Social Distancing Date Ideas

My fiancé and I are “date people”. We are g00d at dates.

Dinner dates, movie dates, brewery dates, coffee/tea dates, work dates…

If it is an activity to be done, Daniel and I can make it a date.

I know most people don’t have the pleasure of their significant other being their co-teacher (which means already sharing every possible germ we could have), but with this virus going around, keeping us at either his house or my apartment, we’ve had to get creative.

1. Make a meal together

Whether you go full-on breakfast/lunch/dinner, or simply make a dessert, you get some bonding time, and something to eat when you’re done! I think over this season of social distancing, I’ve discovered he’s the better cook…

2.Movie Night In

Go through the movie collection, see what’s new on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney +, or whatever is available to you. There are also free concerts, and other performances, being made available since we’re all stuck at home. Daniel recently discovered the app Likewise. Its purpose is to help you choose movies and shows, without all the time spent scrolling through the options (guilty..). You are able to teach the app your interests, filter your search according to your own streaming services, and then it provides you with recommentdations! I haven’t watched any of my Likewise recommendations yet, but I do have a few movies saved for later.

3. Take a Walk, or a Hike!

Here in Missouri, the weather is beautiful during the day (most days). Take advantage of that! We are both online teachers for the time being, and it’s easy to sit on yo booty all day long in your comfy clothes (SO guilty). Wear layers, put your shoes on, and go explore.

4. Support local businesses

Order food to-go, or for delivery, from your favorite local restaurant, or one you’ve been wanting to try. It gives you a good sampling of different dishes (not just what you’ve stocked up on, and have been eating for days), and helps out those in the community that could be suffering from the lack of activity around town.

5. Tackle a project together

House project? Art project? Whatever your interests are, find something that you can both participate in. Spring cleaning has been a major to-do for both of us. Each area, closet, or box we go through and tidy, the more accomplished we feel. It’s easy to feel like you’ve accomplished nothing in a day when you’re stuck inside. Don’t make it too hard on yourself! Maybe do a few little things per day. It’s less overwhelming, and after about a week, you should be reaping the benefits of your gradual spring cleaning! Whether you two decide to make a mundane task like cleaning a group activity, or do something creative or thought-provoking, you’ll be able to celebrate together when you’re finished.

6. Game Night!

Get out those old board games. Learn a new card game! Or use your gaming console. This needs no further explanation.

If I’m honest, I have mourned the loss of our nights around town a time or two these past few weeks. It has taken some getting used to, and getting creative, but I’m thankful for how we’ve been finding ways to adapt.

Here are some additional tips:

1. Set a time. Choose a time to quit working from home (if that applies to you), and be fully present. We’re either both on our laptops, or we’re both not. It seems to work best when “date time” is scheduled.

2. Be open to new things. This may be a time to really dive into their world. Participate in what interests them. You may like a movie/game/project/whatever you would have never picked for yourself!

3. Share your experiences with others! Text your friends, share a photo on Instagram, check in on Facebook to the local restaurant that supplied your meal. We’re all in this together.

Keep the romance alive, frands ❤

-claire

Remember

Gotta start somewhere.

“Write it down!”

“Did you write this down?”

Hey sweetie, you should write this down…”

The end of most of the conversations with my concerned fiancé. Whether it be a conversation about my ongoing physical and mental health complications, or my inability to look past the negatives to note the things I have forgotten, that I am grateful for.

That was a rough intro. Hi, I’m Claire, and I play the violin. Better?

I imagine that I’m not alone in feeling like I am “missing my life”. Small details slip my mind. Little tidbits about my relationships I should be maintaining fall by the wayside. After a week passes I often think “what did I even do this week?”.

“How was your weekend?”

“Pretty good! How was yours?”

(the truth? i think i just let it happen to me. where is the meaning in that?)

I’m writing this amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an absolutely overwhelming, and horrific time for health-care workers and essential employees ( I am SO grateful for those strong men and women). As a weary public school teacher, this time has been very stripped down, and eye-opening.

Something I have done a terrible job making time for, or a habit of, is running to the Word of God when I get anxious or tend towards despair. This season of social distancing, however, has made way for His Truth to fill my mind, in the form of morning reading, high quality daily devotionals from my church, and good teaching in various forms.

A theme that has really stuck out to me is r e m e m b r a n c e . God’s command for his people to remember what He has done, and what He promises to do. Additionally, the fact that God remembers. He is faithful to fulfill His promises to His people.

And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. [Exodus 2:24]

God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. [Exodus 3:15]

remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law. [Psalm 119:55]

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. [Psalm 77:11]

I have started this collection of writing to remember. To “write it down”. To get well, in knowing that life may not look like what I expect it to, or want it to.

To see my days, weeks, and months, like a story progressively unfolding, with themes of redemption, the beauty in the ordinary, and promises fulfilled in unexpected ways.

We have been invited to R E M E M B E R . What we’ve been brought out of, what our purpose is, where we’re going, and who is leading the way.

That is the purpose of this blog.

-claire