Adulting in the time of COVID19

By | April 5, 2020

some of this was scrapped from last week. Things I’m proud of so far, quite random and in no particular order and definitely about a 0.5 on a 0-10 of Covid19 preparedness:

      • my apartment is finally settling in, only 7.5 years later
      • I’m washing dishes daily and not eating out of tupperware
        • except when it’s the last portion and then why dirty a bowl?
        • coffee mugs solved by using disposable, oops
      • Bought a Brita and keeping up my water intake
        • no soda before 6, no coffee after 2

Some times it’s the little things.

Crockpot buffalo chicken

Also, please meet crockpot buffalo chicken pasta with feta. I did that Things you learned about yourself while social distancing Facebook thing and cooking is definitely at the top of the list. As I said to Deborah in a comment somewhere, maybe by the time this is all over I’ll manage one of her Meatless Monday posts.

March was  A MONTH, as it has for everyone. March 10th we had a Keep Exploring campaign, and by March 12th the museums had begun to close. COVID19 quickly went from an issue impacting inbound tourism from China to something impacting everyone’s daily life. I really need to re-find that meme about March coming in like a TRex. I’d say I’m glad to see March in the rear view, but I’m not sure April is going to be any better.

My only goal for the month? Consistency, which I touched on Wednesday. Navigating this is all about the little things, and that’s one thing still in my control at the moment.

Weekly Run Down with Deborah and Kim:

good morning world

first athleisure work clothes!

  • never miss a Monday: because I try not to run every day, I seem to miss a Monday every other week. LOL. This was a planned Monday Runday before work as I tried to sync up with Elizabeth to run past one another to see her on her 60th birthday. Our timing didn’t work, but it was still a lush Central Park after two days of rain. I did not have time to do my PT between the run, shower and starting my work day, so this kicked off a trend of PT during (no video) conference calls. I even got official Coach Marcia approval in the Zooma facebook group.  After work I went to my first ever Zoom birthday party. I’d lie and say I dressed up, but I really just added Mardi Gras beads.
  • Tuesday: I realized after Monday’s run that I was .09 away from topping last March. That could not stand, so my morning coffee walk turned into a run. I don’t really count <1 mile as breaking a rule against running three days in a row, but probably won’t make a habit out of it. I had calls at 6:30 and 8:30 so I went for a quick walk before the 6:30


what a beautiful end to the day

  • Wednesday: one of the things I found on Tuesday’s walk? Cucumbers! I’ve really been missing salads as that’s a work lunch staple, so I was glad to find one to accompany my lunch. I also got in a 4+ mile run through Central Park to start the month off right and get in my Uncanceled Project 5K. That’s going to be all about 5 and 10Ks for me, as I cannot wrap my head around double digit runs, and don’t think it’s healthy (personally – zero judgement to anyone else) to push myself for no reason.

two new books from Little Free Library

Get in Shape Girl!

  • Thursday: hello Beachbody. I’ve had a Beachbody on Demand subscription for nearly a year and didn’t really use it aside from yoga. I decided that if I wasn’t getting out for more than a coffee walk, I had to do something. Enter 21 Day Fix.  I don’t have enough hand weights, but was glad to find these in a corner of my bedroom – really thought I’d donated them. Since one of the books I picked up at the Little Free Library was Camino Winds, I realized I needed to read Camino Island. Luckily the library had 100+ ebook copies. The other book is The Lady Gang’s Act Like a Lady. Whoever maintains this Little Free Library is in publishing as there are so many wonderful ARCs.

I found eggs. And a baby fry pan

  • Friday: oh, hi DOMS. Beachbody is definitely a “real” workout. I skipped ahead to Day 3, upper body FIX as I knew I wanted to run Saturday and I was so sore from Thursday. The Easter Bunny sent me a baby frying pan, and I was oh so happy to make scrambled eggs for dinner.  Like I said, it’s the little things.

a pic to sort of twin with Darlene

I’m a fan

  • Saturday: probably the best day of the week. A late start due to finishing Camino Island, a solid 10Kish run with Central Park in peak bloom, the virtual coffee happy hour with so many of you, a FaceTime date with a friend and phone calls with two others.  It was much warmer out than I expected, and I totally could have gone with short sleeves or even a skirt. I really love the Cool It top though and wish I’d have bought another before they were discontinued. I did take advantage of the flash sale and grab a new Lioness Capri (rad plaid, which I love but is too big. Yay!) and Lotta Breeze Skirt for $20 apiece. Had a store credit, so only paying shipping is winning. My first online clothes shopping since this all began – changing my closets last weekend told me I have more than enough spring/summer clothes.  While running I listened to Mario’s latest Ask Me Anything episode on the Morning Shakeout. I needed a break from my running playlist, music wise. One of the random Strava challenges was via Ladder and when I completed it, I had a choice of 30% off or a free sample pack.  I went with the plant Vanilla, and mixed it with almond milk and PB2. I’m a fan, also impressed with how quickly they got it out.

hello this week’s lunch

Sunday: I am so sore. My left hamstring, my abs. Hurts so good but OW. My nose is quite enjoying this week’s lunch as it cooks in my crockpot. Chicken, ranch seasoning, au jus and pepperoncini. What am I eating it with? No idea. I thought I was done with the store yesterday, but  I need a side. Preferably a green one.

GoTheDist :

Steps went down the tube in March, despite running being up. Gee, I wonder why.  I like having the year on year, so including it all here. Not hitting step goal hasn’t bothered me — I have to start remembering to sync my Fitbit more regularly though.


  • 362,730 steps
  • 161.54 miles run/walked
  • 56.02 miles run

Hey – it’s an easy opportunity to beat the total come March 2021.

Q1 2020:

  • 1,220,353 steps
  • 539.85 miles run/walked
  • 166.27 miles run

Way off last year, except for running. March was  a monster month last year, so again, no surprise.

19 thoughts on “Adulting in the time of COVID19

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy

    We’ve lived here 11 years this month, and I am deep in the throes of decluttering & rearranging my spare room. Of course, the more space you have, the more stuff you accumulate!

    You’re doing really well keeping active. I’ve always loved Beachbody, and their workouts are legit!

    I didn’t hit it too hard this week, busy with projects. Hoping to wrap one up soon! Then I’m going to have to try to coach my mom through Zoom with Alexa (audio only, she doesn’t have a smart phone, we tried).

  2. Darlene S. Cardillo

    Haven’t done any online shopping though I was tempted.

    I think I’m going to go from winter to summer in work clothes.

    My meals are very boring.

    Hope to run with you again virtually.

    1. cari Post author

      Oh yeah – I changed over the closets because there’s no chance that we’re back before it’s short sleeve weather. I’m wearing long sleeves at home because I don’t want to close the window to the wonderful breeze.
      I like our virtual twinning. We’ll plan a new outfit this week. Itching to break out Cascade

  3. Kimberly Hatting

    That Buffalo Chicken looks (and sounds) rather yummy! Great to finally “meet” you yesterday, even though it was via a screen 😉 We don’t have much in bloom here yet. There are lots of buds, and a some of the daffodils are slowly opening…but we’re still in the very early stages of spring color…

    1. cari Post author

      the buffalo chicken was delicious – after eight or nine meals of it though I got really tired so it’s out of rotation for at least this week. It’s weird here – the flowers are open but a lot of the trees are still bare. Look forward to meeting you “live” one day.

  4. Laurie

    It’s funny, the things stores are out of. I tried to find cucumber earlier in the month and couldn’t. Last week, I bought cucumber but they were out of tortillas and yeast. And toilet paper, of course!

    I’m doing the Un-Canceled Project 5K too. Isn’t that so nice of the race company to organize? Stay safe!

  5. Deborah Brooks

    Consistency is a great goal to have for the month. Sounds like you have made some small changes that will become big changes. I have no doubt your cooking abilities with improve. Just takes a little trial and error. Stay safe I worry about you in the city!

  6. Kim G

    I love your goal of staying consistent for the month – that’s something that I am striving to do as well.

    Your buffalo chicken dish looked yummy!

    It was great to finally “meet” you yesterday on the Zoom chat! 🙂

  7. Jessie

    Great to have those kinds of coffee after 2 would probably be a good one for me. I often make a shot of espresso right around that time 🙂

    Glad you’re staying active and staying sane during this time!

  8. Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder

    I love all the at home options for workouts these days! I’ve been adulting a lot too these days…doing lots more dishes because I’m cooking at home more often! It’s actually been kind of nice having the time to make nice meals. I don’t often have time to do that when in my normal schedule.

  9. Wendy

    Consistency is a great word for April! I didn’t have any goals this month except to keep my mileage up, so consistency it is! We’re cooking a lot here too–experimenting with some new recipes. It’s nice to have my son home, someone else to experiment on!

    It was great to ‘meet’ you via our ZOOM chat yesterday, although doesn’t it feel like we already know each other?

  10. Coco

    LOL on the DOMS — it’s a great sense of accomplishment though, right? Love the picture of the blossoms in CP, but I’m sure that’s no surprise! I’m not training for anything but I need endorphins to burn off the stress.

  11. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    I really wish I could use this time to flex my cooking muscles LOL but I am still too lazy more often than not!

    We have so many Little Libraries in my area it’s crazy! Usually I stop by to check it out but lately I’ve been avoiding them so I don’t start touching everything. I’m trying to get more into audiobooks but it’s been a bit of a slow start!

    I was trying to do 30,000 steps a week and hit my goal all except for the last week, d’oh!

  12. Debbie @ Deb Runs

    How cool that you’re doing the 21 Day Fix from Beachbody. Several of my friends have done it and loved it!

    It was great to finally “meet” you yesterday!

  13. Jenn

    Talk to me about this buffalo chicken pasta. Little man lives for buffalo chicken, so any new recipes are appreciated.

    Proud of you on the water intake. I hate water, and love diet soda. I know, it’s awful, but it’s my vice. I do drink Nuun, and that helps, but I will never drink all the water my body allegedly needs. I say that because I’m not big into liquids, and I am never dehydrated 🙂

    Loved chatting on Saturday!

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