Space: The Final Frontier

Day t+8 of the COVID19 quarantine.

Real estate in Monterey, CA, is at a premium; ergo most houses are small in square footage. Normally, this isn’t a problem for me because I don’t spend a lot of time in my house.

These aren’t normal times, just in case anybody reading this is coming out of a cryonic stasis aka cryosleep.

It’s also been cold and rainy the past week, which makes getting outside and enjoying nature more difficult. Apparently, Lyle brought the rain with him when he left Arkansas.

Rain means blooming plants, none of which grow in Louisiana. So, of course, I’m allergic. I wake up every morning with a head full of snot, a tickle in the back of my throat, and wonder if I’ve got it.


This is the BIG ONE, Elizabeth! credit: Sanford & Son

This hyper-awareness is the worst part. Analyzing every minute twitch and twinge and thinking that I’m just a week away from dying of suffocation.

Productivity is down and pounds are up. Lose/lose/lose.

I’ve read some POW stories, and apparently the space inside my head is more important than the space around me. If I can figure out the best way for ME to keep it clear, then I’ll win this war.


Here’s to having the strength to make good choices.

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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3 Responses to Space: The Final Frontier

  1. Sally says:

    Just a minor correction, if productivity is down and pounds are up wouldn’t it make that lose/lose/gain? Depends on if the productivity is down disproportionately to the pounds being up, so it could also be lose/gain/gain…

  2. Phil Candreva says:

    Love the Sanford and Son reference!

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