A list of things that get me through self-quarantine.

  • I painted my nails in a very light pistachio shade only to remove it a few hours later. Turns out that constantly washing your hands while singing my loneliness / is killing me is a manicure's worst enemy.
  • Instead I got my hands dirty and potted some cuttings I had made of my house plants. I also planted some bulbs on the balcony: freesia, anemone and a third variety whose name I forgot. Some kind of tiny lily, yellow with orange stripes. Sweeped the balcony floor, cut off dead twigs and leaves. I keep bringing in new plants and seeds whenever I go to the supermarket. I also attached my rainbow crystals to a bamboo stick and put it up over the door. Got my lawn chair from the cellar. Enjoyed a nap in the sunshine. Still in a jacket and scarf but the sunglasses were necessary as well. I even marked some essays like that.
  • I cooked or baked something pretty much every day.
    • wheat tortillas and lots of burritos with lettuce, sriracha and chickpeas or peanut tofu and hummus (current obsession)
    • veggie stew
    • vegan baking: apple mango cake, banana bread and mango raspberry cake
    • pizza with mushrooms, olives and capers
    • baked granola
    • broccoli potato curry with coconut milk
    • a huge batch of pasta bake
    • asian noodle stir-fry; twice
    • baked bell peppers filled with spinach and couscous
    • a loaf of spelt bread with sunflower seeds
    • pancakes with dudes (I made them with Alex and Manu before the curfew)
    • cheese toast
    • a surprisingy good batch of chocolate strawberry porridge
  • An evening ritual: sitting outside on the balcony at night. The sky has been crystal clear those last few nights. Checking the constellations with Sky Map. Realising that my window is currently facing the Leo constellation. Watching out for shooting stars. No such luck. Enjoying the cold, smoking makes me light-headed. Going inside. Undressing, slipping into bed. I keep my bedclothes fresh and clean these days because that fresh laundry smell is intoxicating and makes me very happy. Lighting a candle with cedar and lavender oil. Listening to Bayonne. He is my favourite artist at the moment and I am amazed by the coicidence that made me find him. I was in Montreal and wanted to explore the city on a random week night. So I just got a ticket for the only concert near my hotel; he played at a cool venue called Le Ministère, right off my favourite street - Boulevard Saint Laurent. I was super tired that evening and didn't fully enjoy his show but his tunes have been growing on me. I remember a night in Delhi, lying in my hostel bed after an evening with Christie, Nici and the Brit brats; listening to trippy Bayonne tunes. I actually stood right next to Roger at his concert in Munich last year when he was smoking outside but I was too shy to say hello. All these missed opportunities...
  • Games. I think I haven't played this much in ages. The Beat Saber demo version with Manu's VR goggles. A board game afternoon with Lena and Sash - a Skype video call, Cards Against Humanity, Wizard, Transamerica and Verflixxt. JackBox party pack rounds (my favourites are Drawful 2 and Dictionarium) with Dennis, Margit, Betty, Marina, Stefan and even Manu joined us once. A few days later Steffen showed up as well after apologizing for being distant - he had broken up with his weird girlfriend. Phew. Oh and the nasty addictive Cat App I downloaded one fatal Saturday that's still got me hooked.
  • Making a pub quiz (quarantine edition) for my team because I was sad about missing our regular Monday nights. I even created a quizmistress twitter account to send some hints for the upcoming rounds, just like Darren usually does. We ended up playing on Thursday after postponing a few times. Steffen, Merlin, Em and Sophia didn't show up after all but whatev. It was a lot of fun with three teams as well. Maggi and Dennis won but it was really close. I got drunk on a leftover bottle of red wine from Lena's and Christian's wedding which made the ensuing Cards Against Humanity round straight up hilarious. I might make a new quiz for next week! Actually I asked Manu, Lena and Frank to come up with topics and questions for me so there's gonna be quiz editor guest appearances.
  • A throwback to my teenage days. Sitting in front of the computer, chatting and talking to friends on Discord. Re-installing programmes I had ten years ago (Skype, BSW).
  • A conference call with my students. Henry forcing his chubby cat in front of the camera. Highlight. Grading essays is so much easier when I can type what I'm thinking. Also, I'm definitely going to keep using the messenger system with the kids. I love how efficient and easy it is.
  • Grading dozens of essays. That's basically my job now. Reading the articles and letters, correcting mistakes, writing feedback. Helping out other teachers (Sophia) who are on a tight deadline. Working at elementary level and for a private school must be so much harder than what I'm doing. I'm really lucky - I mainly teach arts and crafts this year so I don't have to worry about missing any important content; and my English students are older and used to working on their own.
  • Not reading. I kinda miss my two-hour-long public transport rides, just because of this. Reading is my form of escapism, it helps me vanish into a parallel universe when I don't want to be where I currently am. But I'm too happy here. Too much at ease. Constantly eating is extremely soothing.
  • Not going out. The furthest I got from my house was a slow walk to the mailbox the other day because I needed to post my ballot papers. Not even moving all that much. I know yoga would be so good for me right now but somehow I can't get myself to do it. This is not the time to diet...
  • And then: going out. A bike ride on the first really warm day of the year. Planning on joining Manu on his Pokémon Go walk. Sitting down on a yoga mat in the middle of the meadow instead. Eating my raspberry mango sakura cake. Practising the cup song. Making videos. Blowing soap bubbles [BREAKING NEWS: long-haired terrorist attacks children with tiny Corona bombs] until two policemen (actually one was a policewoman) asked as to leave and keep moving. Apparently sitting down somewhere is prohibited.
  • Cabin fever counteraction: a Sunday morning dance parties with Lady Gaga's former backup dancer Mark Kanemura. His energy is extremely joyful and queer - I love people wearing outrageous wigs and waving rainbow flags around. Also, it feels good to have someone tell you that you're doing great and that you're loved.
  • Oh, and I was forced to serve as a polling clerk after the elections last week. A very weird situation: they closed the schools, cancelled all events - and then they crammed thousands of people into the exhibition halls. My team was kinda nice though but I suspected the leader to be an AFD voter. Ugh. Since they had cancelled the support trains the U2 was extremely crowded on Monday morning. But apparently I didn't get infected, I'm still fine. And I got to know two teachers from Maria-Probst-Realschule who invited me to check out their school after I had mentioned that I was thinking about finding a new school with a crafts major.
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