Greetings from Quarantine-Land New Jersey! Ho boy another 30 days of this…at least. How are you guys holding out? Have things calmed down, in terms of the grocery stores, by you?
Here in NJ, we’re pretty close to NYC (only about 30-40 minutes, without traffic). So it can get a little worrisome as we see the numbers pile up in NY, and now in NJ. Fortunately, my decades as a germaphobe have helped prep me and my family for this. I’ve been hand-sanitizing and Clorox wiping down surfaces long before Corona made it cool!
My husband did do a small grocery store run this past weekend, and even going around 10am, said the store was completely dead. So that was nice. No craziness and he was able to get everything on our list…and we still didn’t need toilet paper!
In our house, we’re adjusting to the new normal. It’s hard with two little ones who really don’t quite understand why they can’t go to school, see their friends, see their grandparents, or even why they can’t just go to Costco with us like we used to do. Sam, at 19 months, is just way too little to understand. Riley, at 4, is still a bit confused. We tell her there’s a virus going around and they don’t want to make more people sick. As soon as they say it’s safe to go back to school she can. But y’all it breaks my heart daily when she has a meltdown over missing her friends.
As hard as this is on you, just imagine how much harder this is on a 4-year-old who has no real concept of what’s going on. All she knows is her entire world was flipped upsidedown, and she can’t see her friends or family anymore. It’s rough. But we’re trying. We’re trying to do school activities and art projects to keep things somewhat normal for her, and there’s the LEGO challenge! Here’s the last few days of her LEGO challenge…
Here’s the new house she built:
Movie theater showing Toy Story (she’s 4, she has no idea what Star Wars is, and doesn’t know what a movie set is. So she made a theater with Toy Story):
And here’s the World’s Largest Tower:
We haven’t started today’s challenge yet…Build a New Ship…
Anyway, all of that to say we’re all going through our own challenges right now. I’m grateful we have this community to hopefully take our minds off of quarantine, if only for a little bit.
Hopefully, we’ll see a new update next week. I saw a couple of you asking if we’ll see some COVID specific events in TSTO. Honestly, I’m not sure. Most of the stuff programmed right now has been programmed for a while, not sure what their plan for new content is. Don’t forget EA is located in California, and California has a “stay at home order” in effect right now. So not sure if EA Bob is working or not. All we can do is wait and see what next week brings.
Until then, stay safe. Stay positive. And remember, we’re all in this together!
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