Personal Update and Going Forward

Hello everyone! Good morning and welcome back to the blog. Today’s post is going to be pretty short and sweet but I wanted to give you guys a bit of a personal update and talk about how things are going to be on the blog going forward. At least for the next week or so. Things may change, but we will get into that.

I’m Moving!

The most important thing going on right now for me is that I am moving on Saturday May 16th. This has been a long process but I am glad that it is finally almost here. Getting this apartment was a struggle and a half and I am glad that it is done. We are moving 45 minutes from where we are now and moving with three cats…oh and it is supposed to storm. So that being said, I probably will not be posting again for about a week. I know, I know. It sucks. But I just don’t have the time right now to really focus on the blog, pack, take cats to the vet, do work for my masters, keep up on instagram, try to figure out when I am going back to work, and move. It is just a lot. I will be back though, I promise. And I am filming a vlog of the packing and moving process for my YouTube which will be coming soon. Probably the first week of June!

I’m Still Not Working

As you might have picked up on from the last few weeks and my statement above I am still not back to work. This is hard for me because I work in retail. I spend 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week around people. I am a pretty introverted person so at first I was okay, but now I have been away from my store, my team, and my customers for TWO MONTHS. I am struggling to say the least. I do try to message my staff at least once a week to make sure they are doing okay, but I think at this point everyone is just over not having answers. I hate not having answers for them. We have been given so many different dates and none of them have worked out. I currently have another potential date but I am not holding my breath for that to happen either. The state I live in has started to lift stay at home restrictions so we can open, the company I work for is just trying to make sure we are being safe and that both our teams and our customers are going to be reasonably safe once we open.

Since I still don’t know when we are going to open I am making cards to send to my team, if I can get everyone to send me their address. If not I will give it to them when we open back up. That is what I am doing tonight once I finish this blog post. I can’t sleep, and I’m procrastinating doing things for my masters.

I’m in Some Sort of Stage of Something at This Point

Yeah that was a vague heading. What I mean is I think I have gone through all of the stages of this pandemic situation at this point, but I don’t know what stage I am in now. When this first started I was panicking slightly because I do work in retail and I do work closely with customers. Plus a few members of my team live with family that is high risk for COVID so I was worried about them coming to work. Then once we were off work I went through about 2 weeks of obsessively checking the news and seeing what new updates there were. Then once I got out of that stage (I was now on week 4 of being at home and the second date we were given for return had passed and we were also told we would no longer be paid) I started having actual breakdowns from not being around people and being stuck at home all day every day. I would actually give myself panic attacks from watching the news. After about a week of that I realized I needed to just stop getting on social media and stop checking the news every 10 minutes. Now I am in that stage where I am frustrated being at home, but I am seeing the potential light at the end of the self isolation tunnel. We will not be going back to normal, but I am hopeful that a new normal will start soon. (Moving has also probably helped with this because it has given me something to do every day.

Going Forward

The final part of this post is just going to be about what to expect going forward. Once I get moved and get settled I plan to go back to my usual 3 times a week posts (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) at 9 am EST. I am hoping for one-two book reviews a week and some sort of other fun bookish post the other day. I also might do some personal updates from time to time. Once I return to work (who knows when that will be) I am still hoping to do three posts a week, but I may go down to two if I am not able to read on the scale that I want to.

This is all just the plan for now. Things can change, and as things seem to do right now they probably will. Thank you guys for understanding and I will see you all next week! (Hopefully!)

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