How are you?

  • I know that question is being asked a lot during this time, but make sure that you are doing alright. Try not to bog yourself down with news to the point of fear. It’s a tricky waffling dance you have to do do make sure you are informed while making sure that your anxiety and stress levels are managed. The littlest things can make a huge difference in your mood. Yesterday, I took a shower and increased my water intake and felt like a human again.
  • HustleTwitter will have you thinking that this is the perfect time to launch that business/podcast/book/social media channel without thought to those of us who are just managing day to day. Yeah, Shakespeare wrote King Lear while quarantined from the plague, but did our friend Wills have to worry about childcare? Did he have to make sure his Zoom/Webex/Skype/Hangouts/Teams meeting was set up properly?
  • Check on elderly folks with dropped off meals & supplies (don’t stay and put them at risk).
  • Offer to babysit for people who have to go to work but whose children are home on quarantine.
  • Tell anyone you see hanging outside to go the fuck home. Strong language? Well, it needs to be in this case. Take your ass home and consider yourself and others.
  • Also think of those with compromised/suppressed immune systems and ask yourself if you really have to go out. I work at a nonprofit that supports people in this demographic. You think it’s tough to deal with this? Try putting another layer of “oh hell” on top and count your blessings & privilege (yes, it’s privilege to be unworried about health on a regular basis).
  • Don’t hoard. Just…come on, y’all. When we all have enough, this is easier to manage. I mentioned increasing water intake but some don’t have access to clean water. Save bottled water if you don’t really need it, or use a filter. Tap water is sufficient for some of us, too.
  • If you are out shopping and see someone hoarding or fighting over supplies, ask them if they need it all. Ask nicely and maybe it will make them think about what they really need and shame them into thinking of others. Shame works sometimes.
  • Check out the image below from the NYT article about companies who don’t offer paid sick leave and what impact that might have right now.
  • Whenever these or any other company emails you with their policies on what they’re doing to mitigate the spread of the virus, ask them if they’re going to pay the workers who will not get hours should they have to close for a week or two.
  • I’ve worked in retail and customer service for a time (a. time. y’all.) and I know what it’s like when you get a check and you have to figure out how to budget for the next 2 weeks and plan ahead a month ahead with money that’s only going to last for maybe a week. Do that math. At times even now, our ends meet but these meetings are not long. The ends are on a series of casual dates, let’s say. Think about those who have to budget, and in a very short time frame, with little hours due to closures or lack of foot traffic, and now have to find the funds to buy food & provisions that may or may not be on the shelves. Instead of shaming people for having to work or trying to get hours, put the pressure on the CEOs to support the people who make their companies successful and whose work they could not do without.
  • I hope that the people who voted/support the man calling himself president have some level of shame, guilt, and accountability for this. I’m sure they never thought that this type of situation would happen, but a lot of us who are “other” in some way or another could see it coming a mile away. What makes me angrier is that some of them thought that this would only happen to us “other” folks and not them, and that was their motivation for voting for him.
  • But you know what? It’s alright. Us “others” are used to living in/with trauma and so when people ask how we’re being so calm, it’s because we’re on autopilot. We’re used to this. To paraphrase Bane from The Dark Knight Rises,

Oh, you think isolation is your ally. But you merely adopted the anxiety; I was born in it, moulded by it.

  • I recently put all of my patterns on sale for free until the 29th. Leah McGlone inspired me to do what I’d already been wanting to do and to not be afraid. She’s offering her patterns for free for the month of March!
  • I appreciate every message I’m receiving on Ravelry and Instagram. I think about how many messages I’ve received and even the supportive ko-fi from those who were able to give and wonder just how often money is keeping people from enjoying patterns. Not that designers shouldn’t be compensated, but how many people have to decide between a pattern and something else, or have to wait until they get a major finance boost?
    • I’m managing. I found some toilet paper and Lysol.
    • My husband is still working outside our home, but some of the facilities to which he makes deliveries are testing him (temperature, vitals) to make sure that he’s healthy enough to do his job and go.
    • The kid has 2 weeks of work from school and they emailed us online resources.
    • Work went remote, but I’m still on part-time hours. I’m grateful for that, though. I just have to make sure that I manage my allergies and that this isn’t actually a cold or the ‘rona.
    • We’re trying not to panic whenever one of us sneezes or coughs, but I managed to stock our cabinets with medicine and whatever prescriptions we needed.
  • Kate over at Kelbourne Woolens put together an amazing list (her forte, some would say) on how to support yarn shops and small businesses who rely on in-person traffic and need to support employees as well.
  • Comcast Is Offering 60 Days of Free Internet for Low-Income Families. Click the link and check it out!
  • If you have a grocery delivery service nearby, and you have the means, use it. I’m so used to going to the grocery store and picking my own groceries, but we really do have to take care.
  • Check your library to see if they’re on Libby or Overdrive (most are).
  • Use your streaming services and share a profile or two with others in isolation if you can.

As long as we think of each other, use sense, and cultivate our calm (Kerry Washington said this), I think we’re going to come through as best as we can.

Please don’t touch your nose and not wash your hands. Wash your hands.

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