8 Things I Never Thought I’d Do ‘Til I Was Quarantined

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Photo by Brenda Fredericks

1. Paint Mother Mary

I really love her. Every time I climb the steps and arrive at the top of that 2nd floor, she was a reminder that I was almost home. That last flight is a very steep Brooklyn-doozy, so I always appreciated Mary’s inspiration.

With so much time on our hands, my roommate and I decided to give her a makeover. It started with unhooking her from the alcove, bathing her in the kitchen sink and then painting her together. My favorite parts are her pink lips and the ring on her right index finger (ring not pictured!).

2. Take 4 Weeks to Hang 2 Plant Holders

I moved to this apartment 2 weeks before quarantine and I was soooo excited to hang plant holders on my walls. It was a sign of settling in and I was excited to showcase my beloved plants.

Turns out, hanging plant holders is haaaaaaaaaaard! To be honst, I hit many obstacles — the drill stopped working and I had to do it by hand but I first had to go buy a Phillips head screwdriver. After a lot of hard work, it fell down and I put holes in the wall that still need to be fixed. Ugh.

Basically — I tried and failed, tried and failed, tried and failed, tried and failed. I asked a friend to help me, tried and failed again. Asked another friend to help me only to find that I needed longer screws. BOOM!

I finally hung those bad boys and I was so proud. I was reminded of how resilient I am. (I even fixed a closet door one day, too.)

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Photo by Brenda Fredericks

3. Hand Wash Laundry in My Bathtub

The water is steaming hot and one must bend over and swirl everything around to ensure cleanliness, rinse it all and then wring it all out. Wringing out towels is a bitch but great for my biceps. Thank goodness for hot pink rubber gloves.

Then, there’s the walking down 3 flights to hang it all outside to dry.

But get this — I LOVED it. It was a great free work out and overall, a very satisfying activity.

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Photo by Brenda Fredericks, with wet soapy hands

4. Sew Pillows

Fast forward 2 months and there I was — in my yard, chatting with a friend on the phone, sewing my red fuzzy throw pillow.

And how fun it was! I got to take out my handy dandy sewing kit and meditatively sew. I remembered my grandmas teaching me to sew.

The funny thing is that the pillow started out square and by the time I was done sewing it, it was a rectangle. So it was like we got a new pillow.

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Photo by Brenda Fredericks, while conversing with Rachel Tannenbaum

5. Prepare for Combat to Go Food Shopping

First, safety. That meant a solid well communicated plan of masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, shots of apple cider vinegar, alcohol pads and hot lemon ginger mushroom tea and a shower upon return. It meant agreeing to leave our shoes, clothing and recyclable bags outside the door for 3 days.

Second, the art of having fun no matter what. We dressed for goddess battle. Boots, full body suits, sassy music, captain’s hats, Playa dust, decorative jewels on our faces, root chakras and bodies. We doused ourselves with sage, danced and set intentions for our journey to Trader Joe’s.

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Photo by Meredith Hamler, roommate extraordinaire

6. Wash Off Every Single Item I Purchased and Drag It in On a Towel

My roommate grabbed a food shopping bag (we had 6 between the two of us), and item by item, she cleaned it with disinfectant spray, then handed it to me as I sat at the top of the stairs by the front door, did a final spray-and-wipe, then placed the hopefully corona-free item on the towel.

We listened to a podcast in the background and talked about each item and what we loved about it. It was like a grocery prayer.

The towel full of groceries was then dragged to the kitchen through squeals of hysterical laughter.

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Photo by Brenda Fredericks

7. Cook 3 Meals a Day for Weeks On End

This quarantine has me making 3 meals a day. And I love it.

I also have never done this many dishes. Again, a thank you to my hot pink rubber gloves.

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Vegan, Gluten Free Pizza, Photo by Brenda Fredericks

8. Watch My Daughter Jack Off Bananas

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Photo by Katya_Havok

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