The Aspergirl Diaries

The Aspergirl Diaries: Community Quarantine Week 3

Given that the second week of the quarantine was pretty crazy in the homefront, I was hoping that week 3 would run more smoothly. However, this week reminded and taught me that having high expectations of things sets yourself up for disappointment, and that it’s better to try to be more flexible and to roll with the punches instead.

I really thought that this past week would be a bit better, given that I already had a better balanced schedule, and we already knew where to get our deliveries from. However, the first half of the week was still a bit crazy. Even though we had more deliveries of essentials directly to our house, we didn’t have an inventory system that would allow us to really keep track if all the things we ordered were really delivered, and we didn’t have an inventory system to keep track of everything in the refrigerator.

It was a more tiring week because I think that all the adrenaline and stress from the second week finally set in, making me feel a little bit more irritable at times. This led to me having my first meltdown of the quarantine, which I feel was long overdue as I had a lot of emotion and stress that had been built up inside of me ever since the start of the year. This meltdown involved me mostly screaming in a room and crying for around ten minutes before I pulled myself together as I needed to continue cooking lunch.

Thankfully, the latter half of the week was calmer as I was finally able to half my cooking duties with one of my siblings, which gave me time to really focus on work for two days, and to be able to rest well during the weekends.

With regards to the rooming and office set-up problem I had, I was able to come up with a solution that worked well and allowed me to have a better night’s sleep during the night.

I moved my office set-up back to one end of our dining table, I decided to share a bathroom with one of my sisters, and I’m sleeping on a pull out bed with my Dad downstairs. Having a better bathroom situation, however, really did help a lot. I think that having a bathroom where I can relax in, especially as I shower at the end of the day, really matters and is a “self-care” routine that is important to me.

My current office set-up complete w/my 2PM planner & calendar.

I’m pretty sure that our enhanced community quarantine will not be over yet after the third week is up, but I’m entering into the next week with the hope that things will be a bit better.

Next week will also be a shorter week, in a way, as it is Holy Week. this means that there will be no work on Thursday and Friday, and all of our usual Holy Week services will be done via live streams.

I also realized that I’ve been feeling a bit guilty of not being able to do focus a lot on work as much as I want to, mostly because I keep on thinking that I should know how to handle the situation better as I’ve experienced working from home before. However, I’m glad that I have people around me who remind me to take it easy, that the quality of work you do in the short amount of time you actually have is what matters the most, and that, most importantly, it’s okay if my pace nowadays isn’t like what I used to have before. For the upcoming week, what I’ll do is to write down maybe three or four main things that I truly want to accomplish (of course written in order of priority) before Holy Thursday comes, and I’ll focus on working on just those.

The Aspergirl’s Favorite Things for Week 3 (aka the things that keep her sane) 

1.More Permanent Set-Ups (for now)- Having more permanent set-ups for my “office”, my room and bathroom really helped me a lot this week. I really need those individual spaces that I can claim as my own. In a sense these are my “safe spaces” for now, no matter how transient it seems.

2. Cooking Seolleontang for the first time-  Aside from making homemade kimchi with my sister, this marks the very first time I attempted making an authentic Korean dish. The ingredients were only just beef and beef bones, but it took more than ten hours to make! However, it came out well, especially paired with the homemade kimchi we have.

3.EXO’s Suho’s 1st Mini Album “Self-Portrait”- I must admit, before anything else, that I’m a fairly new EXO-L. I love their songs, saw all the episodes of their first ever reality show, and I have my biases. I’ve also listened to Baekhyun’s and the Chanyeol/Sehun unit songs. (Still have to listen to Chen’s and EXO-CBX). However, even though Suho is not my bias in the group, I absolutely loved his 1st Mini Album. His soft soothing voice came out well, and all the songs were beautiful, and quite healing, in a way. I was surprised at how much I loved it!

4.Getting to focus on Hobbies-  To be honest, I always wanted to find time for hobbies but I never find enough time to do so- case in point- kpop photocard collecting. However, this Sunday, I was able to actually able to set aside time to enjoy with family, able to work on my collections (I set up workable systems for my stamps and my kpop collections), and I was able to play my Pokemon Platinum game that’s been on the backburner for such a long time! Having actual hobbies instead of errands and work is definitely a refreshing break!

5. Finishing the Kdrama “The Tale of Nokdu”- This drama has been on my list ever since it premiered and I finally got around to actually watching and finishing it. This kdrama was an enjoyable ride all the way through, had great performances, and characters that I will definitely miss!

What the Aspergirl is Looking Forward to Next Week

1.Watching the Kdrama “Itaewon Class” w/ my sister- As Park Seo Joon fangirls, there was no way my sister and I were going to miss watching “Itaewon Class”. Watching dramas with my sister is always fun…the hard part is syncing our schedules together as we are both pretty busy. However, despite the business, there’s more time now to watch this together, so I’ll just enjoy the ride!

2. Finishing Ehwa Level 1-1 Books- At the beginning of the year, I decided to review everything that I had learned as I slacked of in my language learning studies in the last half of 2019. Finishing Ehwa Level 1-1 for a second time is definitely a milestone as I can start moving on already to more uncharted territory.

3. Research for Work-  Surprisingly, there’s a lot of research and experimenting that my job requires, and although it can be slow and tedious, it is also fun. This week, I’ll have to do a lot more of this for something new that we’ll be trying out soon at work, which is actually really exciting!

4. Continuing to do my hobbies every Sunday- As I mentioned earlier, hobbies are actually are a great and refreshing break from the things that I usually do-errands/chores, blogging, and work. I think that by continuing to do my hobbies every Sunday, I’ll be able to go back to work on Mondays feeling more recharged.

5.Easter Sunday- This week is Holy Week, and for Filipinos, that usually means three whole days of going to church for services, and doing all the usual Filipino Lenten traditions. However, this year’s Holy Week is going to be quite different as all the services will be done online. I’m sort of excited about this new experience as I’m wondering how it will feel like, and how it’ll be executed by each and every parish church.

Even though I’m pretty sure the quarantine won’t be lifted anytime soon yet, I think that I’m getting better at getting the hang of things.

How did you spend your third week in quarantine? What were your favorite things from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the coming week? Let me know in the comments below!

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