Tell us your first name and a little bit about yourself.
Kimberly. I am a writer, and mother of a beautiful teenage son.
In which part of the world do you live?
West Coast USA
Currently alone. I occasionally social distant at a private club for change of scenery and to get some nature walks in
On a scale of 1-10, how have you been at this whole sheltering thing anyway? 1 means you are essentially carrying on as if nothing is going on. 10 means you’re not leaving your house for any reason and having everything delivered to you. (No judgments here...just curious how people would self-rate.)
8 - although this is my normal routine with just a slight change of social distant (no hugs are hard!) and wearing masks. The life of a writer doesn't change a whole lot.
Do you know anyone who has/had covid-19?
If you are alone, how are you handling the isolation? If you are with others, how are you handling that?
Alone and used to it, however I do have my moments of depression while I'm trying to do things that I would typically get relief from with some social attention. I really miss hugging my friends. Touch is really important.
Are you able to get out and enjoy nature anywhere near you?
Yes but not as much as I would like.
What kind of self-care habits have you put in place to keep you sane?
I had many and they are starting to dwindle as I am trying to keep up with stressful things this week. So at the present moment I cannot even remember what I do....wait, baths! I take salt baths to relax :)
I do not homeschool any longer. My son is away and that is also a stressor during this time but we do have video chats twice a week now.
What kind of work do you do? Are you able to work from home? How is that going?
Writer, yes I work from home mostly and sometimes I go on drives or in nature to do it for a change of scenery. It is nice (I've been loving it) however it's the people that are stressing out and watching too much news that stress me out when I encounter them.
Be honest...you’ve cut your own hair, right?
YES. lol Just a trim so it came out ok :)
What surprising positive thing has happened because of the time being spent at home/with family?
I've packed up a lot of my house and moved it into the storage. I've been trying very hard to write and research proper placements for my son..."stuck" at home has forced it.
How are you doing birthdays and other celebrations with all of the restrictions in place?
I don't but I did buy myself some flowers for mother's day and some for my own mother.
Continuously looking for a balance of using technology and going in nature, etc.
Are you ready to get back into the world (with safety precautions in place)?
YES but I don't know it will change much depending on the rest of the population's readiness.
Which TV shows have you been watching and what do you think everyone else should start?
Hmmmmm. not sure...not a big TV watcher anymore.
What are you happy to leave behind in the “old world?”
What can you appreciate most about the “new world?”
Hopefully people will slow down more and have more compassion for others now.
What is the first thing you’re going to do when the shelter-in-place is lifted?
Go on my regular hike trail!!!!! I wish I could do it now but it's too far since part of the park is closed.
Who is the person you have missed seeing most during this time?
Honestly, my ex (we split up after the SIP). I would say my son but I have been able to maintain the same communication with him all year as usual.
Still learning by Halsey is a good one. Many others but it all depends on how I feel on that day.
In a fantasy world where the virus doesn’t exist and money isn’t an issue, where is your dream vacation destination?
The beach. I don't care where...just get me to the water and I will be happy. :)