My Coronavirus Silver Linings

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Hello again! Long time no see. I hate that I haven’t been able to post for the last 3 usual posting days (yikes, it’s been a long time since I was that absent from the blog), but with finals and having to suddenly move out of my dorm, I just didn’t get around to it. That doesn’t mean I don’t have tons of blog post ideas for the upcoming weeks, though! As I mentioned on Instagram the other day, it seems like the majority of people prefer to maintain a sense of normalcy during this trying time and continue to rely on their usual blogs/social media/pastimes to temporarily distract themselves from the news. With that said, I have decided to continue blogging like regular, but with an occasional—and temporary—coronavirus twist (more posts centered on being at home, etc.).

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Taking out my corona-related anger through funny Snapchat filters.

For today’s post, I wanted to acknowledge that yes, the uncertainty of the times in which we live is very unsettling. Several college students, including myself, are extremely disappointed that the remainder of the school year will be taught online, meaning we are separated from our friends and have to be taught in a way that may hinder our capacity to learn. While the coronavirus has presented several disappointments and hardships, there is still a lot for which to be grateful—grateful that I have a home and family to which I am excited to return. Grateful that I am healthy. Grateful that my school has the ability to continue lessons in an online format. Grateful that I have internet connection to enable my continued learning (and Netflix binging, of course). There’s no denying that I spent a lot of time last week moping about the sucky-ness of this situation. However, I have since accepted that this is just the way things are for now, and we will get through it. As such, I wanted to share all of the personal silver linings I have discovered that have resulted from my being sent home from school for the rest of the academic year. My list is accompanied by a series of unglamorous photos taken over the past week and a half, amidst all this coronavirus craziness and the process of moving out of the dorms.

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The last ‘real’ outfit I wore before packing up all my clothes.

Now that I have written my obligatory serious thoughts on the current pandemic, I am looking forward to instead trying to focus on the positives (and my otherwise insignificant obsession with clothes, fashion, and the like—distractions, ya know?). So without further ado, here are ­­­15 things, big and small, that make me excited to be home!

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A very large box dedicated just to transporting my shoes. What possessed me to bring so many pairs to school?!
  • Eating my parents’ home-cooked food. I won’t be missing cafeteria dining, that’s for sure!
  • In a similar vein, I’m very excited about cheese. Real cheese. Get into my tummy NOW.
  • Being able to shower without shoes on. #freethetoes
  • Celebrating Easter with my family, even if that means staying inside. I still plan on getting dolled up, wbu?
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A different angle so you can really grasp the scale of said box o’ shoes.
  • Playing tennis with my dad. Luckily, this sport already incorporates social distancing. In fact, I’m just excited about spending more time with my family in general.
  • Taking baths. I love a good bubble soak every now and again (after I get clean in the shower first, of course), but even if my dorm room had a bathtub, I would never trust it… I would be too haunted by college bathers of years past.
  • Not having to handwash dishes. Whoot whoot for a dish washing machine (and the peace of mind that the dishes are actually clean).
  • Uninhibited #2s. If you know, you know.
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Eating my mac’n’cheese straight out of the pot like a pig because my roommates already packed up their plates. But hey, at least I found a fork! And yes, I did eat all of it…
  • Hanging with high school friends and my old crowd. It’s not very often that we’re all in the same place anymore! And if we can’t see each other right now, we’ll certainly be able to hang out in the future.
  • Being able to sleep in. I thought that I lost the ability to sleep late when I went to college, but as I learned yesterday when my alarm went off at 10 am and I was still snoozing, it’s just the crappy blinds and all the light in my dorm room at school that keeps me from my slumber. Thank goodness for the thicker shades I have here at home.
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That’s a lot of stuff! (Mostly clothes/shoes, if I’m being honest.)
  • Having my full wardrobe from which to choose. Like a lot of college students, I don’t have space to bring my entire closet to school, but now I get to enjoy the hidden gems of my wardrobe that I had forgotten about! One of the first things I did when I got home Tuesday night was enter my closet and remind myself of the pieces I left behind. I squealed with joy.
  • I don’t have pets, but if I did, I would be excited to finally reunite with my doggos/kitties/rabbits (?). Instead, I am excited to smother myself with stuffed animals while lounging in bed.
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My last night in the good ol’ dorm room. Gonna miss this place!
  • Not having to scrounge up a bunch of quarters every time I have to do laundry. Or suffer from the ratchet smell of the school laundry machines. (Okay, so maybe I’m one of very few people left who still uses quarters instead of an app… but still, it’s nice not to personally cough up some money every time you want clean clothes.)
  • Seeing the hummingbirds! I always love filling a feeder in the spring and watching as the majestic little creatures buzz by. This is something I miss while at school, but since I’ll be home this spring, I’ll get to watch as all the hummingbirds return and fight with one another.
  • Most of all, if I have to be stuck inside, I’m excited to be home, where my options to pass time are endless. I’m really looking forward to scrapbooking, painting, coloring in my favorite mandala coloring book, reading some new books, playing chess, pestering my family until they finally play board games with me, etc. If I were stuck at school, my only options would basically be binging Netflix and working on long-term blogging goals (don’t get me wrong, I still plan on doing both of these things, but it’s nice to have a wider variety of options).
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Me celebrating a long journey home with the cutest lil’ bottle of Martinelli’s.

How are you holding up in this craziness? I’m always here if you need someone to talk to or just want to vent. If you read this post, please leave a comment of one silver lining that you’ve discovered amidst this crisis, or something for which you are grateful. Let’s work on spreading positivity and hope, not panic!

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My current bedroom situation! Drowning in all my stuff. I’m dying to unpack, but I must…finish…finals…first. Ugh.

I hope this lil’ blog post helped shift your mindset, if only momentarily. Thinking of you all, and do your best to make the most of today! Talk soon!

 

Miles of smiles,

Grace

18 comments on “My Coronavirus Silver Linings”

  1. Silver lining is that I’ll be spending more time in our very neglected garden AND because I’ll have one large and strong offspring at home, from college, for a longer than normal time period, there’s a chance we can get the whole yard shipshape. And, maybe I’ll pare down my closet and plan out lots of great outfits for when I eventually go back to work, with a little inspiration from my favorite fashion blogger.

    1. Yes, so much time to garden!! I can’t wait to see the photos on your social media! And haha yay I sure hope I can provide some inspo 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  2. Hi, Grace, how are you doing? I’m glad to hear you are safe, sound and back home with your parents. During the global crisis, every single person has to adapt to new living circumstances, so much for the happy and healthy new year! 🙈 Ireland isn’t yet in full on lockdown without restricted movements, so we use our time wisely and try to go to the beach every single day. Stay safe and positive! Aiva 😊

    1. Thanks so much, Aiva! Thankfully things are going well for my family and me right now. We are very lucky and thankful! How are you and your family? Hope things are okay in Ireland!

    1. Yes, I couldn’t agree more! I’m loving my time at home so far! Hope all is well with you too. 🙂

    1. Yes, I finally finished dusting and decluttering my entire bedroom today! It feels so good! And yes I’ve been sleeping in every day, it feels amazing. 🙂

  3. Do you go to college in Denver? My husband used to travel there almost every week, but is changing jobs to one with hardly any travel tomorrow. I hope things are back to normal by NEXT school year as my son will be a freshman and I can’t imagine him starting that online and they miss their friends, too. Hang in there and stay well! I had to laugh at that photo of your current bedroom situation.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    1. Yes, I go to school in Denver… And yes I’m very hopeful things will be better by then! And haha don’t worry, my room looks WAY better now. 🙂 Hope you are doing well!

  4. Hey girl! I’m a sophomore in college and I was super sad to leave early as well. I feel even more sad for the freshman because I know I would’ve been heartbroken if my experience in the dorms was cut short. Anyways, I’ve been looking for bloggers around my age so I’m super glad I stumbled upon your page and I can’t wait for more posts! Good luck self-quarantining and stay safe!! : )

    1. I totally agree!! And a lot of my friends are seniors so not only am I sad for them to not have graduation, but I’m also sad because our time together was cut short… I may not even see them again if they get jobs in other states! Anyway, I’m glad you found my page too because I’m always looking for fellow college bloggers as well. 🙂 Hope you’re doing well and can’t wait to follow you!

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