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Change it Up

Saturday, May 16, 2020

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.

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  • SEAGLASS1215
    I didn't like working from home when I started and now, I'm not so sure I want to have to think about what to wear, packing a lunch, dealing with a commute that involves cars instead of cats in my way, getting up earlier to be sure I get there o time looking human....on the other hand, I'd like to have my sewing room back as a sewing/craft room and not a home office.

    I switched up my walking route and yes, I agree - the change of scenery and routine helps, even though I'm still in the 'hood, taking that little side detour brought some fresh perspective!
    134 days ago
    emoticon Happy to hear that changing it up has invigorated you. Yay! emoticon
    134 days ago
    I've grown bored with my usual routes, too. Thank you for your blog and for the reminder that can make small changes to take care of ourselves.
    134 days ago
    My DH dug out or bicycles and we took a ride yesterday. Just 7 miles, but it felt sweet to change things up.
    135 days ago
    We sure have had to get used to a "new normal", gotta have some routine but need to mix things up to stave off that cabin fever

    Have a great week, stay safe and keep well emoticon
    135 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    I get up every day and shower and get ready for my day as I did before but I think I need some shaking up too. It is getting harder by the week...

    135 days ago
    Thank you for a very timely reminder. I’m going to take a look at my “routine” and see if I can shake it up a bit!!!
    135 days ago
    It is so great to get outside. The walls do feel like they are closing in on you.
    135 days ago
    I know how you feel! According to the news tonight, Montana is one of the few states that fits the criteria to open completely. But we have to convince our governor and also tribal government. I don't see that happening.
    135 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    Changing routes is good for keeping your mind sharp.
    135 days ago
    Yes, these times call for making whatever changes we can make to keep boredom @ bay!

    135 days ago
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