During this pandemic, we have seen how businesses have been affected and the livedsof many have changed. Although there have been stressful times, this time of social distancing has helped me learn to take each day step-by-step.
For me, this has been a time to adapt to unemployment, going to school online and cooking at home.
Becoming a chef
Cooking has become such a stress reliever and it has become such a blessing for my family. Fast food was our main ritual, but now cooking at home feels more right and safe. By searching online recipes our meals have become more fun and more health oriented. With everyone pitching in, we have had cook offs, competitions and fancy dinners. Here we have a veggie pizza made by my sister. We each created a pizza with different toppings and each enjoyed our homemade pizza. As we continue to be quarantined, we have tried to make things a bit fun.
Being isolated from the world does not mean that big home projects must stop. Plans to change the color of our house had been put off for a long time, but staying at home has given us the time for all to participate in the project. By taking shifts through the week, we finished painting the house and moved on to smaller things to renovate our home.
This pandemic has actually given me the time to spend with my eight month old niece. Before, with two jobs and being a full-time student, I rarely had time. But now I am trying to enjoy this availability as much as I can. We spend the day reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? and practicing how to crawl. As my sister and her family lives with us, this has given me the opportunity to enjoy her a bit more. Although her teething has resulted into late nights due to her crying, it is still a fun time to have. I am genuinely enjoying my time as an aunt.
Friendship During Pandemic
People now have to be cautious about leaving home due to the virus. It has become essential for many to keep friendships thriving through social media and other mediums. For my friends and I, Zoom meetings have become a must. Every Monday and Saturday night, we discuss school, life, and movies. Although we miss each others company, these calls make this lockdown bearable. Zoom has become our safe haven.
When registering for this spring semester, I knew that I would be going into difficult courses, but being online has actually increased this difficulty. Transitioning to having all classes online has been a struggle as family time has been adapted and organization has been key, but we continue to adapt as this virus continues to spread. At the beginning of the semester, I didn’t really have a specific place to study or do homework. The only quiet places available for me were the campus library and the Student Publications Office. Now, the nursery has been revamped into a studio and has given me the space to go online for my classes and study.