A Vacation in Quarantine

Today is last day of my weeklong February vacation. This year that week was spent in quarantine as my husband came down with COVID the week before the break. I was sort of dreading a whole week inside my house. Don’t get me wrong. I love my small, cozy home, and I feel so lucky to have this time off, but I wasn’t sure I could find enough to do to keep me engaged for a whole week, especially when my husband was going to be out of commission and my younger daughter did the right thing and quarantined in NYC. And did I mention it is February in Connecticut with lots and lots of snow?

But the truth is, I had a really great vacation. Being confined to a small space for most of the week (with the exception of a daily walk) taught me a few things.

I learned:

-To relax and get comfortable with the idea of a calm, slow week.

-How to live in the moment.

-It can be nice to choose the shows and movies I want to watch without having to get agreement from others.

-To crochet.

-To establish a solid exercise routine.

-To cook a few new things.

-That I miss my husband when he is not around (He had to live in a separate room!).

-That life is more fun with people in the house, but I can manage alone if I have to.

-I always need a few pets around to snuggle with, take for walks, feed, and look after.

-That reading is one of the best ways to spend my time. (I knew this, of course, but it’s been a long time since I had hours and hours and hours available to read!).

-There are so many things to learn and so many ways to learn them (podcasts, Ted Talks, blogs, documentaries, books, shows, audiobooks, etc.).

-I can be happy without having to travel, visit, shop, and eat out.

Of course I wish my husband didn’t get sick (His case was quite mild and he has recovered nicely.), and I wish I didn’t have to spend my vacation week in quarantine, but all in all, I had a great vacation and learned some important things about myself.

6 thoughts on “A Vacation in Quarantine”

  1. I’m glad he is doing well & that you are safe. I’m glad, too, to read your list of all the things you learned this week. It sounds like a wonderful week in the end. Our March Break just got moved to April, so I am living vicariously in your slow pace. Sigh – thanks for sharing.

  2. What an awesome way to put a positive spin on your week of quarantined vacation with your husband! I love what you chose to do with your time and how you reflected upon your choices in this blog today! I’m glad he is recovered and that you had a restful vacation at home. Spring is coming!

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