Dana on Embracing a Suddenly Clear Social Calendar
In September, my husband and I gave up our apartment in SoHo and moved to New Jersey. A year ago, I never would have imagined leaving NYC, but we have a baby on the way and, with the pandemic going on, we decided we wanted to be closer to family and have more space.
My husband works in sales, and pre-Covid he would travel most of the week. Now he’s working from home five days a week and it’s the most time we’ve ever spent together in 13 years. It’s actually been so nice and I think I’m going to have separation anxiety whenever he starts traveling again! We have an office in our new place, and he’s very generously given it to me for the time being, because it has a desk and a comfier chair and I’m pregnant. So I work from our office and he sits at our kitchen counter. We trade off every once in awhile if one of us has an important call.
The most surprising thing about my quarantine experience has been how much my morning routine has changed with working from home. I used to wake up at 6 a.m. so I’d have time to workout, shower, get ready, and commute to the office by 9. These days I’m rolling out of bed at 8 a.m. and it feels SO GOOD. My favorite part of quarantine is the lack of social obligations. As much as I really do miss seeing my friends, we used to go out 4-5 nights a week and it’s been so nice to just slow down and nest.
The hardest part has been not being able to celebrate milestones with people we love. We’ve missed out on celebrating so many birthdays, engagements, weddings. It’s sad to not be able to be there for the people you love. My husband and I have both learned to be a team more than ever! We made it through our first big move together, and all of the countless decisions leading up to it.