Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Day 5: Distractions

This post brought to you by a mid-day work break, written from my make-shift standing desk while running in place and listening to some tunes.

Happy Wednesday, Day 5 of #100DaysofHannah, and day...40ish of quarantine, y’all!

Holy crap I have too much energy right now.
Like, I’m literally jumping up and down to every song that comes on my Google home.
Which either means I’m finally catching up on sleep (doubtful), I’ve had too much coffee (possible), or I’m crazy (definitely).
And also makes it incredibly difficult to focus on anything.. which, naturally, makes it a perfect time to blog!

Today’s topic?
Distractions :)

Call me crazy, but, as a whole, I don’t hate quarantine.
Sure, it sucks to be on the opposite side of the country from most of my friends and family, and it was initially a bit difficult to drop all the social interactions that I had just, after 25 years, learned to mostly like, but, the introvert in me has fully adjusted to this new normal.
As I mentioned two days ago, I’ve been able to embrace self-guided learning.  More than that though, I finally have the freedom to mostly build my own schedule. I never have to sit in traffic.  I can consistently intermittent fast without being concerned about running out of energy while in clinic.  I can jam out to music whenever I want.  I never have to sit down.  I can spend time outdoors without being concerned about getting too sweaty and being gross in the afternoon.  And dress code? That only exists during video required zoom calls!

Yes, quarantine and I are getting along quite well.

And our domestic partnership has undoubtedly been aided by some fantastic distractions that have quickly become some of the highlights of my quarantine life.

1) Family zoom calls.
When we started these, I honestly didn’t see the point.  I didn’t video conference anyone before COVID, so why in the world should I increase my communication just because I couldn’t travel?  While I still don’t necessarily see the logic of it, I’ve come to love playing name that tune ~2x/wk with my immediate family, and playing other games (quizzes on Kahoots and a lil bit of name that tune) with my extended family once a week.

2) YouTube.
Two of my favorite youtubers (Carrie Hope Fletcher and Oliver Ormson) have been releasing daily YouTube videos documenting their days on the other side of the pond.  It’s been fun to see how someone on the other side of the world is dealing with this global pandemic, and it gives me something to look forward to every morning and evening.

3) Going outside!
Y’all, getting out of the house ~3x/day has been essential to maintaining my sanity through this.  There’s something about fresh air and sunshine that just makes everything okay!

4) Chuck.
Okay, I don’t often watch TV or movies, and I even less frequently binge watch shows.  But, I may have gotten hooked on Chuck about a week ago, and, though I’ve read the synopsis of the entire series, still end up watching 8-9 episodes in a row.  Oops.

5) Podcasts.
Podcasts and I have a very on-again, off-again relationship... probably because whenever I get excited about something I go wayyy too extreme with it, which means I subscribe to 20 different podcasts and try to listen to them all at the same time. Not surprisingly, that makes me super burnt out, to the point of swearing off podcasts (despite the fact that my older brother and I have our own show) for months at a time.
Well, this time I’m trying to take it easier.  My current favorites are Jesus Culture PodcastAuthentic You Podcast, and Daily Audio Bible.

6) Music.
I love music - listening to it, analyzing it, making it, dancing to it, everything.  As I’m writing this post, I have listened to Waving through a Window approximately 12 times.  It makes me incredibly happy.  Haven’t listened to it? Check out the link!

There are definitely more highlights to quarantine that I haven’t touched on yet, but I should probably get back to work...huzzah!

But first:
Question of the Day: How do you keep your sanity during quarantine?
Challenge of the Day: Come up with 5 things that you’re grateful for during quarantine
Photo of the Day: 5a Severe Thunderstorm complete w/60 mph winds!

‘Til Tomorrow: May your energy be boundless, your distractions few, and your sanity intact.

-Hannah


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