Stop and smell the flowers. Well, it’s May 29th. And the only reason I know that is because two days ago it was my step-father’s birthday. Finally, there was something to really celebrate. While we couldn’t eat cake or have a delicious meal in person, it gave me an excuse to get out of the house (with a mask, of course), and pick out a funny card. One of my favorite things to do is wander the greeting card aisle. As a stationery designer, these artistic creations are inspirational. With clever taglines and gorgeous illustrations, a greeting card is the one thing that never fails to comfort. Here in Central Florida, restaurants are open for inside dining; local retail shops are filled with customers; even theme parks (July 11th for all my Disney fans!) are coming to life. Amidst this late April excitement, I went to restock at retail stores.…

Well, it’s day 2345 of quarantine. The days blend together. Weekends aren’t as special as they used to be, as I am basically wearing my Saturday and Sunday uniform (pajamas, tank top) in any day that ends in a “y”. As with a lot of people, my anxiety levels have definitely increased, especially at the grocery store. What used to be a leisurely errand has become a CIA mission. Put on your protective gear, get in, avoid being too close to people, and get out. The only ones who have really “won” during this pandemic are dogs. They get their owners home 24/7, still get to enjoy their outdoor walks, and receive extra attention from their owners (although Gant always seems to have that “Get away from me” expression as we try and pick him up or get up so close to his face and stare at him. Yes, we…

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