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Let’s Catch Up Over Coffee

What a difference a week can make. Last Wednesday I was documenting my struggles continuing to work during this pandemic. Now I’m adjusting to life as a furloughed employee. On one hand, I’m relieved. Continually spending time in the office with a handful of people who were not taking things as seriously as I was, stressed me out considerably. However, wrestling with filing for full unemployment after previously filing due to a reduction in hours has been pretty exasperating.

When I start to feel a little overwhelmed, I like to look back at some of the quick videos of peaceful settings I’ve taken. I started filming them when my job was particularly stressful a few years ago, during vacations, day trips and quick morning hikes. I used to watch them while on my lunch break, now I’m watching them while waiting for NC Commerce websites to load at 6am.

Below is one taken while drinking coffee in Galveston, Texas. The final morning of a week long cruise, the moment was a little bittersweet. I still wanted to capture the beautiful glow from sunrise. Above is another morning coffee on a cruise ship, taken off the coast of Alaska. Looking back on them now is bittersweet as well. Alaska in particular seems even more of a once in a lifetime trip then it did before.

It’s not all bad though. I’ve have plenty of time for trying new recipes, house projects, and writing. My latest experiment is making homemade masks to wear out to the grocery store. I’m lucky to have a house to practice social distancing in, and a husband who is also determined to make the best of things (and still working!)

I’d love to hear how you are doing in the comments below!


  1. Lovely sunrise! I’m sorry about your job–and the likely super annoying bureaucratic process of filing for unemployment, etc. We’re making out OK here, and like you I’m so grateful to have a house. Can’t imagine not being able to send the kids out to the yard!

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    • I can’t imagine not being able to send my dogs out to the yard! Currently our beagle mix is snoring louder than my grandfather used to on the couch next to me. I still appreciate the company while my husband is shut in his office upstairs.
      Glad to hear you and your family are ok!

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  2. I’m sad to hear about your job situation. This is not easy. Not sure what you do for work, but maybe there is a chance for some consulting work? Enjoyed your video… and good for you to do some writing! Love your coffee photo. 🙂

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