News at Home: COVID Quarantine Week 9
It is incredibly hard to believe that I have been at home for 9 weeks now! Do you think that in the future time will be measured (colloquially at least) by COVID? Like “that was BC” not Before Christ, but Before COVID? LOL! I might be experiencing quarantine induced delirium…
So my week was just another roller-coaster. Dante does not want to sleep past 5:30 am it seems. And he used to sleep until 6:30 no problem. I wonder if it’s the loss of daycare, getting older, the fact that Kiko still won’t let him cry even a tiny bit in his crib, or some combination? Honestly, I’m getting used to waking up with him, taking him to swing where he will fall back asleep if you lay on the floor in front of it.. so I get another hour on the floor half asleep/half awake.
On the job front… I feel almost certain that I will not find a job before June 23rd. For the number of positions I’ve applied to and have not had even 1 reply for an interview… it’s not looking good. And as of today, I have 38 days left. Meaning that 22 have passed already. So technically I’m not halfway there yet.
I did have 1 positive on the job front – a position was posted on Wednesday at my company that is essentially the same job as I have now (the title is similar and it’s in the say pay grade). I asked my manager if she knew the hiring manager; she didn’t but sent her an email recommending me anyway. The hiring manager replied to her that she was sorry this was happening to us and that she would request my resume and would love to interview me. That was Thursday. And on Thursday I heard from the internal recruiters that she did request my resume. But that’s it. I haven’t heard anything. I realize that she’s had my resume for all of 2 work days, which is not long at all. But when your DESPERATELY looking for something, it’s an eternity. I will be emailing her on Monday to share my cover letter and just make contact. It’s my best shot right now, so fingers crossed.
I also found out the price for COBRA coverage this week. It is not happening. An additional $1300/mo to cover just me and Dante. But I spoke with a private insurance broker yesterday and I found a pretty decent private plan that I think will be affordable with Cigna. The best part is that Dante could keep seeing his pediatrician. It’s a PPO rather than an HMO, which is the main thing I’ve found on the marketplace, so that’s better. I don’t feel good about the prospect of having no insurance for Dante, so I’m doing my research.
Dante’s daycare reopens on Monday… but since I’m about to be unemployed, it doesn’t make sense to spend the money when I technically can watch him at home. So I had to un-enroll him. Which sucks, because it was so hard to find a good, affordable daycare. I hope they will have space for him when I do find a job again. They said they’d try to accommodate us when we’re ready to return if they could.
I had a wonderful surprise on Friday – my stepson Franky came over! We haven’t seen him since April 5th. He has been really good about staying home so we all agreed it should be fine for him to come over and you should have seen Dante with his big brother! The second he saw him he lit up <3! Even after all this time, he knew exactly who Franky was and he spent the day (Franky was over from 8:30 – 4:30 basically) playing with Franky and climbing all over him. It made me so happy to watch them together. I think this has been one of my biggest COVID regrets – that Dante is spending so much of his early life in social isolation, when really I had always intended to make sure he had lots of socialization. It’s another reason I’m sad about having to take him out of daycare.
And Friday night we ordered pizza. This is a BIG DEAL – my husband has been so strict that we haven’t eaten anything not come cooked since March 13th. It was Little Ceasars (so not the best pizza in general) and it was THE BEST LOL!
That’s it for me this week! Stay safe everyone 🙂