I have not had a terrible quarantine.* Now, that's not to say that I've enjoyed it, but I must admit that COVID hasn't deprived me of too many desirable things that I wasn't already being deprived of. My social life and travel opportunities were already close to nil, and I hadn't sung in my beloved community chorus for some years. Okay, thanks to the virus I did have to give up attending concerts and plays, which stung hard (some of the tickets were already bought!); and the church music activities I normally supervise were radically curtailed. Also, my day job suddenly got three times harder to do, which is not what one expects more than 30 years into a career. On the other hand, my Sherlock Holmes pals embraced online meetings with gusto, so that remained a fun distraction. And, most importantly -- family being my main thing -- my closest family members were all in my bubble.
* Yes, my mom died this year, but I am not charging that to COVID.But maybe I should just answer the questions.
1. In what ways has pandemic life been positive for you?
Things that went better for me than for many:
- I stayed employed, and at the same rate of pay.
- I didn't get COVID-19, and neither did anyone close to me.
- I wasn't isolated from close family.
- During the work-from-home months, I saved a lot on both gasoline costs and wear & tear on the car.
- Being out and about less, I ate a lot less processed food.
- Number Three Son's graduation/departure from of my orbit was rendered more of a soft launch, and I think we both enjoyed all the extra time we spent together.
- Working from home gave me a sufficiently flexible schedule that I could be on the regular roster of daytime babysitters for my grandson (both my son & DIL worked outside the home, so they still needed childcare). I will always be grateful for our Fridays.
- Ummm..... none. I am not a home-body, and enforced at-homeness doesn't suit me, especially given that I'm not retired and therefore still have to fulfill all my regular responsibilities from wherever I am. Ask me about it when I'm actually retired and time at home is truly leisure time.
I.e., Where do I get my news in general?
- NPR -- I actually listen to the radio, though they do put it all online as well
- Late-night TV -- specifically, Colbert, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Sam Bee, and Trevor Noah
- Facebook -- not as embarrassing an admission as it might seem, since most of the news-type posts in my FB feed are links to real media stories from such outlets as the NYT & the Washington Post, both of which I subscribe to
3. Where did you find unexpected comfort in these crazy twelve months?
Unexpected comfort? I'd have to say that whatever comfort I received came from sources like family, food, music, TV, and maybe even God -- i.e., the usual suspects.
4. What are some little things you miss most about what used to be normal life?
I'm not sure what counts as a "little" thing, but I miss
- Salad bars and hot food bars in
- Being able to move around and write on the board in a classroom
- Singing in the same room with other people
- Pub trivia
- Extended family birthday parties
- Going to the movies
- Eating in restaurants
- Trying on clothes in a store (I am one of those people who has to try on in person)
- Going to plays
- Baseball games
- My not-infrequent day trips to New York
5. What do you think life will be like twelve months from now?
Fairly like what it was pre-COVID, but with more masks and (voluntarily) smaller crowds. This assumes (naively) that most people will be getting vaccinated, which I will certainly do as soon as I can manage to get an appointment.