Nobody taught me how to handle a pandemic.

A week ago I had two jobs. Now I have zero jobs.

(For those of you that don't know, about a month ago I decided to take a step back from my business and found an awesome full time job doing corporate wellness and nutrition.)

I know both companies are doing what they can to stay afloat and keep others afloat. I didn’t make the cut for one reason or another. All legit well thought out reasons.

And yet, emotionally I feel abandoned. I feel like nobody close to me can possibly understand what I am going through, because they all still have their jobs (thankfully!). I'm not bitter. Just really sad and anxious.

Don’t get me wrong, I am SO thankful for the people close to me. They are helping me stay sane. And connected.

Have you done a virtual happy hour at whatever hour hang with your friends yet? If not, get on that! We had so much fun.

Google Hangouts with friends

I’m scared. I’m a planner at heart, so having absolutely no idea what is coming is really hard for me.

So if you are reading this and are in a similar position, know that you are not alone. It’s happening to people you know. Which is why I am writing this, so that you don’t feel alone.

So, what am I doing to deal with it all?

I decided to foster a dog!

I did this before I was laid off from my full time job. But I have no regrets. It feels good to help someone out. His name is Bobby Hill. He’s a Husky German Shepard mix. He was neutered the day before we got him, so he’s having to wear the cone of shame for now. He’s not dealing with it well. I’m happy we are able to give him a temperature controlled home and a safe environment.

As Mr. Rogers says when things get scary “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

So I’m trying to be the helper.

Mr. Rogers look for the helpers.
  • Bobby and Klaus Meet
  • cone of shame.jpg
  • Bobby Hill wears the cone of shame

Volunteering

Today I volunteered at Central Texas Food Bank. For those of you that don't know, I've had the pleasure to work at the Food Bank twice, in two different roles. I left about a year ago to pursue something else.

It was nice to see familiar faces greet me. And it took my mind off what was happening to ME, and let me focus on what I can do for OTHERS.

They did an excellent job keeping us all spaced apart and gently reminding us that we need to keep our distance. I felt safe and plan to continue to volunteer to keep busy and help where I can.

Mary volunteering at Central Texas Food Bank

Simplified my meals

I am the primary cook and grocery shopper in the house. I typically LOVE this task, but now it’s causing me a ton of anxiety. So to help, I paired down my recipes to two choices. All the ingredients needed to make both recipes can be found at Chinatown Center, which is right around the corner from where I live.

Tofu Veggie Curry with Brown Rice

I make this several times a month. Ingredients needed for this recipe are:

  • 2 blocks firm tofu (pressed)

  • Several cups of chopped fresh veggies (I like broccoli and bell peppers)

  • 1 can curry paste

  • 1-2 cans coconut milk (depends on my mood and inventory)

Sweet Potato Turkey Skillet

To save money and a trip to the grocery store, Ben and I have decided that any meat we consume will be the deer meat we have in the freezer (two freezers full!). So I have been using the venison chorizo for this recipe instead of ground turkey. Ingredients needed for that recipe:

  • Sweet potatoes (which keep for a long time)

  • 1 lbs. ground meat

  • 1 onion

  • 1-3 cloves garlic (which is really hard to find right now!)

  • 1-2 bell peppers (optional if you don’t have any, but adds more nutrition!)

  • Shredded cheese (optional)

  • Avocado (optional but really makes this meal a treat)

Again, I LOVE grocery shopping. But after going last Friday, I am having so much anxiety around it. I was very calm before I went, but seeing empty shelves and scared looks on people’s faces really hit me. So it helps my anxiety to know that I can always make these two recipes without straying too far from home.

If you’d like either or both of those recipes, leave a comment and I’ll get it to you!

Taking daily walks (while I can)

I’ve been taking a 2 mile walk with the dogs most days. While walking I use the app Headspace and listen to their walking mindfulness recordings. It’s free right now to practitioners that have an NPI number.

Mary walking with Klaus the pug

Strength workouts

Since the gym is closed, my trainer Chad has been posting strength workouts for those of us that take his classes. It’s been hard to find the motivation to do them though. I mean, that’s why I pay to go to his classes. :) I’m thankful that Ben has one of those dumbell sets that has all the weights in one dumbell, you just have to select the weight.

Yoga

I’ve been using the Down Dog app, which is free right now through April 1. I love that you can choose how long you want to do yoga. Lately I have been doing 15-20 minutes.

Alcohol

I’d be lying to you if I said I haven’t been drinking more. Being confined to the house with not much to do makes it reeeeaaaal easy to pour a glass of wine at 1pm.

I also picked up limes to make margs. Let me know if you need my marg recipe. It’s the best. Promise.

Wine with Klaus the pug