These are unprecedented times we’re living through right now. There are no hard rules during social distancing (except stay at least 6 feet away from people and wear a mask whenever you go outside!) So I’ve made a bullet point list of all the things I’ve been doing while quarantining over the past month. This way, if I have kids one day and they ask me, “Mommy, what did you do with all that time?” I can show them this list and say, “THIS IS WHAT I DID WITH ALL THAT TIME!” without having to go into too much detail. While I am not able to work right now, I am very lucky to have a job that is paying me until May 1. I don’t know what will happen after that but I’m am extra fortunate to have a husband with a job that allows him to work from home. In the meantime, I have decided it is my new job to take care of him and our friends and family as much I possibly can during this time of social distancing (this includes scheduling lots of Google Hangout activities with friends and doing my best to take care of the apartment while my husband is working.) So these are the things I’m doing to take care of myself because self-care is also very important during this time.

Works in Progress:


Finished Objects:



What I’m Watching:

  • Kim’s Convenience on Netflix
  • Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu
  • Flea Market Flip on Hulu
  • Community both on Netflix and Hulu
  • Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist on Hulu
  • Modern Family on Hulu (very sad their series finale just aired 😥)
  • Mixedish on Hulu
  • Single Parents on Hulu
  • The Bold Type on Hulu
  • Flea Bag on Amazon Prime
  • Hustlers (rented digitally through Google)
  • Everything any late night talk show host has to offer on YouTube


What I’m Listening To on Spotify:

  • Trolls World Tour soundtrack (I just needed something cheerful and happy. Don’t judge me!)
  • Frozen 2 soundtrack (“Into the Unknown” and “Show Yourself” have me in my feelings. Don’t judge me!)
  • Dear Evan Hansen cast recording (Again, in my feelings. Don’t judge me!)
  • Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast
  • Happy Sad Confused podcast
  • HAIM
  • Acoustic playlists (I find them soothing.)


Where I’ve Donated Money To:

  • Feeding America
  • Safe Horizons
  • MoveOn
  • Meals On Wheels (My grandfather received meals from them towards the end of his life, so this one is near and dear to me.)
  • Franklin Food Bank (A friend of a friend is a teacher in this school district and is very concerned about her students being fed while school is out.)
  • meals4heroes
  • Some GoFundMe to raise money to buy medical masks for hospital workers that I can’t even remember the name of let alone find a link to 😕

Local Restaurants I’ve Gotten Takeout From:

Small Businesses I’ve Purchased From Online:


Every Other Moment is Spent:

  • Washing my hands
  • Sleeping
  • Not being able to sleep
  • Reading Twitter and going through all the emotions (sadness, anger, joy)
  • Scrolling Instagram
  • Living in fear of grocery shopping
  • Cooking mediocre and unsatisfactory meals
  • Baking
  • Eating (while living in fear of when I’ll need to go grocery shopping again)
  • Doing dishes
  • Playing Animal Crossing
  • Looking for Lysol or Chlorox wipes online
  • Failing to find Lysol or Chlorox wipes online
  • Wishfully filling up a cart on grocery delivery websites even though there are never any time slots available


Hope everyone is doing OK out there!

6 responses to “What I’ve Been Doing During Social Distancing”

  1. Ang Avatar

    You are much more productive than me. My quarantine involves a lot of naps in between periods of knitting. 😂

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    1. ruddymade Avatar

      Some of these projects were started before quarantine officially went into effect. If I didn’t live with a 9-5er, I would spend most of the day on the couch watching TV. But since we live in a one bedroom apartment, I feel like I shouldn’t have the TV on all day to be fair to my husband while he’s working lol.


      1. Ange Avatar

        My crutch is music while knitting. However, I will not deny that my butt is firmly planted on the couch while I knit.

        I am guessing you are quite experienced too. I find if I knit too long or the more difficult patterns make my hands ache. I also get frustrated if I feel like progress is too slow. Simple baby hats are my favorite to make for that reason. I can make multiples in a day.


      2. ruddymade Avatar

        I do have a wrist brace for when I start to feel pain. And when I feel pain in my fingers, I wear compression gloves. Sometimes I feel pain in my back, and I try to put the knitting down at that point but sometimes it’s just so hard! I’ve been knitting a long time but I don’t feel I’m anywhere near as experienced as some other people online. I like to stick to simple stockinette stitching because I like the repetition. I haven’t been brave enough to tackle cable knitting or color work yet but hope to some day! Just not right now haha.

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      3. Ange Avatar

        I need to consider a brace or compression gloves. I had not thought of that before. I love to knit but those aches force me to pause a lot. I feel it the most when I use tiny gaged needles. My fingers scream.

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      4. ruddymade Avatar

        Tiny needles are the worst but I’ve found that sock knitting is a lot easier on my back than sweater knitting because it’s so much lighter I guess. I guess we need to weight the pros and cons of the physical effects our projects have on our bodies before we pick them up. Arg! 😂

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