Corona Diaries

Corona Diaries: Friday, May 8, 2020

Didya Ever Notice? … These Weird Things About Life During COVID-19 Thanks for reading my diary entries this week! I’ll end with a listicle.  Following are some of the unusual new facts of life I’ve noticed over the last two months. Read…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, May 7, 2020

  The coronavirus pandemic is a completely different disaster than Hurricane Katrina but there’s a lot about the spring of 2020 that reminds me of the fall of 2005. Recently, I was remembering one event in particular: A few days…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  The definition of insanity, according to Einstein and the internet, is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” So I must be insane. Right now, as I sit at a desk in my kitchen…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

My family keeps a list (literally, I have a Google doc) of favorite movies that we’ve watched together and enjoyed multiple times over the years. This is partly because we love the art form and partly because when you’re a…

Corona Diaries: Monday, May 4, 2020

  For the last 10 years, my wife and I have lived in a drafty old Victorian house near St. Charles and Jefferson avenues in Uptown New Orleans. Since we have five kids, we’ve needed all of the house’s 4400…

Corona Diaries: Friday, May 1, 2020

  This is the last day of my Corona Diary and I have mixed feelings. I’ve enjoyed writing these, but I’ve also discovered a new level of laziness during this whole lockdown and this has added one more “to-do” at…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, April 30, 2020

  Today something happened that I never would have thought possible — I felt like a 16-year-old again. Want to feel that way too? Forget the anti-wrinkle cream! Forget the supplements! All you have to do is spend at least…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

  First, let me address the giant cockatoo in the room — like, literally, he’s right here next to my feet, butt still wedged into the little schoolbus next to that shifty little penguin. Many of you have asked about…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

  Means, motive and opportunity — we learned about all three in homeschool today. Sure, there was some French grammar at the beginning of the day, a smidge of long division thrown in, but the bulk of today’s education of…

Corona Diaries: Monday, April 27

  My daughter just got caught trying to tie one of our cats to the toilet roll dispenser. My husband is talking to her now. “Never once did you think to yourself,” he’s saying, in an appropriately stern tone, “‘Maybe…

Corona Diaries: Friday, April 24

  I have to admit something to you, dear reader. I had nothing planned for my final Corona Diaries entry. I’ve made bread, I wrote about my favorite things, but somehow, I got all the way to the end of…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, April 23

  Well, this is the moment. You may not have been waiting for it, but it’s here for you anyway. I have made bread for the first time in my life. After countless hours of watching the “Great British Bake…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, April 22

  I wrote earlier this week about insecurity starting this diary process, but it’s actually given me motivation to do things I haven’t done before or in a long time — I need something to write about, after all. Recently,…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, April 21

  Self-isolating can be monotonous, boring and rage-inducing – okay, that last one might be more personal, but I can’t be the only one to get a little ragey from time to time. But in this month (and some change)…

Corona Diaries: Monday, April 20

  The article title isn’t exactly welcoming or something that incites comfort or humor. But as I sat down to begin writing my first Corona Diaries entry, that’s exactly what I was met with: fear and insecurity. Could I write…

Corona Diaries: Friday, April 17, 2020

  During these times, our attention spans have varied wildly from binge reading an entire novel in one day to only being able to focus on videos the length of a TikTok jam. For me, I have found my most…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, April 16, 2020

  The weather, while beautiful, took a chilly turn this morning. During most spring days, we turn our kitchens away from soups and stews to lighter fare. But for me, I’ll be making a big pot of lentil soup. Lentils…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  Social aid and pleasure clubs across New Orleans have been leaning heavily into the “aid” portion of their mottos. Groups like the Sirens, the Merry Antoinettes, the Muffalottas and more have collected money to provide meals to healthcare workers.…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

I have a text thread with several of my Carnival krewe members. We check in at least once a day, usually more than that – a lot more than that - to make sure we are all staying sane and…

Corona Diaries: Monday, April 13, 2020

  As I write this, the forecast is at last calling for rain. Although I have loved the sweet sunny days we have been experiencing, a big part of me is excited for a day of rain, wind and thunder.…

Corona Diaries: Friday, April 10, 2020

7:12 AM The dirt is soaked from the storm last night, but I push through. My dog is out with me while I garden today—usually she prefers to sleep in until about 8, so it’s an unusual occurrence. I stop…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, April 9, 2020

How to sew a face mask WHAT YOU NEED: A fabric square, preferably tea towel or t-shirt, around 20x20 Patience Sewing needle and thread (OR) sewing machine Pins Deep breathing exercises Fabric ties, 18” in length and ¼ to ½…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

7:01 AM I like gardening in the mornings. It’s productive. Not the way I hoped I’d be productive during this (finishing a novel, industriously cleaning, checking off all these little life boxes), but productive in the sense that I’m working…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  There’s a lot in my day-to-day that I'm cutting out for these diaries. I edit out my excruciatingly long skincare routine. I cut the daily useless minutiae of my day, the sad avocado toast for breakfast and tuna from…

Corona Diaries: Monday, April 6, 2020

7:05 AM I’ve been trying to put together interesting ways to describe my days but it turns out that without going somewhere—or even the potential of going somewhere—I don’t do much. I was writing out a general schedule of my…

Corona Diaries: Thursday, April 2, 2020

  Until last week, we had a seemingly endless, ridiculous and seriously chaotic group text going with 18 of our friends. It began as a 12-person text after the social distancing order and then, once we hit the subsequent shelter…

Corona Diaries: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

My husband Mark and I traveled to Italy the year we got married. On that whirlwind, eight-day trip, we immersed ourselves in the culture and brought back more than one custom to incorporate into our day-to-day lives. I learned to…

Corona Diaries: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  For the past 15 years or so, I’ve worked to explore and create routines and rituals. Yesterday’s diary entry outlined a few of my routines — morning meditation, afternoon tea and an evening walk — but I didn’t go into…

Corona Diaries: Monday, March 30, 2020

  As of about 20 days ago — despite having been a magazine editor for the past seven years — it seems as though I’ve been dropped back to my newspaper reporter days. Daily story deadlines, keeping up with breaking…