Last week was a whirlwind…

First things first, how is everyone doing? Are you hanging in there? Are you breathing (and I ask this in total seriousness because I found myself forgetting to breath at least a half-dozen times last week)?

The last couple of weeks have been a total whirlwind, but last week was especially bad. I thought for sure I would end up having a panic attack, but my body hung in there…or maybe I didn’t end up having one because I just didn’t have time. Who knows? Bottom line is, I’ve been handling shit pretty well, all things considered. I won’t say I didn’t cry a few times over the past week, but it was mostly out of frustration.

I’m not going to go into all the details and rehash everything, but the short version is that a huge fundraiser had to be postponed (I sobbed), our library had to close to the public, I had to go get our daughter from college (I cried again), and then our library was closed down to staff as well (almost cried for this one, too). Unless something changes (and I’m sure it will), I’m home until March 30th at the earliest. I’m still doing some work from home, but that’s just making library cards for patrons who request them online. Other than that, I’m doing nothing but fuckall and reading for the next week. Which I have complicated feelings about. My husband is still working (both his full-time and part-time jobs are considered “essential”).

So, remember that library book haul I posted about at the beginning of March? Well, when we were told the library would have to be closed for staff, too, I grabbed another big stack of books. I have hundreds of books in my house that I haven’t read, but whatever. Taking home another stack of books made me feel better. Heh.

What’s in the stack:

  • Salt Slow, by Julia Armfield
  • Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo
  • Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
  • My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell
  • Black Sunday, by Tola Rotimi Abraham
  • The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Avi Daré
  • The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Imaginary Friend, by Stephen Chbosky

Sj and I started an Apocalypse Book Club on Facebook, and the group is currently reading World War Z (Max Brooks). This is a reread for me, but I’d forgotten some of the details, so it’s been fun to reread. We’ll be reading The Stand (Stephen King) next. Yes, I know we’re weird, and I’m totally okay with that.

I’ve also finished Nothing to See Here (Kevin Wilson) and Upright Women Wanted (Sarah Gailey). Reviews to come soon, if I can get my mind right. Who knows? Maybe blogging will be the the ONE NORMAL THING in my life right now.

Even though I already take all of my classes online, spring break has been extended by one week for the whole university, so my next set of classes doesn’t start until April 6. Lot’s of time for reading, which I actually want to get back to now, so until next time…

Breathe.

18 comments

  1. Yeah, my depression has had a blast with this turn of current events. It definitely helps to be living with family, because I don’t know what I’d do if I was alone right now. Probably nonstop scrolling through Facebook and Twitter, trying to filter all the doom n gloom posts out of my head. Luckily, most of my friends have good senses of humor.

    I did read two Babysitter’s Clubs and listen to a bunch of audiobooks while walking the dog, plus a few humor podcasts.

    Sending you a digital high five for hanging in there! 👍

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  2. I’m really happy that so many people enforced by this shit virus are turning back to blogging, and book blogging in particular. It’s heartening to be able to pop round a ton of blogs, on a bad day, and read others are having the same problems, and sharing feedback. But yeah, I think we’re all going to be doing a lot of reading, reviewing, cooking, and trying to make the best of this. Hang in there.

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  3. I totally get your frustration. Gabe’s a senior and now we don’t know if there will even be a prom, or, even worse, if they will have a graduation ceremony. I’ve cried about that. He was accepted at CMU and is supposed to start this fall, but who knows now…orientation in June may be cancelled. It’s all beyond stressful. Mom was on vacation this week, but she works for a home health agency, in the office so we’re not sure what’s going to happen with her job. She handles all the supplies for the nurses and physical therapists out in the field so may be considered essential. I told her they should keep any of the personnel who see patients out of the offices so they don’t possibly infect the people working there. Ugh. So, yes, reading and this community is going to be a big comfort right now. My month long horror readathon is next month and I’m foreseeing more interaction and community there because of all this. Have to look for the bright spot. Hang in there. Sending hugs. 🙂

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  4. Strange times, right? It still feels surreal to me, especially when I go to the store and see nothing on the shelves. I feel like we’re living in a book I read! My company had to close (nonessential) and so for now I’m out of a job, although obviously when we reopen I’ll get my job back. So I’m making the best of it by reading and blogging like crazy. It definitely makes me feel more normal. Stay safe, Heather!

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  5. I don’t blame you for grabbing all the books you could! Most of my friends’ kids are home from college now, and it’s really such a strange time. My son is a high school senior, and we’re just wondering whether schools will be back in session at all this year. I’m working from home (this is week 2), but it’s tough to feel connected, but also to create some separation between work and non-work time. I hope all goes well for you and your family. Enjoy your books!

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  6. Oh my gosh, I did the exact same thing when we were told we were closing – grabbed a whole bunch of books off the shelves even though I’ve got plenty to read. There were so many people coming in on our last day open to borrow books that I think I picked up a bit of their panic.
    I don’t know about you, but my feelings about our library being closed are weird because I feel we ARE an essential service, and while I totally understand what they mean by ‘essential’ it’s as if our job has just been devalued.

    I hope you and yours are all ok. Hang in there. ❤

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    1. I definitely feel like we are an essential service, especially in our area. We were doing some really cool things, even after we were closed to the public, that also eventually got shut down. And it’s not that I’m not taking all of this seriously, but there are so many services we could still be providing that don’t have to mean patrons in the building or personal contact. Le sigh.

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