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Quarantine "How-To"

Nine days ago I decided to resume my daily videos. This was something I started a few years ago after consulting a director I looked up to, Jon Schnepp. He was speaking at a panel for the Burbank Comedy Festival and I asked him for suggestions on promoting my web series Loch Ness and he said what I should do in fact, was to just start making my own videos, every day. I never thought it would last, but it did. For about a year and a half! Making those videos helped me stay accountable during some hard times, and gave me a reason to look and at least try to act okay and kept me connected with people when I wanted to isolate. Jon has since passed away and I didn't know him well but he was very kind to me and that suggestion helped me a lot.


Over time, though, I started to get a little too obsessed with the videos so I took a break from them and decided to resume when I felt like there was a reason to.... which is... now.

9 days later though, I am going stir crazy and the videos aren't enough. For the past few days I've been quarantined between my house and my boyfriend's house, and the occasional trip to the store. Which, I'm admitting, is getting scarier with every trip. I got gas a few days ago and I don't want to touch the gas pumps. When I went to the store last, I looked for gloves, but they were out. I have a friend dropping some off for me which I'm super grateful for.


Anyway, here I am today at my boyfriend's spending way more time together than normal. In some weird way though, it's starting to feel normal in the most abnormal way possible. An hour ago, while he played Fornite in the same room as I organized a Zoom open mic on my computer, he asked "Do you mind that I'm just playing Fortnite?" and I was like "Do you mind that I'm just hanging out at your house?"

"I mean, I feel like it's probably good that we're not constantly together... when we're together... during a pandemic. I mean. I don't know, I've never been quarantined before. Have you?", I said.


The thing is, normally with relationships, with boyfriend, friend, parent, co-worker... any kind of relationship, or any new situation, I consult someone who has been through a similar thing. Or if else someone needs advice on something and they ask me for help, and I don't have the experience, I will direct them to someone who does.

"Oh, actually I've never argued with my mom before but why don't I give you Jennifer's number, she and her mom used to fight all the time! I'm sure she can help!" (Just kidding, I've argued with my mom a lot. Sorry mom! But this shouldn't come as a surprise to you. Lol).


But that still serves as an example, right?


In this situation though, WHO HAS BEEN THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS?


Who has been told that they have to stay in their homes for an undetermined amount of time with no contact with anyone other than basically the people they live with and well... I don't want to list the other weird things we are going through right now but basically.... Jennifer doesn't know either.


So guys, we're making this shit up as we go along. Any tips and tricks on what's working for you is helpful. I think I'm gonna do this blog once a week. Maybe more often if I get bored. Who the heck knows.


Over and out.


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