Monday Musings

Self-Isolation Trend #4

In all my very early mistaken beliefs that as an introvert I could handle these self-isolation days, another trend I did not predict was the zooming popularity of video chat platforms Zoom, FaceTime, Skype and Google Hangouts (to just name a few) between work requirements and the extroverts who quickly discovered they still needed to be in touch with everyone and could plan virtual parties at home.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that I can still watch A Late Show With Stephen Colbert telecast from his home, but what I miss the most is peacefully leaving my home and going wherever I want feeling safe and still not chatting with anyone along the way.  So for any introverts out there that feel they need an excuse to avoid a video chat gathering at home, when everyone knows you’re stuck at home, or to decrease the chatting at home, noice-cancelling headphones are a fantastic idea along with being completely comfortable turning down video chat gatherings due to the great company you’ll be sharing that evening with a book and favorite friend.   

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  1. Books are excellent. I love the photo!

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    1. 😁Thank you!📖🐾😁

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  2. She is so patient! And adorable. You will have quite a series when this is over. I, too, am an introvert, and I have to explain to folks that just because you’re an introvert doesn’t mean you’re a recluse. I like a lot of alone time, but I don’t want to be alone ALL the time. Well, onward, ho! I, too, long for the days when stepping out is not a lot of rigamarole.

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    1. Thank you!🐾🙂 It’s been six weeks since the first cases in our state and I cannot believe for someone who loves to be home how difficult this has been. It appears our shutdown will be extended again and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more photos of Harper!🐾🙂

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      1. I think it might be harder for you because you live in a place that has many enticing shops. We, on the other hand, live in a geographically beautiful town that doesn’t have much in the way of shops or cafes on the main street. Nothing to miss. Sad, really, but easier to bear during this time of the shutdown.

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      2. I think ordering a curbside pickup from my favorite bakery will definitely be needed when the shutdown is extended.🙂

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  3. scifihammy says:

    Ah This is exactly how I feel and you have put into words so expertly! 😀
    I totally miss going out and being alone! 😀
    Well, hopefully things will take a turn for the better sooner rather than later.
    Hang in there and
    Keep Safe! 😀

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    1. 😁Thank you!😁 We’re finally seeing a reduction of cases and hopefully with a few more weeks of shutdown there will be a chance to go through the day without everything feeling so strange and scary. Harper will be so relieved when I’m back to taking photos of the birds! Take care!🙂

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      1. scifihammy says:

        Aw Little Harper – he’s doing very well with his photo shoots! 😀
        Keep Safe. 🙂

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  4. plaidcamper says:

    Harper is so studious!
    I find the zoom-style online gatherings too difficult, and stick my head into the frame very briefly then wander off to do something – anything – else. The one to one on FaceTime is easier, so keeping up with immediate yet distant family has been manageable, especially as many have a preference for audio over video calling. It’s such a pain having to wear pants and be presentable…

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    1. Harper handles all the video calls since I’m one of the few remaining people that actually prefers to talk on an old fashioned telephone.☎️😁 It’s been amazing to watch how quickly society has adapted and changed the way we communicate in isolation and there have been elements on TV that I’m actually going to miss once people are forced to return to workplaces and it appears by all the things I’m reading it is going to be a major adjustment for workers to put their pants back on and return to work. Harper is still holding a grudge over the pantsdrunk post, so I haven’t been able to follow it up with the new pantless society trend that has developed over the last three months for those working at home. I’ve already seen Colbert’s boxers on his show and he checks what all his guests are wearing with their shirts and jackets, police in Maryland had to warn residents to wear pants to the mailbox, a judge in Florida had to tell attorneys to get out of bed and put clothes on for video hearings and there is already retail proof that they are selling more shirts than pants. In another couple of months I can picture new signs appearing at stores saying no shirt, no shoes, no mask – no service and those undercrackers better be covered.😁 The best one I saw this week was John Krasinski wearing a tutu with his suit coat in his new YouTube show Some Good News (episode 2) and you may want to watch it with Mrs. PC because it mentions teachers should be paid a million dollars a day and he’s been added to the detective list.😁

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Harper is such an adorable model. ❤ A trouper, for sure!
    I've been enjoying my books, blogs and puzzles, but have so far resisted the Zoom craze. As garden season is upon us, all that leisure is taking a backseat to (muscle-groaning) exercise. Spring is a sprint before the heat and bugs arrive. 😉

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    1. 😁Thank you!🐾😁 The weather has been crazy lately, but it was wonderful to be working outdoors in the yard today. Even as I love watching all the Zoom technology being used on TV, I’ve always been late to any new technology party. If you have a chance on a rainy day, the new show Some Good News with John Krasinski on YouTube is wonderful. My nieces were thrilled when I finally began texting, but I think they’ve been a little surprised how much I love the emojis.📖🐾😁

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  6. jillslawit says:

    Oh to be able to avoid video chats with work so I can just get on with work. Video conferences are hard but as the fella is now at home with blaring music the noise cancelling headphones seem a most excellent idea.

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    1. Any news on when you’ll be able to end the video chats and be back in the office? Those noise cancelling headphones would be another great birthday present!!😁

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      1. jillslawit says:

        No, no news yet. I’ve had a frustrating week and need to see colleagues probably. Video conversations with people’s wifi fluctuating is driving us all bonkers, and I’m running out of coffee, and don’t get me started on the music blasting from the living room 😱😫

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      2. I got tense just reading about the video conferences and possibility of running out of coffee (I’ve almost ran out of coffee and had a few mornings where I thought the machine was broken). Need to know what songs are blaring from the living room to evaluate that tension level!🎸😁

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  7. jillslawit says:

    Progressive House. Not too bad in very small doses and much lower volume but much of every day when I ‘m trying to work…agggghhhhhh😱😱😱

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