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My Side-Hustle and Being an Essential Worker: Diary of a Quaran(teen)

The past few days, I’ve been productive, but very irritated at everyone. We’re talking The Grinch Who Stole Christmas levels of grouchiness. I was confused, until I talked on the phone with my friend for 2 hours, and my mood improved dramatically. Right– I wasn’t angry; I was just really lonely. Everyone has different ways of coping with social isolation. There have been good moments, like arm wrestling my brother. He won by a landslide. Just a year ago, I was beating him. “3, 2, 1,” my step-sister counted, and as soon as she said “1”, my arm was on the table. I lost to him that quickly.

“Whoa,” I said. It makes me wonder how I’d fare in an arm-wrestle with someone closer to my age. Then, I spent time doing an equally strenuous arm exercise: cleaning out my closet. It was a project that took up much of Saturday. My entire closet is decluttered, so today, I took pictures for Poshmark.

My Poshmark name is @veravintage. I am saying goodbye to such gems as the minidress in the photos above.

Also, I think staying active is really important during this quarantine, both mentally and physically. That’s why I’m going to go for a jog. I’m documenting it right here so that I can hold myself accountable. You know how sometimes, you wake up and tell yourself, “I, Vera Levi, am going to exercise,” and then you just can’t make yourself? I exercise 5x per week, and some days are more fun than others. Later today, I absolutely will go for a jog. I’m also going to work for Continuity Care in the evening. I work as a companion for people with special needs. They called and asked if I wanted to take on another case. “You’d be working with a nurse in Newport beach,” they said.

I listened patiently. “Is this something you are interested in?” I decided not to do it. Thankfully, I don’t have to take more cases. I only have one case right now, and that person is also in quarantine. Even though I work for a company full of nurses, I’m trying as hard as possible to stay safe. This quarantine has been enjoyable for one member of our household, and one member only: the cat. Meet Paradise. His talent is sleeping, which is a talent that I really wish I possessed.

This is Paradise mid-yawn.

I would have included a sleeping photo, except that as my sister pointed out, it makes him look dead, which is really not the goal here. I calculated that this cat sleeps 15 hours. That’s 9 more hours than I’ve been sleeping. I don’t know why my insomnia is back, and I’m using coffee as my medicine until I figure it out.

What have you been up to during this quarantine?


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3 thoughts on “My Side-Hustle and Being an Essential Worker: Diary of a Quaran(teen)

  1. Paradise looks like a cat with a ton of personality. So funny about setting goals and not really getting to them unless you record it with others of course. Put this pressure on that way and it adds a little spice to boring routines. Hopefully we will all be able to get back to our normal everyday lives soon…all wearing masks and walking baby steps around each other I fear. I have a feeling this lock down stuff is going to cause a lot of us to be a bit afraid to jump back into things when we are allowed out again. Have a beautiful Spring jog.

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    1. Thank you! What sweet comment to read. I hope that we’ll all be careful when restrictions are a little less strict, like you mentioned.


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