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Coronavirus Quarantine Day 61 - Getting Outside and A Quarantine Birthday

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Alright, I had lofty goals to write daily, but it's only been a week so that's an improvement.

Let's start with GETTING OUTSIDE...

It's Sunday and I'm sitting on my porch, the porch that gets no sun, watching folks exist outside of their dwellings. My bicycle sits on my deck, covered in pollen, as does my Gazelle Supreme (elliptical). I have zero motivation to work out, but I would like to ride my bike, take a walk or just get out of these walls. It's not like an all out party in the streets or anything, but as I type this one of the guys in my building is loading his golf clubs in his trunk, among other things. Perhaps he's going on a business trip? Who knows.

Warm weather is my favorite and I'm dying to get out of the house, but also scared and willing to wait a while longer to see how this all pans out, especially since my county is a hot spot. The governor of Georgia just unleashed the dragon on Friday, April 24th so it's too soon to tell.

My pool opened Friday. I haven't been, but I'm willing to check it out during the weekdays when everyone is at work. I have three days off this week for my boyfriend's birthday.

My apartment complex has handled the COVID-19 situation very well, in my opinion. Early on they closed all common areas and amenities that could increase the spread of the virus, disallowed any walk-in traffic to the leasing office and only responded to true emergency maintenance calls. Before all that came to fruition they began sending out emails on March 6th reiterating information from the CDC, the state and local government as well as the WHO. They also have a robust page of resources on their website and have been working with residents who cannot make rent payments as usual.

Ah, my point was that when my apartment complex opened the pool they reiterated social distancing guidelines and noted they had positioned all seating at least six feet apart, reminding residents not to move the chairs.

A BIRTHDAY TO REMEMBER, IN QUARANTINE

Before I go on, I do realize that Georgia is no longer under a shelter-in-place mandate, however both of us have high blood pressure and have children. Granted, three of the four kids we have in total are adults, they're very young adults and we'd like to watch them grow as much as possible. For that reason, we are ELECTING to continue to shelter in place, with some very rare exceptions.

With that, having a birthday in quarantine must suck so I did a lot of research to make it as special as can be. I hope he's not reading this, but here's the plan. Years ago when subscription boxes started booming, I had heard of various date night gift boxes so I scoured the web. Actually, I didn't do much scouring because I quickly found a site that does all the work for me, CrateJoy.

I ordered the The Adults & Crafts Crate (monthly) at $30.00 per month and Escape the Crate with two boxes over four months at $56 per four month period. Not only is the birthday a big thing, but our date nights have also suffered so I wanted to keep the train moving.

The Escape the Crate will not arrive in time for my hunny's birthday, but The Adults & Crafts crate already arrived. In the description on CrateJoy it states to contact them with special requests as far as the ship date goes and I did. They responded within 24 hours and had the package out the door on the next weekday. I received the package on Thursday, so there was plenty of time to let the package sit unopened to get the Coronavirus off it. I know that sounds stupid, but that's what we do with all our cardboard packages since it is said Coronavirus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours.

On a side note, let's bear in mind that all of these statements about COVID-19 are all very presumptuous at this point. Granted, I'm sure there have been studies, but nothing at significant length and the story changes quite frequently. My point is, we don't know enough for folks to be going all nilly-willy and returning to their normal every day lives.

Back to the birthday...we're going full fledged "birthday week" celebrations and this year it's especially meaningful because since the day I met the man, he told me that both is father and grandfather died at 42. This entire year has been an emotional wreck for me, but Tuesday, Cinco de Stinko (thanks to COVID-19), he turns 43 and I can't wait.

I tried to convince him to take the full week off, but for some reason he's working on his birthday and we're both taking Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off. Whatevs. It's his birthday. We'll do what he wants. So, the plan is breakfast in bed Tuesday morning, then off to work he goes. Tuesday evening he'll celebrate with his son and daughter. (I'll cover joint custody during these tumultuous times at a later date).

On Wednesday, it's breakfast in bed again and we'll watch TV/movies. then before lunch we'll start our wood burning kit from the Adults and Crafts crate (separate post to follow with pics) while eating a light lunch, which I will prepare the night before after receiving my Instacart delivery). I'm thinking Larb Gai. Then late afternoon we'll pick up his fave, a dozen oysters on the half shell, a pound of snow crab legs and calamari, from our favorite seafood restaurant.

Thursday, we'll rent a boat and just the two of us will float lazily on the lake and soak up some much needed Vitamin D, after breakfast in bed and a lazy morning, of course. I'm not sure what's in store for Friday. I figured we'll figure it out as the week goes again.

I'll keep you posted. I'm done with this for now.

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