I am not an idiot. I watch the news. I ordered my face masks, and one has been delivered. I know that this shit is real. But I have been fortunate, in that personally, other than working from home and not being able to move around as freely as I have been in the past, but it has affected me, personally, very little.
Until this week.
This week HWMNBN was laid off due to the virus. And you know what’s ridiculous? I’m not even surprised. His industry has been hit very hard by the whole thing, and honestly I’ve been surprised that he’s been able to hold out this long. Most others in his industry lost their jobs – or began not being able to find freelance opportunities – months ago. In a way he’s been lucky… and it’s shitty to call all this lucky. I do not know what he will do – he has a place of his own, a lease he can’t break, and even if he could… well… my apartment isn’t big enough for two people and (as awful as it is to say this, I know), I kind of am enjoying having a space of my own again. He’ll file for unemployment and then… I don’t know… I guess no one knows anything.
I still have my job, and we are as busy as ever. That’s a good thing.
They tested one of my cousins for the virus yesterday. Thankfully that test came back negative. But it was another reminder that I’ve been fortunate (and continue to be fortunate) when other families – some I’ve known since I was a small child – have not been.
I’m sorry. I know I’ve been trying to put a positive spin on all of this… and I’ll keep trying to do that. I guess everyone gets an off day once in a while.
Florida’s governor has decided to try Phase I of reopening. I am personally going to continue to self-isolate for a while longer. I want to see what happens as things get back to normal… I am not convinced that this is done, and I think, if anything, reopening this soon may make it worse. In fact, I am more likely, now, to start doing grocery delivery, whereas I haven’t resorted to that yet.
Good Stuff That Happened:
My Build-A-Bear Baby Yoda (ok, ok “The Child”) arrived today. The Star Wars collection that graces my living room now has its own Baby Yoda shelf. The action figures I preordered should ship later this month.
Today begins Children’s Week in WoW. It’s a special in-game holiday for me, because it also marks 12 years since I first was introduced to the game. Happy WoW-versary to me.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a book to write. Or maybe just an in-game achievement to go for.