Hawk in his Arq outfit
I am okay, everyone I know is okay, I hope the same for you.
I can’t believe how much has changed in only a week. Friday was the last time I left the house, and I’m beginning to wonder if that was a good idea? I got my haircut early in the morning, and at that time, we thought (or I thought anyway) that the virus could really only be spread by someone who is visibly sick (coughing, etc), so I thought I was okay if I didn’t interact with anyone who seemed sick. I didn’t get too close to anyone anyway, but now given what we know about how long the virus can live on surfaces, and that it can be spread by people who are asymptomatic, I am a little worried I made a mistake by going out.
That’s neither here nor there at this point; it is what it is. I’m not afraid exactly, but I am anxious. I find myself spiraling frequently, and getting lost in thoughts of what if, and what happens next.
I worry about the healthcare workers who are dealing with this on the front lines. I worry about small businesses (of which I am one) and people who work in retail and services. How will we survive this shutdown financially? I will survive, because I am lucky to have my husband’s more stable income, but others don’t. I follow a lot of small businesses/designers who employ a few people, have had to shut down storefronts and are now concerned about paying employees and staying afloat.
Are people shopping for expensive (let’s be honest), independently designed clothing now? I am trying to, but haven’t checked out. I have a budget for summer clothes (which I desperately need), but I’m having a hard time buying. Part of that is choosing who to support. Where do I want my money to go right now? Also, it feels bad somehow, to spend money on clothes.
Of course it’s not*. Keeping money in the economy is a good thing right now, for everyone. Supporting small designers who have just launched their spring/summer lines is important right now. Many small designers and the stores who sell them are offering discounts to stimulate purchasing now, and not later; continuing to buy now gives everyone involved a sense of security we desperately need. Now.
I’m looking at Black Crane right now (they’re offering free shipping with code STAYSAFE), Jungmaven, and Ace & Jig. What are you looking at?
How are you feeling? How are you doing?
A quick Hawk update: He is seven months now, crawling (!) and in general doing very well. We had to buy an “enclosure” that we call jail LOL since he’s so active lately. Gone are the days when I can just sit or lay him down and use the bathroom or turn my back quickly and still find him in the same place I left him.
And I’m still managing to keep Slowre open and running. I’ve slowed down quite a bit and am not taking as many consignment items as I used to, but still have shipments trickle in. Of course, I could use your support if you’re buying clothes or shoes right now and anything has caught your eye.
Thank you , thank you , thank you.
Please let me know how you’re doing, I miss you!!
*I hope it goes without saying that those of us with means should also support food banks, etc in addition to independent designers. AND advocate for better benefits for part time and service workers. Another good idea is to buy gift certificates now for small businesses or services; they get the money now and you can use it later when we’re venturing out again.
Cute baby pic = needed emotional lift! Glad you are all well and staying safe; too many people around me (read children and teens) are not taking this seriously.
I’m a ball of nerves as my step daughter is an ICU nurse, my husband is a restaurant manager and my Dad is dying alone in a locked down nursing home from Alzheimer’s. I know I am not alone in my fears and concerns and try to keep my perspective in check. I keep waiting for the news to tell me we have the testing capability to identify the infected and quarantine so we slow the spread; our response has been so slow. Daily dog walks help (though our 60 degrees today will be replaced by a winter storm tomorrow!).
Be safe every one…
Oh man! It makes me so happy to see that cute happy face. Babies don’t care what’s happening in the world as long as their needs are being met and they’re getting love.
I’m having a hard time even thinking about shopping because of the uncertainty of the future. I know the economy needs us to be spending right now, but I guess I’d rather spend on taking out food from local restaurants. Even though I’m eyeing all kinds of beautiful things from small designers.
So glad you’re doing well. We’re holding on and hunkering down together. But what a CRAZY time!
It was reassuring to hear from you and that all is well. Stay safe and healthy during this crazy, challenging time!
Nice to see Hawk! Thanks for the update Grechen. Started a new position this past Monday and, fortunately, I’m able to WFH. It’s all surreal. The position is with the state and, ultimately, working on food policy. Now? We’re being tasked to look at spreadsheets to help prep/assist Congress around emergency bills for food assistance. I have NO experience with this. I was supposed to, essentially, spend the next year getting up to speed. While I’m overwhelmed; I’m also so humbled to be of some assistance.