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    No kids in the picture, so it's obviously easier for us logistically. Wife's essential staff, so she has to go in. I kept some of my translating work for my university students who have live remote classes. Unfortunately a lot of classes are being pre-recorded and sent in for post-production translating and captioning as it's cheaper for the university. Kind of a bummer. But I had a truck load of lumber dumped off in the driveway. Supplementing my work with framing out the basement to finish it and building some raised beds for the back yard right now (while obviously fitting in a healthy amount of BS'ing on here). I might ease up on the throttle a bit to space it out, but between building, probably wiring and drywalling the basement, and all the landscaping, I should have plenty to do and make up for the money lost from reduced hours.

    Regardless, the wife and I are incredibly lucky we both have jobs, even if mine's essentially halved. Got a lot of folks back where I come from who have been laid off / required to stay home without pay. Foreclosures and evictions are held off, but all their payments are still due. Unemployment systems are backed up and borderline inaccessible for them online. Any amount of stir-crazy I feel tends to go away when I take a moment to think about it. Having a yard / private area outside to go to also helps out a lot. Just moved from NYC last August and couldn't be more grateful considering the circumstances.

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    Among other things, I am embracing this time to read, reflect on life, watch movies/tv, connect with family & friends online/phone and lead a healthier lifestyle. I'm only paying attention to the news when necessary (it's good to be informed) and I'm nurturing my self with anything that is empowering or uplifting.

    I've got a little bit of hand sanitizer left, but I am using it very sparingly at the moment. None at the shops left.

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    I'm lucky I'm on maternity leave. I am an essential worker, but would be unable to go in, as pregnant women in the UK are included on a12 week isolation period. My fiance is a web developer so working from home, although he'd join me in isolation if he had to, as we have no choice but to share a bed and space.

    We're lucky we live extremely remote, so can go for walks and not come in contact with others, our cats love going for walks with us lol.

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    Originally Posted by BecxyRex
    Haha I hear you on the clean home. It’s been my number one hobby for weekends. Nice spring cleaning every Saturday and the garage has never been more tidy.
    Cab you recommend any good movies?
    Well, I don't know your tastes but we found that Once Upon A Time In Hollywood to be fantastic. We also liked Spencer Confidential for a bit of fun and Jo Jo Rabbit was bittersweet and funny. If you have access to them... all of this years Academy Award nominees were very good except we found The Joker far too dark for our liking.

    Originally Posted by SarahLancaster
    I looked up the WHO recipe, but the main ingredient is isopropyl alcohol, which can't be found either.
    I know. Its hard to get much of anything with the proper amount of alcohol in it (at least 60% per bottle so I understand). I happened to have a large container of Lysol wipes since before all this crazy hoarding so I have been using that on my shopping cart long before the stores were cleaning them. We have 1/2 bottle of hand sanitizer left. :(

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    At home wash your hands. Follow CDC recommendations. Only use hand sanitizer when out. Keep surfaces in your environment clean.
    Originally Posted by SarahLancaster
    I looked up the WHO recipe, but the main ingredient is isopropyl alcohol, which can't be found either.

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    Like this thread.

    I've worked from home most of my life, so routine-wise that part is about the same. My work has been momentarily eradicated by this, along with my other work (two properties I own and rent out short term in two cities that are hit pretty hard) that supports the inherently spotty nature of the creative work—all of which is concerning, so it's the same routine minus the part where it earns me money and provides some sense of meaning. But it is what it is. I've weathered financial storms in the past, along with all sorts of uncertainty, and if this gets really stormy I'll figure that out.

    I live with my girlfriend, who also worked from home before this, and has work now. Great. Phew. I'm generally the first awake. Coffee is made by me for the house, followed by some quiet time at the computer. We haven't lived together long—about three months—but prior to this we seemed to be on the same page with running a household without really talking about the playbook, so not a lot of disruption on that front. Dinner gets cooked by one of us, we're both very clean. Wine has been enjoyed.

    We've got her daughter half the week, and everyone's adjusting on that front. Girlfriend captains that ship—with grace and aplomb—and I've kind of quietly taken up the role of doing anything I can to lessen that burden: dishes, laundry, you name it, the hope (so far, so good!) that when she emerges from the homeschooling stuff she's got room to relax since the other boxes are checked. I've stepped in as of today as a substitute teacher in the wings—just did some math work, and am now the "P.E. teacher," which will mean bike riding around the neighborhood while girlfriend works, lays down, talks to a friend, or whatever she feels like doing. Training wheels came off two days ago—and, for all the chaos, I have to say that teaching a kid to ride a bike has been one of the most incredible moments of my 40 years. So, a dusting of light in the dark.

    That's us. We're carving out time at night to kick back the two of us, sipping something, laughing, talking, being goofy, being vulnerable. Enjoyed the Pharmacist on Netflix, for anyone who, like me, finds comfort in the dark in dark programming.

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    Originally Posted by j.man
    No kids in the picture, so it's obviously easier for us logistically. Wife's essential staff, so she has to go in. I kept some of my translating work for my university students who have live remote classes. Unfortunately a lot of classes are being pre-recorded and sent in for post-production translating and captioning as it's cheaper for the university. Kind of a bummer. But I had a truck load of lumber dumped off in the driveway. Supplementing my work with framing out the basement to finish it and building some raised beds for the back yard right now (while obviously fitting in a healthy amount of BS'ing on here). I might ease up on the throttle a bit to space it out, but between building, probably wiring and drywalling the basement, and all the landscaping, I should have plenty to do and make up for the money lost from reduced hours.

    Regardless, the wife and I are incredibly lucky we both have jobs, even if mine's essentially halved. Got a lot of folks back where I come from who have been laid off / required to stay home without pay. Foreclosures and evictions are held off, but all their payments are still due. Unemployment systems are backed up and borderline inaccessible for them online. Any amount of stir-crazy I feel tends to go away when I take a moment to think about it. Having a yard / private area outside to go to also helps out a lot. Just moved from NYC last August and couldn't be more grateful considering the circumstances.
    Respect to your wife! I hope y’all stay healthy.
    I completely agree. It’s definitely sobering to think of everyone who got laid off and has it infinitely worse right now. I’m grateful we get to work from home with no financial cuts, and I’m crossing my fingers every day it will stay that way.
    Sounds like you’re staying busy! This is a great time for some home improvement and our garage has never looked better ;) I’m thinking it might be a good time to plant some vegetables and herbs too. Yes, yards help so much right now!

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    Originally Posted by ThatwasThen
    Well, I don't know your tastes but we found that Once Upon A Time In Hollywood to be fantastic. We also liked Spencer Confidential for a bit of fun and Jo Jo Rabbit was bittersweet and funny. If you have access to them... all of this years Academy Award nominees were very good except we found The Joker far too dark for our liking.



    I know. Its hard to get much of anything with the proper amount of alcohol in it (at least 60% per bottle so I understand). I happened to have a large container of Lysol wipes since before all this crazy hoarding so I have been using that on my shopping cart long before the stores were cleaning them. We have 1/2 bottle of hand sanitizer left. :(
    Have you watched Schitt's Creek on Netflix?

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    Currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my husband and I were ordered to work from home. We'll take a break to go bicycle riding or take a walk while avoiding pedestrians in our deserted residential neighborhood.

    On weekends, he can be seen pushing a lawnmower for our front and back yards. Our errands were taken care of. Our garage refrigerator / freezer, storage cabinets, pantry storage and our house's refrigerator / freezer, storage cabinets and pantry storage are all well stocked. We finally got with the program and ensured that our house and garage are well supplied.

    We would take our dog for a walk. However, at age 14 years, she sadly passed away last year.

    Everyone's hunkering down including my siblings and mother at their houses. Most people whom I know are currently working from home.

    However, I worry about my single parent hairstylist who can't work because the hair salon is shut down indefinitely. A painter whom I know is hurting his business because customers canceled. My husband's physical therapist said the majority of his patients all canceled on him so it's worrisome for his business. My husband and I have since canceled ALL of our appointments.

    No one wants contractors in their homes nowadays. Contractors such as plumbers, electricians, construction workers, floor installers, window installers, service type industries are all worried about how they're going to pay their bills because their business came to a screeching halt. The list goes on forever. Many of my friends canceled their housekeeper / housecleaning services. My dentist's office had shut down. So many businesses are closed and shut down until further notice. My library and schools are are shut down and closed. Daycare centers are closed. It's crazy. This is crippling the economy. Many people don't know how they're going to put food on the table, pay rent or mortgages. Not everyone can work from home.

    My husband and I feel incredibly fortunate that our livelihoods are not at stake. We're doing fine. However, we're feeling claustrophobic but doing the best we can due to this isolated situation. We'll meet friends for walks while keeping a 6 ft distance. For breaks, we'll plant our fold out chairs, again 6 ft apart. You do what you have to do. Our neighbors and us planted our chairs 6 ft apart on our cul-de-sac recently. All of our homes have since been paid off, we own them free and clear so we're luckier than most.

    As much as I feel sorry for the less fortunate, unfortunately, we're only concerned about our own households and personal survival. It's a dog eat dog world out there. Every man for himself. We're fine but everyone is more tense and nervous than usual or so I've noticed. It's boiled down to a survival thing.

    We avoid walking on trails and along our neighborhood golf course areas because it's getting too crowded as others had the same idea. Therefore, we walk around our subdivision in our residential neighborhood and that seems to work because it's more deserted and desolate. Trails and walkways had gotten so crowded that they're being closed off now anyway.

    My husband picks up the slack so I have it easy and life is not difficult. I feel very blessed and lucky indeed.

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    Originally Posted by bluecastle
    Like this thread.

    I've worked from home most of my life, so routine-wise that part is about the same. My work has been momentarily eradicated by this, along with my other work (two properties I own and rent out short term in two cities that are hit pretty hard) that supports the inherently spotty nature of the creative work—all of which is concerning, so it's the same routine minus the part where it earns me money and provides some sense of meaning. But it is what it is. I've weathered financial storms in the past, along with all sorts of uncertainty, and if this gets really stormy I'll figure that out.

    I live with my girlfriend, who also worked from home before this, and has work now. Great. Phew. I'm generally the first awake. Coffee is made by me for the house, followed by some quiet time at the computer. We haven't lived together long—about three months—but prior to this we seemed to be on the same page with running a household without really talking about the playbook, so not a lot of disruption on that front. Dinner gets cooked by one of us, we're both very clean. Wine has been enjoyed.

    We've got her daughter half the week, and everyone's adjusting on that front. Girlfriend captains that ship—with grace and aplomb—and I've kind of quietly taken up the role of doing anything I can to lessen that burden: dishes, laundry, you name it, the hope (so far, so good!) that when she emerges from the homeschooling stuff she's got room to relax since the other boxes are checked. I've stepped in as of today as a substitute teacher in the wings—just did some math work, and am now the "P.E. teacher," which will mean bike riding around the neighborhood while girlfriend works, lays down, talks to a friend, or whatever she feels like doing. Training wheels came off two days ago—and, for all the chaos, I have to say that teaching a kid to ride a bike has been one of the most incredible moments of my 40 years. So, a dusting of light in the dark.

    That's us. We're carving out time at night to kick back the two of us, sipping something, laughing, talking, being goofy, being vulnerable. Enjoyed the Pharmacist on Netflix, for anyone who, like me, finds comfort in the dark in dark programming.
    I bet she is so grateful for your help with her child. Substitute teacher can be such a fun job. While ours is still not old enough to have a homeschooling program in place, I love the extra time I get to spend with her. Maybe riding a bike will be next on our list!

    Any dark programs are right up my alley and I’ve discovered my daughter is a bit of a scary fan too. While she’s not been introduced to my Stephen king collection yet, she’s definitely digging scooby doo mysteries ;)

    Cheers!

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