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if we were having tea… // 25 March 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve spoken in a casual and chatty way, and I think it’s long overdue.

Many things have been happening in the world and I think we all could use a break from the news to just talk to each other and update on how we’re feeling/doing*.

Grab a hot cup of tea or coffee or any drink of your choice and settle down to hear some chatter from me.

*to keep things light, I will not be talking about the coronavirus situation itself. Maybe just some references, but all the talk will be about other things. We all need a break.

a steaming cup of tea gif

If we were having tea… I’d talk about my schedule nowadays which is CRAP. I sleep for 10 to 11 hours for no reason. Because I have no real time-sensitive work to do like internship or classes. I’m working on slowly resetting my schedule back to early timings, but it’s going in baby steps.

If we were having tea… you might have said “wait what?? I thought you were working from home for your internship?? That’s what you said in your last update?!” and you’d be right. I did say that, but a DAY after that my office decide to pause the internships for two weeks. We’re all scrambling to figure out our business plans and since many of us interns don’t have good internet connections where we stay, they gave us leaves. All the interns who stay away from family went back home.

My internship is paused until March 30th but we’re not sure if that will continue or whether we will resume. Let’s see.

If we were having tea… I would talk about how I need purpose to my days. Even if I’m on vacation, I like to know in advance so I’m prepared for not having work or focus on relaxing. Getting a sudden off from internship (and college classes are suspended as well) means that I’m suddenly free. I’m a planner and this was not nice to my brain and schedule. It took me a couple days of moping and sleeping too much to accept it and make a plan for the coming while.

I decided to take it as a vacation and make some progress on reading books, since I didn’t get much time to read before. I AM being a little productive everyday though because I’m a productivity-oriented person. Sleep won’t come to me unless I get something done. That something has been blogging for the most part, and reading. Now I’ve started working on my project for college as well.

rapunzel from tangled picking up books to read

If we were having tea… I’d share news about my college. Since all classes are suspended, we’ve moved online as well. But it’s a little weird for us because even normally we had only few hours of classes three days a week. And barely anyone that because most students have internship Monday to Friday.

Hence, we don’t really care about videos and lectures because it’s a foregone conclusion that we’ll be basically studying on our own from notes. We only had to worry about assignments and stuff. We haven’t even bothered to consider online classes haha.

But now we’ve been given reading material day-wise and assignments every week (before it was once two to three weeks). This is so weird. I’m going to be actually doing classwork for the first time this semester.

falling face-first onto bed

If we were having tea… You’d learn all about Twitter prom! A while back this tweet went viral which suggested having prom online since most events are cancelled in real life. We deserve some sort of celebration, yeah? Even with social distancing.

The tweet went viral with A LOT of people showing interest. A discord server was made for it called twitter prom (but on discord) and there are thousands of people on it now. Kudos to the moderators who have worked hard to properly moderate, give people roles depicting age, pronouns and sexuality.

Twitter prom is just an excuse to hang out, though. Strangers hang online on the text and/or voice channels and can make friends too. I have seen people asking out others to the twitter prom randomly haha. The actual prom happened at 4:30am (for me) today and because of the timing I wasn’t a part of it. No clue how it went.

I’ve been hanging on the channel to listen to music with others and play skribble with them sometimes. There are ALWAYS people just listening to music together I just join in whenever and have a fun time. I’ve also made some new friends! They have good taste in music, so that’s good. We have fun 🙂

Michelle from Full House dancing with excitement!

If we were having tea… I’d tell you that my Bangalore book club made a new Instagram page (follow us here!) and we’re super excited to start over. This time with better graphics and ALL the enthusiasm.

In fact, we’re currently in the middle of our first readathon! Since today is a holiday for most Indians as it’s a festival (hence no work from home as well), we thought today would be good to start small. This readathon goes on for 12 hours—10am to 10pm—and the goal is to read for SIX hours.

As I write this, we’re already almost three hours in and I HAVEN’T STARTED. This is partly because I stayed up until 3:30am reading and only woke up at 10:30am. I’ll start reading as soon as I finish this post. The book that I’ll be reading is Tatiana & Alexander by Paullina Simmons because I need a readathon to actually finish it. I left it partway a week back and haven’t returned.

If we were having tea… we would probably bond over boredom of staying at home. I’m envying the people who are quarantined with friends and their significant others because being with my mum not is not very fun. I MISS MY FRIENDS. I miss their faces. I suggested doing an online coffee/tea hangout (kind of like this post!) so let’s hope that happens. It’s not that I have much to say, but I miss hearing random things about them and I miss us all discussing things and ribbing each other.

animated cat sighing.

If we were having tea… I’d ask you to safe safe and healthy! The situation all around the world isn’t good right now and we need to keep ourselves healthy and happy. Mental health is just as important as physical health.

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What would you tell me if we were having tea (or coffee) right now?

15 thoughts on “if we were having tea… // 25 March 2020”

  1. Great post, Sumedha!! I’ve always homeschooled, so being at home isn’t anything really new for me, but with college classes being suspended and all, I’m totally out of order as well. I also miss going out on the weekends to visit family, and it’s starting to get to me 😓 Good luck and I hope you’re able to get back on track!! Hopefully this issue won’t be around for too much longer ❤
    Stay safe & happy reading 💖

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    1. Thank you! It’s funny how we are all told to keep going out and socialize, hence making it a vital part of our lives and now we need to cut it off almost completely. It’s unsettling.

      Stay safe and healthy 💛

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  2. I would like to tell you, this time i read books, ohhh but no choice other.
    I wake up 10 : 00 am like NAWAB/RAJA, because i have no more work & how pass my time.
    I would like to tell you other time i spent with my son & wife to play Ludo. I like that game, both are cheated me & i loosed all game. but enjoyed that.
    I would like to tell you that this isolation time i try to make new friend & chat with (not corona -19), Listen him/her & discuss with other things.

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  3. This was a great post. Just perfect to take my mind off the current situation.
    I’m also just getting a grasp on the whole situation. Online classes are really weird suddenly I have too many readings and assignments but I’m not actually learning much. I get free time at random hours of the days so I can’t have a proper routine. I feel like everyone needs some time to adjust to this new system.
    I have really come to appreciate the existence of the internet though.

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    1. Thank you! As you said, we have readings and assignments but aren’t learning much. The only reason I’m able to do anything is because I’ve been doing online courses for two years and hence am a little used to studying on my own.

      The hardest part is maintaining a routine, definitely. By the time we adjust to a routine, we might have to go back to our old lives haha. And yes! The internet is a SAVIOUR.

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  4. I wish I can sleep for that long!! I can only sleep for 6 hours at most and it’s hard @__@. Hopefully you can still retain your internship. I mean for now, make the most out of your time :). Hopefully things will get better for all of us. Stay safe!! Sending you positive vibes!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Do you have insomnia? You should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep! We got news that my internship starts on Monday so that’s a relief. Stay safe and healthy ❤


  5. I’m the same way. Unscheduled time off messes with my schedule and then I’m like- now what lol? I can relate. 🙂

    Twitter prom sounds neat. I feel so bad for everyone missing out on stuff like that. It’s terrible really. And the social isolation/ quarantining bit gets old quick doesn’t it? Yikes. Hopefully we get good news soon.

    Anyway take care and good luck with your classes. Stay safe!

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