Monday, April 13, 2020

How Are You Adjusting to Self-Quarantine?

Self-Quarantined Extrovert: Must have people!
According to the CDC, the practice of quarantine, as we know it, began during the 14th century in an effort to protect coastal cities from plague epidemics. Ships arriving in Venice from infected ports were required to sit at anchor for 40 days before landing. This practice, called quarantine, was derived from the Italian words quaranta giorni which mean 40 days. For more on the history of quarantine and quarantine practices, click here.

So here we are self-quarantining for the duration, which will likely be more than 40 days. Are you enjoying yourself, or are you going crazy? If you're an introvert, chances are you're enjoying yourself (or at least managing alright). If you're an extrovert, I'm sure you're going crazy!

Self-Quarantined Introvert: Another relaxing day with no people...
Everyday social interactions and social gatherings have always been more of a challenge for the introverted among us. Introverts get their energy from inside themselves and seek only selected social interactions. Extroverts, on the other hand, receive their energy from outside themselves, so social interaction for these individuals is a must.

According to, "It's a relief for some introverts who now don't need excuses for why they don't want to be out — and, equally, a struggle for extroverts seeking out social connection in a world where that's suddenly a limited commodity."

While extroverts are enjoying conference calls, virtual family gatherings and parties, introverts are relishing days of peace and quiet. To each his own. However, we'll all be happy when things return to normal! 

These days won't last forever, but if you want to remember them for posterity, why not keep a journal? Take a look at the funny one below. I received this as an email, so I'm not sure of the source. Enjoy!

Self-Isolation Quarantine Diary:

Day 1 – I Can Do This!!  Got enough food and wine to last a month!

Day 2 – Opening my 8th bottle of Wine.  I fear wine supplies might not last

Day 3 – Strawberries:  Some have 210 seeds, some have 235 seeds.  Who Knew??

Day 4 – 8:00pm.  Removed my Day Pajamas and put on my Night Pajamas.

Day 5 – Today, I tried to make Hand Sanitizer.  It came out as Jello Shots!!

Day 6 – I get to take the Garbage out.  I’m So excited, I can’t decide what to wear.

Day 7 – Laughing way too much at my own jokes!!

Day 8 – Went to a new restaurant called “The Kitchen”.  You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal.  I have No clue how this place is still in business.

Day 9 – I put liquor bottles in every room.  Tonight, I’m getting all dressed up and going Bar hopping.

Day 10 – Struck up a conversation with a Spider today.  Seems nice.  He’s a Web Designer.

Day 11 – Isolation is hard.  I swear my fridge just said, “What the hell do you want now?”

Day 12 – I realized why dogs get so excited about something moving outside, going for walks or car rides.  I think I just barked at a squirrel.

Day 13 – If you keep a glass of wine in each hand, you can’t accidentally touch your face.

Day 14 – Watched the birds fight over a worm.  The Cardinals led  the Blue Jays 3–1.

Day 15 – Anybody else feel like they’ve cooked dinner about 395 times this month?

By the way, I'm an introvert. What about you? 

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

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