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Day 28

Three weeks down and an eternity to go. Today is April 14.

I truly need to adhere to a better sleep schedule because even after one night of seven hours of rest my body feels lethargic. During the regular school year, I would push myself to the physical limits of sleep deprivation and exhaustion to squeeze hours of schoolwork, editing, extracurriculars and sports into a mere 24 hours. Now, however, I seem to have all the time in the world and absolutely no will to do anything aside from eat and lay around. I’ve never felt more relaxed yet anxious at the same time. I know I should work (really, I do), but 11 ½ years of near-constant educational toiling has left me drained and bitter to continue studying when I could be enjoying interesting movies, reading classic books or merely watching the world exist outside my window each day.

While I was on my Zoom call, I noticed my dad was digging a hole in our back yard. I went outside to check it out and, from a distance, thought it looked like a grave. It turns out it was only a giant rock. Photo by Bailey Stover.

While waking up this morning involved a fair share of grumbling and poking at my persistent alarm to be quiet, I was able to get out of bed and start my day, despite falling asleep close to 2:30 a.m. I know, I know: sleep is important, yadda, yadda, yadda. But, if I may offer a counterpoint: binge-watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is incredibly entertaining. Each episode is roughly one hour long, so to get through a full season takes some dedication and a significant time commitment. I understand watching TV all day is not the best use of my time, and I really do intend to go back to studying soon, but please, cut me some slack. I am only a high schooler after all.

Around 10:30 a.m. I decided to take a quick shower to freshen up and wash my hair. I had intended to rinse off after giving blood yesterday, but because my appointment didn’t quite go according to plan, I postponed my shower until today. After drying off, I meandered into the kitchen to get a bite to eat and ended up selecting a container of pomegranate seeds. I highly recommend them for anyone who hasn’t tried them yet. They are the perfect treat for any season and are  surprisingly filling despite their small size.

For diner we ordered takeout from Las Margaritas. I had chicken fajitas, and by the time I was done eating I felt so full I could barely finish my last bite. Photo by Bailey Stover.

I had a Zoom call with my journalism class at 12:30 p.m., and it ended up lasting until a little after 2 p.m. Because coursework is no longer mandatory, our conversations generally centered around funny stories from people’s lives and what everyone is doing during this quarantine. There was a surprising amount of baking and an unsurprising amount of sleeping. We decided to hold another Zoom call as a class this Friday in the evening after National Scholastic Press Association publication awards come out to (hopefully) celebrate with the rest of the staff Bearing News’ title and our achievements.

For dinner tonight, my family and I wanted to support a local business, so we decided on ordering out Mexican from Las Margaritas on our side of town. I wasn’t doing anything else, so I rode along in the car with my brother and dad when we went to pick up the food. During the drive we discussed what classic movie we wanted to watch tonight and decided on The Philadelphia Story, which is about a socialite’s (Katharine Hepburn) wedding and the two reporters assigned to cover it. 

“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”

Arthur Miller, American playwright

Honestly, when I first read the description I was expecting an unexciting film I would smile through and pretend to like ― froufrou weddings aren’t really my scene. I was pleasantly surprised, however, with the clever banter and witty dialogue, as well as the stellar cast. In black and white, the movie seemed to be the epitome of 1940s cinema. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. I hope for the rest of this unforeseen future during the stay-at-home order and the coronavirus pandemic we can continue to make time to appreciate movies such as this one, and the countless other wonderful movies my parents recommend, together.

“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.” ― Arthur Miller, American playwright

How did you spend your 28th day of social distancing. Let us know in the comments below.

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