March on

Wow, March was quite a month, wasn’t it? The COVID-19 tide has been rolling in for a while now, but the waves started getting really high last month and now everyone’s lives have changed dramatically. My day-to-day activities aren’t much different as I’m used to working from home, but I’m an extrovert who likes to see friends, eat out, and make frequent trips to various speciality grocery stores and all of those activities are severely curtailed, not to mention I’m distracted by the dozens of daily news alerts and the plummeting economy. In the face of all of the turmoil, I’m grateful for so many things including the beleaguered grocery store personnel who are working hard to make sure we have the things we need so we can shelter in place and all the first responders and hospital workers who are working round the clock to keep us and our loved ones safe.

One of my pals, Nell Stark started a daily pandemic video log on Facebook where she relays one thing she’s grateful for alongside one thing she’s disappointed about and it’s a great way to see the balance in the world. I’m stealing her idea for this blog post and inviting us all to do the same. To make this a little more fun, I’ll draw three names from those who comment and I’ll give away Audible codes to the winners – redeemable for a free copy of my latest novel, Out of Practice, which is fun and flirty and super low angst 🙂

So, I’ll start:

I’m grateful that I have a job that allows me to work at home and that so far hasn’t been affected by the downturn in the economy.

I’m disappointed at not being able to be in the physical presence of friends and family.

Now, it’s your turn…I’ll draw a winner on Saturday.

Take care and stay safe, Carsen

 

34 comments

  1. I, too, am grateful that I have a job where I can work from home. And it comes with such a supportive group of co-workers. Mostly I’m grateful for a wife whom I love and with whom I enjoy spending all my time.

    I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to say goodbye to our dog sitter before she passed away from contracting COVID-19. She will be missed by our family.

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  2. I’m grateful to be safe and secure in my own home while not jeopardizing my fellow human being’s health.

    I’m terribly disappointed that some people are not taking this pandemic seriously.

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  3. I am grateful that I have an enough in our pantry and really only need to purchase eggs and milk when necessary.. I am really disappointed that social distancing is not being taken seriously nation wide. Stay safe everyone!

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  4. I’m thankful that I’m retired, so my life hasn’t changed a great deal. It means that I’m not shopping for some details for my kitchen remodel but work has temporary stopped, so I spend time looking at cabinet pulls and kitchen sinks etc online.
    I’m sad that I won’t be physically seeing my granddaughters for a couple of months. I normally see them every other month and I miss that time alot.

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    • I agree that one of the hardest things about this pandemic is not being able to be in the physical presence of friends and families. Definitely something I won’t ever take for granted again. Take care.

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  5. I’m grateful that at this point all of my family and friends around the globe are safe and healthy! I’m disappointed in those who refuse to stay home thereby risking the health and life of others!

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  6. I am grateful for the company of my dog to help fill these empty days as I am a widow.
    I am sad that I cannot enjoy my weekly dinners with my children and grandchildren nor weekend gatherings with my friends. Also thankful for my health and understanding of all the technology .

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  7. I am grateful for being retired, so I don’t have to go out everyday. I’m sad that all the pandemic planning done after SARS didn’t get implemented. I’m thankful for all my friends.

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  8. I’m grateful I can take care of my mom in this situation by working from home and keeping her from being exposed as much as possible.

    I’m disappointed in the methodology since more than 50% of the jobs depend on going to a work site. Its going to crush us if left too long in isolation.

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  9. I’m grateful that I happened to be moving house just as things got really serious here in the UK – I recommend it as a way of taking your mind off it all!

    I’m disappointed that our broadband provider has put off our installation for another three weeks – it’s been really frustrating seeing so much great stuff going online and not being able to be part of it. (I finally caved and bought unlimited mobile data!)

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  10. I’m grateful for family quiz night every Saturday over the internet great way to stay connected and have a laugh
    I’m disappointed in people’s selfishness towards others
    Stay safe.

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  11. I’m grateful for my family who checks on me daily, even though they are overbearing!

    I’m disappointed that I’m retired & medically unable to work as a Paramedic/Firefighter to help out at this time of need.

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  12. I’m grateful for my partner, who is not at all keeping me sane!

    I’m disappointed that I’m medically unable to work as a Paramedic/Firefighter, as I did for over 30 years, to help out during this time.

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  13. I am grateful and blessed that I am isolated at my 23 acre home/business. I am disappointed in the way many people are responding by hoarding and not respecting the social distancing requirements.

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  14. I am grateful for all the workers on the frontline and disappointed that more people aren’t staying home.

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  15. I am very grateful that I have so many friends and family that are being safe and so far unaffected by the virus. I am disappointed that my job is considered essential and therefore I am still having to deal w the public on a daily basis.

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  16. Thanks to everyone who read and commented. The winners of the free audio copies of Out of Practice are: Andrea Nuss, Debbie Fahlman, and Covington222. I’ve sent them each an email with the info on how to claim their winnings. Stay safe everyone!

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    • I appreciate your generosity by giving us a book. I hope you won’t think I am ungrateful if I ask you to let someone else partake of your generosity so they can enjoy this book as much as I did. I own Out of Practice along with many of your other books as you are one of my favorite authors. If my request is not possible, I will gladly accept the audible version. I enjoyed the Curve magazine event that you hosted with the BSB authors Beers, Braydon, Cummings and Rey. Many of my favorite authors are with BSB. Thanks again for the many pleasurable hours of reading you give us. Stay safe and well. Sally

      Sent from Sally’s iPad

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