Weekend Plans Post: Social Distancing


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  1. DensityDuck says:

    It’s been very quiet around here since we lost our kitty. (inoperable cancer.)

    It’s not like he was especially noisy, but the knowledge that there won’t be any noise makes the silences more profound. No more “mew” from the couch when we walk in the room, no more “thump-thump” as we come around the corner and he jumps off the counter where he was investigating the dishes in the sink, no more “prrrt” in our ears in the morning when it’s breakfast time.

    The bird is a sweetie, but we’re still getting used to the idea that it’s just her…Report

    • Jaybird in reply to DensityDuck says:

      I’ve been idly wondering if Quarantine wouldn’t be the best time to adopt a couple of kitties. We’d be home, we’d be around to help socialize everybody to everybody…

      But it might also be the worst time to adopt a couple of kitties.

      It always sucks to say goodbye to an old friend. Or a new one, with whom you were confident you’d become an old one.Report

    • jason in reply to DensityDuck says:

      That sucks. Losing pets is rough, and adjusting to the missing parts is no fun.Report

  2. fillyjonk says:

    Okay, so it’s Friday. I was starting to wonder, for serious.

    I have no plans. Because I am a germaphobic fat asthmatic who is 51, I am on social isolation until the news out there is better. I did go to the Lowe’s yesterday for seeds for my garden, and then spent the afternoon tortured by guilt (I went out! When they told us not to!) and fear (what if that person who pushed past me in the narrow aisle had the virus and didn’t know it, and now I’m infected). Both a microbiologist of my acquaintance and a virologist who is a SO of a friend have told me that I was not close enough to the person for long enough and I hope they’re right and anyway there are no reported or suspected cases in my county yet.

    I guess my plans this weekend, if it stops raining,are to prepare my garden (I have bean seeds – it’s time to plant them – and flower seeds (I will need flowers, if I am stuck in for most of the summer).

    Next week is go in to my office (maybe, if we’re still allowed to) and try to set up short Zoom lectures and try to learn how to do online testing to finish the semester all online and this is very, very much not the adulthood I signed up for.

    I have enough food on hand so no grocery shopping for now. I hope by the time I run low on fresh milk, there’s more back in the stores. If not, I guess it’s “learn to love the powdered milk on your emergency shelf”

    But I have really learned how boring a person I am and how quickly I get tired of my own company when I cannot go out and just sit here and worry.Report

  3. Jay, I would love it if you wrote a DIY Hamburger Helper thread – I’d love to link it in my prepping piece! That’s the exact type of thing many people below the age of 40 ish never learned how to make and they’re at a loss now.Report

  4. dragonfrog says:

    I’ve really been feeling this social isolation thing in my body. My usual routine has about 40-50 minutes of cycling and about the same of walking. Working from home by contrast I go up and down the stairs a couple of times and that’s it. Aches and pains, oh my. I have to establish a new daily routine where I ride my bike in a loop just to accomplish riding my bike rather than to get to any destination or errand.

    This weekend we continue to work on the house we’re theoretically trying to sell – not that I expect anyone much will be buying houses this year. Probably get almost all the interior painting done by the end of the weekend. Outdoor painting will have to wait until it’s warmer but other outdoor stuff could continue.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to dragonfrog says:

      I went out for a 20 minute (!) jog yesterday and I couldn’t believe the good it did me. I woke up with my hip hurting but, after jogging, I felt years younger.

      Good luck. (Fingers crossed on the house.)Report

  5. PD Shaw says:

    This was supposed to be sibling weekend at the oldest’s college, and the youngest was going to stay in the dorm and get a taste of college-life and presumably a subtle or not-so-subtle sales pitch. Since the college is about a six-hour drive from here, my wife and I made a hotel reservation for the weekend. With the campus closing, and her being ordered to vacate the dorm by this weekend, my wife and daughter are right now moving out, and they have the hotel room repurposed.

    And as I was trying to think what to do, the Illinois Governor issued a stay-at-home order starting (I believe) 5PM tomorrow, so I had to figure out what I needed to do that may not be “essential” until April 7th. I went to Lowe’s got 9 cubic feet of topsoil to fill a tree stump hole and to Binny’s Beverage Depot and got a couple cases of beer. Depending on how the hole-filling goes, I might be back to one or the other tomorrow. But realized the small shop that I buy my coffee beans from may close, and need to get there tomorrow.Report

    • Jaybird in reply to PD Shaw says:

      Good luck with the beans. Show up early: a lot of people are likely to have the same idea and think “I might never be able to get these beans again!” as they’re picking out what to purchase.Report

  6. Fish says:

    One of the kids staying with us ran a D&D game from my PC this afternoon so I got a late start rebuilding, but it’s now well on it’s way. I bought RGB parts and man is it a beautiful machine! Oh, how does it run, you ask? No idea…but it sure is pretty! 🙂Report


    The Baby Yoda Show isn’t particularly good. It’s about 15 minutes of show with 45 minutes of extended shots and set pieces with a pretense of being “art” and “deep”. Stopped watching after the second episode with a profound sense of disappointment and my contempt for Disney grew 10 times in that moment.Report

  8. JS says:

    I’m trying to sort out how to stream a PS4 to people who don’t have one, or an iPad to people who may or may not have an iPad and who certainly aren’t in the same house.

    Most of the solutions assume you own a Mac (iPad) or everyone has a PS4.Report