COVID19 Planners

Day 8 out of 1826?

January 8, 2021

I did it! I started my 5 year journal. Obviously, there was a lot more to report in the last 7 days than I would have preferred.

shown above is day 1 out of 1826, or at least I hope

First day was quite minimal but I wrote a bit more for some of the others. The right side of the page is blank so I’m using for random things – quotes, music I liked, TV shows we are watching, etc. I am so excited to create this memory time capsule.

(Plus, it is so calming to fill it out. I’m just not sure if it’s going to be a start-of-day or end-of-day ritual. Probably morning, logistically.)

I am not feeling terrible but I am not feeling 100% and if I’m really being honest, I’m feeling very anxious about not feeling 100% (very meta). I’m just having some mild breathing issues that are so mild that I barely know how to describe them, but they are there.

I just feel a weird urge to take a deep breath more often, and feel like breathing takes just slightly more effort/thought. I can still do things (walk around, yesterday did a really not-fast walk on the treadmill and some very light non-weighted strength stuff) without feeling terrible, but when I’m just at rest or going about normal activities I just don’t feel normal.

I’m only at day 10 after my positive test so I suppose a few mild symptoms are to be expected, but I had convinced myself that I didn’t have a “full blown” or “real” case whatever that means and yet . . . here we are. Hopefully this is just the end and it will go away soon. I slept in this morning and plan to just take it easy the next few days. (As easy as one can with 3 kids running around, which is . . . not very.)

I just checked and my clinical schedule for next week was shifted to all telehealth, so that’s good (I think my practice manager did that – smart, thank you manager). I will be working but not having to worry about whether this ‘counts’ as anything that could be possibly contagious. Gives me a bit more leeway and recovery time.

Product Alert:

This is totally random and fun (and no affiliation, just something I found in one of my Insta scroll fests over the past few stressful days – sigh):

I’m not really into putting a ton of stickers in my planner, but sometimes little accents can be helpful (and okay, kind of fun + satisfying). I discovered Knockout Print Shop on insta yesterday – they actually make stickers designed to fit the Hobonichi A5 Cousin layout (which I’m guessing some but not all would work in the Wonderland, since the grid size is the same).

FUNCTIONAL is my planner love language

I haven’t ordered any yet but I am pretty sure I eventually will succumb.


  • Reply Aly January 8, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Love the Knockout stuff. Thanks for the link. I ordered Wonderland’s stickers. They arrive today.

  • Reply Sam January 8, 2021 at 9:00 am

    It’s so cool that you can see your entries all on the same page! That looks like it’ll be a great keepsake :)s

  • Reply Katie January 8, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Sorry to hear you are experiencing some breathing symptoms! Hope you can get rest (as much as possible) and it resolves itself soon. I’ve had far worse 1-3 day illnesses but this one does seem to last much longer.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns January 8, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Your breathing issues are giving me flashbacks to the final months of pregnancy. I had the hardest time getting a deep breath. It was the worst feeling and I had to get a CT scan to rule out a PE since I had a blood clot during my first pregnancy (it was clear as expected since I was on blood thinners the whole pregnancy). Not being able to easily get a deep breath then makes you super aware of your breathing and I ended up trying to get more deep breaths. It sucked!!!

  • Reply Sara B. January 8, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Hopefully your breathing symptoms continue to get better! Most patients I see have peak symptoms on day 7-10 and that’s as bad as they are going to be.
    I’m thinking of you and your childcare issues as we are having our own – my longtime nanny (who’s decreasing hours we have been trying to supplement with a part-timer, but we haven’t been able to keep anyone for long) is taking a leave of absence due to COVID numbers and sending our kindergartner back to face-to-face. I’m grateful my mom is probably going to be able to drop everything and drive across the country to rescue me. Hopefully you can find a good solution, too, and your kids test negative soon!

  • Reply Linda January 8, 2021 at 11:40 am

    I have Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project one sentence journal. It has a page for each day of the year and has 5 years on each page. So just a few lines to write on for each day. I just started my last year of my second book which means I’ve been doing this since 2012! I have missed some days but it’s a great way to look back and remember things. I think it’s great you are starting this now. What a great record of your child rearing years. I have been an empty nester since I started mine.

    I hope you feel better soon. I received the first Moderna vaccine yesterday. I’m an outpatient RN. Your situation has made me realize that you can still get sick after one vaccine.

    All the best.

  • Reply Krista January 8, 2021 at 11:53 am

    I found a cousin on eBay and I just ordered some of those stickers. This planner stuff is a slippery slope! I hope you get back to 100% soon!

  • Reply Jessica January 8, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    I hope you feel better. I (and my husband and one kid) currently have Covid. We are supposed to be free from quarantine on Sunday. I still have breathing like you describe. I was never “sick” but I don’t know that I feel much better yet. My biggest symptom is pressure in my ears and that hasn’t gone away either. I have had several friends tell me that it takes about a month to feel 100% even with a very mild case.

  • Reply Carolyn Curtis Goldstein March 9, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    You’ve inspired me to use a 5-year Hobonochi journal for 2022-2026! I’d start now, but I can’t find it anywhere. So I’ll plan ahead to buy one this fall. When did you order yours (didn’t you get it in Iceland!?)? I’m wondering when it releases in the fall.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 9, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      Hi! Hobonichi store will sell them typically beginning in Sept! I got mine at a Finnish shop called Paperimuru but that is bc I waited too long and that was the only place I could find one!

  • Reply Kirsty December 6, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Hi there!
    I am interested in getting a 5 year planner but prefer a toothy paper with a neutral look. Any recommendations? Thanks!

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