This wasn’t initially going to be a blog post. I was restless last night and had the random thought of writing my feelings about this quarantine on a few pages of a thrifted book. I had this grand idea of “what if this book ends up in another thrift store 100 years from now?” Someone will open it to find my thoughts about this crazy time. Dramatic, I know, but it felt very John Cusack/Serendipity-esque, so I started writing down a list of things I love and things I miss right now, and figured I’d share it with you. Let’s start with what I miss, so I can get the privileged whining out of the way and end with what I’m loving;)
Things I miss…
1. Panera. More specifically, someone knowing my name, my order, and making it for me. I can still technically go through the drive thru, and I do from time to time, but I miss getting my latte without removing the sleeve or wiping it down with Lysol and taking the lid off out of worry. I’ve started making my coffee at home, but it just isn’t the same.
3. School art coming home in backpacks.
4. Music in the car. MUSIC IN THE CAR.
5. Singing in the car. SINGING IN THE CAR. Yes, I’m repeating myself and shouting. I miss those things terribly.
6. Roaming store aisles for inspiration. Home Goods, anyone? Sigh. I miss just walking and daydreaming and coming up with ways to use certain things I’d see.
9. Cute outfits. Let’s face it. I’m not going anywhere, so 99% of my days are spent in pjs.
10. Visiting family. This probably should’ve been the first on the list. I miss our families so much! We’re huggers and kissers and gatherers. We find any excuse to see each other, and it’s just been way too long.
11. Immediate access to the laptop. I work from home and I’m used to having the laptop to myself all the time. Not so much these days. I get to share it with Roblox now. And YouTubers talking about Roblox. Send wine and earplugs.
12. Feeling pretty. I know, this sounds incredibly vain. But this goes with number 9. I’m not going anywhere, so I’m not really bothering to do my hair or makeup. Sometimes I do, but most days I don’t. And I just miss it.
13. Dinner dates with friends.
14. Hugging someone when you run into them unexpectedly in public.
15. Watching my kids play sports.
16. Texting my husband in the morning. Yes, I know- we spend all day and night with each other in quarantine. But with that means there’s no reason to send a good morning text, and I miss it. They always brought a smile to my face.
17. School drop off. I could cry saying this, and not because I want them back at school, but because I loved soaking in how cute Maleah and Zane are, walking in together. I’d just sit in my car and watch them walk in before I’d drive away.
18. Thrifting. Ahhh, the thrill of the hunt! MISS IT.
19. Community connection through Instagram stories. Boo hoo to this. I’m just not hopping on as much these days because every Tom, Dick, and Harry is home with me. See numbers 7 & 8. I’ve got no space and not a whole lotta quiet. I miss chatting on there. I miss the kind community and the chance to feel connected to other people through something as small as design.
20. The cleaning lady. This sounds incredibly privileged. Please don’t judge. She comes once a month and only does bathrooms. And I miss her. Lol.
21. Warm weather. WHAT IS HAPPENING, MICHIGAN? It’s still snowing in late April and I’m over it!
22. Events on the calendar. I miss having fun things to look forward to and dress up for!
Things I love…
1. Quarantine Memes. They’re giving me LIFE! I laugh so hard. Send me all the memes.
2. Arranging and rearranging so things feel new. My husband has become so used to me moving furniture around or swapping art or mirrors in different rooms that he doesn’t even bat an eye. If you grab today’s local paper, you can see they featured my latest DIY…
3. The trampoline! We caved and got one as soon as this all started. I wasn’t excited about an eye sore in our yard, but we wanted to get the kids excited about something ( especially our 8th grade gymnast whose season got cut short and 8th grade field trip to NYC was canceled), and it has been AWESOME! When the weather’s good that is. The kids are getting fresh air and exercise, so I’m happy.
4. Family Uno. It’s just become our go-to. It’s easy for Zane but not boring for the older ones. Love it.
5. Watching the kids grow closer. I love listening to them play/hang together. Everyone was always so busy with their own sports and activities; it’s just so nice to see them have time for one another. This especially makes me happy for our 10 year old. All she ever wants is to have her cool big sisters’ attention. It’s so sweet when she gets it!
6. Everyone at the table for dinner. Best. Thing. Ever. I’m cooking more and they’re eating what I cook. It’s a Christmas miracle. Nothing on this list makes me happier than laughter at the dinner table.
7. Feeling like a team. I’m thankful for my husband. That’s all:)
8. Nerdy bird facts. Hear me out. Lol. Now that my husband is working from home, he’s in the office at the desk and it faces the window. He likes finding new birds and then we research as a family and it’s oddly kinda fun. And honestly, without this random new hobby, we wouldn’t have learned that there’s a very specific bird sound that reminds my oldest of our first house. We did some digging and found out it’s a mourning dove. I don’t know why I love knowing this. Quarantined Haneen likes bird facts, I guess!
9. The Office Ladies Podcast. If you’re a huge Office fan like myself, I highly recommend!
10. Kentucky Mules. I’ve made one almost nightly. Bourbon and ginger beer with a cherry.
11. The colorful hearts we made for our front window. Just a way to bring cheer to others, and thank anyone delivering anything to our home! Gibson, our dog, has destroyed the green section since that’s where his paws reach as he jumps up to bark at people, but it’s fine. Everything’s fine.
12. The time to organize, and the feeling of accomplishment. I’m a 3w2, guys. I thrive on achievement and recognition. I don’t need help. Just tell me how awesome I am when I finish something. (By the way, stay tuned- awesome master closet transformation coming at you in the next month!)
13. Jeopardy and documentaries with my husband.
14. Snuggling with no socks.
15. Scrubbing the kitchen sink clean with Comet.
16. Sucking up dust bunnies with the vacuum.
17. My ten year old’s manners.
18. Singing a verse to a song and hearing my husband finish it from across the house.
19. Late night mood board making.
20. Time for slow baths for Zane.
21. Zane’s shaggy hair. He desperately needs a cut and I don’t mind it at all. It’s hilarious.
22. Listening to the kids’ zoom calls with teachers. Zane played the piano for his class the other day! It was so cute!
23. Talks with Autumn. You heard that right, folks. The one I’ve always butted heads with is actually asking to talk. It’s a beautiful thing, I tell ya- when you have actual conversations with your teenager. I laid in her bed the other night and I laughed so hard about something that I literally had tears down my face. Just awesome.
24. My 13 year old’s singing. When she belts out and thinks no one can hear her, it’s magical. While we’re at it, I love her ridiculously organized self. I let her sleep in yesterday and she was upset with me, since it made her feel “off task.” Whose kid is this?
26. Asking Zane if he feels “safe and cozy” in bed.
27. Facebook memories. I mean, honestly, it’s the main reason I’m even on Facebook. I just love it when old memories pop up! Sadly, I haven’t printed photos is years, so Facebook is like a scrapbook of memories for me. Another reason I miss texting my husband. I always liked checking what FB memories would pop up in the morning, and then I’d screenshot them and text them to my husband so we can ooo and awww at the “remember whens.”
28. No rushing. If there’s no where to go, there’s nothing to be late to! Which means no yelling at people to “hurry up!” It’s joyous, I say.
29. Sleeping in. I am NOT one of those grown ups whose body naturally wakes up crazy early. If I can sleep in, I sleep in. Embarrassingly late, actually. I’m like a teenager. On one hand, I know I’m sleeping the day away which isn’t great. But on another hand, I’m sleeping a very boring day away, and I’m ok with that. Listen, I’m not someone who typically gets “bored.” I’m always finding things to do and ways to have fun. But this quarantine is a whole new level of crazy, and I’m coping the best I can.
Ok, friends! Join me, will you? Tell me things you’re loving and things you’re missing in the comments below! I was going to try and make my lists even ( like 20 things I’m loving and 20 things I’m missing) but it turns out I’m loving more than I’m missing and I’m ok with that!
I hope you’re all safe and healthy at home! Hang in there, friends! There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!