Confessions in the Time of Plague

RHYS BOWEN:


It’s confession time, people. I’m admitting my own failures. How many can you check off.


During the pandemic I have:


1.Stayed in pajamas all day


2.Done a zoom meeting with a good top on but bare feet and shorts beneath.


3. Given myself a pedicure


4. Cut my own hair


5. Gone without a bra (unless you are male. You can skip this one) And definitely no picture!


6.Not changed my earrings once. (guilty until I lost one)


7. Started strange craft projects.


8. Cleaned out my closets.


9. Only put on make-up when I zoom.


10. Experimented with new meals.

WHO HAS ACHIEVED ALL TEN?



HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: 
1.Stayed in pajamas all day
   Ahh..I don’t have pajamas. But the key is: would I have happily answered the door in what I was wearing? Nope. I am trying harder now,  but still very low key. Is there anything lower than low key?


2.Done a zoom meeting with a good top on but bare feet and shorts beneath.
   Daily. I am still doing stories for Channel 7, so there’s some level of presentable--but a TV blazer and shorts and flip flops? Yeah, that’s happened.


3. Given myself a pedicure
   Absolutely. Ask me about the cool manicure stuff I found on line. If you care. Revolutionary.


4. Cut my own hair
  Just my bangs. Very very carefully. Terrifying, the first time. Now I have gone to the dark side.


5. Gone without a bra (unless you are male. You can skip this one)
   Daily. Yay, structured camisoles! Like high heels, I worry there’s no going back.


6.Not changed my earrings once. (guilty until I lost one)
 I don’t have pierced ears. But I have a basket of earrings on my desk for zoom emergencies.


7. Started strange craft projects.
  Does cleaning out the freezer count? Well, I didn’t do that, either.  Planting tomatoes, does that count?  Very low on projects.  But I am cleaning cleaning cleaning. 


8. Cleaned out my closets.
    Like I said. Moved EVERYTHING. My closets are unrecognizable. I only wear black t-shirts on Zoom, because it’s the only thing that looks classic. SIgh. I miss my shoes. And leather jackets. I bought some wonderful new things for my book tour in August. HA. Not gonna happen. 


9. Only put on make-up when I zoom.
  You know-- initially, yes. Now--I have a new makeup routine. Simple, not glam, but  I'm thinking--self respect. 


10. Experimented with new meals.
   Oh yes. That’s a good thing.  There are moments of happiness, for which I am grateful.


HALLIE EPHRON:


1.Stayed in pajamas all day
   Half the day? And nightshirt, not PJs. Gone without shoes for days on end.


2.Done a zoom meeting with a good top on but bare feet and shorts beneath.
   I have! But then I have to remember not to stand up while on the call.


3. Given myself a pedicure
   Happy to discover I can find my toes.


4. Cut my own hair
  Not yet… I’d wanted to try growing it out and guess I got my wish.


5. Gone without a bra (unless you are male. You can skip this one)
   Absolutely. And just ordered tank tops from THE GAP to wear under my Ts.


6.Not changed my earrings once. (guilty until I lost one)
Earrings? Remind me what those are??


7. Started strange craft projects.
  Does jigsaw puzzling count? Doing one from the 1950s right now, a water color of a ship. Otherwise I’m not a crafter. Oh wait, does making bread count? 


8. Cleaned out my closets.
    I rarely go in there, so no.


9. Only put on make-up when I zoom.
  Or when we have friends come to share a drink outside. 


10. Experimented with new meals.
   Often guided by *what’s left in the refrigerator*


DEBORAH CROMBIE:


1.Stayed in pajamas all day


Nope. Not ever, unless I'm too ill to get out of bed. I have to take the dogs out first thing in the morning and am not doing that in my nightshirt, pandemic or not.


2.Done a zoom meeting with a good top on but bare feet and shorts beneath.


Oh, yes!! Had to keep reminding myself not to get up!!


3. Given myself a pedicure


Nope. I decided that since I'm not going anywhere, my toenails needed a polish break. And I'm lousy at pedicures.


4. Cut my own hair



Only my bangs, very carefully. It has been kind of unexpected fun to let my hair grow out--it hasn't been this long since I was in my twenties. But it is getting to be a mop.


5. Gone without a bra (unless you are male. You can skip this one)
Yep, unless you count bra-cammies. I have worn a real bra ONCE since March 12th, and that was only because I had a doctor's appointment.  And if anyone has a recommendation for bra-cammies, please share. I used to buy them at Express but they've changed the fabric and I don't like the new ones.


6.Not changed my earrings once. (guilty until I lost one)


Earrings, seriously? I've worn them twice, on Zoom. Same ones. I'm afraid my ear piercings will close up…


7. Started strange craft projects.


I tested all my fountain pens and fountain pen inks. I even made a chart of the inks.


8. Cleaned out my closets.


Yep. We cleaned out our stair closet the first couple of weeks, because no housekeeper, we had to sort the cleaning supplies. But, clothes, no. I haven't even transferred my nice summer clothes into my bedroom closet from the off-season storage, because...why?


9. Only put on make-up when I zoom.


Make-up? What is that? Only a couple of times for Zoom. And no lipstick, which I used to put on even if just running to the convenience store. But now there's no point--and lipstick and masks do not mix!


10. Experimented with new meals.


Yes, a few, but nothing too crazy.

JENN McKINLAY


1.Stayed in pajamas all day


Not yet. Instead, I wear sundresses everyday. This is my version of the housecoats I remember my grandmother wearing. I get it now. For some reason (hot flashes) I can’t stand to have any clothing too close to  my skin. Tank top dresses with pockets for the win!


2.Done a zoom meeting with a good top on but bare feet and shorts beneath.


No. I’m usually in a sundress and sneakers (broken toe, long story), so what you see is what you get.


3. Given myself a pedicure


I quit pedicures and manicures. I usually do them myself but who cares?


4. Cut my own hair


I went the other way and am letting my bangs grow out! This has never happened before. Now I think I need Botox but that’s not happening either. Hello, very large forehead with a very deep WTF line, which is getting deeper by the minute in the year of our Lord 2020.


5. Gone without a bra (unless you are male. You can skip this one)


Sadly, no. Teenage boys roaming through the house. Don’t want to scar them.


6.Not changed my earrings once. (guilty until I lost one)


I quit wearing earrings, too! I’m a rebel!


7. Started strange craft projects.


Think about them but don’t actually do them.


8. Cleaned out my closets.


Yes! And my kitchen cupboards. Goodwill made out!


9. Only put on make-up when I zoom.


Same and now I hate the feel of it on my skin. Mascara and lip gloss are okay, though.


10. Experimented with new meals.


I quit cooking! Hub has taken it over and I hate to break it to him, but there is NO going back!

LUCY BURDETTE:


During the pandemic I have:


1.Stayed in pajamas all day: Yoga pants and tshirts all day every day


2.Done a zoom meeting with a good top on but bare feet and shorts beneath. Yes. 


3. Given myself a pedicure: not a big deal, but I don’t bother with polish


4. Cut my own hair: No, but I finally got a haircut on my hairdresser’s porch. I’m afraid the gray is her to stay...


5. Gone without a bra (unless you are male. You can skip this one): Of course! Hate those things


6.Not changed my earrings once: Hmm, I think I put on a pair for a zoom meeting. Maybe again when the Reds zoom with Poisoned Pen next month!


7. Started strange craft projects. Does acquiring a puppy count??


8. Cleaned out my closets. Does a couple of bookshelves count?


9. Only put on make-up when I zoom. Ha!


10. Experimented with new meals. I am kind of over this and would like to get on Jenn’s hub’s list please...


JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING: 


1.Stayed in pajamas all day: Nope! It just makes me feel icky. I’m dressing in my usual stay-at-home way, in clothing that’s comfortable, but that I wouldn’t be ashamed to run to the store in. Not that I’m running to the store without serious advance planning.

2.Done a zoom meeting with a good top on but bare feet and shorts beneath. : Oh, yes. That’s the best thing about this pandemic. I seriously wonder how many professional women, after working at home for 4, 6, 8 months, will EVER put in heels again.


3. Given myself a pedicure: Youngest did it for me!


4. Cut my own hair: I’m growing it out. It’s now long enough to put in a ponytail, which is great for hot days. Also, I have an infinite supply of headbands, which really help.


5. Gone without a bra (unless you are male. You can skip this one): Best part of the day, baby!


6.Not changed my earrings once. (guilty until I lost one) : I still mostly wear earrings and I do change them. However, I haven’t worn lipstick since I got sick at the beginning of February!


7. Started strange craft projects.: Saved seeds from green peppers and squash. Grew carrot fronds a la Hank in a dish. Realized at the end of June I was NEVER going to plant any of them.


8. Cleaned out my closets. Yes, and I’m working on getting rid of stuff in the attic we’ve been hanging on to for twenty-some years. Seriously, there are boxes of baby clothes upstairs. In my case, however, this is less about finding something to do and more about desperately needing space to fit one apartment and two dorm rooms’ worth of stuff into my formerly orderly home. Do you know what the closet situation is like in a 200 year old house? It ain’t pretty.


9. Only put on make-up when I zoom: Professionally. I don’t even bother for friends, family, church or community college meetings. However, I have been more attentive to my skin care.

10. Experimented with new meals: Totally! Having the Guest Son join our household has meant seeking out vegetarian or meat-optional recipes instead of falling back on my old reliables. It’s definitely upped my kitchen game.

RHYS: YOUR TURN! Time to share.