It still seems surreal as I type this– I was exposed to COVID. As soon as I learned that I was in close contact with someone who had COVID, who wasn’t aware that they had been exposed until it was too late, I did two things. First– I scheduled myself a COVID test through my healthcare provider (more on that in a bit). Second– I grabbed some essentials and locked myself away to limit exposure from those I live with.

Due to this year, I have been actively working on my room, and making it as cozy and nice as possible (aka without breaking the bank). This worked in my favor because being stuck in my room would have been much more miserable if I had not made it enjoyable to be in. Since we are in the middle of the holiday season I had already put in some Christmas decorations, which TBH has been good for my mental state. When I got the call that I could possible have COVID I grabbed (with a gloves on) these items:

  • the Keurig from the kitchen
  • various snacks that did not require cooking or refrigeration
  • things to keep me entertained
  • my large Brita from the fridge
  • reusable cups
  • trash bags
  • extra supplies for my bathroom (tp, Kleenex, towels, ect.)
  • a large reusable bottle

As soon as I grabbed these things and put myself in lockdown, I called those who I lived with and filled them in on what was happening. They agreed to not touch my bedroom door or my bathroom door, and to contact me through texts and phone calls only. I also encouraged them to go get tested as well.

Speaking of testing, I went to go get tested the day after I heard the news. I impatiently waited two days for my results and when they finally came in…I was extremely annoyed. I got an inconclusive result. INCONCLUSIVE. They can’t tell if I have it or don’t have it. This was extremely frustrating. I have another test scheduled, and hopefully I will get a negative result.

So here I sit five days in, watching lots of Christmas movies from various streaming services, and trying to remain calm. I am taking lots of vitamins, resting, and trying not to get bored or anxious. I will be completely honest– it sucks. It is Christmas, and I had many plans with my boyfriend to do several Christmasy at-home dates, but we can’t do any of that now (at least for the time being). On the upside I am very fortunate that I have no symptoms, and I am able to be very isolated from others. If you want a more detailed post about the specifics of what I have or how I set up my room, leave me a comment down below. It’s been a very interesting transition, and if I can help any of you out there who do not have anyone to rely on right now for food (like myself), I would be so happy to share with you what I have done.



-going for a walk in the beautiful Spring weather and getting fresh air-

-discovering a new coffee drink thanks to TikTok-

-finally investing in some AirPods-

– playing with my room decor and using books as a fun element-

-sprucing up my patio with some new herbs-

I am actively trying to find ways to stay positive (and not completely freak out over what is happening in the world). I have decided to try a Friday’s Five to look back at my week and think about all the wonderful things that have happened throughout my week as well as things that have been keeping me sane.

I am officially just past the two week mark or self-isolation. I have had some pretty rough days; I’m not going to lie. There was one day where I was in the worst mood ever because it felt like nothing was going right and I felt very “caged-in” at home. On the whole though, I have been doing pretty good.

This past week I have really appreciated going for a nice long walk in the beautiful Spring weather. It honestly put me in such a good mood! The fresh air, migrating butterflies everywhere, and all the trees made for the perfect afternoon. It was so nice not being cooped up in my apartment for a little bit and spending some time with my favorite pup. I also have been trying to spruce up my patio because TBH I have let it go this past year and was looking real sad. I bought some herbs from Lowes and Home Depot to plant and hopefully enjoy over the next month of isolation.

On the home front, I have discovered a new fave (quick and easy) coffee recipe courtesy of TikTok! It is a whipped coffee and I am loving it. I also have been tinkering with my bedroom decor. I want to make it my perfect little relaxation haven to retreat to when I can’t (or don’t want) to be in the common spaces of the apartment. I have been loving taking all my books out of storage boxes and implementing them as decor in my room!

I recently made an investment and purchased some AirPods Pro. I didn’t have any headphones (thanks to my wire chewing cat) and it honestly was weighing on me. I have to do video lectures for school and every Sunday I have a virtual game night with friends all over the country. Not having headphones was a struggle because I was annoying everyone that I lived with. Now that I have some I honestly have improved my well-being! I absolutely love them and I love that there are different size earbuds and noise cancelation.

Thank you so much for taking some time to read and I hope you all are finding ways to stay safe during this stressful and scary time. Stay safe out there friends!