Wait, I’m not ready!

lockdown to-do list-1We’ve lapsed into a Groundhog Day loop. The days of the week no longer have any recognizable topography. Gone are the “Thank God It’s Friday” mountain top moments, the weekend crescendo on Saturday night, the Monday ramp-up. It’s all been blended into a homogeneous ebb and flow. It’s becoming bizarrely comfortable, strangely all the same. Who would have thought we could so easily slide into such a humdrum routine without getting restless. Walk, run, bike, Zoom meeting, lunch, Zoom, dinner, News, Zoom, TV, bed.

I just counted 26 days since our household started “social distancing”. Really? I can’t even believe that’s right – I had to recount to make sure. Where has the time gone?

If we were let loose tomorrow, I’d be in a panic. Wait, I’m not ready! I haven’t de-cluttered my closets yet, read those books stacked on my nightstand, cleared off my desk, sorted old photos or cleaned out the garage. 

What have I been doing?

I’ve been acting like this will never come to an end – like we will have endless time for all these dull, rainy-day tasks. We’re in this for the long haul, so don’t blow through your to-do list in the first week. You have to save up some things for later.

Besides, thanks to Zoom, things haven’t slowed down that much for me during the day. All the fun classes, gatherings, lunches, cohousing project meetings have all moved to Zoom. So maybe I don’t really have any extra downtime for these extra catch-up activities after all?

The current Houston “Stay at Home” order says I have 20 more days to work off my to-list – until April 30th. Is it time to up the urgency on the to-do list? But what if that date gets moved to May, or June, or perhaps even brought forward? Hard to know how to plan.

Better cogitate on it a little longer – no need to be so hasty.

6 thoughts on “Wait, I’m not ready!

  1. Rhonda J Sweeney April 10, 2020 / 5:54 pm

    Happy Easter! Love reading your journal blog. Saves me from having to write one, you express it so well. Feels more to me like staying home when we are sick, sometimes in PJs all day, watching a lot of stupid TV, eating junk, sleeping, and generally not getting a lot “done”. On the plus side, I have gotten over my early March cold, have learned how to Zoom, and have made a household and Sweeney family budget to deal with the related financial crisis, and how we will have to live our lives for the next couple of years. Progress! But no, I am not eager to stick this isolation out until we have a vaccine.

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    • lynnmorstead April 11, 2020 / 4:41 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words. The blog is my sanity right now. Love interacting with my readers. It will be a joyous occasion when we can finally meet again for a ridiculously long and draw out lunch and catchup on all that has transpired!
      Happy Easter to you and Donald! Lynn


  2. michelle lynn April 10, 2020 / 10:05 pm

    Great blog today as always! You are so right – it has all blended into a homogenous flow – this day, that day, another day, a ho-hum day, but strangely comfortable.

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    • lynnmorstead April 11, 2020 / 4:42 pm

      Thanks Michelle – “strangely comfortable”. Who would have thought this possible?!


  3. Sarah C Emes April 11, 2020 / 8:17 am

    Lynn, thanks for writing out my headspace! Right there with you! And so far all we have done is four incredibly roller-coaster weeks of online work, turned the family room into a recording studio, cleaned up the porch for spring herbs and tomato growing, and eaten some wonderful home-cooked meals together! All the cleanup is right there staring at us in our highly transitional living space but never gets done. Whenever Peter gets bored he goes off into some mischievous writing project, or more lately the TP video LOL! Love your blog. Thanks so much for sharing. More power to you!


  4. OmniRunner April 12, 2020 / 9:25 pm

    I love all the stories people have about doing all of these things during lock down.
    I’m also working from home and quite often busier than I was before they threw us out of the office!
    I can get a few little things done during the day but certainly no big projects.

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