My living situation has changed many times throughout the pandemic. When it all started, I was the only one of my siblings at home with my parents. My sister was in her junior year of college, and my brother had just finished studying [in] Boulder. I remember the day before spring break started, my school decided to have a day off to decide what would happen if the pandemic progressed in United States. My senior exchange trip to Spain had just been cancelled and I was feeling a bit bored. I remember that Monday we got news that both my sister and cousin's schools had been cancelled. .... It was very interesting to go from being the only child at home to having to share it with my sister and my cousin. While my cousin and I have always gotten along really well, we had never spent so much time together. It turns out, while me and my cousin get along well, we do not always get along so well with my sister (as we are both a bit more messy and disorganized, and she is a person who very much likes control, any control), so that created a very interesting dynamic within the house. We made it through it though and have lots of fond memories.
My living situation changed once again when I started my first year of college. ... this was the first time in a really long time that I had to share a room. I was so nervous about that, but my roommate and I clicked from day one. She became my closest confidant, she was the only person I had trusted to tell about my decision to apply to different school, as we had other previous conversations in which we talked about all the reasons we were unhappy and exactly how much we want to transfer (though we were being quite dramatic). Our room ended up being a really happy place for me. We had LED lights that went all around the room and they could change to any color we wanted. We also had Christmas lights up all year round which made it super cozy. Our room had a light pink and light yellow theme that reminded me of the desert, so when I saw this awesome cactus light (picture above) I knew it would be the perfect addition to our room. While for all of December we were at home, we decided to decorate our room early for Christmas to help us push through the last bit of November. I decided to decorate the cactus light with more tiny Christmas lights and I remember having such a good laugh about it as we listened to some Christmas music one night.
My living situation changed one more time when I transferred. This year I am living in a single room, which wasn't my first choice. I am a people person and I really like being around other people, so I was hoping for a roommate. However, I will say, after living in a house full of people, and sharing a college dorm the size of a shoebox, it is nice to have my own space.
I would say that my relatives in the Philippines were hit hard, the country to begin with didnt have a lot of access to the vaccination, until recently more and more countries are helping them, its tough to say what choice do they have with regards to getting the vaccine, its more on they have to get vaccinated in order to survive. They have so many rules, they have to wear face mask and face shield . Only one of the family members are allowed to go to any place( esp grocery)and they have to get an id to do it. There mental health were really hit hard, i feel bad for them, they have curfews and have to wear double protection. The panicked, the scardness were too much for them
It's been awhile since I've contributed here. After getting fully vaccinated in April 2021, I was like: "Welp, this is over for me and my family! Woo Hoo!"
And here we are in mid-October.
One troubling development in my city (Albany, NY) is the proliferation of anti-mask and anti-vax stickers in parks and near schools. I'm tempted to carry a sharpie pen with me and black them out whenever I see them.
Ahora que se empieza a retomar la vida cotidiana, dado que los contagios han disminuido, siento que me he vuelto más temerosa para tocar a las personas, sigo tratando de guardar la distancia social, el uso de las mascarillas, sin embargo, no puedo rechazar a las personas que con gusto me saludan y me abrazan con tanta emotividad, y que me hacen tanto bien, tendré que trabajar emocionalmente el miedo al contagio para nutrirme del amor y afecto que mis amigos me brindan.
My husband told me he misses the food trucks downtown at lunch time. Pre-pandemic, he would often go to a food truck for a quick, affordable lunch. He could choose among many food options, but his favorite was Thai (a noodle dish). When my husband returned to the office, initially just a few days a week, and now every day, he quickly noticed the absence of the food trucks. What happened to those folks? Have they found another way to support themselves and their families? It is still very quiet in downtown D.C. We heard on the news that office occupancy has just gotten above a third of the pre-pandemic levels. It is sad. Cities need the hustle and bustle; the mingling of different people and diverse occupations and businesses.
We traveled by plane to San Diego this weekend. The whole traveling experience made me really uncomfortable. The airport in San Diego was too crowded for any social distancing and so many people seemed to be wearing their masks inappropriately (noses out) or poor quality masks. The up side of the trip was going to a concert at San Diego’s new outdoor symphony venue. I love that life feels so nearly normal, even in a crowd, when we can be outdoors!
Before the pandemic, we used to put candles on a person’s birthday cake, and part of the celebration involved lighting the candles and, after singing the “happy birthday” song, telling the celebrant to make a wish and blow the candles out. Now, the idea of having someone spew germs all over a cake that is then sliced and distributed to everyone at the party seems a very unwise and unhealthy custom.
We became a lot less likely to hug each other, a precaution that for many of us, has persisted well beyond the pandemic. Those of us who lived through the pandemic are more conscious of hygiene than we were before - we still wash our hands frequently, probably more often than you youngsters. We flinch if someone coughs or sneezes near us without covering their mouth and nose to prevent the spread of germs; we draw back if someone says “I’m feeling a little under the weather.”.
On the other hand, I think the pandemic made us more appreciative of and attentive to our relationships with family and friends. The shock and pain of losing friends and loved ones to Covid-19 came to nearly everyone who was alive during the pandemic, and made us all more conscious of the fragility of life and the randomness of death. We became less likely to take our loved ones for granted, less likely to put off that visit or phone call because we were “too busy.”
He leído que el COVID está bajando sus niveles de contagio en todo México, y veo las personas se integran cada vez más a su vida cotidiana, lo que me da alegría. Me llama la atención que la mascarilla se ha convertido en parte del atuendo diario, me sorprendo de ello, porque hace algunos años estuve en Seúl, me llamaba la atención que varias personas usando mascarilla, me parecían exageradas, hoy yo misma la uso.
A pesar de esa "normalidad" el miedo sigue ahí, cada vez oigo a alguien toser, me angustio, y todavía no tengo valor para ir a lugares como el cine por temor a contagiarme.
I'm turning 60 in a few weeks and want to have a party. I am planning a party. We live in a heavily vaxxed area. It will be outside.
But I'm still struggling with the ethical/moral dimension. It feel frivolous to do this while so many people are still getting sick and suffering from the pandemic.
On the other hand I want to supply a night of good cheer and fun for my friends. It's been such a hard, shitty, 20 months. Can we not just let our hair down for one night now?
This week was amazing. For the first time in 20 months, I was really able to spend time with my mother, who is in a nursing home. Finally, all restrictions have been lifted. Whereas before, we had to make appointments and our visits were limited to half an hour, now we can come and go as we please. It's allowing me to meet the other residents, get to know who her friends are, and spend time with her that's not rushed.
On Monday, it was her birthday and my brother flew in from Boston to DC. We bought a cake for her, expecting just four or five people, but everyone on the floor came! (So we had to cut the pieces really small).
Anyway, it was a great party, my mom was really happy, and everyone loved the cake. It was amazingly normal. This is a picture of her friends at the table wishing her a happy birthday and saying thanks for sharing the cake!
Today I went back and spent two and a half hours with her. We had a picnic lunch, and just hung out with my daughter and her puppy, who my mom loves. It was really fun. And so nice. Amazing how the small things feel so good after all this time. It's nice to finally feel good about something after so many months of anger and frustration and fear!
I haven’t written in months, so no I’m not living up to my potential. This photo reminds me of all the conflict that surrounds this pandemic. So many sides- each stuck, firmly grounded yet blowing in the wind… it was supposed to be over after we masked and social distanced and got vaccinated… we missed, birthdays and holidays and weddings and funerals…. but we got impatient and it started… mask or no mask… get vaccinated or refuse to get “jabbed”…shun those who are unvaccinated, then shun those who are… blame the government for not solving it and then blame them for mandates and telling us what to do…draw the line at whatever “they” say is wrong and a lie… the duplicity and hypocrisy drives me nuts… when one side suggests something it’s great when the other side suggests the exact same thing the answer is no! We are failing ourselves, and I’m not feeling hopeful. Too many people are angry and fearful and are more comfortable there in their righteous indignation, then trying to find a solution, especially if it seems someone “might” get something they don’t have… it’s very disheartening…
Minha parte financeira dependia muito da ajuda vinda da minha madrinha, hoje não sei como conseguirei manter minha vida, não sei como vou custear sobreviver. Está sendo muito dolorida a perda e ainda ter que me preocupar com a parte financeira.
I've often felt like keeping this journal has made me frame my experience. Instead of just pushing things down all the time or even trying to deceive myself. I've known I needed to consider the pandemic on a personal, political & sociological, even historical, level. I'm glad of that.
It's also been a sort of release. I've been comfortable ranting sometimes. I've been surprised at the anger that's inside of me. Somehow it's expanded my perspective. I'm not saying that's particularly made me more hopeful. But oddly I feel like I've earned my vision of this, rather than simply being reactionary. So thank you all, that conceived and worked to make this possible. I'm grateful for you.
Key pandemic skill: fort-building. Also: playing together and entertaining themselves.
Pre-pandemic we were well into the playdate stage with our older kiddo (now 9); not quite there yet with our younger one (now 6). In the past year and a half we've done playground meet-ups, back-yard get-togethers, playdates at the community pool, etc. -- but the kids have still had to spend lots of time entertaining themselves and each other, especially since we don't allow much TV/screens. They've gotten pretty good at it.
Mi hijo se vacunó contra el COVID-19 con la primera dosis de la vacuna Moderna. Sí tuvo una reacción un tanto fuerte por la vacuna. Aprovechó que abrieron un centro de vacunación muy cerca de donde vivimos. Casi no tuvo que hacer cola para que se la administraran. Me da bastante tranquilidad que, por fin, se haya vacunado.
Acaban de abrir la vacunación para jóvenes de 12 a 17 años. Entonces, mi sobrino también podrá ser vacunado. En este caso, de la familia más cercana ya solo yo haré falta de tomar la vacuna. He seguido el tratamiento para la neumonía y me haré una radiografía de pulmones la próxima semana. Si logré eliminar la neumonía redonda, procederé a vacunarme.
He reducido el ritmo de trabajo bajo presión. Estoy trabajando en proyectos que tienen plazos de tiempo más razonables. Esto también me ha ayudado en términos de salud. Necesito buscar algunos trabajos para este y el otro mes, de tal forma que pueda cubrir mis necesidades durante los meses que regularmente no hay trabajo: diciembre y enero.
Las cosas se ven mejor con este ritmo. Yo me siento mejor.
It's weird what I am and am not comfortable with. I'm going to weddings and funerals as they happen. But I'm not comfortable eating in a restaurant yet. I guess because the emotions tied to weddings/funerals are enough that I'm willing to make the sacrifice /take the risk to go. But I'm not willing to take risks for Denny's.
I realize that I won't be going to indoor events with lots of people maybe ever again. This is a frightening thought. When I think about tempting fate and venturing out among lots of people indoors, I get a panicked feeling.
It isn't worth it.
My very close friend of 44 years was just admitted to a hospital as a psychiatric patient. She has had lifelong issues with her mental health. Her daughter brought her to the emergency room of a major hospital in this area this morning. This evening , I finally spoke to her. There are no psychiatric beds available in any psychiatric hospitals in this area. There were 25 other mental health patients in the ER who were there before her. She was finally admitted to a medical floor.
At least she will be safe.
People will be watching over her.
What chance does she have?
This is so unfair!! I feel like screaming!!
Mental health issues during Covid have multiplied.
This is a world crisis.
I have a close (American) friend who lives part of the time in Switzerland and part of the time in France. She shared a written "lockdown journal" when living in France in spring 2020. As she later said to a hyper-individualistic conspiracy jockey acquaintance of mine (she did not know his views as she spoke) - "I live in France, where they have a strong national government, and they're not afraid to use it." She was speaking favorably, and my acquaintance heard it as a negative comment. Hilarious!
It is largely from her experiences that I've learned first-hand what is a possible - and sensible - response to a severe (sometimes deathly), airborne, contagious, asymptomatically transmitted disease.
Since she trusts her government (which she should not do, but that's another story), she has not paid much attention to SARS-CoV-2 news. And she is a nurse. She simply abides by the frequently changing edicts regarding masks, attestations, testing via nasal swabs, transit and travel, vaccines... She has adapted seamlessly to living with the virus, because the vast majority of her compatriots similarly are law-abiding. They seem to "get it" - that circumstances require everyone to do their part, to avoid getting and giving sickness or worse. Meanwhile, in the USA, I spent the first 10 months of the pandemic watching my nation fall apart.
Lo más importante de lo que se habla en las noticias es el nivel de vacunación en los diferentes estados y de los que están a favor o en contra de que los estudiantes usen cubre bocas. Yo, a favor de la vacunación del público en general y el uso de cubre bocas en las escuelas y lugares públicos sin ventilación.