Here we are. Home. Everyday.
Preschool is on Zoom. Zumba is on Zoom. Book club is on Zoom. A week ago I’d never even heard of Zoom.
I mention to Captain,
“I need to test out this so-called Zoom app”
“That’s what we use for work!”
Captain’s on Zoom too, but he’s not singing “Where is Thumbkin?”
Thumbkin is at home trying to social distance himself from Pointer, Tall Man, Ring Lady and Pinky.
RB is 5 months old and living her best life. Until now most of her life was spent being carted around wherever BB needed to go. Now she spends her days rolling around the living room floor and napping for however long she’d like.
BB is mostly unfazed with moments of clarity. The other day,
“I want to go to school.”
“I know you do. Remember we’re staying home so we don’t spread germs?”
“I cover when I cough. It’s so-and-so’s fault, he doesn’t cover!”
I explain that everyone everywhere is staying home. Except last week when I made a liquor store run.
We’re stocked up on groceries. I did that 3 weeks before the general rush on toilet paper. We have a fair amount of alcohol, but no rosé and I’m guessing we’ll still be home well into rosé season.
Captain’s productivity hasn’t been optimal. He remarks,
“RB’s crying is like nails on a chalk board.”
For whatever reason, her crying doesn’t bother me that much. Girl’s gonna be ok.
My sanity is being sustained by solo walks, but I’m missing my evenings out with girlfriends. I now see the benefit of a she-shed. Captain can do the kids’ bedtimes and I’ll go sit in the swing set with my rosé.
If I didn’t know I was going to be housebound for the foreseeable future, my life hasn’t changed all that much. I just get to wear my favorite sweatshirt a lot more frequently.
I’m trying to put my feet up because my vascular surgeon’s office called with this news:
“Your insurance denied coverage. We’re canceling your procedure.“
When I pressed for more information, she declared,
“We’re in the middle of a pandemic you know!”
I also need to manage BB’s birthday party expectations. Is it normal for a kid to talk about her birthday party ALL year?
I had been thinking June, when her friends are around and still in school. Now that seems unlikely. There are parts of her plan I can still fulfill: a bucket of M&Ms and a bucket of Reese’s Pieces.
We’re stocked up on treats in general, but out of few key things like girl scout cookies. BB asks,
“Can I have one of those peanut butter cookies?”
“I’m sorry, they’re all gone.”
“All gone?! Where’d they go?”
“I ate them.”
“All 5 boxes?”
Shoot. She’s counting.
Last night she dropped her ice cream sandwich. She looked at me and said in an aw-shucks kind of way,
My homeschooling here is done.