Studio Update 27

By: Gabriela Yareliz

I stared down at the New Yorker page at the colorful painting. It looked so familiar. I then glanced over at my painting in my studio and then again at the page. I glanced again at the painting and then the page. Of course it was familiar. On the page was the same painting a kind widower had gifted to me after I had helped him with something. I never quite understood the painting, but now I understand what all the little men with their hats mean. The New Yorker published an entire piece about it. It was hilarious. Mystery solved.

Today was a strange day. The week is almost over, and as I watch some episodes of The Office for the first time, I realize more and more how much my work environments have resembled the tiny, bizarre Scranton office. Except the Steve Carell version is funny. You wouldn’t need a script for my life, just follow me around with a camera. We would be a highly rated show. There is suspense, absurdity and so much randomness.

I did laundry today because I decided that doing it tomorrow after my planned grocery shopping trip and the three hours it takes to clean and put everything away would be too much. I would need an ambulance to come and hook me up to an IV, and let’s face it, they aren’t coming. They have bigger problems.

Today, it has been exactly a month that I have been sheltering in place. NYC decided to commemorate the occasion by announcing another lockdown month is coming. When I got the text (yes, they still text me), my eyes filled with tears. I think I am just tired.

The weekend is coming. I am trying to focus on that and the beautiful card I got in the mail from my love, today. I am going to read a bit more Slightly South of Simple before bed. Whether it’s the weekend or a good book, we all need an escape.

As the lady who passed out Metro newspapers on Court St. used to say about Thursdays, It’s mini Friday, people! Smile!

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

One thought on “Studio Update 27

  1. “Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica” I love that show 😂

    I’m glad you’re staying safe up there, isolation is challenging and you’ve been doing it longer than most of the country 💛

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