It's been a while...

It has been just over one year since I started this blog, and almost two months to the day since I last published a post. What a different world it was two months ago... let alone a whole year ago.

It seems sad? fitting? ironic? trivial? that the last post I published was on "wedding woes," talking about the pieces of wedding planning that were causing a little bit of stress for Les and I. Since then, our wedding has ebbed and flowed in and out of focus. At first, it provided a nice distraction as we had phone conversations with our caterer to decide on our menu, and played around with the layout of our reception and potential seating charts. But then the reality hits us that some couples have had to postpone their weddings and other celebrations. I can't imagine what that feels like.

In any case, I didn't want to let the one-year milestone of this blog go by without posting and I am hoping that I can get back into the swing of sharing some content, if nothing else just as a tiny distraction for anyone else needing it.

On the wedding side, there are definitely some updates that I think could be fun to post about... from the fashion side, I may struggle. :) My wardrobe has admittedly been work-from-home loungewear as of late, but I'm sure there are some things I could drum up.

And in terms of lifestyle, whoa has that changed dramatically. Les and I are currently holed up at my parent's house in Maine; we're both working from home and there's a bit more space here to spread out. Plus, there is something so calming about the amount of land that surrounds us, and the ocean right outside our window...more room to roam while doing our part to socially isolate-- and boy are we isolated. Three out of the four of us haven't interacted with another person since Les and I arrived here two weeks ago. Our grocery runs have been through Walmart pickup and we're having fun improvising on meals when we can't get the ingredients we want. We've played tons of games, completed three puzzles, watched movies, and had regular video calls with friends and family.

I am hoping that I will get back into things here on the blog, especially during this down time. I would be lying, though, if I said it wasn't hard to muster up motivation for things like writing, and working out. I know I'm not the only one feeling this way... I'm in a good routine in terms of waking up, getting dressed, and logging on to work. But I just need to find a way to build the other pieces that are important to me, like being active and creating for the blog, back into my day-to day. If I do, it will be no doubt in part thanks to my bridesmaid Ashley, who texts me almost daily saying things like "Write today! Run today!" along with inspiration on how to tackle both.

But before I get to work on that, I can't ignore how lucky I am for all of the aforementioned ways my family and I have been spending our time recently. I want to thank all of my friends and family who don't have the same luxuries I have right now... my aunt who is a nurse in Mass., my cousin and uncle in law enforcement, my other aunt who is a social worker, working to ensure all of her clients have what they need, and even my mom. I said three out of the four of us haven't interacted with anyone else in weeks; my mom has continued her service as a volunteer ambulance driver for her local fire-station. While the rescue chief offered the chance for their volunteers to step back for the time being if they're not comfortable, my mom knows that her community needs her now more than ever, just like my other family members who are serving in essential roles at this time. Luckily as a driver, she is able to be isolated from any patients who are being transported, and has the gear she needs to protect herself. I know others aren't as fortunate right now and I think that's important to acknowledge.

That's all of my musings for right now, but I hope to be back on soon. Thank you to everyone playing essential roles right now for their communities... grocery workers, nurses, doctors, delivery drivers, my doctor who has assured me via Telehealth that any symptoms I manage to materialize thanks to anxiety are not symptoms at all... I'm sure there's a lot of that going on right now and I appreciate their patience and understanding. And anyone else who I didn't mention.. friends, family, or strangers, thank you. STAY HOME.


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