Well this is fucking surreal, isn’t it? Various countries around the planet are going into lockdown or semi-quarantine states in order to slow the spread of a contagious disease. If you’re anything like me, you’re tired, you’re stressed out, and you’re struggling to get to grips with whatever this might mean in the long term.
In the short term, for the love of god, wash your fucking hands.
I’ve been trying to view this as a bit of an opportunity, or as much of one as I possibly can. I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home, but even if you’re not, you’re still stuck there, as I am, with potentially lots of time on your hands. So let’s get to it.
Got some time to kill in-between meetings? I did my nails the other day. I haven’t done my nails in LITERALLY YEARS, opting to hit up a nail salon with a friend instead and catch up on life. Well, I guess we won’t be doing that any time soon! My day on tuesday ended up being a bit scattered with meetings throughout the day, and a few 15-min gaps to break things up. In those gaps, I picked a body part and applied a base coat, then waited for my next gap, did a layer of polish, next gap, layer of polish, next gap, top-coat.
My nail-polish skills are definitely sub-par. But the day after, having completed a solid scrub to detach any polish stuck to the surrounding skin, I actually ended up with something decent. Go me!
AND now I have some nice nails to look at! Score!
I also haven’t gotten my eyebrows done in a while. Doing my eyebrows actually freaks me out a bit. What if I pluck too much! Ruin my arch! Go nuts and rip the whole caterpillar out of there without thinking! (I have come close to this. My wife laughed at me. I coloured the gap in in with an eyebrow pencil). Rummaging around in our medicine cabinet for a razor for my legs, I stumbled across a packet of eyebrow razors that my wife bought as an experiment. I genuinely forgot they existed, but after some quick swipes, I actually got to a place where I didn’t feel entirely like wolf-boy. I’m actually pretty pleased about this, and so this might be my go-to from now in, instead of occasionally dropping $30 on an eyebrow-wax + tip.
Look. You’re indoors, you’re not going anywhere. You like smooth legs, right? Shave your goddamn legs.
Seriously though. When I dress up, I usually am pretty meticulous about making sure I get every little sneaky follicle that might be hiding. I haven’t been dressing up though (yet!) and I’ve been taking the approach of just making sure I’m relatively smooth. There’s some odd missed-patches of hair like a badly-mown lawn, but hey, maybe I’ll get those tomorrow! Roombas do reasonably well with their random-walks, sucking up most of the dirt in your filthy carpets. Just think of this slapdash approach as the razor-equivalent of a Roomba – you’re getting most of the way to where you want with a lot less effort :D If that’s not a mantra to live by, I don’t know what is.
You’re at home. If you’re working and don’t have to talk to anyone, go the whole hog if you’re worried about it. If you’re out and don’t give a shit, like me, then dress up :D If you’re talking to people all day, and you’re not out, use this opportunity to wear a skirt or some heels or some tights or some panties. No one’s gonna see that shit. I spent all day in my work glasses, and my work t-shirt (what?) and a cozy pair of leggings. That’s my jam rn.
This post is half jokey, half serious. But really, we are living through some curious, uncertain, stressful times. Focus on staying well, staying healthy, and staying sane. If painting your nails, grooming your eyebrows, shaving your legs and wearing a skirt helps you deal, then go for it.
But wash your fucking hands.
Wise advice on the hand washing. Can I get a shout-out for folk not to panic buy as well? :-)
Nice job with the nails, BTW. Oh, and shirt + leggings for comfort seems to work well. Just be careful not to put your paws in shot of you’ve made them pretty :-)
Definitely stay calm and don’t panic buy! don’t gouge prices!
RE nails: Naw, wave ’em around! JK, I’m lucky enough that I do it a lot and everyone at work knows/has seen it – but not everyone’s situation is the same
Well, if you’re out give ’em a wave in an Austin stylee. Yeah, baby! ;-)
Man, how old is that film now? :-D
I am, at present, working from home until mid-April, but that’s probably going to be extended. I am grateful that $EMPLOYER uses Skype and Slack for group collaboration but does not go in for video conferencing.
Dressing during covid was perfect for me because I was the only one going into the office and MANYYYY of days I arrived at work dressed and stayed dress throughout the day. It was a wonderful experience. I normally dress at work once everyone leaves for the day but during the days of telework I opted to go into the office since there was no one there. Plus this also made me look good to mu supervisors since i volunteered to com into the job. Only if they knew my real motivation. Shhhhhh, its our little secret
Thank you Liz for sharing your times with us.
I recently discovered your site and am enjoying reading your posts and admiring your pictures.
My life was devastated by this damn pandemic. I lost my job right away in March 2020 and was unemployed till November 2021, getting employed by a lesser job than before.
I, however, used my “forced vacation at home” for 19 months to embrace my femininity and come out to my 15 year old daughter as a crossdresser. My wife already knew and accepted and supported me to a certain degree for years.
My daughter probably already knew as for all her life she has always seen me 100% smooth and only in panties and thongs, and panty hose. During the pandemic however I came out with painting my nails, wearing lingerie to bed, and all Kings of outfits appropriate for hone chores or lounging. Summer dresses, rompers, maxi dresses, tights/leggings, body suits, catsuits, daisy dukes, bikinis in the pool and flats, sandals and heels.
I never fully dressed in hair and makeup as I had no intention of going out ,so I never bothered. My daughter however has offered to do my makeup, but I never took her up on it. She now paints my nails when she is on the mood.
So, from this aspect, the pandemic has allowed me to be more open with my family. I feel so relaxed and at peace at home now.
Anyway, I just wanted to share that.