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Guest post by Hillary from HillaryBush.com

Hi there!

Covid-19 didn’t really start hitting the United States until the middle of March. There were a few cities that had started seeing outbreaks, but it certainly wasn’t nationwide yet. Everything escalated very quickly.

On March 11th, my husband and I left for a trip to Alaska and things were okay. A few days later, we started hearing that stores were selling out of toilet paper and that there were going to start being travel restrictions.

We were worried we might have trouble flying home. Our original return flight was unexpectedly canceled, and the flight we ended up on was less than half full.

Shortly after arriving home, the leadership of the counties that make up the “Bay Area” where we live announced a shelter-in-place order that would start on March 17th, the first of its kind in the U.S. This meant that we were required to stay home, with the exception of essential errands and essential workers going to work. Other cities and states soon started following suit.

I work as a wildlife veterinary nurse, and as such, my job is considered “essential”. I have still been working, but my hours have been cut in half to reduce staffing overlap, so this has given me a lot more time at home to relax, practice self care, and work on my hobbies.

I hike at least two times a week (it is considered exercise, so we are allowed to as long as we stay 6ft apart, stay within a specific distance from home, and use one way trail loops). I started my website and blog. I started my Etsy shop to sell my photography, and have also been selling masks to raise money for the Wildlife Conservation Network.

It has now been nearly two months since that first shelter-in-place order, and many states are starting to at least partially open up again due to a combination of low virus load and push back from local citizens. I’m hopeful that people are still wearing their masks and practicing social distancing, but I fear a second wave may hit if we open up too soon.

In the meantime I’m trying to stay positive and appreciate this extra time I have at home with my husband, our dog, and my hobbies.

About the author

Hillary is a wildlife veterinary nurse and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes a travel, photography, and sustainable lifestyle blog over at www.HillaryBush.com. You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter!

Quarantine Diaries is a blog series where bloggers from different countries share their quarantine stories to narrate their experiences and remind us that we all are in it together.

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  1. Lisa Alioto

    It sounds like you have a great attitude about it all – which I think is essential as we will be in this mode for quite a while!

    1. Hillary

      Hi Lisa! My attitude may be great now, but it didn’t start that way at the beginning. But, as you said, it’s going to be like this for a while, I found a way to adapt. Thank you for reading!

  2. Nancy

    I am glad that you were able to go back home without having an extended stay in Alaska. Although your hours were cut, at least you are making the most out of your free time with some of those cute masks!! I love the pattern and it is great that you are sharing some positivity. Hope you continue to find joy in these hobbies and grow your Etsy shop :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. Hillary

      Thank you! Yes, I think it’s different all over the world. I personally don’t think most of the US has done a very affective job managing this, and I’m hoping it doesn’t bite us in the butt in the end.