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I’m so bored in the COVID house… (Contest)
Thursday, May 26th, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…Jackie Wisherd!

Okay, so it hasn’t been horrible. So far, anyway. We’ve had our shots, which I’m sure is why we’re doing so well.

My dd and I were feeling very superior yesterday A.M. Everyone in the house has had their symptoms to varying degrees. The 8-year-old had congestion and was tired (lazy, in my eyes—I mean, everyone else was being waited on hand and foot, so why not her?).  The 13-year-old had congestion, fever, headaches, and didn’t want to get out of bed (not lazy, in my eyes—she was genuinely miserable). The 18-year-old was on the mend after extreme fatigue and a terrible cough. He actually took his yoga mat out to the driveway with some hand weights to work out yesterday afternoon. Now, he’s just staying in bed, I’m sure, because he was texting with some girl into the wee hours. His mom has a list of chores to stick him with today—it’s character-building. My SIL had a terrible cough and fatigue but is on the mend. The 17-year-old had congestion, ran a fever until yesterday, but is feeling much better today. She’s working on completing her finals online because she can’t go back to school just yet.

Today, my daughter’s not feeling so superior. She ran a fever last night and had a splitting headache until this morning. But now, she’s lost her sense of taste and smell. She says it’s weird. Coffee tasted like cardboard (how she knows what it tastes like, I don’t know!).

So, I’m the only one left feeling superior. I had a bit of a cough for a couple of days. I took naps. That was it. So, unless I get that 5-day dip where everything goes to shit, I’m doing great. I’m even puttering around doing the dishes and trading out drinks on the TV trays we have set outside everyone’s bedrooms. I’m the only one still wearing a mask because, if I’m feeling good because my viral load was tiny, then I definitely don’t want another dose!

I’m a bit bored. Too much time in front of the screen makes my eyes teary, so I do have to get up and putter. Reading a book after editing a book—not something I want to do either. I’ve re-watched old movies I love—The Proposal and This Means War. I’ve sorted and cleaned out the junk in a couple of desk drawers. I varnished all my acrylic paintings I’ve done lately. See how bored I am?

I can’t go anywhere, and everyone in the house wants to sleep.

For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, come up with some creative things for me to do—that don’t require crispy-clear brain cells or much effort. You can have fun and make up silly things, too.

16 comments to “I’m so bored in the COVID house… (Contest)”

  1. Anna Taylor Sweringen
    · May 26th, 2022 at 9:58 am · Link

    Look out the window and let nature minister to you.

  2. Cara
    · May 26th, 2022 at 10:02 am · Link

    Doodle get well faces on napkins to leave on the TV trays.

    Drop a note in the mail to an old friend you haven’t chatted w/in a while.

    Research a game from a bygone era to play with the not quite feeling up to moving around invalids after they emerge from quarantine. (I’m thinking like pitching pennies, mumble-de-peg (do people still carry pen knives?), etc. Or even newer games – flipping quarters comes to mind (just w/out drinking shots).

    Bird watching.

  3. Diane Sallans
    · May 26th, 2022 at 10:18 am · Link

    even a small change of scene may help a bit – can you go for short walk – around the block, up the street, or even a few laps of the driveway? how about taking a blanket & pillow out to the lawn with a bottle of water to sip – no more than 15 minutes in full sun (that vitamin D would be good for you).

  4. Shelley Russell
    · May 26th, 2022 at 10:25 am · Link

    Do dance like no one is watching while listening to your favorite dance song from the 80’s.

  5. Debra
    · May 26th, 2022 at 10:31 am · Link

    Rearrange your linen closet, do some laps around the house.

  6. Colleen C.
    · May 26th, 2022 at 12:35 pm · Link

    I like watching my fish in their tanks… watch the birds that visit my yard…
    maybe make a card for each of your family members… something to cheer them up.

  7. miki
    · May 26th, 2022 at 1:08 pm · Link

    creating cards is good but if you can get some fresh air it would be good nature isfull with babies birds etc it’s fun to watch

    wishing you a lot of courage

  8. K. Campos
    · May 26th, 2022 at 2:07 pm · Link

    I would say to go and take a 15 minutes walk, try painting the first thing that comes to your mind and let you hand guide you. People watching or simply just watching out your window and looking at nature. Take a long warm bath could help too. I hope you and your family feel better soon!

  9. Mary Preston
    · May 26th, 2022 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Stringing beads sounds like a colourful way to pass the time. String enough and you have a bead curtain.

  10. bn100
    · May 26th, 2022 at 10:11 pm · Link


  11. Jackie Wisherd
    · May 26th, 2022 at 10:35 pm · Link

    How about repotting your plants? Or walking your dog…don’t have a dog? Take your neighbor’s dog walking.

  12. ButtonsMom2003
    · May 27th, 2022 at 2:13 am · Link

    When I’m not feeling well, and can’t seem to focus on reading a book, I love to listen to audiobooks. I really like listening to them any time but they are really great when I just can’t seem to get my eyes to focus on reading with my eyes.

  13. Debra Guyette
    · May 27th, 2022 at 4:49 am · Link

    Play with LEGOs. We have the flu now in our family.

  14. Katherine Anderson
    · May 28th, 2022 at 5:24 pm · Link

    Find a hammock sit in it with a glass of wine (in a sippy cup so it doesn’t spill) and watch the world go by……. Well that’s what I do on my balcony when it’s a shit storm inside

  15. Jennifer Beyer
    · May 29th, 2022 at 8:42 pm · Link

    I hated having Covid brain! I actually used the time to look through old recipes. I got rid of so many that I would never try!

  16. Delilah
    · June 3rd, 2022 at 7:04 am · Link

    So many great suggestions (that I’ll steal)!

    The random number generator chose #11, Jackie Wisherd! Congrats!!

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