Any one else remember your parent's taking home video as a child? (Or a certain person following people around, repeatedly saying, "The cameraman").
Well, I'm the camerawoman, and here are some videos documenting our days at home during the stay home order issued in California.
Regrettably, Week 1 is incomplete. I had some dark days as the COVID-19 stay home orders were first issued. We had about a foot of snow, which was fun, but limited our movement outside and just made me feel cold. The snow dropped trees and our power was out 48 hours. We were prepared, but as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded before our eyes, I had a sense of foreboding like never before.
To top it off, the only powder days of the year were cancelled as our local ski resorts closed. My entire winter identity is wrapped in being a cool snowboarder, so this was especially heartbreaking. I had to resort to sledding which I am not nearly as good at, and only made me feel like a 400 year old turtle.
Usually, I cope with depression by thinking of things to do to with others, further my business, and keep me busy. Every idea I had was shot down in a matter of hours: photos for local businesses to sell products online? Elopements and vow renewals? News photography in harder hit areas such as Sacramento? All no.
It took the power coming on and the sun coming out for me to realize that the best thing I could do, would be to expand on what I already do best. (Documenting my children's lives, and now our family experience, with the growing COVID-19 crisis.)
Once I started, I felt better. It game me purpose. Like many others, sharing online has been a good way to feel connected to others.
Here is a list of events that were not documented because I hadn't yet settled into staying home, figuratively and literally.
- Cooking on the woodstove during the power outage.
- St. Patricks Day Four Leaf Clover painting
- Mother Son Dance because ours was cancelled - we ate BBQ chips and drank Capri Sun.
- Heck, thats about it. Not too bad.
Enjoy our Week 1 Video.
All the Best,
Stay home, save a life.