Life feels like it is slowly returning to normal, or what now passes for normal anyway. As we start to emerge from the stay at home order it’s hard to even remember what the last couple of months have consisted of, but my cell phone camera has some clues.

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I took this picture at Costco while stocking up on March 12, which was the day before the world shut down for us. It was a Thursday but the lines at Costco made it feel like the Saturday before Christmas.

The next week Tom set up his work from home operation in our dining room. It still looks like this, although he returned to the office this week so this will soon return to just being a dining room.

Grant adopted a dog during quarantine and she has given us all something fun to focus on.

Her name is Dolly (after Dolly Parton, of course) and she adapted pretty quickly to our socially distant patio happy hours.

I mentioned in a previous book review post that I took pictures of pages from Glennon Doyle’s Untamed and texted them to my kids. I thought this chapter called Streams was especially powerful.

I used some of my extra time at home to organize my books, which is actually my idea of fun.

Because we have bookshelves all over the house, I started by planning on paper with colored pens (more fun!).

Last weekend our family, including Dolly, took a quick trip to Lake of the Ozarks. (Don’t worry…we weren’t in any of the pictures you may have seen on the news; we stayed to our socially distant selves.)

On one of our boat rides, we took a spin by the Alhonna Resort. Fans of the Netflix series Ozark will be interested to know that this resort has a connection to the show. Ozark’s writer Bill Dubuque worked at Alhonna while he was in college and it served as inspiration for the Blue Cat Resort on the show.

Hopefully there’s no money laundering going on at the real-life resort.

While at the lake, Lindsey loaned me this sunscreen to use on my face and I took a picture of it so I could order my own tube when I got home. I like that it’s mineral-based with both Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide (which is what the FDA is now recommending) so it provides a physical barrier instead of a chemical one. It’s also cruelty-free. (This is my other favorite mineral sunscreen which I blogged about here.)

How has your life been lately? Are you returning to something more like normal?