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I hope that by the time you read this the curve has been utterly flattened, society has safely opened up a bit, and that you and your loved ones are healthy and happy.

Like me, I’m sure you’ve had ups and downs throughout the weeks of staying at home. At different points I’ve experienced anxiety and stress punctuated with moments of calm and even quarantine-induced delirium. (My husband AJ and I coined a term for this state of mind, “coronaphoria.” Ha!)

In all challenges, I try to look for the silver lining and came up with this list gratitude list:

  •  I love the simple pleasure of walking to the Carmel Farmers Market every Saturday with AJ. We practice social distancing, get some fresh veggies, and enjoy the fresh air. It’s a treat. I'm considering volunteering at the market this summer.
  • I’m thrilled that AJ and I are enjoying a lot of time with each other in our 1,500-square-foot apartment. Honestly, we don’t even spend this much time together while on vacation, but we’re making the most of it, and it’s been fun.
  • Easter was one for the memory book! We usually celebrate with family, but this year, it was just the two of us. We dressed up for church and live-streamed Traders Point’s Easter Sunday service. Afterward, we feasted on leg of lamb from Goose the Market that we marinated the night prior. The meal included all the fixins’ and we enjoyed a Zoom call with our families later that evening.
  • It’s been said over and over, but our front-line workers are absolute heroes. We cannot thank them enough for the sacrifices they have made to help ensure that society continues to function and that the sick among us are treated and cared for. I’m also grateful that AJ, an anesthesiologist, remains healthy despite the danger he encounters every time he intubates a COVID-19 patient in the ICU. I know that he—and I—are incredibly lucky, because so many have lost so much.

As always, thank you for your business, support, and friendship. Please know that I hope and pray for your continued safety and health. Please share what you’re grateful for during this time and tell me your fun quarantine stories!

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