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I don't know about you guys but this has been one of the longest weeks ever. With schools closed and work moved to home, this has been a new way of living. When the changes and shutdowns came just before last weekend, there was no time to really process the information. Within days, life had changed. And then on Monday, I reported to work, from my home, with kids also at home. It was when Friday finally rolled along that I felt the gravity of the situation, how we'll be rarely getting out for weeks, if not for months. How schools were likely going to be closed for months. How work still had to be done remotely or worse, there was no work to do anymore due to layoffs or a shutdown. How there was not going to be any dining in restaurants for months.


That was a very sobering thought. I didn't sleep until 1.30am that night.

How are you all doing? What are some of your tips to keep your sanity on while we get through this very difficult time? Some of you are in places that are …

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Currently / We had a rare opportunity to sleep in this morning! I am in shock. We didn't wake up until 8 AM. Yesterday, I woke up feeling like a brick so I'm glad for the extra couple of hours of sleep this morning.

This past week / We are in mourning. A very close uncle of mine passed away on Friday after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. The sad thing was it looked like he was well on the way to recovery and minutes before he actually died, he was drinking tea and chatting with his wife and daughters. We have been feeling so broken this week ever since we heard this news. I hope his family will have enough strength to get through this.

Speaking of tragedies, I have way too many people around me suffering right now. A family member had a bypass surgery a month ago only to have the spot infected. Another person is suffering from a life-threatening fungal infection that has destroyed half of his face already. A family friend recently found out she has cancer and is undergoing radiation treatments. A close friend of a cousin passed away last week, 15 days after giving birth to her baby. A colleague's mother-in-law is on hospice care and expected to pass away any moment now from cancer. This month has been a little distressing because of all these news.

Work / Don't we all love long weekends? I actually had to work Friday but after my uncle passed away, I took the day off. So this does feel like a long weekend. Shreya has been very happy especially since she hasn't had to meet the bottle for the past few days. We'll see how she fares this week.

Reading / Quite a bit, I think. I finished Sleep is for the Weak, a random read I saw in my library's catalog. I've been listening to The Emperor of all Maladies and reading On Writing Well and Something Must be Done About Prince Edward County. Somehow I ended up with all nonfiction reads. I've been going through a reading mood lately so taking full advantage of it.





Excited about / My library is moving to a new location that is closer to my house and also happens to be in a very beautiful location. They are closed through December and will reopen at the new location in January second week. Any book checked out now need not be returned until after they open - which means I can take a bunch of them on my month-long India trip. Speaking of which...

Anticipating / I will be leaving for India this Friday. I am both nervous and excited about this trip. I am not so worried about handling a baby for the day-long journey but she still hasn't had her flu shot so I hope she doesn't catch anything on the trip. I am also not lying when I say that the recent depressing events in the news are making me extra worried about flying over Europe and the Middle East. We have been planning our itinerary since forever and after my uncle's passing, it is changing again. This will be a packed trip. Although I call it vacation, it will be anything but. Still, it will be fun meeting family and some friends. It has been more than three years since my last trip to India.

Blogging / Not so much, though I started writing reviews yesterday. I know I will have more time after Friday when I leave for India - I have tons of reviews to write.

Making / Still working on the baby pullover. I think I will be finishing it soon - I am beginning to see the end of the tunnel, so fingers crossed.

Today / We don't have too much planned for the day. Maybe lunch at one of our favorite restaurants and then do some packing for our trip because I am going to have very little time during the week.


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