If you’re reading this and have no idea what’s happening in the world right now please stop and look up COVID-19.
Alright – now that everyone is all caught up let’s start with yesterday – March 23rd 2020 – my last day of work.
It’s been a couple of weeks now with the COVID-19 pandemic going on all over the world – people are fighting over toilet paper the same way people used to fight over Black Friday big screen TVs. (Side note; I still don’t understand the entire toilet paper and bottled water freak out? Thanks to all the paper goods freaks out there I have had to cherish every square that I use. Also, we live in a first world country, tap water is very clean and drinkable- are people planning a new pilgrimage that I don’t know about?)
If you don’t already know I work for a small business that decorates apparel, and I absolutely love what I do. Even though we provide garments for police and fire departments we are still considered a nonessential business and are being forced by the state of Wisconsin to shut down.
I – AM – TOTALLY – PISSED.
I still work for hourly wages and if I’m not at work I don’t get to punch it and make that mula. That means that I will have to go home and file for unemployment but also live off of a fraction of what I currently make and try to pay the bills and make ends meet. I know I’m not the only one out there and to a lot of you I’m preaching to the choir.
We have a staff meeting and it’s 100% determined that at the end of the day we’ll be shut down. I have an internal tantrum and go silent to my coworkers. (Sorry to any of you who have had to deal with silent Alexandra… I know it’s weird and not at all normal.) I huff and puff to myself and get worked up and then tell myself I have until noon to engage in my emotions of negativity and then I have to let it go. (My husband always tells me I do a great job of putting myself in this sort of “time out” but please note that this “time out” is not at all fun for those around me. During this time I will let out all the deepest darkest emotions I’m feeling about something and it is NOT at all pretty or graceful or even remotely “nice”.) BUT – again…. after my allotted time I am required to let it go.
After 12pm on the dot I finish out my day by scurrying to finish a couple of orders I had for fire departments and call the liaisons to come and pick up the 90% finished product. I quick check and call as many of my customers as possible, pack up my laptop and I even clean out my cube. I’m not leaving my of my precious LaCroix behind…
After I get into the car and start driving home it’s eerie how empty the roads are. It still hasn’t hit me yet that I’m driving through the middle of rush hour and no cars are surrounding me. I just cannot believe what is going on and the only word I can use to describe it is “weird”. Of all the words I know and vocabulary I can define, all I can say is “weird”??
When I arrive home my husband is cleaning up the living room and the dogs are excited to greet me. I don’t know what to feel or say next, so I decide to have some leftover pizza and eat an entire box of cheddar cauliflower crackers. After that I make some tea and talk with my husband about what I’m going to do with my time off. I was told by a coworker to take this time to catch up on sleep and to read and just relax.
I’m quarantined inside of my home and I’m just supposed to relax? That’s what spas and vacations are for – not your own home!! I can’t go to any “nonessential businesses” (which let’s be real all of us could really use a massage right now), or travel, or even visit my mom because of this *$@^ virus!
After being enraged all over again because I am not allowed to even breathe within 6 feet of another person, I had thought of a question that was posed to me about 10 years ago.
If you had all the time in the world to do whatever you want what would you do?
My answer may or may not come to a shock to some of you so please keep in mind this was 10 years ago….
“If I Alexandra had all the time in the world to do whatever I wanted to do I would workout 3 times a day”.
That’s it too. Nothing else. Who says that? What kind of freak would want to workout 3 times a day and enjoy that? That’s completely insane. I wouldn’t enjoy anything else? Eating, reading, hanging with friends, watching tv, go shopping?
Well folks – I’m quarantined and this actually doesn’t sound too bad of an idea now does it?
As I threw away the empty box of cheddar cauliflower crackers it hits me – I can 100% do the thing I wanted to do 10 years ago because now that I’m forced to stay home for my safety and the safety of others, I will go so hard at working out 3 times a day it will exhaust my frustration of all of this apocalyptic nonsense to the end.
Now I’m not saying I’m going to do some crazy barre fight video for 55 minutes and then do something back to back to back and then swim lake Michigan; but I can definitely do other things to keep my body moving. I can’t wait to see what happens and how I’m going to share this with all of you.
COVID-19 Response from Alexandra: Yeah… that’s what I’ll do… I’ll workout 3 times a day and for 2 weeks fulfill a dream I had 10 years ago. *$@!&You COVID-19!!!