Monday, April 20, 2020

Sunday Stealing--Quirky Questions


Better late than never and all that....

Play here.

1.   Did you become what you wanted to be when you grew up? Are you happy with your choice? 

I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up (other than an Olympic equestrienne, which was pie-in-the-sky).  I planned to go to college, get an MBA (it was 1982) and be wildly successful (at something).  Wellllll, lots of things got in the way, some bad, some good, but dang, it sure was interesting.  I ended up going to nursing school while working as a unit secretary in the ER, and I’ve never looked back.  I love what I do.  Period.  And will always.  Nursing is the best job ever, because if you are burned out on whatever you’re doing, there are a hundred different avenues to go down.  Best.job.ever.  (And I’m working on the MBA).

2.    Did man really go to the moon or was it a publicity stunt?

OMFG.  My brother actually believes this shite.  My eyes could not roll back up in my head far enough.  Yes, you stupid f*&ks, we actually did something magical.  I love my brother, but damn dude, you are an educated man.  WTF?!

3.    Given the opportunity to change one major aspect of your life (i.e. career, relationship, family) with no guarantee of the outcome, would you take the chance? Why?

I am not a chance-taker.  Anymore.  Worked out badly for me every time.  I’ll just stick with what I got, ‘cuz I’m a coward that way.  Plus, I’ve been burned enough.

4.    Does money buy happiness?

A certain amount, yes.  Would I like more money, enough to pay off the bills and travel, and have an income that would let me keep doing that?  Hell yeah.  That would make me happy.  Would I still be sad about stuff?  Yep.  That’s what makes me human.

5.    What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Pet the dog.  I wake up most nights with anxiety, and petting the puppy makes me feel better.

6.    What are we going to do when we run out of room to bury the dead?

Cremation I hope.  Do.not.bury.me.in.the.ground.  It creeps me out.

7.    What is your greatest fear? Why? Is it rational or unreasonable?

Jellyfish.  Totally rational.  I got wrapped up in a Portugese man-o-war jellyfish when I was a kid (12-ish) and had to go to the hospital.  I have been terrified of jellyfish since.  The only swimming I do is in a nice clean pool.

8.    How do you feel about the exploitation of your private data in the digital age? Does it ever cross your mind or are you hyper-aware of the risks?

Pretty aware.  I use a password locker, change them regularly, and never post anything on Facebook that my employer or the State Board of Nursing could look askance at.  Very few, and I mean, VERY FEW, know who I actually am on this blog, for example.   Learned that the hard way. 

9.    You can be forgiven one debt. What is it? If you don’t have debt, then how did you do it?

It would be fab to be done with the mortgage.  I plan on living here the rest of my life, and getting out from under that would be sweet.

10.    Hot or cold?

Always cold.  Why the hell I thought living in Alaska would be fun is beyond me.  I like New Mexico MUCH better.

11.    What is your favorite thing in the world (aside from family, friends, pets)?

Technology.  It allows me to tour museums, travel to distant countries, read classics, and buy toilet paper.  From the comfort of my jammies and the couch.  Yay!!

12.    You have to give up one of your five senses. Which one would you go without?

Touch.  I’m not a big touchy, feely person.  Get out of my space already. 

13.    Do you believe everyone has a doppelgänger?

Nah.  There’s only one of me, with my backstory, my baggage, my joy.  Someone might LOOK like me, but they aren’t me, yanno?

14.    Likewise, does everyone have a soulmate or is it just a matter of proximity and circumstance?

Proximity and circumstance.  The whole soulmate thing kind of weirds me out.  I’m not sure people even have a “soul”.   Much less manage to find the “mate” to it…

15.    Imagine you have a theme song that plays every time you enter a room. What would your song be?

Every time?  Have no clue.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Name This Blog (Well, Rename It)

Ok, dear readers, I need to rename this blog.  "Project Nineteen" is so 2019.  Leave suggestions in the comments please, I need some help!

Saturday 9--I Don't Care




Saturday 9: I Don't Care (2019)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

Wanna play along?  Go here.

1) This song begins with Ed Sheeran admitting he's not enjoying the party he's at. What's something you have to do this weekend, but don't want to do? 

Stay at home.  I am.so.ready for this shit to be over.  I’m an introvert, and normally reallllly like being in my house, but dang, the weather is gorgeous and I want to go to my favorite lunch place, and sit on the patio with hubs and Maddie, and go shopping, and…..  well you know.  This too shall pass, but not without some whining.  I have to say, Maddie is loving all the walks to the park, lol.  Thank God for a big, uncrowded park a block away.

2) Justin Bieber sings about trying to have a conversation at a party. Have you seen any of your social gatherings cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic?

We hardly ever go to events with crowds.  I'm not big on crowds.  But, we did purchase tickets to the New Mexico Philharmonic's April 4 concert.  

I absolutely love John William's work, and I was so excited to go see this show.  But, I just found out, while linking up to their site, that they've rescheduled!  For the week I was planning to be at my Mom's in October.  I'll have to reschedule Mom, because those concert tickets were dear, let me tell you.  And I don't want to miss the show!!  Mom won't mind me coming a week later, so all good.  

Doesn't this just sound fabulous-- 



"Composer John Williams is behind some of the most recognizable movie music in history. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Jaws, and so many more. Enjoy selections from John Williams film scores in a night filled with heart-pounding musical adventure, thrilling highs, and touching, tender moments from blockbusters we all know and love. Also, come dressed as your all-time favorite movie character and qualify for special prize giveaways! Dress to win—celebrate the musical genius of John Williams—and may the musical force of the NMPhil be with you!"

3) Both Ed and Justin conclude that this party -- and everything else -- is okay because they're with the ones they love. Who in your life always makes you feel comfortable and content?

Hubs.  Always is a strong word though (coming from the woman who's been married twice before)…we’ve had our ups and downs over the years, but I truly can’t imagine my life without him in it, so for all intents and purposes…always.  Here we are, about a month pre-COVID hell, celebrating our 15th anniversary by having a fab dinner out at M'Tucci's Moderno

4) Ed and Justin have both appeared on The Simpsons. Are you a Simpsons fan?

Nope.  Can’t stand it.

5) Speaking of animation, Ed Sheeran has said that he'd love to do a Disney soundtrack, like Elton John's Lion King. Do you have a favorite Disney movie?

That’s a hard one.  Are we talking original Disney?  Live action or animation?  Or Disney + Star Wars, or Disney + Star Wars + Marvel?  I’m going with original Disney—Mary Poppins (the original, of course).  If we’re talking animated, I’d have to go with the original Aladdin with Robin Williams as the genie.  Genius, if you’ll pardon the pun.  I love the way they mo-capped his face onto the genie...  Anyhow, totally great movie, here's a nifty little clip from Entertainment Tonight.




6) Justin Bieber is fluent in French, and Ed says he knows enough to get by. Say something to us in French. 

Quenelle.  It’s a way of presenting food that makes sort of a 3-sided oval out of something soft and creamy, like ice cream.  The chefs on Chopped always make it look effortless, making them with 2 spoons, but I’m sure it’s crazy hard and takes lots of practice.

7) Justin can solve a Rubik's Cube in less than two minutes. Are you good at puzzles?

Certain kinds.  I’m fair at logic puzzles and above average in word puzzles.  I also can do a mean sudoku.

8) In 2019, the year this song was popular, 20 new governors took office. Tell us something about the governor of your state (or commonwealth)?

She is a straight-up badass.  Michelle Lujan Grisham is my hero throughout this whole COVID-19 thing.  She’s been ahead of the curve the whole way.  She's on the short list to be Biden's VP, but I really hope it's Kamala Harris, because we need our Governor right here in New Mexico!

Image credit:  Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal
9) Random question: Did you more recently give a compliment, or receive one?

Gave one.  To a member of our team, when she made a great catch on something that could have lost the hospital money.  We need all the money we can gather these days.  I wanted to pump her up and give her confidence.  AND it was well deserved.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Friday Fotos....

'Cuz it's Friday, ya'll.  And I am having a "fuck school, I'll catch up tomorrow" moment.

So here's a random selection of fotos from my giant collection.

This is one of the first pictures I took when I came back to New Mexico in 2012.  It's the view from our first backyard.  I really hated this house, but OMG the view.  This is looking east from Rio Rancho, across Corrales, the Rio Grande and Sandia Pueblo, to the Sandia Mountains.  Sandia means "watermelon" in Spanish.  When the late afternoon sun hits the mountain (that's what we call the whole thing..."the mountain") it turns pink.  With the shape and all, I can see the early Spanish settlers thinking "watermelon".



If you ever, ever get the opportunity, come here and see Balloon Fiesta, I PROMISE you it will be worth it.  I haven't felt such wonder, such joy, since I was a kid.  Sitting in the dark at 4am, drinking hot chocolate and eating a green chile and bacon burrito, wating for the Dawn Patrol to tell us that the Mass Ascension was going to happen...man, that was some anticipation there....   When they started to go up, wave after wave, the sun hitting them from across the Sandias.  It was absolutely.the.most.magical.thing
ever.   I'll never, ever forget it.  The balloon in the foreground is the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, btw.  The special shapes are my favorites.  I particularly love the "flying pig" and the Star Wars characters.  At night, they have "glows", which are static displays.  The balloons are tethered to the ground, and they keep lighting the burners, and the balloons glow like giant lanterns.

Here's a blast from the past.  My late Dad always had hot rods, all my life.  He loved cars.  Loved them.  His whole social circle was cars (and submarines), but mostly cars.  He was one of the founders of a huge car club in the Augusta GA area that is still going strong today.  He had every make and model you can think of...I think it was the thing he loved best, after us.  This is me, I think in Halifax, Massachusetts, about 1965 or so...something like that.  I don't remember this particular car, but I do remember the Corvettes, the MG, the Chevy Nomad, the Volkswagen (ok, that was the family car), the El Camino, the '32 Ford Coupe, the....  well...

the most important one of all, really.  A '39 Chevy "FatBoy".  Story there--it was the car of my Dad's childhood.  It was built the year he was born, and my grandmother had a used (and old) one when my Dad was in high school.  Fast forward a LOT of years later (and a whole lot more money), and he tracked one down and turned it in to "the Road Warrior", his most beautiful car.  He and Mom went to all the car shows, took it on runs to Key West, and the annual Run to the Sun in Myrtle Beach.  It was an award winner, all the years he had it.  Here's a shot of him, in the car, in Spring, in front of my parent's beautiful home, and the azalea bank that I love so much (why do they call it a bank, I wonder?). 


This one is from a drive "up the Jemez", as we say.  Jemez Canyon runs between San Ysidro NM and Los Alamos, through the Jemez Pueblo.  It is a stunning drive along a river valley lined with cottonwoods (those gorgeous golden colors in the fall) and these amazing multi-colored mountains on either side.  The higher you go up into the canyon, the greener it gets.  Then you start to descend into the Bandelier National Monument...and well, it's just jaw dropping.  Sometimes I can't believe I actually live here.


I have a very, very small family.  I only have one cousin, and this is her.  We were born two days apart in the same hospital.  She's lived all her life in Texas and I never stayed put for long.  She is tall, blond, and thin.  I am not, lol.  This picture was taken after we hadn't seen each other in 20 years maybe?



More New Mexico, because ... damn.  This is from our back yard.  No shit.



And finally....this.  Just because.




Sunday, April 12, 2020

Sunday Stealing--More COVID-19 Questions



Play here.

1 – What is something you are doing due to the pandemic that you normally don’t do? After the pandemic will you continue to so this?   

We’re doing a lot more walking of the dog, just to get out of the damn house.  Ginger (RIP), demanded walks twice a day, but Maddie really couldn’t care less—her thing is laying around in the sun, lol.  I definitely want to keep up the walking post-pandemic. 

2 - What made you happy, sad, or frustrated today? List, all big and/or small, as there may be some of one or all of these feelings!  

Happy:  the dog, sitting outside on my patio under the umbrella, enjoying a beautiful spring day, seeing a cute picture, hubs making tacos.  

Sad:  That folks are dying from this.  

Frustrated:  with a new cooperative board game that we bought called Mysterium.  Looks to be fun, but the directions on the setup and gameplay were a little cryptic.  We gave up and didn’t even play, which was a bummer.  I’m going to pore over the directions today and see if I can figure out WTF they are talking about.

3- What is one of the first things you will do when the pandemic is over?  

Go to my Mom’s.  Well, actually, we’re planning on the end of September, but I’m thinking this thing is going to be going on at least till June, and who wants to go to South Carolina in JUNE.  The humidity would kill me, for sure.

4 – Are you an essential employee or do you know someone who is? Is this affecting you in some way?  

I am considered an essential employee, yes, since I’m an RN and I work for a hospital.  It’s weird, because I don’t work at the bedside, so I’m not on the “front lines”—my job is financial in nature.  Hospitals gotta get paid, or nobody gets taken care of, so that’s what my role is all about.  It’s affecting me in that I’m working from home, which I’m really enjoying.  Don’t miss the crazy commute and our tiny, tiny office not one little bit.

5 – What are you doing to destress during this stressful time?  

Studying, haha (here's a pic of Maddie "helping" me).  Sitting in the sun, walking the dog, reading for fun, doing memes, watching movies.  Living my usual life.


6 – Have you tried any new recipes during this time? Please share your recipe if you want to.  I am baking banana bread today.  I haven’t baked in years, but we had the bananas for Maddie’s doggie treats (here’s the recipe for that too).  We didn’t have any vanilla, but Google says that maple syrup is a 1:1 tasty substitute, so we’ll see how that goes.  Wish me luck!

Tasty Frozies (Maddie Approved!!)
(lactose-free doggie ice cream)
Makes about 10-4 oz treats
We use these containers
Recipe:

1 banana
1 quart non-fat plain yogurt (not greek)
3 tablespoons natural no-salt smooth peanut butter
handful crumbled bacon (I buy the pre-cooked)

Whirl all this up in your food processor or blender, fill the cups to about 1/2 inch from the top, and freeze.  We serve them to her in the cup, they last longer that way.

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 7 – Have you always lived where you do now? If not, how did you wind up in the place you currently live?  It’s a long and winding story, but the short version is this—when I divorced my 2nd husband and left Alaska, I wanted to go somewhere that was sunny year-round after all those dark winters, but not humid.  I picked New Mexico (Santa Fe, in particular).  I lived there for 2 years and fell in love with everything about the Land of Enchantment.  After 2 years, I moved back to Florida to help my parents out during their cancer treatments, and inertia took hold and I ended up staying 10 years.  I always wanted to come back here, though.  It’s the home of my heart.  One thing led to another, and I got a call from a recruiter looking for a Director of Nursing in Albuquerque.  I couldn’t take that job fast enough, and here we are.  I don’t have the job anymore (yay!), but I hope to never leave New Mexico!

8- Where is the last place you visited on-line?  Amazon, to find the cold-brew coffee maker I use, because I wanted to send the link to Kwizgiver.

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9- What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?  I forgive you.

10 – Tell me about the last photo on your camera (phone or real camera or both!)  Our local Walgreens was giving away these signs.  Hubs had to go to pick up a prescription, and he picked up a sign for our yard.  The logos at the bottom are our three main hospital systems here in New Mexico—Presbyterian, University of New Mexico Hospital, and Lovelace Health System.  I do, lol, get the irony that the sign says “we’re staying home for them” and my husband was OUT picking things up (including the sign).




Saturday, April 11, 2020

Currently...


I am...

Reading:  The latest Expanse book by James S. A. Corey—Tiamat’s Wrath.  Also Graveyard Shift by Stephen King (I read this years and years ago and loved it, so I’m re-reading).  Also a re-read of Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter.  And, last but not least, Intermediate Accounting, for school.

Listening to: One of my favorite playlists on Amazon Music—New Age for Work.  Very soothing.  I need soothing these days, with all the pandemic shite.

Loving:  Not commuting, since thanks to the pandemic, I’m working from home.  I got 90 minutes of my life back every day, yay!!

Thinking: I really don’t feel like dealing with school today, but I am behind the 8-ball on this class and have no choice but to put in at least 6 hours of accounting today.  Sigh.  Get an MBA, I said.  You'll learn finance, I said.  I really shouldn't listen to myself.

Feeling:  Angry at the dipshits running our government.  People are dying out here while they dither around with attempting to win the presidency AGAIN for that lunatic.    

Celebrating:  I don’t feel very celebrate-y right now. 

Grateful for:  A job.  A home.  A full pantry and freezer.   

Weather:   More sunshine and blue skies.  I’ll be studying outside on the patio today.  

Enjoying:  my morning iced coffee.  Hubs bought me a cold brew setup a while back, and I love it.

A quote I want to share:  "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end." –John Lennon

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday Stealing--Gratitude


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1. Name a highlight of your day.   Today has barely started, but a highlight of yesterday was taking 100 pounds of dog food and 100 pounds of cat food to our local no-kill shelter, Watermelon Mountain Ranch.  They are struggling (as are many shelters around the country) with an influx of surrenders due to COVID-19.  Our girl, Maddie is a Ranch alumni, so we try to give back anytime we can.  It made me feel good, and in talking to the director (appropriately social distanced of course), we found out that our community has really stepped up to help.  Now THAT made me truly grateful.

2. What made you smile today?  A goofy pandemic meme on Facebook.

3. What made you laugh today?  Watching Randall try to sneak in the bedroom past Maddie.  He saw her, she saw him, and he turned tail and left.

4. Recall a time when you needed encouragement.  Yesterday.  I am working on my MBA in Healthcare Management, and right now I’m in an Accounting for MBAs class.  I was procrastinating so hard yesterday….hubs stepped up and gave me the encouragement I needed to get moving.  I took the computer outside to the patio and sat in the beautiful sunshine, and got 3 hours of studying done. 

5. What is a luxury you are thankful for.  In these times, a job seems like a luxury.  So, I’m grateful for a well-paying job that allows me to use my brain, work from home, and support hubs, myself, and the 5 animals comfortably. 

6. Favorite childhood memory.  A trip with my Mom up the Blue Ridge Parkway when I was 15.  We were moving from Mississippi to Virginia and my brother and Dad had gone ahead earlier.  It was just me and my Mom and we had a blast.  I’ll never forget it.

7. Favorite song–and why?   I have lots of favorites, across all genres.  Mostly, though, I listen to modern Americana.  Americana, as defined by the Americana Music Association (AMA), is "contemporary music that incorporates elements of various mostly acoustic American roots music styles, including country, roots rock, folk, gospel and bluegrass resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw. While acoustic instruments are often present and vital, Americana also often uses a full electric band."  

Here's one—Cuckoo Bird, a traditional English folk song interpreted by Jubal’s Kin.  Enjoy!





8. Where is your favorite place?  Why?  Here.  New Mexico I mean.  I love having mountains around, and wide open spaces, and a sky that goes forever.  No natural disasters—I never want to deal with a hurricane again in my life.  It snows, but then melts the next day, because the sun never stays hidden for long.  I love our how multi-cultural this state is—an amazing blend of Anglo, Hispano, and Native American cultures.  People are nice here.  There’s very little humidity, and we have 4 pretty distinct seasons, unlike the endless summer and humidity of the South.  Oh....and we have the BEST sunsets....this is from my phone, if you can believe it. 

9. What is your favorite scent.  That ozone smell right before or after a thunderstorm.

10. What is your favorite topic to talk about?   My dog, Maddie.  I know I bore people silly with her adventures.  Fortunately I don’t talk to many people in the course of a day, so it’s ok.

11. What do you like doing so much that you lose track of time?  Reading, definitely reading.

12. If you had 5 minutes and the whole world was forced to listen, what would you say?   Be kind to each other.  Just do that.  It wouldn’t take 5 minutes though.

13. Whose life do you envy the most, and why?  I don’t know that I envy anyone’s life.  I’m pretty happy with my own.  Sure, I’d love to have more money (who wouldn’t?!), I’d like to travel more, etc. but those aren’t things I “envy” about others lives.  Everybody has a path, and this is mine.

14. What would you do different with your education if you got a chance to start over?  Dear Lord, I would not want to start over.  I love my profession.  I’m proud to be a registered nurse, and this profession has brought me immense personal satisfaction.  Being a nurse has allowed me to live a relatively comfortable life.  I’ve saved people’s lives, I’ve helped people die with dignity.  I’ve lived all over the country, and experienced things I’d probably never have experienced if I hadn’t made that decision to go to nursing school.  I wouldn’t change a single thing.  Here's me, very happy at my graduation, circa 1992.

15. What would you do with your life if you had no fear?   I have no clue.  Skydive?  Zipline?  Hell if I know.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Pandemic Catch-Up

This is from Sunday Stealing a couple of weeks ago.  Since I'm procrastinating this morning about studying, I thought I'd do some writing.  Questions/memes help me focus.  Consider this a sort of "catch-up" post, since COVID-19 seems to be our life right now.


1. Has the COVID-19 affected your work environment?  Yep.  Big time.  In a good way.  I’m an RN that works in a hospital in a financial capacity (a thing called utilization review or UR).  My bedside days are long over.  Anyhow, we had offices in the hospital proper, but have now been sent home to work remotely.  It was already in the works for us to go remote full-time before the pandemic, but now that we are home, I doubt we’ll go back.  I worked at home for 5 years in my last UR job, so this is nothing new for me. 

2. How are you feeling about the Coronavirus?   Anxious most of the time.  Not so much for myself, because I was already good at social distancing (introvert), but anxious for my fellow nurses, the docs, and anyone else who is an essential worker, healthcare or otherwise.  Anxious for our country, because we are so behind the eight-ball on this.  Anxious for my family, especially my 78-year-old Mom who watches Fox news and thinks she’s indestructible.   I alternate this with being angry at the federal government, specifically the republicans and the game-show host supposedly running things.

3. Has anybody you know been tested / have you?  No to both.

4. Do you have any friends stuck in any exotic locations?  I have very few friends, and they are all where they are supposed to be.

5. Have you changed any of your personal habits due to the pandemic?  I’m much more aware of my surroundings when I have to go out for some essentials.  I wear gloves and a mask anywhere I might be around people.  I’ve gotten back into walking the dog every day, which she loves.  I’m struggling to not stress-eat every minute of every day.

6. What is the craziest thing you've seen or heard about the outbreak?   The whole “don’t drink corona beer” thing.  People can be really stupid.

7. Do you think our politicians are doing enough to curb the crisis?  Are you fucking kidding me?  Wait, I’ll amend that.  Some of the governors (including ours here in New Mexico) are doing a herculean job at attempting to protect the folks in their states.  The federal government, since it’s run by buffoons, is sucking, and people are dying because of it.  And they have no shame, no remorse, and don’t give a crap.

8. Have you stockpiled anything because of the crisis?  I wouldn’t say stockpiled.  However, the day I was told that I was going home to work, we took stock of what we had, then made a list of enough meals for 60 days.  Then we went shopping.  It’s a good thing, too, because that day, the stores were packed.  Lines to the back packed.  We did manage to get everything we needed, and the NEXT day, we spent the entire day cooking, vacuum sealing, prepping soups and stews, marinating meat, etc. etc.  We have a giant pantry and a chest freezer, so I’m feeling pretty good about things if this really ends up being bad.  Already had paper products, cleaning products, etc. in the handy Costco size, so I was good there.  It didn’t hurt that my husband already has food insecurity issues from his childhood, so we were already pretty stocked for whatever came our way.  Footnote:  this sound a lot like stockpiling.  Mea culpa.

9. What do you think you will miss the most if you are subject to a lock in?  Since we are, what I’m missing is going to lunch and running errands on Saturdays.  That always made me feel like I had a “weekend” for some reason.  So today, we are going to the vet to pick up Maddie's heartworm pills (from the parking lot--I guess they'll toss them in the window or something?!) and then hit a drive through for lunch.  Woohoo.

10. What is the weirdest rumour you've heard about the virus?  The Corona beer thing.

11. Do you have a favourite meme about the virus?  Not really.

12. Has the virus made you grateful for anything?  Pretty much everything, but three things in particular.  First, that I’m healthy.  Second, that I’m an essential worker and have a well-paying job and can afford to pay my bills.  Third, and very selfishly, that I’m no longer working at the bedside as a nurse. And fourth, for my husband.  This would really be hard alone.

13. Have any of your plans been upset by the outbreak?  I was supposed to be flying to South Carolina to see my Mom in a couple of weeks.  We had big plans as a family to go to Charleston for a long weekend, and do other stuff.  Well, that’s on hold.  I’m hoping for September…

14. Are you planning do to anything different because of the COVID-19 outbreak?  Actively try to stay alive, not just in a “this is my day-to-day staying alive mode” way, if that makes sense.

15. What do you hope to see in six months time?  Toilet paper.  Seriously, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around what the world will be like in 2 months much less 6.

16. Has the Coronavirus upset your mental health in any way?  See anxiety above.  Add periodic bouts of depression.  Stir well.  That’s me.