Where I’ve been & quarantine thoughts

Hey there, blogger friends. It’s been a while.

I hope this blog post finds you safe and healthy during this very strange and stressful time. I have been self-quarantined with my parents, older brother, and very many chihuahuas, as well as working from home since mid-March. Due to my library’s COVID-19 related closure, we’ve been partially furloughed so my hours have been reduced to half-time.

Quarantine has obviously been both a blessing for my introverted soul and a curse for my very regimented persona. The fact that I’m becoming accustomed to this new normal is simultaneously relieving and concerning…but we’re all taking it one day at a time, right? We deserve to be happy in quarantine, considering all the things we have to sacrifice to protect ourselves and each other.

Also, whatever you’re feeling right now is valid. I have been up and down. On my lowest day, I was non-stop crying for hours at anything and everything. I recall my mother knocking on my door, asking me to re-send an email to her, and I just started crying saying “I don’t want to do anything ever again!”

Nintendo Switches remain sold out, so I have not been able to invest most of my days in creating my dream island like the rest of the world. I refuse to purchase the Switch Lite which is essentially a Nintendo 3DS…which I already own and I also have a new PS4 which I received for Christmas and I’d like to spend more time loving that and enjoying the various games I have yet to play.

As much as I love the Animal Crossing franchise and value its ability to bring an entire quarantined society together, I’m glad to not be a part of the hype right now. I look forward to the days when I can focus on my island without everyone else buzzing in my ears with all their tips and tricks. Not having the game has also made me feel a little left out, especially since both my friends whom I facetime with Mondays through Fridays from 9am onward, spend most of the time talking about Animal Crossing. And in quarantine, I’m really trying to avoid anything that makes me feel more sad or more isolated.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to spend a lot of my time in quarantine reading. Believe it or not, being a librarian doesn’t guarantee you all the time in the world to read all the books you could ever want to read. Who knew? (that’s sarcasm, jsyk). I’m so thankful for this time to read as much as I’d like to.

Quarantine has proven to be the perfect time to pick up new hobbies and reignite passion in previous ones. I’ve been requesting, reading and reviewing quite a number of ARCs through Netgalley during this time. And with the passing of each book, I am reminded of the days I could spend growing my bookstagram and writing on my blog.

I’m not optimistic about fully returning to either platform, but I’d like to pop back in now and again. There’s also a part of me that would like to completely start my blog over…or maybe just make a new one. I’ve been thinking about mixing in books along with other interests…which is just code for skincare and makeup. Going through my dashboard, I see that pretty much all of the book blogs I follow have been going strong in my absence and I’m so envious of your dedication.

It’s pretty windy out right now…40 degrees in May. While everyone longs for springtime and summer weather, I’m thriving! After work each day, I love taking long walks around the neighborhood, especially when the sun is out but the air is still chilly–not a big fan of sweating over here. And, of course, I am always listening to an audiobook.

Well, I think that’s enough rambling for now. I’m ready to lie down again with another book again. I just DNF’d a Netgalley ARC and submitted my “not giving feedback” response. I’m looking forward to whatever is next on my list of approved titles.

Feel free to drop a message below with how you’re doing. We are all coping differently and I’m interested to hear how you’re all getting through this.

And we will–get through this.

Jasmine

7 thoughts on “Where I’ve been & quarantine thoughts

  1. I’m getting through it. I work in healthcare, so we’re essential and my hours haven’t been cut. For the most part, I’m writing, and cleaning. But even though I really didn’t take part in all the things that were closed down, like the restaurants and the movies and the malls, I find myself just wishing things were normal again. Normal is familiar, and familiar is secure, if that makes sense.

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    1. Thanks for all you’re doing during this challenging time to keep us healthy! My mom works in a dialysis unit, so she’s also essential. Fortunately, she hasn’t been working directly with any Covid patients. I hope you’re being well taken care of wherever you are. And I feel the same way. I’m very much an introvert and while I wasn’t the biggest fan of going out to those places which large groups generally flock to, I also miss “normal.” I definitely miss when being an introvert was just my personality and not a life-saving tactic!

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      1. A mix of stuff. I’ve been drawing monsters for a while for a challenge, but I also love drawing cartoon characters from shows I’ve loved and i also enjoy drawing animals quite a bit. I do people a bit because I want to get better at it for some reason animals, creatures, and cartoon characters come easily to me as long as I’m using a reference drawing. I need to practice more before I get the confidence to draw something from my own mind.

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      2. That’s awesome, Tiana. It’s nice to hear that you’ve used this time to engage in a new hobby. Where have you been learning how to draw from? I’m definitely not gifted at drawing any images conjured up in my head, LOL!

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      3. So I’m not learning from any place in particular I started with kid versions of something I wanted to draw with very clear lines and I’d take things shape by shape and I had only pens at first so it was a lot of trial and error, but I dedicated myself to drawing one thing everyday and the amount I’ve grown in a short period of time has been amazing. But yeah I just look up other people’s drawings I find cool and draw them. I challenge myself with something a little different every time. It’s been a ton of fun! Also I was terrible at drawing before and it was well known with my friends so it’s just a lot of practice and having fun with it.

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