Back in January (which seems like saying “Years Ago”), I started a more robust Looking Back practice. In February (just “Months Ago”) I tweaked the format a bit and was feeling pretty pleased with where I’d landed. And then … the pandemic hit home. The day after I shared that February post, on March 12, we started social distancing, and now we’ve been officially Staying Home for weeks. I have been keeping up with my daily photos, but I was struggling to put the words together. Then I saw Kat and Carole share theirs, full of honest reflection; and their posts have encouraged me (thank you, ladies!) to do the same.
1. What am I celebrating?
+ we kicked off the month with a hands-down-successful TWO-night sleepover with the boys. I’m especially grateful for all that together-time with them, since it might be weeks before we see them in real life again.
+ figuring out a Stay at Home routine with Marc that seems to be working. thankfully we each have spaces of our own and things to do. and I am especially celebrating our long daily morning walks. He even let me take a photo on our first one – back on Sunday, March 15; that was my first walk to the lake in months and I loved it.
+ still showering, dressing, and putting on at least minimal make-up every day. It really lifts my spirits.
2. What surprised me?
+ how much – and how quickly – the on-line world has come together to create virtual “community”.
+ and yikes, how much toilet paper we use! I mean we are both retired, I didn’t think we were away from home all that much … apparently, we were! (note that we have since received our first electric bill that includes two weeks of SAH … thank goodness we haven’t had to run the air conditioner yet. I’m afraid whatever we’re saving in not filling up our gas tanks is going to pay for electricity.)
3. What voices am I listening to?
+ Sarah and Beth on Pantsuit Politics. They are keeping me sane with everything that’s happening in our country right now and I cannot recommend their podcast highly enough. (I said this last month and it’s still true).
+ Oliver Jeffers and Mac Barnett – I am completely in love with their afternoon story times on Instagram Live.
4. What was the best thing I watched?
+ In addition to continuing our love affair with the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen’s YouTube channel, we binged and loved Dead to Me, Self Made and Unorthodox. and we both LOVED The Two Popes.
+ I saw Emma in the theater with my sister. I don’t even have a photo, but it was March 10. we had lunch at my house before the movie. we saw it in one of those huge theaters with the big chairs. we brought clorox wipes and sanitized our seats/tables before we sat down. we completely enjoyed the movie. and a glass of wine after. I will always remember that day as the last day things felt “almost normal”.
+ Emma. of course I re-listened before seeing the movie and the book was just as good as – maybe better than? – I remember.
+ Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel. Y’all know I am a huge fan of Anne’s, and this book couldn’t have come at a better time.
6. What am I leaving behind?
– plans to travel to England/Europe this year. (I am still holding out hope that Sara will get back to the States at some point and that visit will include a trip to Atlanta.)
7. What do I want to focus on in the month ahead?
+ finding “somewhat normal” where I can. also Joy.
+ more making. knitting and sewing.
I streamlined this Looking Back list a bit … and I almost erased those first two questions. I’m glad I didn’t. and I’d love for you to share – what have you found to celebrate or what has surprised you about this last month?
As always, I so appreciate you … reading, commenting, and being part of my story. Thank you!