now should probably be considered a bit of a hero. They’re keeping the rest of us going. They are taking care of us. I just hope when this is all done we can remember that, and treat them with more respect than they sometimes have gotten before this.

Stay safe, everyone!

How I Deal With Stress

So it’s no secret that we’re all, pretty much everywhere in the world at this point, dealing with the effects of COVID-19. It has made it tough for a lot of people. Some people are very ill. You may even know someone who has passed from this tragic illness. If so, I’m sorry for your loss.

But for most of us this is causing a lot of stress, inconvenience, and fear. The majority of us are not ill, but we must stay away from each other to make sure it stays that way. It’s causing a lot of people to be out of work. Some get to work from home, which has its own stresses.

To all that, I have only one thing to say: Stress eating is a perfectly legit way to deal with it.

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Yeah, uh, I’ve gained about eleventy million pounds during this.

I snack. A lot. Too much. I try to do my normal thing, but writing is more difficult than normal right now. Usually writing is a bit of a release. It helps me put some of my troubles aside for a few minutes. Right now, I can’t even manage that.

We will get through this, everyone. Just stay in, protect your family, and try to relax if you can. If you work at home through this, you are not going to be at your best. That’s to be expected, so go easy on yourself. It’ll be fine.

Stay safe, everyone!