Phases of the pandemic

A work-in-progress personal catalog.

Personal phases of the pandemic, as I’ve been attempting to organize in my head for the past few months

  1. Regular purchase of used romance novel book lots on Ebay.

  2. Eat sourdough discard with za’atar and an egg for breakfast each morning.

  3. Play over thirty hours of Civ 5 in one week after discovering the game for the first time.

  4. Banana bread every Sunday with the bananas I insist on buying and have to use before they rot.

  5. Apartment pod watches me play Rise of the Tomb Raider instead of TV.

  6. Casually pick up Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.

  7. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.

  8. Spend a month as a seed investor for ten Kickstarter projects.

  9. Set Instagram notifications for every dog rescue in the Chicagoland area.

  10. Tarot, purchasing of.

  11. Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

  12. Tarot, study of.

  13. Crystals, briefly.

  14. Steam Sale results in Civ 6 purchase.

  15. Purchase Civ 6 DLC.

  16. Marathon all eight Bridgerton books.

  17. Get a dog!

  18. Accept I won’t read two of the books I checked out from the library pre-pandemic; begrudgingly return them.

  19. Dog goes into heat resulting in daily struggle to keep her celibate.

  20. Rationalize purchase of Civ 6 season pass because it is the only thing that brings me joy.

  21. Purchase Don’t Starve DLC in Steam sale.

  22. Try co-op Don’t Starve Together; failing that play alone.

  23. Begin slow binge of Elementary.


    This month I revamped a project tracking opinions on COVID for the new administration, made a flashy graphic about mail-in voting rates, and helped out the with charts for a FiveThirtyEight/The Marshall Project collaborative investigation about police settlements. As noted in my last email, I also made charts for Dhrumil Mehta’s article on how South Asian Americans disproportionately donate within their own ethnic group, which resulted in the incredible tweet below.

    Keep on keeping on y’all.

    xoxo Jasmine