I decide to wield my camera and start taking some pictures at least. May be even go to one of my favorite places - a famous cemetery in our town. Just as I make that decision, I read the news that the cemetery is closed for visitors! I am appalled. This too? You don’t understand! The Spooktacular place is simply spectacular especially in spring and then suddenly I find myself wondering, 'dang it! How does my phone know my thoughts? Should I be worried?' Anyways, you should see this place. I have caught myself saying a couple of times “if heaven is this beautiful, I don’t mind going there!” when I visit this place. My photography teacher has always laughed saying that “This is the place everyone must come to eventually, yet people fear it so much!”. He is 86 or so you know, he must know what he is talking about. Just as I finish reading this news, I get a forward from a cousin, a video of lord Venkateshwara in Tirupathi getting the seva done, all alone! I wonder what he feels. I sigh! So, I decide to keep off social media for a day at least anyways! I have managed one full day keeping off all media. Yes maintained ‘social-media distancing’ if you want to call it that! No whatsapp, no facebook, no phone calls, no texting and only cleaning, rearranging the study, cooking, some painting, taking the dog for a walk and repeating all the above-mentioned activities, a couple of time during the course of the day! It is still 5.43 am. Yes, I am being precise! I have been up for about 40 mins, two cups of coffee done, okay two half cups. Milk will last a couple of more days - sufficient enough to last till my grocery pick up day, chit chatted with DH while sipping coffee and I have managed to lose him already! So, I waddle into my makeshift study, turn on the computer only glancing at the news that shows up on the screen. Out of boredom I click on prediction for the day, you know the horroscope for the day. It says in no uncertain terms,”Today starts with a sense of escapism and you may find yourself longing for a change of scenery and a break from the daily grind. “Duh! Really! Who isn’t? Forget about the times we are living in now, heck we felt this way every now and then even back then when life was ......, well life as we knew it! So much for how my day is going to be! As I bring back my attention to back to my screen determined to escape the mundane routine that was predicted, my eyes fall on - “How to Clean Kitchen Countertops: Granite, Quartz, Marble & More – when it comes cleaning kitchen counters, one method does not fit all!” What? Am I going bonkers? Have I scrolled down the page that far enough that I have begun see such articles . Should I check my browsing history? At this point in quarantine, I am afraid to even go there. I am scared of the secrets it can reveal. Nah, nothing like what you would think. If anything, you will be surprised to see how mundane and routine my surfing history is! Worksheets to assign, fun science projects....do you want me to continue? I didn't think so. Talking of surfing, I am reminded of reading an article about how quarantine is mispronounced by most Americans as corn and teen or corn teen - spell as you sound. Then sound right, Please! The next article that draws my attention is “Meet the woman who lives every day like it’s 1958 — from her clothes to her appliances”. Really! I know internet articles want to promote other stories but……. I am going bonkers already! So I holler, “Do you think it is too early to go for a walk?” from my makeshift study trying to speak over the morning prayers that are playing on my computer to my DH who is busy watching the markets first thing in the morning. Let’s simply say, he needs to do that and not even go there. But the beauty of it all is he has heard me! I am delighted and I am smiling as I hear him back, “Are you crazy! It is just 5.51 am and it is not even 36F outside”! I check my phone. He is right but my attention stays set on the phone. It is April 1st. I want to prank someone but know well not to. I think of some of the childhood pranks, not remembering any thinking of my dad who was the biggest prankster followed by my uncle, dad’s brother! I am sure no one is in a mood to play the “April fool’s day” joke today ☹ I understand. But thinking of pranks and dad and uncles has already relaxed me, not to speak of the old photos I have been seeing and letters I have been reading! A friend texts from another part of the world “it is time for my siesta” followed by a “just finished a ‘home made face mask’”. Not sure all that media distancing and staying home oblivious to the world has calmed my mind or what, I responded with a “good for you. Relaxing!” only to go when I realized that she was speaking of face mask for corona, not applying a face mask like we did in the good old days! It is 7.18 am and I am ready to get started for the day you know, exactly doing what I mentioned as I started writing this – social-media distancing, no whatsapp, no facebook, no phone calls, no texting and only cleaning, rearranging the study, cooking, some painting, taking the dog for a walk and repeating all the above mentioned activities! As I try to get up from my make shift study, my phone buzzes I take one longing look, decide to see what’s come and there is a video forward….. " "April fool banaya" - Finally, someone thought it is important we laugh! Never mind that I am cooking all that and more surprising or fooling everyone with real elaborate food! As for my day that is ahead, I am determined and I know that I can make a better routine for myself, feel excited even, you know like the forward that is going around DETAILED ITINERARY FOR TOMORROW'S EXCURSION PROGRAMME *GUIDED TOUR* 0830 - Departure from the Bathroom. 0900 - Arrival at the Kitchen where sumptuous breakfast will be served. 0930 - After breakfast we will visit the bedrooms to explore exquisite bed sheets and designer curtain fabrics. 1000 - Then we will have a cleaning workshop where proper guidance and training will be imparted in how to wash the clothes n utensils. 1100 - Added attraction - Sweeping n Mopping will also be allowed AT NO EXTRA COST. 1300 - Lunch will be served in the Dining Room. 1400 - Siesta on the sofa. 1700 - In the evening, a visit to the Living Room, where hot tea and biscuits will be served. 1730 - Afterward, free leisure time to walk the corridors and explore the balcony and check all doors n windows. 1830 - Gather in the balcony to view the Sunset. 2100 - Come back in the late evening for buffet dinner in the Hall. 2200 - Retire to you Bedroom with fond memories and an assurance of a repeat tour the next day. How about you? Are you making your days fabulous, in the best possible way you can, under the circumstances we are in and will be for another moth at least?