Friday, March 27, 2020

Life in the Time of Coronavirus...a Dream Within a Dream

I keep hoping this will all turn out to be a dream. Just a bad dream.

Every morning when I wake up, for just a few moments, before I'm truly awake, I forget what's really happening. Life is normal again. And then I remember. Oh shit, it's real.

Last night I had a dream. A dream within this terrible dream, from which we can't seem to wake.

I dreamt I had the virus. I didn't feel especially terrible in my dream, just tired...but I was coughing up it was scary. I knew I needed to get to a hospital. I'm not sure how I got there, but suddenly there I was, in a room, wearing one of those gowns that open in the back. Sam was there too...she was already there when I got there. Then my dream got weird. The nurses took all of us who weren't too sick outside to sit in the sun. They sat us down in uncomfortable green plastic garden chairs, wearing our open-backed gowns, spaced out over the hospital lawn. They put me next to the garbage bins. It smelled of rotting food. I was weak, but I tried to drag my chair away from the stench. Unfortunately, I didn't see that the ground was muddy. I stepped in the mud, my foot sinking in deep. And there I sat, in the sun, with my muddy foot, on an uncomfortable green lawn chair, wearing an open-backed hospital gown, hoping to feel better...hoping not to get worse.

And then I woke up. Back to the current nightmare we're all living right now.

If anybody reads this, share your virus dreams with me...

But keep your germs to yourself.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Life in the Time of Coronavirus...Tickled Pink

I did it. I dyed my hair pink.

Well, only the tips of my hair, but those tips are seriously pink.  Sam had some leftover dye lying around, so we decided to put it to good use. It actually looks much better than I expected...I may just keep it this way for a while. I'm kind of tickled pink with the results.

The Professor also decided to give it a try...because, why not? So now I have a pink haired husband. Now there's something I never thought I'd say. I would post a picture, but he said absolutely not. He wasn't nearly as impressed with the results on his hair as I was with mine, so he'll just let it wash out before he has to go back to work. He did say that while pink is not quite his thing, he is open to going blonde in the future...and if worse comes to worse, and he doesn't like it, he can always just shave it off

I know this might seem superficial in these terrible times, but we need to distract ourselves from the all the Covid news. Things are getting worse here in Spain. Many hospitals are at a breaking point, and there's no end in sight. A lot of people are dying. It's disheartening, and frightening. But, at least for a little while we were all entertained with something trivial and fun, and that's no small thing.

I promise to post a photo of the hair soon, it's too dark now to get a decent one...besides I'm in my leopard onesie, and while the lockdown may have made be bold enough to go pink, it hasn't made me crazy enough for that...yet. What I can post now are some photos of the flowers in the garden. Everything is starting to bloom...and all that color makes everything just a little easier.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Life in the Time of Coronavirus...Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Today I went out in the garden in my underwear to get some sun.

Normally I wouldn't do this, since there's a hill behind my house with a school on it. I'll usually put on a bikini if it's nice enough for sunbathing, but today I thought, "Well, why the hell not! Who's going to see me?" Heck, I could have gone out naked for all it mattered, but I figured the kids might not be too keen on that. One time the Professor and I went skinny dipping at the nudist part of the beach we usually go to...I'd never seen our kids run so fast!

Anyway, going out in the garden in my underwear is one of the perks of the lockdown. And while I was lying in the sun, I tried to think of other good things about this whole situation...which, by the looks of things, will last quite some time. The government is already extending the lockdown by another two weeks, and it will probably end up being even more than that, so I'd better start looking on the bright side of things if I want to be sane by the end of it.

So I made a list:

1. I can go out in the garden in my underwear.

2. I don't have to dye my hair until we're allowed out on the streets again. 

Once again, who's going to see? Well, The Professor and the kids...but they're actually curious to see what my real hair color is. My kids have never seen it. Even I'm not sure what it is...the last time I saw it I was 23. Although I`m pretty sure there's not much of my real color left.

3. I have time to watch all the series I want.

The past few days we've been alternating between Young Sheldon and Daybreak...and at the rate we're going, we'll have to find something new to watch soon. And thanks to Daybreak, I've rediscovered Air Supply. They were the first group I ever loved. Now and Forever was the first non-children's album I ever had...I still remember the cover of that cassette...a silhouette of a guy with parachute in front of the setting sun. I must have been around thirteen.

4. I have plenty of time to work in the garden.

I'm imagining the weeds are corona viruses and I'm killing them off on by one...take that you nasty buggers!

5. I don't have to dye my hair....but if I wanted to, I could dye it any color I want.

Pink? Blue? Purple? Unicorn hair? Ok, maybe that's a bit much...but I may just come out of this with colored tips.

6. I can walk around all day in the leopard onesie I bought as a costume for New Years' if I want. (Yeah, in Pamplona people dress up at New Years' instead of for Halloween) 

Now I just know you're cracking up over the image of a middle aged woman with grey roots and hot pink tips wearing a leopard're welcome!

7. Air Supply! 

I've rediscovered them thanks to watching Daybreak (see number 3). It feels so good to belt out the lyrics to "Making Love Out Of Nothing at All". But, since everybody is home all day, I have to go in the bathroom, turn on the fan, and crank up the volume if I want to sing. I never sing in front of anybody. Ever. Partially due to embarrassment, but mostly to spare people from my horrible singing.

8. I haven't started yet, but I will have time to clean and organize all the closets in the whole house.

I'm not sure that's really a perk, though.

9. I have time to blog.

I don't know if anybody will read it. I don't know if anybody even blogs anymore, because it seems like it's all Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and what have you these days. But I'm doing this for me...and if I entertain somebody else in the process, so much the better.

10. I get to spend a lot more time with The Professor, Sam and Ultraviolet.

I saved the best for last. If it weren't for this virus, we wouldn't have the chance to spend so much time together...and that is really awesome. My family is wonderful! The only bad thing is that we won't be able to see Carmen and her partner, Arkein, until the lockdown is over...but at least there's Whatsapp.

So, it´s not all bad. I know this list is really silly, and I'm not trying to make light of a terrible situation, but...(I'm not singing, really I'm not) always look on the bright side of life...