Life Lately: Things Are Weird

Posted March 27, 2020 by shooting in Discussion / 36 Comments

Hello friends! Sooo….yeah, life is weird. Many of us are working from home and social distancing like crazy. I’m lucky that I can work from home, and I don’t have kids, so I’m not home schooling either. Regardless, things are strange for everyone, and I’m really trying to focus on the little positive things and go day by day. It’s better for my mental health, though it’s not always easy.

To Blog or Not to Blog, That Is the Question

I’m going to keep blogging though. I hope to use this time to blog ahead some more, and get some long-awaited posts finally scheduled. I know some people aren’t sure if they should blog, and I say “please – blog like normal”. You can talk about what’s going on and how you’re feeling, but you can also focus on other topics too. It’s a good distraction and blogging is something that makes me happy and I can do from a distance! Of course, I know some people don’t have the motivation or their anxiety is too high, and that’s okay too – if blogging is just a stress right now or something you don’t want to deal with, then take a break.

Homeschooling Can’t Be Easy

If you’re homeschooling your kids and they need help with anything related to Reading or English, let me know and I would be more than happy to help! Or if you need help finding ideas for homeschooling, I can help with that too. It’s just research after all – and that’s what I do a lot of for my job and I really don’t mind helping. It gives me something else to work on and keeps my focus away from doom and gloom for a bit.

Wanna Be Buddies?

Despite the need to social distance, it’s still important that you keep in touch with people. Use technology, social media, email. Whatever you have access too and keep in touch with family and/or friends. I’m here for you too. Do you want to buddy watch a movie? What about buddy reading a book? I’m game; just let me know and we can figure out the details!

Leave Them With a Laugh

It’s okay to laugh. It’s actually good to laugh. And one of the ways I’m laughing is through various Covid-19 memes, because there are some definite giggle-inducing ones out there. I thought I’d finish my post today with some of the ones I’ve seen – and laughed at – lately! *I did not make any of these*Β 

After you’ve gotten some chuckles in, leave a comment and let me know: How are you feeling? Do you need help with anything, or do you need a buddy? Any thoughts and comments are welcome!Β 

“When Your Neighbor’s Got Jokes”

36 responses to “Life Lately: Things Are Weird

  1. I definitely think people should keep blogging. I want to know how everyone is doing. Now more than ever it’s important to connect with others. And all distractions are welcome.

  2. You have to keep laughing and find some humor. Life is difficult right now and whatever can get you through.

    I’ve been having text movie dates with a friend. We both record a Hallmark type movie because we’re in different time zones and then set up a time to watch and snark on it. Huge stress relief and a nice way to stay in touch with friends.

    And I WISH I could read and blog! lol I’m all for it but have zero motivation right now.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • shooting

      I love the idea of a text movie date. I might need to set that up with a friend!! Hopefully you’ll find some motivation for blogging and/or reading soon, though I totally get it if it just doesn’t come.

  3. Hey there, friend,
    I am trying to catch up on my blog reading. Have been home a week from mom’s but it has been one thing after another.

    Anyway, so glad to read this post, to know you are able to continue working. And while I contemplated not blogging right now, I remembered that I started blogging as a way to fill my idle retirement hours, and to hopefully inspire others with ideas about a happy retirement life. So I am continuing!! Glad you are, too.

    Hope your mom and sister are staying well. I haven’t seen my grands in close to 3 weeks. But have one more week of self-quarantine and then hopefully, I can see them again.

    You are a sweetie to offer the help to parents who find themselves home schooling all of a sudden. I am trying to help with my 9 year old granddaughter but it is tough to try to help with long division over Facetime.

    Hang in there, sweet friend. Big hugs to you.

    Leslie Susan Clingan recently posted: Friday Favorites 03.2020
    • shooting

      Hey Leslie! I hope you can see your grandkids soon. I haven’t seen my nieces and nephew in awhile, and I doubt it will be anytime soon so that’s a bit rough. Thank goodness for Facetime! My mom and sister are doing well at the moment, so I’m very happy about that. I’m glad you plan to keep on blogging too!!

  4. YES to all of this! I’m continuing to blog also, it’s my community and how I connect so I don’t want to be without it. I love the memes you shared. I find a lot of comfort in humor. We will get through this weird time one day at a time!

  5. Things are weird, but I’m going to keep blogging, too. I’ve been a little scarce this week, though. I still have to go into work as I work in a hospital but I took Thursday and Friday off a while back and took the time off even though we didn’t do what we originally planned. I haven’t been on the computer in 3 days! Time to get back to it.

    Love the memes! Especially the Throwbackthursday and the JR on Twitter. Keep them coming! πŸ™‚

    • shooting

      I will definitely be sharing more memes!! And I’m glad you plan to keep blogging too. Be safe – working in a hospital is scary these days!

  6. I’m doing okay. Like you I’m using the time to get blogging done. I need to be using it to get my writing done, but haven’t had the initiative or break from my two dogs yet to do that. I’m hoping they’ll get used to having me home, although since I am a school librarian, I’ve been home during the summers with them, and I know that doesn’t happen really. I may have to start writing outside once the weather gets reliable. Like you I need to laugh, and even though on Facebook I’m posting lots of memes about Covid-19, it doesn’t mean I’m not taking it serious, just need to be able to laugh at it and myself at times!

    • shooting

      Exactly! It’s a very serious thing, but laughing about it helps alleviate some anxiety here and there. Humor is good! I do want to start working more on my writing too, but at the moment, I’m just reading and blogging as much as I can focus on!

  7. The wife joke made me laugh ? i needed that. I kind of feel like I’m living in limbo at the moment, most of my time is spent trying to find food for the week and stopping myself from eating us out of the house. I’ve taken to stress eating to ease my anxiety which is horrible. My husband is working long, long hours and I’ve barely seen him but thankful we still have an income though too. It’s scary times and I hope you’re keeping well Lauren and the family and practising lots of self care darling.

    • shooting

      I loved the wife joke!! I’m sorry things are a bit in limbo for you. I’m glad your husband can still work, but long long hours are not good for anyone. I understand wanting to stress eat though – I feel like all I want are sweets lately too. Please do reach out if you ever want to chat or vent or whatever!!

  8. The It pic cracked me up. Just doesn’t have the same ring of fear with the toilet roll there. It’s been a week of working from home and trying very hard to focus, and not getting swept up in the news and the media hysteria. I’ve managed that some days and some days not – -and I am trying very hard not to let talk of the virus take over my blogging — or if it does to focus on the positive.

    • shooting

      I’m definitely trying to stay as positive as I can. It can be tough sometimes. And the IT picture definitely made me laugh. πŸ™‚

  9. Love the memes! We definitely need humor at the moment to see us through these challenges. And I love your buddying ideas- I’ve been thinking the same thing, maybe set up a readalong or a Twitter party about a bookish topic, or something. I’m going to try and think of something fun. πŸ™‚

    I definitely want to keep blogging through all this, even though my reading has been down. It helps to take the mind off all the troubles. πŸ™‚

    Hope you have a happy and safe week!

    • shooting

      Humor is always appreciated in times like these!! Ooh definitely let me know if you come up with a fun idea for readers to join in on!!!

  10. I had planned to keep blogging but I’m finding that I have nothing to say, and I don’t want to force it right now. But hopefully that will change!

  11. RO

    What a great idea to buddy up with movies Lauren! We watch a lot of the same movies, so I’ll definitely reach out to let you know what I’m interested. Back in the day pic with TP is so true and funny. I’m going to try to blog more too, since like you, I work from home, but I’m still trying to focus on this business thing. Ugh. (lol)I’ glad you’re still bogging and please stay safe. Hugs, RO

    • shooting

      Yes, let me know if you want to buddy watch a movie! I’m totally game. Stay safe, and good luck with your business.

  12. I saw that Throwback Thursday post with the fully stocked toilet paper aisle and it is so funny. The little things we used to appreciate. I plan to continue to blog, but I may drop down to 2 times a week instead of 3, because the online schooling is taking most of my day right now. My 5th grader asks me questions about every 15 minutes! Lol!


  13. I’m glad you’re continuing to blog through all this. I am trying to as well, although with trying to work all day and trying to entertain/educate my kids… I’m exhausted! But blogging is fun for me so I want to keep doing it!

  14. Things are definitely weird. It feels like the world is upside down right now, which is just so mentally draining. I agree with continuing to blog if at all possible. I’m taking it day by day, but I usually find it a relaxing distraction and a great way to keep up with my blogger friends and know that they’re all still doing okay.

  15. I too am finding humor is a must to get through this difficult season. I am pretty thankful that we’ve homeschooled for years because that is one less adjustment on all of us (plus what I’m hearing with the assignments local teachers are giving sounds so very stressful for those parents that are still working!). I can’t imagine NOT blogging right now. I feel like it’s the only adult social interaction I’m getting lately and I love that while most posts mention the virus they’re mainly about “other” things that do help keep me distracted at a time I greatly need to be distracted.

    Joanne recently posted: All the Feels in March
  16. It’s definitely important to keep laughing! Love those memes πŸ™‚
    These are indeed weird and anxious times, and I agree that it’s important (for me personally anyways) to keep blogging. It’s a little slice of normal, it’s a way to connect and think about something else for a change. Though of course, I totally understand when people just can’t do that right now as well.

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