The COVID Diaries: The First Plan That Flew Out the Door

Before I begin, I’d like you to take a gander at the situation I’m writing from right now. Pictured below is Memphis, curled up on my arm, Wendell who is playing with his best friend, a beige pipe cleaner, and finally, Cade mining and crafting on the other end of the couch.

So you wanna hear about the first plan I tossed out the door once life on Earth sideways? Of course you do, what else do you have going on? Really, let me know. I’m curious.

I started 2020 with a real plan to be super conscientious and thoughtful about the stuff I brought into Supergenius HQ this year. I didn’t want to be a tool of patriarchal capitalism and just buy a bunch of pretty garbage to fill up the hole in my soul. I did pretty well up until the end of February, when I cracked and had to buy a lovely, vintage yellow enameled baking pan. From FRANCE! So you know it’s fancy. Then there was the Candy Dish Incident, and I never even mentioned how I pre-ordered all the Funko Pops from The Good Place.

So maybe I didn’t do that great. But I didn’t buy any stupid shit from Target and I was trying really hard to get books from the library or on my Kindle. Baby steps right?

That idea went right out the damn door the minute COVID hit. I’ve been panic shopping to support artists and panic donating like I have an endless supply of money and don’t have to refinance this joint at some point in this, the year of holy shit will we even make it to 2021.

Wanna know what I’ve gotten thus far in the panic? Of course you do.

A print from Amy Abts’ Etsy shop. Amy is an amazing artist/singer/reader who is also going through some shit. She recently had brain surgery AND is fighting pneumonia and her brother is fighting cancer. I’ve been meaning to buy something forever, but when Cade moved in I finally pulled the trigger. I wanted him to pick something out that we could have in the house that he liked and would make him feel more like a part of our home. He chose Crows. It’s a big hit with both the nephews.

Then I pre-ordered Samantha Irby’s Wow, No Thank You from Bookbug in Kalamazoo, MI. I was gonna order from one of the Twin City bookstores but the shopping interface of the one I chose was a fucking nightmare and I didn’t have the patience to deal with it. So I saw a link on Nora McInerney’s instagram and just clicked and was done. Nice!

When I read Electric Fetus had to close and layoff a bunch of people, I pre-ordered the new Margaret Glaspy. I’ll pre-order the new Liz Phair too once that gets listed.

Finally, I had to get the Big Coloring Book of First Avenue because I’d have probably bought this even if it wasn’t helping local musicians/artists/people.

What are you panic buying and/or supporting? Got any good coffee recs? Or artists who need some bucks? Put ’em in the comments.

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  1. Wolfdogg 25.Mar.20 at 12:24 pm

    A couple things, like local takeout. But the main thing is I am going to pay the premier folk artist of Columbus Ohio to do some art on a guitar.

    1. Jodi Chromey 25.Mar.20 at 12:51 pm

      We’re getting takeout tonight for dinner from the Dragon Cafe. I can’t wait to see the guitar!

  2. Morgan 25.Mar.20 at 3:29 pm

    Coffee recommendation! Ruby Coffee Roasters is a tiny powerhouse outfit worth supporting. Definitely an indulgence, but a worthy treat:

    1. Jodi Chromey 25.Mar.20 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you! I’m a fan of most things named Ruby.


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