Weaster Eekend


Even being a long weekend, Easter weekend kinda got the better of me.

I had Good Friday off from work, which, since I’m now working from home, was rather anti-climactic. I spent the morning frantically making Easter cards to send to family members, all the while knowing that none of them were likely to make it on time. But no matter: it’s the thought that counts, right?

I haven’t made greeting cards in a long time: it was easy to get spoiled by Trader Joe’s one-dollar card options that are as appealing as they are affordable. But since the is no such thing as “just a quick trip to Trader Joe’s” right now, it was back to the craft table. I resorted to cutting Easter themed photographs out of an old Martha Stewart Living magazine and gluing them onto card stock. And I’m pretty pleased with the way they turned out, and I managed to get them in the mail the same day, so while they will arrive late, at least they are on their way.

After the Post Office, I undertook an expedition to Costco for provisions. Aside from going running, this was my first time going out of the house on an Errand in several weeks and I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t gotten around to making a mask yet, so I was still making do with a scarf over my face like a mid-century vintage bandito, but I was glad that I had at least that since The Powers That Be were not allowing anybody into the store without a face covering. All in all, it was actually a very civil shopping experience: everybody diligently kept their distance, and the shelves were reasonably well stocked except for a few notable cleaning items. It was a bit stressful to see everybody wearing their masks and gloves, but it was a good kind of stressful: spending all my time at home in a reasonably normal day-to-day environment makes it easy to question the seriousness of the situation. Is it really that big of a deal? (Yes.) Is it really that dangerous of a sickness? (Also, yes.) Don’t get me wrong, I’m clear on The Facts, it’s just the emotional urgency that is wearing off, so it was good to have a reality check.

On Saturday I finally cleared a work space on the dining room table and began to cut out templates for masks from some spare cloth I had in the house. I’m probably being rather too precious about the craftmanship on them (double sided! Flat-felled seams! No raw edges! Machine washable! Bleach safe!) but I like how they are turning out.

Anyway, on to a new week now: trying to get back into a groove of things. I feel like today has gotten off to a good start so far: hopefully the momentum will continue.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on April 13, 2020.

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