If you would like an update on the DIY kit I mentioned in my last post here is a terrible tiny chair that looks absolutely NOTHING like the example and took me about fifty-seven headache-infused years to assemble plus I glued my fingers together like twice and now the cat is judging it (rude, like she could do any better), so anyhoo that’s all coming right along.

I am definitely starting to feel a little stir crazy, at least I find myself gazing out the window on a regular basis with that third-day-of-being-snowed-in feeling where the novelty has dissolved and now you just want to drive to TJ Maxx without putting your life at risk.

Maybe some of that trapped feeling comes not just from being, you know, legitimately sort of trapped aside from walks, but from being absolutely bombarded with this one thing we’re all constantly talking and thinking about. It’s every piece of media, every deserted street, every closed sign, every text and every phone call. I go to sleep worrying about it and wake up worrying about it. It’s smothering, you know?

Whenever I am tempted to click YES on the mental Evite RSVP for a looming pity party I try to remind myself how incredibly lucky my family is to be so well-suited for lockdown. Both of us already worked from home, our jobs are intact thus far, the children are old enough to not require constant care, we have a decent if dwindling supply of toilet paper, we live in a golden age of streaming entertainment, everyone’s healthy, and all four of us are various levels of introvert so no one really minds being forbidden from social activity.

I mean honestly, we’ve got this. (But also: hnnnnngggggggggggghhhh.)

Speaking of streaming entertainment, I sure hope you are watching Tiger King on Netflix right now. Get past the first episode which just kind of introduces you to the players and settle in for a wild ride into polygamy, cults, drug lords, insanely terrible mullets, plenty of missing teeth and/or arms, more animal print leggings than you ever could have imagined existed, murder, and more. If that can’t buy you a brief break from All Covid, All the Time, I don’t know what will.


18 Responses to “Down in it”

  1. M.A. on March 25th, 2020 9:54 am

    OHMYGOD if this locked-indoors-for-God-knows-how-long business means I get daily updates from you, it’s worth it! I guffawed at your chair, and thank you for that — I was about to order the kit. Jesus. Seriously? But also seriously, too funny. Hang in there. I really WANT to watch Tiger King but I’m an animal weenie… I hate big cats in captivity. Maybe I’ll give it another try. In the meantime, keep the laughter coming — please!!! <3

  2. M.A. Again on March 25th, 2020 10:03 am

    P.S. I almost ordered the DIY Library — thank God I didn’t. And also, your chair looks a LOT like the one in the picture, especially when you drape that hand-knitted throw casually over the arm. After you’ve knitted it, of course….

  3. eryn on March 25th, 2020 10:10 am

    I will say a silver lining to this whole business has been more blog updates! :)
    Tiger King is on my list!

  4. Melissa on March 25th, 2020 10:42 am

    For longer than I care to say, my son and I have been working on a Christmas-themed kit similar to the one you’re doing. I know exactly what you mean about all the frustrations with the kit, but I think your chair looks good! Ours had a couch and it came out waaay worse than that chair, despite following the instructions religiously and taking it apart more than once. We have found that hot glue is our savior, and also we may have cheated on a couple of things and used other materials that were easier (I’m looking at you, weird grassy material that we were somehow supposed to fashion into a tiny wreath! We used a green pipe cleaner instead).

  5. Elaine on March 25th, 2020 11:02 am

    TIGER KING, OMG! I am four episodes in. I have said WTF so many times, it’s unbelievable.

  6. Kim on March 25th, 2020 11:43 am

    Not sure if you were aware but there’s also a podcast about that crazy cat guy, Joe! It’s called “Over My Dead Body – Joe Exotic: Tiger King” and by chance I listened to it a few months back, so there’s no way in hell I’m going to miss this show.
    Also: she without opposable thumbs shall not judge tiny furniture.

  7. Pat Birnie on March 25th, 2020 12:01 pm

    Your chair looks better than any craft I’ve ever done and also loving your daily posts; I am also very fortunate, work from home, plenty of food, can still work out & run as normal so why am I sad at times? My husband has taken over the grocery shopping as I’m high risk – I actually had a DREAM about doing groceries last night!! Now that’s pathetic. I think part of my issue is all my kids are out and on their own – so I don’t see them and I worry about how they will manage as most of their workplaces are closed.

  8. TinaNZ on March 25th, 2020 12:20 pm

    The chair is delightfully rustic, as they’d say on Bake Off, but I can’t stop looking at your cat’s expression. It speaks VOLUMES.

  9. Lisa on March 25th, 2020 12:57 pm

    Anybody else waking up each morning and for a split second, before you open your eyes, you forget that this is happening? You open your eyes and start to organize your day and then you go, “Oh yea. THAT is still happening.”? Just me?
    Ugh. 😕 Every. Single. Morning.

    Thank you for posting, Linda.
    Very bright spot in an otherwise very loooooong day.

  10. Kristen on March 25th, 2020 2:23 pm

    Tiger King is quiet possibly the only thing that is keeping me going and also the very best, most WTF thing I have ever seen!
    Thank you for writing every day. I have missed you and your writing.

  11. Gretchen on March 25th, 2020 4:31 pm

    OMG I LOVE YOUR CHAIR! Thank you!

  12. JoAnna on March 25th, 2020 9:20 pm

    I’m reconsidering getting my own tiny DIY kit. I’ve been eyeballing one, but I’m challenged in every way imaginable, so for my fingertips sake and my sanity, I’ll go back to macaroni, a paper plate and glue. YAYCRAFTS!

    Also, thanks for the advice regarding working from home. I’m a new to this and making my bed (I never do that) and putting real clothes on plus some basic hygiene has really been helpful. It almost makes sitting at my piano/tv tray ‘desk’ and listening to my 8-year-old narrate every single goddamned thing that passes through his head a little bit bearable.

  13. Jill on March 26th, 2020 8:28 am

    Love when you post pictures of your cat. She is so pretty!

  14. Chris on March 26th, 2020 9:42 am

    On the off chance that the post title is a Nine Inch Nails reference, they released two new songs today – https://pitchfork.com/news/nine-inch-nails-drop-new-album-ghosts-v-vi-listen/

  15. Erin on March 26th, 2020 1:01 pm

    Thank you for writing so often these days — a new post from you is a bright spot in the tedium for me!
    Question about Tiger King: are your boys watching it? It sounds fascinating, in a crazy way, but I can’t get a read on just how crazy without having seen it. I have a pretty savvy 14-year-old daughter — could we watch as a family?

  16. JennB33 on March 26th, 2020 2:44 pm

    Well, at least you didn’t get dumped at the beginning of this mess too. My BF dumped me last Thursday because he failed to communicate what was going on in his pinhead and now I’m lonely, heartbroken, and locked in my house with my teen and tween.
    Thank god for Joe and his husbands. That bitch Carole totally fed her 2nd (3rd? 12th? IDK) husband to her big cats btw)

  17. Linda on March 26th, 2020 4:27 pm

    Erin – the boys weren’t interested in watching it with us. A savvy 14yo, I say yes, but your parenting mileage may vary? :) So far I haven’t seen anything too explicit but there are definitely some seedy characters and situations!

  18. Amanda Brown on March 27th, 2020 8:34 am

    I’m three episodes into Tiger King and CANNOT wait to binge the rest while the kids fight in the other room.

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