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Today in Quarantine Part 2...

Yesterday, we got some of the same dreaded news that thousands of other Americans have already received. Matthew has been furloughed for a minimum of 30 days, or whenever the stay at home order is lifted and life goes back to normal...or at least to its new normal.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I'm still feeling grateful despite the anxiety and fear for our future. For the time being, my entire household is healthy, we have what we need, and we have several hobbies that we collectively enjoy, so we've been spending a lot of time together. At the same time, I'm coming to terms with the fact that it's okay for me to be sad and anxious, even if I know that others out there have it worse than I do. I can feel grateful and sad at the same time, which means you can too.

As for what we've been up to, we've been doing our best to stay on top of schoolwork and actual work. It's been incredibly hard to remain productive with everything going on, but I feel like it's starting to get easier day by day. To keep up with a few fun school traditions, we will be having a school picture day next week where we will take staged dramatic photos with different themes. We're going to do a shoot for clubs, sports, superlatives, and a full class photo. We're also going to throw in some fun ones like an 80's themed shoot!

We've all taken a liking to painting in recent weeks. We've painted jewelry boxes, canvases, and even paint by numbers. We have written letters to our family members that don't live nearby. We've taken walks down our little dirt road. We've definitely fallen in love with Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch, but expressing my love for that game would require a whole new blog post.

We have played Clue, Monopoly, Life, Texas Hold 'Em, Uno!, and Phase 10. I live about 10 hours away from my siblings who all love board games, so we downloaded a Board Game Bundle App on our phones that contains Battleship, Life, Monopoly, and Clue. Up to 4 players can play at once, and although it costs money, if one member of the family buys it, they can share the app with up to 15 family members! The bundle costs $8.99 for all 4 games. Plus, there's the added benefit that no one can cheat in an online board game ;)

The most important thing we've done, in my opinion, is we've scheduled our month out. We came up with different family things to do almost every day, we planned out our family meals, board game nights, etc. We have done our best to stick to the schedule, because its easy to let depression take over during times like these. It's easy to just brush off game night with the family to stay in bed and scroll through the internet or binge a show on Netflix. When we schedule it out, we feel more obligated to stick to it even when we don't feel up to it. And then, by the time we're midway through a Clue game, laughing and trash talking our opponents, we're glad that we showed up and made the time. My unsolicited quarantine advice of the day is to make the time. Set it aside, show up, and enjoy it. Make a fun routine for your family to look forward to.

How has your quarantine period been? What have you and your family been doing to stay busy and stay connected?

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