Friday Favorites: CAUSEBOX Spring 2020

My new subscription box came yesterday, and I was so excited to open it.  I have been stalking my front porch for days in anticipation of my box arriving.  Of course, shipping was a little slower than normal due to COVID-19. This is the second CAUSEBOX that I have received.  For those of you that don’t know, CAUSEBOX is a quarterly subscription box that is different than the ones you normally see all over social media. Everything that comes in a CAUSEBOX is a socially conscious brand and/or fair trade. They support artisan groups in other countries and support a number of charitable causes.  I am in love with this company and all that they are doing.  

My second CAUSEBOX did not disappoint! I absolutely loved everything that came in my first box, and I am so excited about all the things in my new box. I did have some options for customization of my box, which I really like. Check out all the things I got this time. 

Fosterie Layered Gem Necklace-designed exclusively for CAUSEBOX and ethically handmade in Columbia

Bentgo Stackable Bento Box-a to-go container with two compartments and built-in utensils that offers a sustainable replacement to single-use plastic and donates to Feed the Children

Artisan Direct Sustainable Grocery Starter Kit-set of 5 mesh and muslin bags to replace single use produce and grain bags; made by artisans in Jaipur, India 

Earth Harbor Reparative Eye Cream-a smoothing and firming, all-natural, iridescent eye-cream made of seaweed collagen, blue tansy, and plant oils to help restore the skin around the eyes

Cardea Auset CALM Mood Mist-an all-natural, aromatherapeutic mood mist that can be used to help with focus and sleep or simply as a body spray

Jenni Earle Wild + Free Bandana-a beautiful bandana designed to serve as a talisman for courage and adventure; ethically made by artisans in Jaipur, India

Pixie Mood Zoe Crossbody in Honey-an everyday crossbody with detachable and adjustable strap made from vegan leather, with the inside made from recycled plastic

I could not be more pleased with my decision to join CAUSEBOX.  I truly love what they stand for and the quality of the products I have received so far.  I am totally in love with the crossbody from this box and cannot wait to use it.  If you have been thinking about joining a subscription box, I highly recommend CAUSEBOX. You can be assured that your purchase will be making a difference in the world, and you are getting quality products that are ethically and sustainably made. To get $10 off a new subscription, click here

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Put Your Best Face Forward

Pullover Tunic/Necklace

Raise your hand if you are reading this while still in your pajamas or loungewear with no makeup on and haven’t brushed your hair.  I bet many of you have your hand up right now. I’ve seen it all over social media. Guess what, though? My hand is not up.  I got up this morning like I do every single morning, took a shower, got dressed, fixed my hair, put makeup on.  I even put on some cute Trades of Hope jewelry because I am always wearing HOPE. Even though I am not going anywhere and won’t see anyone except my immediate family, I still get ready every day.  With everything that is going on in the world and all of us being confined to our homes for days, the easy thing to do is to let yourself go and not get ready every day.  What is the point, right? Trust me, I understand.  There are days like today when I am not feeling my best and want to just lounge around all day.  I have the urge to just lie in bed and watch TV for hours.  Even on those days, though, I force myself get up and get ready anyway.  I will argue with you anytime that getting ready each day is important. It is especially important in times like this. You may be thinking that I am nuts, but I promise you (at least in this instance) I’m not.   

Times are very uncertain right now and being stuck at home all day can and will lead to depression for some.  Anxiety may be ramped up, and your fears can be overwhelming.  One small thing you can do to combat all that is to get up and get ready every day.  I promise you; it will make you feel better.  Doing something that you would typically do under normal circumstances can give you a sense of security.  Try to follow your normal routine as much as possible while you are stuck at home.  Getting dressed and ready each day will also make you feel more productive.  Even though I may want to, being dressed and ready for the day does help to keep me from lying on the couch all day.  I’m not a doctor or any kind of professional. I only know how it makes me feel.  I can certainly tell a difference in my mood and how I feel in general on days that I don’t get dressed and put on makeup compared to when I do. Now, I am not saying that you can’t have the occasional lazy day.  I do have them myself, but they are rare.  It just shouldn’t become your norm.  I know that it is easy to allow that to happen when you are stuck at home, but trust me, it is worth it to get ready each day. It is important to put your best face forward even if it is just to cook dinner or clean the house.  It will change your mood and attitude for the better.   I truly believe that it is important to keep with that daily routine for your sanity. 

Go get out of your pajamas and get ready to face the day!

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Build Character

Life continues to be stressful and ever changing.  My Facebook feed has been filled with so much sadness following our governor’s announcement yesterday that school is officially closed for the remainder of the year. My heart breaks for all of my teacher friends who are struggling with this decision.  I know that they all invest so much into their students and are hurting knowing that they won’t be able to see their smiling faces in their classroom again.  They are worried about their students and are spending hours a day trying to find ways to still teach them from home.  I know many students are also struggling with this decision.  For some, school is their only safe place.  It is the only place where they feel secure and loved.  For others, there is worry about not being able to see their friends.  High school seniors are crushed that their final year is not turning out the way they have dreamed for so long.  I can only imagine what it would be like for my students with special needs had something like this happened when I was still teaching.  So many of them thrive with the structure and discipline of school in ways they aren’t able to at home.  My heart goes out to all of the parents of students with special needs who will have an even greater challenge.  It won’t be a simple fix of getting materials online for them.  Distance learning is not going to cover what they really need.  It just doesn’t work that way.  I also feel for all the other parents who are having to figure all of this out. Trying to balance work, childcare, and homeschooling is very daunting task.  Many will truly struggles and are feeling overwhelmed. No one is alone in this! 

The fear of the unknown for teachers, students, and parents may feel like it is more than some can bear.  I am here to tell you that this is not something that is going to make or break any of us.  Yes, it is going to be tough, but it isn’t what truly matters in this world right now.  Life will go on, and the safety and health of all is much more important right now than school.  It is not going to traumatize the kids. The school system will figure out ways to catch them up and move them along.  Teachers will step up in ways never thought possible with creative solutions. Parents will make it work the best they can. We will all be okay.  What is important is our response to all of this as adults (teachers and parents).  The children will be okay if their parents and teachers are okay.  Be patient and give yourself some grace.  No one is expecting parents to suddenly become expert teachers or teachers to have all of the answers right away. The kids aren’t going to remember the hardships that we all faced during this time years from now.  That is not what is going to stand out in their minds.  They are going to remember the fun that they had at home with their families.  They are going to remember all of the board games that are being played, the puzzles being put together, the art projects they have made, the teachers who read stories to them through their computers, the coaches who are had virtual practices so they can all still connect with their teams, the school buses delivering them meals, the groceries they left on their neighbor’s doorstep, and so many more wonderful moments of love and laughter.  That is what is most important.  That is the greatest kind of education that we can give our kids.  

There is strength in togetherness, there is strength in kindness, and there is strength in families.  All of that strength is what it going to carry us through to the other side.  Instead of worrying about how your kids are going to be educated or how to make homeschool work, spend time giving them the best education of all.  Show them that family matters by spending time together.  Teach them that love, above all else, matters most. Tell them that you love them over and over again.  Teach them kindness and compassion by showing them how to help those in need.  Teach them to look out for their loved ones.  Show them how to be flexible by just simply going with the flow.  Teach them responsibility by giving them chores.  Have cooking lessons or show them how to fold laundry or change a tire.  Teach them persistence by not letting them give up even in hard times. Increase their confidence by offering meaningful praise. Teach them to know and love God.  Be present in their lives.  Simply talk to each other. There is no greater education you can give them than building their character.   The math, English, science, and history will come eventually. Use this time now to grow them into amazing little people. We have really been given a rare gift. The gift of time. Use it wisely. It is all going to be okay.  I promise. We will get through this. How you respond is the key to getting through it successfully. Respond with love and grace. You’ve got this!

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Looks for Less: J. Crew Factory

Friday marked the official start of spring, and we had gorgeous spring weather here that day.  Of course, it went back to cold over the weekend, but I am not letting it hamper my mood.  The trees are starting to bloom, and spring is definitely in the air. I am loving all the new spring clothes that are popping up everywhere.  That has put me in the outfit making mood.  Since I can’t go out and do any real shopping as we are still trapped at home, I went for the next best thing…online shopping! No, I didn’t really buy anything, but I do have a few things sitting in my cart I am debating on.  You all know that I am all about a bargain and outlet shopping is my cup of tea.  Today I have scoured J. Crew Factory for some really cute pieces all at a great price.  Some are even on clearance and others are an additional 70% off with the code SNOOZE. I have made 8 outfits from head to toe that are just too cute for words! Check them out!

Leopard Chino Shorts/Ruffle-Sleeve Camp Shirt/Leather Scalloped Peep-Toe Flats/Gold Beaded Bracelet Set

Tie-Waist Poplin Shirtdress/Suede Platform Espadrilles/Thick Hoop Earrings

4” Linen-Cotton Scalloped Hem Shorts/Eyelet-Back Sweatshirt/Seaside Slide Sandals/Pearl Layering Necklace

5” Classic Chino Shorts/Cherry Blossom Ruffle-Sleeve Camp Shirt/Suede Scalloped Slide Sandals/Freshwater Pearl Bracelet Set

Classic Denim Shorts/Girlfriend Crew Neck Tee/Road Trip Canvas Sneakers/Acrylic Bead Stackable Bracelet

Printed Tiered Midi Dress/Marina Leather Pointy-Toe Flats/Crystal Circle Drop Earrings

Belted A-Line Twill Skirt/Striped Fine-Ribbed Crewneck Tee/Calf Hair Platform Espadrilles/Tortoise Hexagon Hoop Earrings

10” Highest Rise Skinny Jean/Textured Tank Top with Scallop Trim/Canvas Espadrille Wedges/Multi-Strand Pearl Necklace

I have to say that I think the first outfit is my favorite. I just might “NEED” it. LOL! Who am I kidding, though??? I really want them all. Happy Shopping!!

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Friday Favorites: Binge Worthy Shows

Last week I gave you a list of some of my favorite books that you could read while we are all stuck at home social distancing.  Today I thought I would give you a list of some shows that I think are binge worthy in case you are looking for something to watch. I tried to include a little bit of everything (drama, mystery, documentary, comedy, and reality tv). I watched several of these with my husband. Keep in mind that none of these are kid friendly, though, and some involve sensitive topics.  Cheer is the only one I watched along with my youngest daughter so that we could discuss some of the topics (depression, suicide) covered in the show together. I loved all of these shows, and I hope you can find one that you like to keep you busy.

*The descriptions of the shows are not my own. They are copied from the show’s home page on each streaming site.

Cheer-Netflix

This gripping docuseries follows the ups and downs of Navarro College’s competitive cheer squad as the work to win a coveted national title.

Outlander-Starz (Season 1-3 on Netflix)

This epic tale adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s popular series of fantasy-romance novels focuses on the drama of two time-crossed lovers.

Jack Ryan-Amazon

When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers, his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the US and her allies. 

Unbelievable-Netflix

After a young woman is accused of lying about a rape, two female detectives investigate a spate of eerily similar attacks. Inspired by true events.

The Handmaid’s Tale-Hulu

A woman forced into sexual servitude struggles to survive in a terrifying, totalitarian society. Based off the book by Margaret Atwood.

Killing Eve-BBC/Hulu

Villanelle is a psychopathic assassin, and Eve is the woman charged with hunting her down; the two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.

The Sinner-USA/Netflix

When a chilling murder sends shockwaves through a small town, a haunted detective’s hunt for answers unravels a web of sinister secrets.

Hanna-Amazon

In equal parts high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama, HANNA follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl raised in the forest, as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.

Atypical-Netflix

When a teen on the autism spectrum decides to get a girlfriend, his bid for more independence puts his whole family on a path of self-discovery. 

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez-Netflix

A boy’s brutal murder and the public trials of his guardians and social workers prompt questions about the system’s protection of vulnerable children. 

You-Netflix

A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by. 

The Crown-Netflix

This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

Love is Blind-Netflix

Nick and Vanessa Lachey host this social experiment where single men and women look for love and get engaged, all before meeting in person.

Chernobyl-HBO

Chernobyl, a five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky, dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history—and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

Bosch-Amazon

Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, Harry Bosch, and LAPD homicide detective, stands trial for the fatal shooting of a serial murder suspect—just as a cold case involving the remains of a mission boy forces Bosch to confront his past.

The Good Doctor-ABC/Hulu

A young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome uses his extraordinary gifts to save lives and challenge skepticism. 

Happy watching! Stay well everyone!

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Quiet the Brain

I want to write about something other than the Coronavirus, but that is hard since that is our reality right now and it is everywhere! I’m going to try, though.  Instead I’m going to write about something stupid. I am going to write about sleep. Maybe it will give you a laugh in this crazy time about how insane I am.  Seriously!  Sleep is so important, but it is something that I struggle with daily.  I believe that I have mentioned before that I am one of those people who really requires 8-10 hours of sleep. My husband on the other hand is totally fine with only 4 hours of sleep. He can fall asleep in less than 5 seconds and can sleep soundly through anything.  I think that developed for him out of necessity because of his life on a submarine.  Whatever the reason, I am super jealous. I was the girl in college that was in the bed by 9:00 every night and got mad when my sorority sisters where having a mini party on the front porch just below my window.  I know! Sad, right? Anyway, I need sleep to be a functional human.  However, for that past several years, sleep has eluded me.  It takes me hours to fall asleep.  I lay there forever with random things floating around in my head.  It is so frustrating, and it happens every night.  I have tried melatonin and other nighttime sleep aids, but they either don’t work or leave me feeling too groggy the next day.  

I become hyper aware of things when I am trying to go to fall asleep.  I hear every little sound despite using a noise machine that blares white noise.  While it helps and I really can’t sleep without it, it doesn’t block out everything.  Sometimes I think I imagine the sounds I hear, though.  It makes my brain go into overdrive trying to figure out what the sound was. I even become hyper aware of my breathing.  That one is partly because I have had this thumping/swishing sound in my right ear for over 10 years.  It is like I can hear my pulse in my ear 24/7. It kind of sounds like a baby’s heartbeat in utero.  I’ve been to countless doctors and no one can figure out the cause.  Anyway, I have learned to tune it out for the most part.  The only time it really bothers me, or I notice it is when I think about it or I am trying to go to sleep.  That is when it suddenly become very loud and annoying.  When I focus on my breathing and slowing it down, it slows down the beating in my ear.  I have to really concentrate on it though.

The craziest thing is what has been keeping me awake the past few nights. You are going to laugh because it is so ridiculous, and I honestly don’t even know how to explain it so that it makes sense.  I have suddenly become hyper aware of my teeth when I am trying to fall asleep.  I’m not kidding! I lie there debating whether I normally sleep with my teeth clenched, lightly touching, or slightly open.  I know that it makes no sense whatsoever, but I’m serious. It just started happening a couple of nights ago, and I can’t get it out of my mind. It’s like an obsession now.  I am having this internal argument with my brain. It makes every position of my jaw start to hurt because I am over correcting whatever position I have decided on that night.  I feel like I am losing my mind.  I really think I am going insane. I try to think about something else, but I can’t.  I don’t even know why it started to begin with, but I can’t stop. It infuriates me because instead of sleeping I am lying there obsessing over the position of my teeth.  How dumb is that? I am sure that there are some people who would say there is some underlying meaning behind it, but I’m not one to believe in that kind of stuff.  I just want it to stop. 

Basically, I need sleep. I need my brain to stop all this ridiculousness. I seriously hope that you have gotten a laugh at my expense today.  I have to laugh at myself or else I’ll cry! If anyone has any suggestions on how to get myself to stop with these obsessions and fall asleep, I am all ears. I think I may need professional help, but they may send me to the psych ward! AHHHH….

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Look for the Good

It has been 6 days since school was abruptly canceled and life as we know it changed.  We were notified last night that the school closure has been extended to April 10 with the understanding that it is likely going to be longer than that.  They are saying that they anticipate schools being closed for another 6-12 weeks.  We have been told that teachers are preparing for distance learning but so far have gotten no guidance of what to do with our kids other than a few websites we can use as reinforcement.  As a former teacher, I cannot imagine what teachers are feeling right now.  It is a tough situation full of uncertainties.  As a parent, I am extremely worried what all of these means for our kids.  It is hard to imagine that this is our life in 2020.  It is like something out of a movie.  I keep thinking of the movie Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and Morgan Freeman. I know that everyone is scared of the unknown and what this all means.  I am scared too. You know it is bad when they tell you not to come to church!  I am so thankful for technology and the fact that we can watch church online and connect with others that way.

As of yesterday, practice has been canceled for both of my children. The gymnastics season has been officially canceled and has, therefore, come to an abrupt end.  The cheer season is on hold as they are attempting to postpone competitions rather than cancel them.  However, I feel like it is only a matter of time before it is all canceled as well.  This all means that we really are putting a halt on our lives.  We are literally staying home all day like much of the country now.  I am already starting to feel a little claustrophobic, and it has only been 3 days since I have left the house.   I am a homebody by nature, but this is extreme even for me. I guess it is because it is such a contrast from our normal go, go, go life.  We don’t know what to do with ourselves and all the free time we have.  It is almost like we are all in withdrawal from what has been our crazy busy life for so long.  The change is drastic and a little unnerving, but it is also freeing at the same time. I feel like this is God’s way of telling us all that we need to slow down and take time to spend with our families.  I think that maybe he felt like he needed to do something drastic to make us see what we were doing to ourselves. It has already had a huge impact on my family. My kids have played OUTSIDE together for the first time in years. They are getting to do things that they normally never have time for with school and practice.  Their bodies are getting a chance to rest and recuperate.  I am cooking meals for our family daily, which also hasn’t been done in years.  We usually aren’t home long enough for me to really cook.  I even tried out a new recipe last night that was a hit. My husband and I are spending time actually talking to each other and hanging out together instead of our usual passing of each other as we rush to the next thing. My oldest and my husband are even working to teach our dog a new trick.  It is a totally new life…one that wasn’t planned but is a positive change. I am choosing to focus on the positive impact this has had on my family. 

The media is reporting all of the negatives from the spread of this virus including the hoarding of toilet paper and food. That is not the whole story, though. Even from all of the chaos and uncertainty, so much good has come from all of this already.  The school system’s first priority was finding a way to provide breakfast and lunch to ALL students who need it regardless if they receive free and reduced lunch or not.  Communities are rallying around each other and offering support.  I’ve seen coaches from all over posting workouts online for athletes to tune into. Teachers and administrators are posting videos of them reading picture books.  Families that already homeschool their children are giving tips and sharing their schedules to help those families that have no clue how to structure their children’s days.  Other teachers are offering help to parents who may not understand the material they now have been given to teach.   Neighbors are purchasing grocery items for those that are unable to get out and are leaving them on their doorsteps.  I could go on and on.  I wish the media covered all of the good.  I am proud of my friends, family, and fellow community members that I have seen step up and go above and beyond.  

While these times are uncertain and scary, try to look for the good in it all because there is so much good happening all around us.  Use this time to slow down and stop and smell the roses.  Spend quality time with the ones you love. Support those around you that may need it and look out for your fellow neighbor.  Be the good!  Know that God is in control of it all, and he will lead us down the right path.  Be ready to follow it wherever it may lead you. 

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Fashion Finds: Spring Purses

Obviously, I am not going anywhere to do any dressing room try-on sessions anytime in the near future with what is going on in the world right now.  I guess it will have to be a lot of online window shopping for now. I hope you are all staying healthy inside as well.

 Although the official start of it isn’t until Friday, spring is definitely in the air.  Trees and flowers are starting to bloom, and temperatures are starting to warm up.  I am in the mood for some spring shopping. Today I have some cute spring purses for you that are totally on trend for Spring 2020.  Check them out.

Straw bags are really popular for spring, and I have found some really cute ones.  I love the natural look of these.

Straw Clutch/Straw Circle Tote Handbag/Striped Circle Tote Bag/Straw Shoulder Bag/Handwoven Round Ratan Bag

Fun shaped bags like these are also very on trend this season. How fun are these?

Flap Bucket Bag/Triangle Top Handbag/Drawstring Bucket Bag

Pastel colors like pink, green, and blue are the perfect shades to show you are ready for the colors of the season. I’m totally obsessed with the blue one!

Striped Tote Bag/Dome Crossbody/Vegan Leather Bucket Bag

You all know that I have to throw in the fair trade pieces that I love too! It is all about supporting women and making a difference in the world.

Jali Coin Purse/Floral Wristlet/Jali Handbag/Blush Rabia Bag

The rest are just some additional ones that I love and are super cute.

Happy shopping!

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Friday Favorites: Books

With everything that is going on in the world right now with the Coronavirus, I decided to make a detour on what favorite thing I had planned to write about today.  Even if you haven’t been confined to your house yet, it seems that you most likely will be in the near future.  Schools are closing, events are being canceled, people are asked to telework, and everyone is being told to stay home.  Well, I don’t know about you, but the thought of having to stay confined to my house for an extended period of time has me fearing for my sanity.  I am certain that there will be a lot of binge watching and moving watching going on. However, you may start to feel like you want to stimulate your brain a little more, so I thought I would share some of my favorite books with you.  It is a great opportunity for you to dive into a good book.  If you prefer a real book to an ebook, I think that Amazon is still delivering (at least for now).  Becoming enthralled in a book can certainly help save your sanity.  I plan to do a lot of reading while I am stuck in the house.  Up first for me is my book club pick for March, When Time Stopped by Ariana Neuman, since I haven’t started it yet.  

I am a big fan of books in a series. I love the anticipation of the next book. My favorite author of all time is Karen Kingsbury.  I have read so many of her books and there has never been one that I didn’t love.  I also really like most books by Jodi Picoult and Kristen Hannah.  Check out 20 books/series that I have read over the years and loved. Some will be very familiar to you and others you may have never heard of.  

The Redemption Series by Karen Kingsbury

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paulina Simons

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Educated by Tara Westover

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

Room by Emma Donoghue

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Dive into a good book while you are stuck in your house in the coming weeks. Stay well everyone!

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Wash Your Hands!

I guess it is inevitable that I write about what is going on in the world.  The real panic over the Coronavirus hit where I live a little over a week ago.  The shelves were quickly emptied of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, and toilet paper. People started stealing the cart wipes from grocery stores and masks from doctor offices, many started walking around wearing gloves and masks everywhere, and fights were breaking out over packs of toilet paper.  It escalated fast.  The rest of the country quickly followed.  People are preparing to be quarantined.  I’ve even seen videos of people spraying their kids with disinfectant. (I don’t recommend that, by the way!) It’s insane! Yesterday, our school division announced an unscheduled teacher workday for next week so that teachers could be trained on distance learning and approved millions of dollars to speed up the roll out of 1:1 Chromebooks for all students in grades 3-12.  Then suddenly this morning, they announced the cancelation of school effective immediately through at least March 20.  Surprisingly, most people are grateful for this decision and are applauding the school system for taking preventative measurements, but there is a small band of people complaining about the decision.  Truthfully, they weren’t going to make everyone happy with any decision they made.  

I have a friend whose family was vacationing in Europe and had to quickly make arrangements in the middle of the night to get back to the US following the President’s announcement about travel last night.  I have another friend who had tickets to an NBA game for her son’s birthday who now can’t attend after the NBA’s announcement that they were suspending the season indefinitely.  My daughter’s gym is supposed to be hosting a gymnastics meet this weekend and everyone is questioning if it should be canceled.  There are countless others in similar situations.  Life as we know it is drastically changing rapidly.  People are terrified and don’t know what to do.  The spread of the virus is inevitable.  Steps are being taken to slow the spread so that hospitals and aren’t overcrowded, but it’s still going to spread.  

Some of you may be shocked to learn that I am not panicking over this.  You would think that the OCD, germ-a-phobe in me would be, but I’m not.  Yes, we are taking precautions as much as we can, but that’s all we can do at this point.  I’m most concerned about being confined to the house for days while trying not to drive each other nuts in the event of a quarantine.  As of right now, my kids still have their regularly scheduled practices, so that will at least get them out of the house a little for now and help keep us all from going stir-crazy. I’m afraid those practices are going to eventually get canceled as well. Maybe they should be and maybe they shouldn’t. I am starting to think they may be out of school until after spring break, which is 3 weeks away, but who knows? 

I urge you all to try not to panic.  I understand that it is scary but freaking out and acting manic isn’t going to help the situation. Stop fighting over toilet paper and help your fellow neighbor if you can. Stop criticizing officials for their response or lack of response. They are doing the best they can with the information avaiable. Try to minimize your time in large groups to reduce the risk of exposure if you can. Stay home of you are sick. For goodness sake, WASH YOUR HANDS!  

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