Two Weeks They Said...

A Face Mask for Every Season, Local Delivery for the Win, and the App that Saved Quarantine

If someone told me a year ago that I would be searching high and low for the most fashionable face covering to match the seasons, I would have laughed right in their face mask. I mean the only people outside of a hospital or doctor’s office I had ever seen wear one was the lady who does my weekly mani/pedi. And the blue surgical mask that I was familiar with was far from runway ready.

But, here I am. Eleven months into a world wide pandemic and my mask collection rivals Imelda Marcos’ shoe closet on her best day. I’ve tried them all. Homemade, mass produced, disposable, washable, cotton, spandex, big and small. These are breathable, but those are more sanitary. These are a tighter fit, but those are more comfortable. And none of them, and I mean NONE of them, have been successful in keeping my glasses fog free. Is that really too much to ask??

And, let me say this. If you don’t want to wear a face mask in public, stay home. It’s really that simple. Believe me, no one cares if you get sick. But we do care about you infecting the local population with your ignorance (and your germs). Ok, off my soap box now… and moving on.

As we get further into navigating quarantine and lockdown and statewide mandates, there are some people who are learning how to win. Local business and restaurants, while struggling, are finding ways to push ahead. In my small town, there are many shops and restaurants that are doing it right. From the local boutique that began accepting online orders for town residents and personally brings them to you wrapped in a beautiful bag with a handwritten note, to the neighborhood Italian restaurant that added free contactless delivery right to your doorstep.

There is something very rewarding about calling your local pizza joint, laughing with the person on the other line who you’ve probably gotten to know by name, and then sharing a smile with them when they drop your delicious dinner on the doorstep. So, shop local. Buy from the people you know. And tip big.

Speaking of tips, here’s one for you. Stay connected. Well, that’s easier said then done these days, right? How can you stay in touch when you work from home, live at home, eat at home, and watch movies at home? I’ll tell you how. One app that has saved quarantine for me and my best friends of 20 years. Marco Polo. You’ve all played the game with your friends in a pool or at the beach. One person yells “Marco” and another yells “Polo” and you try to find each other. Well, this is the 21st century quarantine version of that childhood game. You and your friends join (it’s free) and then you leave video messages for each other. They all get saved in one amazing thread. It’s like a group chat but everyone can participate in their own time. No more trying to find a time when all of you can get on facetime together. It’s genius and it has been life changing for my friend group. We are closer now than we were when we could visit each other in person. The laughs are endless, and the advice, support and friendship are priceless.

So, as two weeks turned into a year, how are you surviving? What are the things that are getting you through?

Try closing your browser, logging out of Amazon, and using one of the 20 masks you already own. It’s ok if it doesn’t match your outfit today. Let’s be honest, everything goes with leggings and a hoodie.

Delete the Door Dash or Uber Eats app on your phone and give your neighborhood restaurant a call. The delivery is probably free, and they’ll thank you greatly for it.

And finally, stay connected. Find a way to do it. Close Facebook, Instagram, TiKTok, Twitter and pick up the phone. Facetime someone or leave a video message for your favorite people. Let them see your face. They will laugh at your bed head, your hangover and your botched casserole. Be they will also listen to your boring work story, motivate you to take care of yourself, and tell you they love you and are proud of you when you need it most. And that, my friends, is winning.

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