What’s most important to you right now? 

Having a routine and giving myself a goal every day to stay sort of sane. My husband and I have found comfort in having something to do every day that breaks up the mundane of being inside all the time. He gets up early and works Monday through Friday, and I tend to stay up a lot later and sleep in, so I give him the mornings. We’re in a one bedroom, we don’t really have a lot of space. 

What was most important to you before you had to social distance? 

Career stuff. It’s so strange that this all happened truly right before I was about to be busy for three months. I was about to get on a plane to Italy, specifically. I was about to go home to San Francisco for two months to do a show. It’s weird when you think your life is going to be a certain way and then it all just goes away. 

What’s the first thing you’ll do when this is over? 

Probably go out to dinner and have some drinks. Hang out with friends. It would be nice to meet up with a bunch of friends at a bar and get drinks and food and hug and do all the things we take for granted.

What are you doing to pass the time? 

We have a bunch of equipment on loan from our crossfit gym and a rowing machine, and we have a personal trainer that sends us workouts every day, so we do a big workout five days a week. That breaks up the day–it gives us a goal and at least something to do. We try to take Dizzy on a long walk–very socially distanced. It’s been encouraging because I feel like people have backed off. 
We have tea every day at five. Having a goal nutrition-wise has weirdly been a saving grace. I started Sex and the City over from the beginning and I watch episodes of that when I’m on the rower. Watching something that you know really well–it’s comforting and also a distraction. I’ve almost bought so many things and to my knowledge I don’t think I’ve bought anything superfluous or frivolous. I’m cooking a lot more. We definitely order in sometimes; we’re trying to support people and keep some of these businesses afloat. Cooking takes up time. Dishes. FaceTiming. 

What makes you happy right now?

Cody [my husband] and Dizzy [my dog]. It’s been really nice to get to spend more time with my husband because he’s always so busy. For the most part it’s been so nice. 

What would you tell yourself two months ago with the knowledge you have today? What is the biggest realization you’ve had through this time?

I would tell myself to not book any of the Europe stuff until the very last minute! Other than that, I don’t think I would have necessarily changed anything.

What I’ve chosen to do as a profession, while it’s important, it is a nonessential thing that can go away and not come back for a while and that’s kind of a scary thing. It’s been really interesting to see how performers are manifesting this time and what they’re choosing to put out there and how they’re reacting.


Alysha U-New York City

DAY 16