Keeping our spirits up

Hey there, fellow isolators! Are you going stir crazy yet? My biggest regret is not feeling like I can safely walk to the park or the beach (nevermind that all the parks and beaches have been closed…it would still be nice to get some exercise by walking to them).

But here are a couple of things which brought some cheer into my life. Credit the first one to Mil, who sent me the link from Facebook (which I don’t use). It brought tears to my eyes. So viruses can spread all over the world, but so can music:


This second thing is a free course offered by Yale University online. It starts today, and I’m one of the world’s worst students, but I am going to try it out. Who’s with me? ๐Ÿ™‚

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29 Responses to Keeping our spirits up

  1. I don’t know what the exact situation is where you are so this may not apply to you but to my understanding (as a healthcare worker) it’s safe to go for a walk so long as you keep the recommended 1.5 meters (that’s slightly under 5 feet) of distance between you and anyone you encounter while doing so. I’m still going for walks up the hiking trail near my house. Whenever I need to pass another person one of us will step way to the side of the trail allowing that distance while the other person passes. I don’t know what the exact laws are in your jurisdiction nor how crowded it is outdoors. However, so long as it’s still legal, not so crowded that that you can’t keep that 1.5 meters away from other people, and you don’t go around touching handrails and other things that lots of other people have touched you should be perfectly safe to go for a walk if you want to.

    • Alyx says:

      Yeah, you’re probably right, Jazz (I think? Correct me if I am wrong). I could put on a mask and try to keep far away from people. And I will force myself to do so, because getting exercise outside is important for my mental/emotional health as much as my physical. I do miss going to the beach, though. Walking along the ocean was so healing.

  2. Ash says:

    I’ve been feeling a little cooped up, so today I went for a long walk with my friend. We didn’t touch or walk close together. I really needed to meet a friend and hang out for a while, and where I live we can do that. ๐Ÿ™‚
    But I don’t go to someone else’s house, or drive in their car or anything like that. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my parents lately. :/ They’re nice and all, but I’ve missed my friend.

    • Alyx says:

      Yesterday I saw a neighbor out with her dog in the courtyard, and I couldn’t resist. I went out to play with the pup. It was unnecessarily dangerous (at one point the pooch licked me right on the mouth), but my goodness, it buoyed my spirits! I really needed that, in spite of the exposure to germs. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Ash says:

        Why dangerous? Well… ya shouldn’t let dogs lick your face… that tongue has been places. But as far as the virus goes, I think being outside in the fresh air, away from most humans, is fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • patty says:

          All my fur babies lift my spirt, I have 2dogs,4cats and 2horses!! I live on 6acres in the middle no where!! I usually like it. Not being able to go out is getting harder, at least to the market was always kind of a plus. Before I had my wife to bother, without her..not sure how long I can tolerate the isolation. On the the ๐ŸŒžbright side, have been keeping closer in touch with my family in Ireland and England. They even sent me videos the other night, about the lot of the neighborhood cheering on Nhs, that was heart warming!!๐Ÿ’“ I have plenty of work outside to do outside,but it’s been raining โ˜”. Well I ramble, sorry๐Ÿ˜• Have a good day and be safe๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Woodsy says:

    Six acres? Wow.
    I miss having a dog. Lately, not been able to afford one and, though that might change soon, I live in an upstairs flat where one of the landlord’s requirements is no dogs.

    When you’re cuddling an excitable puppy, there’s no way they won’t get a lick or two on your mouth but, wherever else that tongue goes ( and yes, I’ve seen my dogs put theirs in sonee shocking places after smothering me with doggy licks), those puppy moments are worth it if you need a lift.

    • Alyx says:

      Yeah, I love dogs and have seen where they put their tongues too! :p However I was thinking more about the danger of the pup passing on anything from her owner. I don’t think they’ve ruled out infection that way.

  4. patty says:

    They all test my patience, but they all give me unconditional love ๐Ÿ’˜. I yelled at the horses this am. Had to water them and clean the stalls. Asked them why did they always have to do their business inside, for God sakes you have a hugh coral to use, they both just looked at me and Joker licked my jacket, great now I have to wash my coat. I gave them carrots anyway๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Amanda says:

    Hey Iโ€™m right there with you on worldโ€™s worst student lol. I just get distracted so easily ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ But this seems like an interesting course theyโ€™re offering, so Iโ€™m definitely going to give it a try!

    I canโ€™t imagine how stir crazy Iโ€™d be if we were actually in a lockdown. Currently only โ€œnon-essentialโ€ places are closed. Weโ€™re still allowed to go for walks, runs, and cycling outside as long as we comply with the social-distancing rules. Iโ€™ve been trying to go on bike rides when I can to get some kind of exercise and to just clear my mind. Itโ€™s been peaceful.

    Ohhh and something else thatโ€™s bringing some cheer in my life is tomorrow is April Foolโ€™s Day ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜

    • Alyx says:

      That’s great news, Amanda. I had some interesting results when doing the “significant strengths” survey. Would you believe out of 24 strengths the one I was rated on last was “creativity”?! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ That doesn’t bode well for my writing career.

      Yikes, I forgot about April Fool’s Day! Hm, you brats will be challenged coming up with pranks during self-isolation, won’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Amanda says:

        Wow thatโ€™s crazy. Maybe it was backwards and creativity was actually your number one strength?! ๐Ÿค”

        Ooh a challenge… you know, anything is possible for us brats! Plus, April Fools is the one day we have immunity and can get away with anything! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Woodsy says:

    Weird to see a purple emoji there on your comment. I just got a message from the local health advice hub. We’re actually being encouraged just to use bright-colour emojis for a while, to cheer people up in case they are feeling downhearted by the lockdown. Surreal or what?

  7. Woodsy says:

    Looked this vid up on YouTube. Been sharing it with a couple of friends exhausted from doing food drips and stuff.

  8. sam says:

    Thanks Alyx!
    My Top has graciously deemed the course as a good activity for both of us….I find myself enrolled in happiness, with some personal support to ensure lessons are followed on time….experiencing keen empathy for brats these days :p

    • Alyx says:

      Hah! Be sure to do your homework and study hard, Sam! I bet your Top is a hard grader! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • sam says:

        Thanks Alyx ๐Ÿ˜ญ

        Youโ€™ve gone and given my Top a brilliant idea … now i find myself enrolled in another course (anatomy lessons for not taking care of myself ๐Ÿ˜ฃ)

        Feeling real sorry for myself these days…

        On a seperate note, i hope you are keeping well & staying sane ! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Alyx says:

          *LOL!* That’s brilliant. I think your top has figured out a wonderful way to keep brats from getting into too much mischief! ๐Ÿ˜€ I am well and am wishing you good luck with your studies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • sam says:

            Oh Alyx! This comment….My Top has truly internalised this comment and now anytime something particularly Toppy happens and I groan , I get a “*LOL* I’m brilliant!” ((facepalm))

            I’m happy to hear you are well & thank you for the studies – got Top quizzes to pass as well :p

            • Alyx says:

              *LOL* I’m sorry to have made your life harder, Sam. But I have to say I approve of your top’s methods. She obviously knows how to keep her brat in line. Good luck on your quizzes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Peach says:

    Hi Alyx,
    If I were you I’d not give up walking on the beach (ok, even just by the beach if it’s closed). Best time for me would be before the sunset. Can’t you go and watch/feed the birds still? Now that tourists have cleared out, it should be all quiet and serene eh. Hope you get to go out at least once a day. You could always wear a face mask if it makes you feel safer.
    I’m doing my regular job completely online now. But I go take a walk or ride my bike in late afternoon, keeping 6 feet away from others of course. Also started a free online Spanish class to work on conversation skills. Let’s see how long that would last. LOL Though a news junkie, I try to stay away from too much TV/internet news because it’s making me nervous and depressed. Anything to distract me from that is good. Hope you enjoy your Happiness class!

    • Alyx says:

      Hey Peach, I can’t even get near the beach, unless I drive to Waikiki. The beach near me has a big park in front of it, and the park is closed. So the most I can do is walk on the sidewalk near the park. But yeah, I’ll find someway to get in some exercise. Good luck on your Spanish class! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. annaffd says:

    Hi everyone! I have a question … and I am not sure where I should post it… I apologize for commenting here… but I figured, since you are all here … maybe someone wouldn’t mind answering… either where do you discuss certain topics or … directly to my question:
    Is there a dating website or something similar for people who are into DD or you know spanking… ?
    I had decided to use this time at home to browse some international dating websites… but I just… don’t get the feeling that I would find what I am looking for there… because my sexuality is, as far as I know, based on the kind of relationships we write about…
    One more time, I apologize if this is inappropriate…

    • Alyx says:

      Welcome annaffd! It’s not inappropriate at all. I just wish I had a good answer for you! I’ve heard of people meeting up with others on Fetlife, but that is a place for all kinds of kinks, not just TTWD. I feel like I recall hearing about someone planning to set up a dating site for spankos, but I’m not sure if it ever happened! I’ll try to check into it again.

      As for me, I’ve met all of my partners online, but only one from a site dedicated to spanking. That would be my suggestion — hang out at all the blogs and forums dedicated to DD, and hope to connect with someone else on the site. Otherwise you can try looking for someone who is compatible in all other ways, and get them interested in what interests you. I’ve actually had that work with a couple of my relationships. But it is a risk.

      Anyone else have suggestions?

      • annaffd says:

        Thank you so much!!! You have given me hope ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
        I think Jillian Keenan was talking about it, maybe. Anyhow, I wrote to her (you remember she offered to match people if possible) and since I am a bit difficult case because I would need visa for both the USA and the UK, I turned out to be a bit too difficult for matching I guess. But, thank you for the tips! It means so much to know that you in real life you can meet people online and have a real life relationship … with a Top.

        I hope it’s not naughty for me to ask… but is it just my impression or are there more bottoms/brats … then there are Tops?
        I won’t ask any more questions, on this thread. I promise ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Alyx says:

          Hey there, sorry to take so long to respond. I have been very busy. Yes, Jillian Keenan was the one I was thinking of….so you were the one who brought it to our attention! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sorry she couldn’t help you, though. Long distance relationships are tricky (I speak from experience), but are definitely possible. However if you can find a top in your area, that would be best. Discipline is even harder to do long distance. It’s not impossible and many couples do manage it, but having someone close at hand makes a lot of things easier.

          It’s not your imagination, btw — there are definitely more bottoms/brats than there are tops. I think it’s harder if you want an F/F relationship, though. It’s easier to find men who are tops than women. Still, I do believe there is someone out there for everyone, so I wish you all the luck in the world in your search! ๐Ÿ™‚

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