HEYYYYYYYYYYY! Happy to hear from you! I'm glad to know you and your family are doing okay! And aren't sick and still have income! That's so good!Thanks. Talked to DD last night on the computer. She (and her kids + partner) lives in a different part of the state, but they are doing OK. Her partner works so they at least still have a steady income coming in.
Hope you are doing well, as well.
I'm VERY fortunate that the university is allowing us to WFH right now. I'll probably go back either next Monday or the Monday after that - not sure yet. Have purchased three cloth face masks on my own nickel, although rumor has it that the university will be providing disposable ones.
Saving a bit of cash right now due to not driving anywhere or eating out anywhere (except for the weekly takeaway from the pub). On the other hand, my grocery bill each month is like $10626.37.
I have pretty much squandered the time here at home; I still sign on at 8 and quit and 4:30 as if I were physically in the office. I know a lot of people that have become lax about being at their screens so at least I have that going for me. However, I've gained a ton of weight and have no endurance at all because I live way out in the burbs (almost in the sticks but not quite) and there's just nothing to do here.
I binge-watched ST: Picard and ST: Discovery and I taught myself how to do an APK to put Google Play apps on an Amazon Fire, so I did do a little; I'm also for once actually caught up on my laundry and I balanced my virtual checkbook. I paid off two of my credit cards with the stimulus check.
I've treated myself to a couple of non-essential things from Amazon (I normally order a specific kind of water from them). I got a sling pack that will be helpful once I'm back to the physical workplace and that fits my tablet and my cell, and I also ordered some snap charms for a snap bracelet that I bought a few months back.
I definitely feel you on the grocery bill--it's crazy how expensive things have gotten. I've been thinking about temporarily cutting meat from my diet to save money. Two chicken breasts here is $14+, which is just too much, especially if I'm trying to include protein at least once a day.
Woah, I didn't even realize APKs were a thing! How did you learn about that? What have you been making with it?
Also, how was Picard? I am a major TNG fan (grew up with it), but I've been reluctant to try the newer shows in fear it will kill that nostalgic love I have for the franchise/world/characters.
I think there's been a lot of emphasis on being more productive/doing more during this quarantine, but the reality is that's kind of a ridiculous expectation to have. We've all got a lot going on, I think just getting by with our mental health and bodies (as much as possible) intact is a pretty good baseline.
Personally, I've been swamped with work. My company's service is useful to companies during times like this, so we've doubled or tripled our marketing efforts in the last two months. I've been so busy I haven't had much time to sit and really soak in everything happening.
A lot of friends are doing calls, so that occupies my nights. But I'm trying to re-capture time for myself because too many nights with friends calling gets overwhelming.
Just started dabbling in After Effects this weekend, may see what I can do with that. Also been watching more movies than ever. Just saw Mulholland Drive for the first time (wasn't my thing but it was interesting to finally see a David Lynch film) and Portrait of a Lady on Fire (lovely film).
Being in California, we won't be open for awhile. I'm hoping they don't extend our quarantine until June but I won't be surprised if they do. First thing I'm doing when things are back up is taking a very, very, very long drive somewhere to the middle of nowhere. And probably hiking. I was supposed to have a solo backpacking trip this May but the permits were cancelled, which was a bummer.