Social Distancing Day 6 – I’ve Lost Count

OK, that’s not entirely true. I know it’s been 17 days since I self-isolated/began social distancing. I haven’t seen any friends, family members, colleagues, students, etc. in person since March 12. Today is March 29.

I had planned to write a blog post for every day of social distancing, but I began to feel overwhelmed by all of the work I have to do to exist mostly online. I have been plugging away at various research projects. I have redesigned my courses. I have been grading. I have been emailing.

Being on the computer as much as I have been in the last 2.5 weeks has actually been hard on my body. I have rheumatoid arthritis. I seem to be suffering from some osteoarthritis, too. I need movement, so walking has helped, but I also need to not spend as much time on the computer. My joints don’t like it.

OK, enough complaining. Let me show you what I’ve been up to that’s not being on the computer. I have been streaming opera.I have been taking walks.

Metropolitan Opera streaming

This has been by far the most exciting thing I have done in 2.5 weeks: watched opera on my computer, which is plugged into my TV.

I have enjoyed watching these operas so much! Watching Wagner’s ring cycle has been the highlight of my isolation. I will never forget this experience. I am so grateful to the Met for streaming these operas. I’ve never been to the Met. I’ve always wanted to go. When this coronavirus shit is over, I’m going to the Met!

Walking around

#s 1-4: You want to be outside but not around (living) people? Go the cemetery. You also get to see lovely gravestones and reflect on all the people who’ve been here before you.

#s 5-7: The capitol building is one of my favorite views. I mean, who doesn’t like that architecture.

#s 8-10: Walked the other direction to Hallowell, walked past the house we used to rent, it was sunny so my lenses went dark, and the DQ closed. 😦

#s 11-15: Walked by the Y to get to the trail and saw the playground taped off, walked by the wastewater treatment plant and it smelled, walked under Memorial Bridge, and finally saw this cool pink and yellow something.

These pics are posted in order, but one day is missing–the snow day. Look for that in my next post!

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