I haven’t been keeping track of the days since I began working from home. I haven’t seen the point. Because I’ve found my groove in all of this. I’m digging this hermit lifestyle. Don’t act so surprised. I’ve made it no secret that I’m an introvert. Self-imposed quarantine is kinda my jam.
Though, there are a lot of days where I don’t feel like much has changed at all. As someone who works in the field of mental health, sure, I’m attempting to do as much work via telehealth as I possibly can. However, things happen. Clients have needs that arise. And when those needs surface, I’m back in the real world.
It is what it is.
I was challenged by Becky over at Strikeouts + Sprinkles to think about how I’ll spend my first weekend once the exile is over. And since I’m not one to back down from a challenge, here we go.
I really haven’t been thinking of this quarantine by way of all the things I’m supposedly missing out on. Because, when things were open and people were gathering in groups of crazy numbers like 10 or more and forsaking that whole six feet of distance thing, I was generally happy to think of excuses not to leave my apartment. With things as they are at the moment, I don’t have to get so creative.
Do I miss seeing movies in a theater? Meh… And that’s about all the excitement I can muster for the prospect that things will, at some point, return to normal.
I suppose if I’m gonna do this, I should do it right. And since there hasn’t been a new movie to hit the theaters since March, I guess it’ll be good to see whatever the next blockbuster is supposed to be. Rumor has it that Christopher Nolan’s new movie, Tenet, is still scheduled to release on July 17. I wasn’t actually too psyched about seeing that one, since the trailer tells us absolutely nothing about the movie, except that Denzel’s son is the star. But I’ll throw Hollywood a bone if we’re allowed to go out without masks.
Though… let’s be honest… the mask thing probably isn’t going away, even if they do start letting us watch movies with dozens of strangers in a dark room. Just imagine the panic that sets in when someone in the fourth row gets a popcorn kernel stuck in his throat and starts coughing uncontrollably. Talk about yelling FIRE in a crowded theater.
I’m not gonna lie. I need a haircut. I’ve needed a haircut for weeks now. I’ve been joking that I’m either coming out of quarantine looking like Robin Williams when he first shows up in Jumanji or like Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover Part II.
Hang on… I’ll let you compare…
Anyway, it would be nice to get someone to tame the mane… assuming I don’t shave it all off myself in the meantime.
This part, I really don’t know… I don’t have too many friends in town. At least, I really don’t have any friends who actively want me to come and hang out with them on a typical Saturday night. I mean, I wasn’t exactly getting a lot of invites prior to the Coronapocalypse. I don’t expect that will change much following the advent of social distancing.
But if someone were to invite me out to get some dinner, I wouldn’t say no. I’m comfortable spending my Saturday nights at home with a book or a movie. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the occasional human contact from time to time.
Pretty sure I’d go to church, assuming that’s allowed once more. I’ve been saying that, once all this is over and churches are gathering again, I’d start looking for a new congregation with whom to worship. Since moving to Roanoke, it’s been super easy to come up with excuses not to make the drive to Blacksburg to get to church. I’ve found the whole experience of watching livestreamed worship services to be quite enjoyable.
I assume those will end when people are able to be in the same room together again. But will I want my first Sunday back at church to be in a new place with faces I don’t recognize? Or will I want to make that drive into Blacksburg to worship with people I know and hardly ever speak to anymore? Might be a coin toss, really.
Well, that’ll be back to normal. Sitting at home, wondering what the week of work will bring.
Honestly, whenever things start opening back up, I really wouldn’t be disappointed if the powers that be decided that we can just continue this whole telehealth business for the duration. I don’t actually see that happening. But a hermit can dream.