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Chronicles of a Corona Captive – I’ve lost track of the number of days

This will be my last Chronicles of a Corona Captive post. Most of us are slowly starting to emerge back into the world again. Now, we are more like Corona Parolees. Thank you for helping me get through this quarantine. What I thought would be a 2 week writing project to keep my mind occupied, force me to focus on the funny and help alleviate my own anxiety has lasted more than 2 months. I can’t believe you stuck around to read it the whole time!  Maybe I do better maintaining readers when their other options for entertainment are extremely limited. You have made this quarantine bearable and, aside from the fear of contracting a potentially life-threatening illness, you’ve made it fun. I can’t thank you enough for that.

I’m going to take a short break from writing while I finish up the school year and sleep outside the hair salon waiting for an appointment. You helped me rediscover my joy of writing, so I promise I’ll be back during the summer with more misadventures. I hope you’ll come back to read and comment. Until then, stay safe and be well.

About Paprika Furstenburg

I was born with an overly developed sense of humor and poor coordination. The combination of these two character traits has taught me humility and given me the perspective to find the funny in everyday experiences.

23 responses »

  1. Be safe!

  2. Sad to see you go but woll look forward to the next blog from an emergent perspective!!
    Stay safe! We love you.

  3. These have been (and continue to be) strange times. Who thought banks would let you in ONLY if you wore a mask, that a curbside pick-up would be a lawful business practice, or you could barter lysol wipes for practically anything. It will be nice to go out and not have to ponder every moves potential risk for self-contamination. I don’t expect that to happen some time soon, but I look forward to that day. Humor is a very good antidote for the current state of affairs and you have cornered that market nicely. You have been a master at finding something we can all laugh at amid the many trials and tribulations we encounter each and every day. Thank you for that. Stay safe and I look forward to your future humorous observations.

    • This is definitely a strange new world we are emerging into. It’s fascinating to think about how we will have to alter our behavior to protect ourselves. I wonder what the long lasting changes will be. I’m grateful to know that my words and observations helped you and others get through this. I’m not a doctor, nurse or essential worker, but it makes me happy to know that I did something to contribute to making our collective situation more bearable. Stay safe and be well!

  4. Hi Paprika, more like we are the Corona Uncocooned! We have emerged as new butterflies ready to spread ourselves out and about. Enjoyed your posts

  5. Paprika, I am happy to hear you are now a Corona Parolee. We are not quite there, yet. Our Island has been VERY fortunate. They are keeping the reigns a bit tight for awhile longer. I look forward to reading about your misadventures when you return.🙂Erica

    • We still aren’t fully reopened yet. Restaurants are still only open for take out. Stores have reopened but only for curbside pick up. Salons won’t be for a few more weeks, at least. I have not ventured anywhere other than the plant nursery and a pharmacy. I’m not in a hurry to be anywhere with strangers or more than a handful of friends. It’s a strange, wary feeling to emerge from this.

      Stay well!

  6. thank you for sharing your adventures during this time.
    I think you should follow up with before and afters of the salon visit — if you want to entertain us some more.
    How is the baking (or not) going? And did the hidden mints last?
    Enjoy the new freedoms in good health!

    • I agree, Diana! Those are some great blog ideas! 😀

    • Thank you for always reading and commenting, Diana.

      I’m sure there will be some post quarantine misadventures to write about perhaps including the salin visit. My hair hasn’t been too unmanageable with the use of color depositing shampoo/conditioner to cover the grays, but my bangs are getting very unruly. Once the humidity kicks in full force, I think I’m going to have to enlist a small army of hair products and hair accessories.

      Thanks to the reinforcement supply of Thin Mints. We made it with a box to spare. Shhhh… there is also 1 more full sleeve hidden.

      Stay well!

      • It isn’t often I get thanked for adding comments — and sometimes I wonder if people would rather I didn’t. So thanks for the thanks 🙂
        I look forward to more posts when you are ready. Enjoy the lemon cookies, and the hair appointment!
        (I went to a new hairdresser for a spontaneous cut last November, and whatever she put in my hair was miraculous! But when I visited her again in the spring she had no idea what it was, and her guesses didn’t work. I have a lot of short frizzy ends and they go wild in any weather. If you have suggestions for something that I can just smooth across my hair to make it stunningly unfrizzy I’d appreciate hearing them.)

      • Not sure why you don’t get thanked for comments. I appreciate that you not only take time to read the post, but to also take additional time to comment and let me know how it relates to you. We are all busy and I know how precious time is.
        The lemon cookies were delicious! A definite keeper recipe!
        I don’t have any suggestions for hair defrizzing products. My hair doesn’t get frizzy as much as it grows larger as the humidity increases. Good luck in your search for the perfect product.

    • And to answer your question about baking…there is currently a stick of butter softening on my counter that is destined to become lemon cookies this afternoon.

      Hopefully the weather will warm up soon and squelch my baking impulse.

  7. Oh Paprika, I loved following your blog during this crisis. Your humour and sense of fun and mischief helped me get through the anxious and fretful times, and always lightened my mood and brightened my days!
    I am grateful to you for sharing so many fun episodes of your life with us, and making us laugh. As you know – laughter is the best medicine! So, you kept us healthy, Dr Paprika. 😉
    Don’t wait too long before you write again, okay?

  8. Thank you for injecting some humor into an otherwise humorless situation. We are not out of the woods yet but hopefully, over the next few months things will settle down and improve. Can’t wait to hear your summer misadventures. 🙂

    • Thank you for being such a loyal reader. We are definitely not out of the woods yet. I’m not in any rush to leave the house and I certainly have no desire to be around a group of strangers. But, each day seems to be a bit better instead of a lot worse. Stay safe!


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