The Big Quarantine – Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The Day in I Must Go: I was super restless today. It was the first day not only did I WANT to leave my apartment but I felt it was VITAL to leave. I went outside for a bit and whew, what a relief. Just a few seconds outside and I pulled myself back together. Maybe the cold, bracing wind brought me back to my senses, sort of a natural slap in the face. Hope you are all doing positive things for your own selves!
The Day in Nap Music: First off, in normal times I am a great sleeper. If I could make money sleeping, I would be rich. I’m also a champion napper. I often spend part of my lunch hour a work taking a cat nap in my car. It’s one of reasons I’m so damn chipper at 3 pm when all the other workers are cranky.
Naps at home are way more cozy than car naps, obviously. Pandemic naps have been particularly great because there is absolutely no reason for me to be tired mid-day. They are luxurious in their lack of necessity. This is the definition of decadent, right? Also, being stuck at home, I just think I’m better off napping then standing at the kitchen sink shoving snacks down my throat.
One thing I like to do when I nap at home is to turn my sound system to sleep music. The genre is quite popular on Spotify and I feel like I sleep deeper when I’ve got it playing in the background.
I don’t just play sleep music to sleep, I also helps me end a nap with a burst. When I start stirring back to wakefulness and my brain refocuses on sleepy-time-tunes, I just can’t stand it. The sound is only palatable to me when I’m comatose. Within seconds I jump up and change the music to something less snoozy, STAT!
The Day in the Supply Chain: Today I scored a container of Clorox bleach for my Mom. The container is too big/heavy for her, but I’ll deal with that later. Also, though all Mom cared about provision-wise was bleach. All I cared about was replenishing my flour supply. I found flour today today, too. I scurried home to wash my hands and stare lovingly at my products. Big day in commerce, no?
The Day in Puzzles: When I first opened the package containing the city skyline puzzle I was not impressed.
But the puzzle turned out to be challenging. It took me just over a week to do the blue-blue-blue sky. And it just over another week to finish the whole thing. I got a lot of entertainment for my 13 bucks.
Also, the next puzzle I have to work on is just 140 pieces, but looks just delightful.
The Day in Opera/Nope, No Opera This Year: The Cincinnati Opera was set to celebrate its 100th year in 2020. The season was canceled today. This makes me very sad. More than any other single musical event I’d planned for 2020, the loss of the entire 2020 Opera season is especially tough.
The short season in early summer is something I look forward to, not just for the performances at Music Hall, but for the fantastic job the Opera does with community outreach. Last year I went to one of their Opera Goes to Church shows and it was one of the best musical events I’ve ever attended.
Verdi’s opera Aida was on the schedule again this year. It is one of the most performed operas and a huge crowd favorite in part because the grand march scene is everything grand old opera stands for. In Cincinnati, it means several animals from the Zoo are paraded on stage. That scene is fabulous. The opera as a whole 4 act show is not my favorite but it don’t dislike it. I call it the opera version of Spiderman. Every couple of years you get to see a new version of it whether you want to or not.
Not to completely rely on stereotyping, but Opera’s audience tends to be older and therefore more physically vulnerable to Covid then the general population. I often talk to these folks when I go to the Opera and they are ardent fans. The cancellation of the season protects them. I know we will be able to gather again, I’m just hoping we can do it safely and soon. To me this is an indicator that the 2021 season will kick ass!
The Day in Miniatures: Wise people come in all sizes.
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CDC – Cases in the United States
Updated April 15, 2020
These numbers are updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
- Total cases: 605,390 (Yesterday = 579,005, +26,385)
- Total deaths: 24,582 (Yesterday = 22,252, + 2,330)
- Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.