Reporting Live from Self Isolation | Alyssa J Cori: Reporting Live from Self Isolation

March 21, 2020

Reporting Live from Self Isolation

I didn't post a blog post this past Wednesday. Pretty sure that's the first week I've missed in about 5 years. But these are not normal times. These are global pandemic, coronavirus panic, social distancing, self isolating times.
Click to read now or pin to save for later! This is what has been going on during self isolation
A shot of me, sans makeup, 2 weeks into self isolation going to pick up takeout dinner from our favorite restaurant, marveling at the empty streets

I've been watching people fall into despair and become very hopeful. I've been watching my colleagues demonstrate resilience and compassion. I've been watching my friends and family try to find a "new normal." And I've gotten even closer to my guy than I thought I would be even a few weeks ago.

To say it is strange times in our memory is true. To say it's strange times for the world is not true. We're not going to do a full on back in time post because I don't want to make any unfair comparisons to what we're going through now or try to minimize what's happening by saying we've been through it before.

Here's the high level information. We had a series of "great plagues" in the 1600s, we had another plague sweep through in the 1700s, cholera and typhus hit hard in the 1800s, the Spanish Flu in the 1900s (admittedly, of great significance compared to the others based on total number of deaths - up to 100 million people died), and now here we are.

It's troubling and I am sure we're going to look back and wonder "Why didn't we do x, y, z? Why did we wait to do a, b, c?" Right now as we're living through it, it's hard to offer any advice or reassurance that doesn't feel like too little or too much. Stay home, wash your hands, don't touch your face, and so on.

Instead, I'm just going to give you a stream of consciousness post because I truly can't come up with a topic or nice list that seems appropriate. Ready? Good.

The Met is closed, and may be closed until July as of now. As you'd imagine, this is a blow to the girl who spends nearly every weekend there, losing herself in the galleries. Instead, you can check out the digital offerings here.

Boooooookkkksssss. Let me tell you, I'm going to have a nice roundup of everything I'm reading coming at you real soon. My Looker bookclub is going to virtually meet and I'm so excited.

FaceTime phone calls are through the roof. I'm catching up with friends as I would normally on the weekends and that's been fun. Can't wait to actually for new experiences to talk about and have together though.

Work has been a bit strange. My day to day interactions are good, but I'm trying to figure out how to navigate this time reaching out to new prospects. Things have slowed and I am concerned about what that means for all businesses, my own included. It is exciting that I'm officially a Googler now and I can't wait until we can get back in the office and I can feel like I'm in the movie The Internship. And yes, we did wear the hats.

Hanging out with Joe has been great. I knew that I liked spending time with him. I didn't realize that I like spending all of my time with him. In all seriousness, there isn't any one I'd rather be quarantined with. If we were writing our own vows, I feel like I had to include that 😂

On the wedding front, we don't have much more to do other than pray that things get better before then. We did book our flight to Italy for our honeymoon already though...so not sure that that can be salvaged. We're lucky that it's still a ways out, so we'll see what happens!

Alright, that's pretty much all I have for ya. I hope that everyone is safe, going out only when they need to, and are happy with whoever they are quarantined with. You know, the sort of hopes you have to have in 2020, apparently.

How are you doing? What are you up to?

-Alyssa J
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