Day 7: Saturday, March 21, 2020
I went to the post office in the morning, even though I was feeling nervous to go. When I arrived, the kiosk wasn’t available to use, so I had to get in line. There were signs instructing people to follow CDC guidelines and stand six feet apart. There was only one person in front of me, so I was able to get in and out quickly, but I was really paranoid. Every time I do leave my house (this was the second time I left), I get more and more worried that I’ll catch it.
Day 8: Sunday, March 22, 2020
I straightened things up around the apartment. Because I was supposed to be leaving for Iceland the next day, I’d already pushed off client work and intended to just take a staycation. I needed a break. All day, I heard a loud bass sound… so loud it was vibrating my floor. At first, I thought it was coming from a car parked outside, but… eight hours of it, I went looking for the source. I walked downstairs and listened at my neighbors’ front door like a psycho, but could tell it was coming from them. I went back upstairs and stomped with my heels as loud as possible and the bass immediately stopped.
Day 9: Monday, March 23, 2020
My first day of staycation. I feel sad that I’m not getting on a plane to Iceland today. But, around 3pm I got a text that said Iceland had officially closed its borders — if we would have followed through with the trip, I would have been stuck in Chicago. Instead, I read an entire book and took a yoga class.
Day 10: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
I took a barre class and used canned beans as weights — definitely going to feel sore tomorrow. An order of books from a local store in Georgia arrived today and it made me so happy. I’m thankful I can support businesses I care about and have items safely delivered to my doorstep. Plus, I love getting new books!
Day 11: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
When I laid down to watch “The Daily Show”, I think a lot of this finally hit me. Of course, I’ve been self-isolating for awhile now and when I have gone out, I’ve kept my distance and washed my hands… but seeing them do the show in Trevor Noah’s living room and he’s interviewing people via FaceTime and those people are in their living rooms… it’s all just so different and weird and… who knows when this will go back to how things were.
Day 12: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Day 13: Friday, March 27, 2020
Felt severely unmotivated today, and managed to convince myself that I actually had Coronavirus. But, I have been taking my temperature every day and have not had a fever. I laid on my couch for most of the day, reading and watching Hallmark Christmas movies. I took a sleep aid before bed, and finally got a solid night of sleep.
Day 14: Saturday, March 28, 2020
More Quarantine Diaries to come soon. Please note that I am not a doctor, health expert, or experienced in quarantine or self-isolation in any way. I am only reporting my daily experience while living during a public health crisis.