0249D: Echoes of Normalcy

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 145

The first week of any month means a lot of reports at work. Many of you know what I'm talking about - it's when all the end-of-month dashboards and summaries are due and so there's a lot of number-crunching needed in a small period of time. It's often tedious, detail-oriented work, but it's also quite fulfilling in its own way. I'm not ashamed to admit that I enjoy working on reports. To some degree, they can be quite calming, at least for regular reports that you already understand. Putting together a new report from scratch is an art form in itself. And that provides a different brand of nerdy entertainment. 

Amid the stricter quarantine protocols of MECQ, I was able to get some new Transformers delivered today. And not just any Transformers - some rather big ones in the form of the Commander-class Sky Lynx and the massive Titan-class Scorponok. They came with two Deluxe-class Generations Selects figures and are all resting in a massive box that is taking up half the couch at the moment. I'll see if I can dedicate time to unboxing some or all of them over the weekend. But it's nice to have them. I know they're not essential supplies, but they go through the restrictions, so whatever. 

I cling to a lot of these routines and patterns to get that sense of normalcy. Reports at work are fine. Keeping up with my Transformers collecting throughout the year feels totally normal. These are right up there with Tobie buying some quirky board game secondhand through some Facebook group or whatever. We take what we can get despite the craziness around us. 

For the most part, I'm okay. Writing in this blog helps me stay okay. Talking to Tobie helps me feel okay. Keeping up with my step targets as tracked by my Fitbit defines a lot of what feels like normal. working out every morning helps me feel better in the morning as well. I've been considering getting into meditation or breathing in order to put an even greater focus on feeling better. Re-watching episodes of the different incarnations of Star Trek also help me feel okay.

I hope for the most part, you also feel okay. It's hard to feel great given everything going on, especially the madness here in the Philippines. so at the very least, I hope you are all okay.