Oh Covid-19! You’re like a bad penny that won’t get out of our way. Despite efforts on all fronts to diminish your presence in our lives, Mayor Adler just announced that the Stay Home, Work Safe orders for Austin will not expire in June (like previously thought) and will extend through August 15. 😭

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While Texas will still maintain opening businesses, cases are on the rise. This rise can be attributed to many things. All of which are correct in assumption in some form or fashion. For right now, they’re still encouraging social distancing, limited contact (avoiding crowds larger than 10) and increased hand washing. I’d like to throw in that some wine never hurt anybody as well. That’s not what this article is about. You can read restrictions online.

Dear Rona,

What does this mean for summer plans? What about school starting somewhere in 2020? What is time anymore? Who is this ragged woman staring at me in the mirror who cringes when her name has been called? Will I ever be alone again? Can we cancel YouTube, if possible? Will I have to be their teacher for the fall? Dear God, please no. I am not that strong. I’m not prepared.

Rona, we get it. You’re strong and powerful. Look at you shutting down cities and clearing the way for your intentions. Cool, cool. What’s it going to take for you to let us out, sis?
Summer is going to be tougher with restrictions. Our kids are tired of us. We are tired of our house. We are tired of each other. I am currently swimming for two in the inflatable pool I have in my backyard. When am I due you ask? I’m not. It’s just this lovely little 10 pound bundle of chocolate that I’ve been stress eating. Mind your business.

What I’m trying to say is that there aren’t enough meditations, exercises or whatever else Dr. Google has told me to do for stress.

I love my family. I really do. I just want this to be over. I want to be a good mom instead of an exhausted one.


There aren’t enough deep breaths without just hyperventilating.

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