Live in the Time of Coronavirus: Pt 12, How Will You Document Your Experiences?

Many of us are still living the experience,  (I don’t want to categorize it as a dream or a nightmare.)  How will you recall what you actually did or tell stories to your children or grandchildren?

One way I am documenting the experience is through this series of blog posts.  I also participate in at least one virus-related Facebook group.

Are you saving pictures of your various attempts at finding or using a mask?  Have you discovered that wearing a mask can cause your glasses to fog?  Have you found your best mask hairstyle?

I caFirst covid maksn’t sew. My first homemade mask using the Surgeon General’s simple video was not a success.  This picture shows why it never made it out of the house.

After checking almost every shop in the area including hardware, drugstores, and grocery stores, we finally ended up buying first paper and then cloth masks from Amazon.  The cloth masks fit a bit loosely until they were washed and put in the dryer.  Then the two-sided mask shrank about 20%.

Two sided masks

The North Carolina Museum of History collects and preserves artifacts relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina. We know that future visitors will want to learn about the many ways this life-altering, worldwide coronavirus outbreak affected North Carolinians. They are calling it the Great Pause.

Is your state or local library collecting such information? I live near Charlottesville, VA and the James Madison Regional Library collected artifacts and memories of that weekend in August when the Alt Right came to town. I have not yet heard if they will do the same for the pandemic.  It offered a virtual class in memoir writing during the Time of the Corona Virus at the Northside Branch.

Memoir Workshop: Life in the Time of COVID-19 Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 6:30 – 8pm

All of our lives are made up of stories. During this time of extreme disorientation due to coronavirus, memoir is the perfect thing to be writing right now. In this workshop, led by published writer and educator Linda Kobert, new or experienced writers will sort through personal experiences to find the thread of one of these stories and start to represent the significant events and characters through words on the page. Class includes writing exercises and discussions. Please be prepared to write with writing materials or a laptop. Having a photograph that evokes a meaningful experience may be helpful to have at hand.

Have you experienced the great TP shortage of 2020?  Or the impending meat and chicken shortage?  How about the changes to your local grocery stores and grab and go meals if you do not want to cook?  How shaggy has your hair gotten and do your roots need a touch-up?

Coronavirus grab and go Greenberry's coffeeKroegers Where to stand markerstoilet paper at Wegman's

If you are doing a lot of Zoom, you can take pictures during the session. NY Public Library is offering some Library themed backgrounds, if you do not want you room to be displayed on the video.

9 thoughts on “Live in the Time of Coronavirus: Pt 12, How Will You Document Your Experiences?”

  1. Yes indeed, glasses do fog up when you wear a CoVid-19 mask. At least mine do. I’ve learned small tricks about how to wear the mask and how to position my glasses to keep the fogging down (hard to describe and likely idiosyncratic), but that remains the largest annoyance for me. Still, I won’t let it discourage me from using the mask. I was up early this morning to buy bags of salt for the water softener, and was pleased to find that all of the staff and almost all of the few customers at the home improvement store were masked, and that many had glasses. They seemed to be coping at least as well as me. They also had hair that looked at least as shaggy — a separate story.

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    1. I’ve tried clicking my heels together and muttering “This is no place like home,” which helps reduce tension but does nothing for the glasses. Surprisingly, nose grease does help but it leaves my glasses streaky. Surely there must be a nurse in the house who has learned to cope with foggy glasses. I can’t believe that no one wears glasses in the OR.


  2. Loved your post today. The masks are an issue for me too. My daughter sewed one for me and her sister, and I am using mine when I go to the grocery store. It is hard to breathe through it and I become hot and over heated just trying to breath. My daughter’s glasses fog up. Also, I can’t talk with the mask on because no one can hear me. Our stores are short of tp, meat, chicken, bread, flour, and a few other staples, but it is not that big of a deal.
    Sending love to you and thank you.

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  3. Thanks for commenting Summerhilane. Hope your stores stock up soon. I found some disinfectant wipes for the first time in weeks. TP has been more plentiful for the past two weeks.

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  4. No shortages in our home but then I tend to stock-up when there is a sale. We did venture out to a Walmart just for the fun of it and I was horrified. It looked like Venezuela on steroids. Such animals!

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