Liz R-New Jersey

DAy 7

What’s most important to you right now? 

Surviving. Whatever that means. For us right now it’s sanity. My husband and I are both in the restaurant industry and I’m an actor so both of our things are eviscerated right now. His place is looking into doing takeout but they weren’t ready for it. So it’s just existing and getting through this and taking it one day at a time. I can’t think past that or I’ll break. 

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

I was actually starting to be more social. I’d just kind of been saying “yes and” to things. I’d been getting more callbacks. I told somebody since the beginning of the year that this is the most social I’ve been in the past 10 years. I was like “this is great” and then they’re like “no, sorry, do the thing you’ve been doing for the past 10 years, which is sitting alone in your apartment.”

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

I’m going to hug my nephew who’s 5 months old. His name is Jack. My sister calls us at 11AM every morning since we’ve been quarantined and she’s usually feeding him yams. He’s the Yam Man. I’m gonna just go to town on that kid. I’m gonna give him kisses and squeeze his face and give him hugs and I’ll do the same thing to my sister too, just to annoy her. Physical contact.

What are you doing to pass the time? 

Right now we’re watching a lot of YouTube videos and listening to Podcasts. We’re both starting crafting things–I make greeting cards and he writes poetry. This isn’t really different than what I would do when I didn’t have work during the week cause I’m a freelancer. It’s like what I usually do with way more consequences and my husband. So it’s weird.

What makes you happy right now?

Him [my cat]. Nature–I can see trees out my window and it’s been really nice. We’re a block away from a park that they’ve kept open. Every night we’ll go out for a walk. Nature has been really keeping me happy recently–and my husband, and staying in contact with my family. That helps.

What would you tell yourself a month ago with the knowledge you have today?

Stay on the path that you’re going. It’s gonna stop but don’t let it stop you. Don’t change anything. Cause you have the toilet paper, you did the toilet paper right. I’m a subscription service so I got a box of 48 already.