Quarantine, Shelter in Place, Stay at home, whatever we call it, wow, it sure gets monotonous.
I'm thankful I can work from home but boy that room is feeling like it's closing in on me and don't even get me started on the traffic jam at the corner of living room and staircase.
I have kept up my running but the routes I've been taking have become, as Homer Simpson says, "BORING!"
I'm a homebody, I enjoy my alone time but boy I miss family and friends.
I've been slipping into some sloppy habits.
I have continued to get up to my alarm each work day in order to be prepared for getting back to commuting again but lately, when I get up, I blearily get my coffee and sit on the couch, surfing the web then trudge into the office. Showers and regular clothes have been optional.
SO, time to hit the reset button again. Shake things up, reboot the routine, find the joy. We are always a work in progress.
DH and I have been enjoying, corona garage days... open the garage door, sit looking out at the neighborhood with a beverage.
For mother's day, he arranged for my kids to drive in front of the house laying on their horns to surprise me, then we ordered pizza, eating at a safe distance. It was so good to see them in person vs zoom calls.
We'll be doing more garage days. It's fun, we've learned who lives on the block that we didn't know. Today, I sat out there listening to my audio book, watching the trees sway in the breeze.
Friday morning, I got up when the alarm went off, enjoyed a cup of coffee, saw DH off to work then drove around the neighborhood, singing along to the radio, scoped out a new running route, came home to do some yoga, shower and felt much better about getting to work.
Today I ran that new route. I was tired but invigorated by the change of scenery. I even ran longer than I planned, enjoying the sunshine.
As I got close to home, I walked around an area that I've passed thousands of times but never noticed till a few weeks ago when they cut down some dead trees and did a controlled burn. So I walked out where trees used to be and enjoyed the sunshine.
It has been noted that changing routines can increase energy, increase productivity, increase feelings of happiness and make you a better person to be around.
So onward with the changing.