I got a phone call today that three people I knew had gone to be tested for the Covid-19 virus. They've been sick for a week (more or less) but there's also a regular cold going around town as well, so hopefully it's that and not Covid-19. Some of my friends have been laid off of work as well, which sucks. It's all just super crappy.
I'm taking a small break from the news. I'm normally an avid news reader but until Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx tell me it's safe, my butt is staying home. Also, I think I hurt my head from rolling my eyes so hard when Trump would talk during the pressers. Like, he adds nothing to these things and I don't know why he's there. Which is a sad thing to say about the President of the country but...truth.
I've read quite a few books this year. I think I'm almost to one hundred, if not over. Annoyingly, I haven't gotten all the photos or even prepped my thoughts to write about them. I have cleared out some of my home office since I'm working here. I also installed my bidet, so that's been *refreshing*. Luckily, I've read this book a few times (Stuart is my go-to chill out author). I have the e-book, the audio book and a paperback. The audio book is narrated by Xe Sands. Sands does a lovely job and I have to note that her voice is very calming. Jilly (one of the characters) has a 'voice' in a higher range than Sands own voice but it's not unpleasant. Sands has narrated a few of Stuart's books (including the one after this).
Ah...what a world at the moment! It's day eleven of quarantine for me. I started quarantining before most people because after I did my last Junior League thing, I had a massive migraine and once recovered just chilled at home and accidentally started quarantine before the U.S. really seemed to grasp the impact of how serious this all was going to be.
I don't know what everyone is doing. I'm working to the best of my ability, cleaning my house, reading and watching TV. I'm going to try some new recipes and see what shakes out but trying to stay calm, stay inside and hopefully not catch Covid-19. It's really scary!
At the moment I'm listening to the Bear Brook podcast, the Yacht Rock Podcast and I just finished Derry Girls on Netflix (amazing!). Tonight I'm hoping to start the new Miss Fisher's movie. So Bear Brook is a state park and the podcast is a narrative look at the investigation that took place about various murders that took place there. I might not be describing it well but I'll see if I can find the trailer and place it under the break. I'll see if I can find more info about any of what I mentioned. I'm trying to find things to do in my downtime that take my mind off the pandemic. I couldn't reach one of my Chinese friends for a while (mostly because they weren't traveling to a place where they could access internet out of the firewall their government set up) so it was hard to know if they were okay or not (they're okay but lost family).
I have the Book Drop subscription through cratejoy but you can get it through their own storefront. So here's the information: The Book Drop is a book subscription from Bethany Beach Books (located in Delaware), a independent bookstore. They ship internationally as well. They have eight different categories, which includes children, YA and other genres. I've been getting the "Books for Tea" but have been musing changing things up for awhile. The "Books for Tea" is geared towards historical, contemporary or literary genres. I tend to normally avoid them for mysteries, but the choices that The Book Drop picks have been palatable. It gets me out of my normal routine. The books are paperbacks with either a signed bookplate and author's note or just an author's note/reading guide.
The price kinda fluctuates on the book and the shipping (around $4 for U.S., more for international). But mine average $25 or less...usually less. Shipping is prompt. I got my book before the twentieth for this month (their states shipping day). So, while these aren't my normal picks I want to note that I have enjoyed them and they have brought me out of my comfort zone. It's a lovely subscription.
Also of note, if you don't have an indie bookstore near you, Bethany Beach Books is shipping books purchased through their online store. Other indie's are doing this as well. I also know libraries are working to provide services as well. It's worth checking out.
Well...I'm working from home at the moment. I'm trying to be optimistic about this whole new lifestyle I'm committed to. It's all kinda scary to be honest. I've been checking in with my friends who live in Europe and Asia (and who have been dealing with this longer than me) so I started prepping much earlier figuring that either I'd need it or I would just fill up my hurricane box. I also ordered a bidet...because why not? Then of course, for some reason, everyone went insane and began buying toilet paper in bulk.
I think the bidet might have been the smartest thing I ever did. Amazingly, a few days after I ordered it--the company ran out of stock. Yup, America (ok, a segment of) is getting on that bidet lifestyle. I bought mine from Tushy...but I'd be careful when looking them up on social media because there's a porn company with the same name. Which I discovered when checking on shipping times. So uh...the bidet people are @lovetushy and not at tushy. As a warning. Or you know...a new interest if that's how you swing.