✊🏻 #AtoZChallenge: H is for haiku (my quarantine journal)

stormtrooper mindcraft
At first, I titled this photo “stormtrooper fortnite.” Yeah. It’s 1:05 a.m. and I’m 48 years old.

What a month this week has been.

H2020The pessimist in me wonders what not wearing jeans for four weeks has done to me physically. The optimist in me feels as if this quarantine has at least kept the Colorado Rockies from the dredge of the NL West for now.

The artist in me has documented, for better or worse, my thoughts each day in the pandemic – as daily haikus.

Some are flippant, some sad, some confused. Like any other March that I could have done this, but only this March is historically significant. Not just because there was no Final Four, but because when has the entire world ever has so much in common?

I just started hacking away, inspired each day by Twitter or TV news (I’ve cut way back) or just what was going on that day.

Let me know how the quarantine has been for you, and which of these, if any, resonated with you. A college today said she can’t just go day to day anymore, and I get that. So I’m hoping to get to the ballpark soon and the beach even sooner.

Just as soon as we get the all-clear.

COVID haiku journal

March 18

I’m honestly not too sure.
I’ll just stay in place.



March 19

My people, our house
Not a big house, but enough
I can’t hear anyone

March 20

The big Pop Tart box
Seems like the best choice right now
One tart at a time

March 21

No solicitors
No Jehovah’s Witnesses
Was that Amazon?

March 22

Don’t you miss hugging?
I know it has just started.
Just looking ahead.

March 23

Lots of people out
When I pick up our groceries
Am I a chump too?

March 24

Finding time to write
Should not be so difficult
Work days are so long

March 25

My back feels so sore
My ass is getting flattened
Always pajamas

stormtrooper toilet paper sunday apr 5 photo opp silverwood

March 26

Four rolls left in here
TP is greater than gold
We are middle class

March 27

I’ve lost track of days
And how long since I’ve worn pants?
At least we have cheese.

March 28

Out of cat litter
The shit might hit the fan now
Is this our world now?

March 29

Uncle Frank is ill
His test comes back in 3 days
Favorite uncle

March 30

Grocery order?
It’s canceled after 5 days
Instacart on strike

March 31

Totino’s pizza
Three of them to sustain me
For three days at least

April 1

It’s April Fools Day
I wish someone would play tricks
We could use the laugh

April 2

It’s my dad’s birthday
He would have been 68
I miss him so much!

April 3

Social distancing
Not happening in the parks
Bunch of dumb asses.

April 4

Was yesterday harsh?
My bad. I should be more kind.
Cover your damn mouth

April 5

Steaks on my new grill
Make happiness if you can
Steak is a good way.

April 6

Pray for my uncle
He’s fighting this thing so strong
Grant him all my strength

stormtrooper rey bojangles (2)April 7

Girls want fried chicken
Who am I to argue that?
Food is everything

April 8

Uncle Frank update
He had a good day Tuesday
Let’s keep on praying

April 9

When this is over
Oh, how we will celebrate
Hug and kiss for days!



A is for Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Adam and Avril, and Amidala

B is for Bonnie Marie Williams, voiceover superhero, a #GirlsRock interview

C is for Conversations, Camdyn and cookies (#GratitudeAndShit) 

D is for Dorsey Standish, yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, for #GirlsRock

E is for End-of-your-career awards

F is for Frank, my uncle

G is for 💇🏽‍♂️ Go Ask Daddy about what you GET to keep on Flea Market Flip, if I’m GOING to sit in a racecar next time I get my hair cut, and how high basketball scores GO


nordicmoxie quote quarantine



  1. I really like your haikus. Sorry to hear about your uncle and hope that he is doing better each day. Going crazy with my husband being home all the time. I’m just not used to that. Otherwise doing fine up here.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Susan! Uncle Frank has had a couple of good days but we’re still hoping, praying and sending strength. Is your guy driving you nuts? It’s an adjustment to be all confined, isn’t it? Here’s hoping for smooth sailing from here on out.

  2. joyroses13 says:

    Hi! Great to see your posts again. Love the Haikus! YES, greatly miss the hugging! And sweatpants it is! Also never knew I would do a Happy Dance when finding TP to buy!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hello! Awesome to see you here. Haikus can be fun. We’re going to be all kinds of awkward when this thing passes, socially. I feel like formal wear right now would be jeans and socks.

      We got a huge pack of toilet paper and now I sort of feel like a king. (Only one pack, though. No hoarding here!)

      You should post the TP Happy Dance. You might start something.

      1. joyroses13 says:

        Thanks, awesome to be here. Blogging is def helping to keep my sanity right now!
        You are right about the formal wear. And I think since you are feeling like King of the TP now it would be only proper for you to do a “Happy Dance” and post it. 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I’d hoped to do some more blogging during this lockdown. Sanity is relative, but it’s definitely helping my brain and soul too, to blog.

        I think the FTC might ban my happy dance!

  3. Put your jeans on every day, trust me. You don’t want to have to buy a new wardrobe when this is all over.

    Excellent summation of sentiments, and i am praying for your Uncle Frank.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m afraid, Mimi! Of the jeans. And I appreciate your prayers greatly.

  4. Linds says:

    Enjoyed reading your haiku’s. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Linds – I need to keep them going for the next round.

  5. 1jaded1 says:

    I hope your uncle is healing.

    Hugs to you, Eli. ❤

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      He’s doing well, and we’re cautiously optimistic. Thanks, LJ! Hugs right back.

  6. Miriam says:

    Oh, I miss the hugging you! And you’re right, there was absolutely no cheer or jokes played on April 1 this year 😟 Glad to heat your uncle’s doing better Eli. And I love the Haikus. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      There’s going to be SO much hugging. I wish more people had taken advantage of April Fool’s to spread a few smiles at least. So glad you liked my poetry, and I’m happy to report my uncle is making good progress.

      1. Miriam says:

        That’s great to hear Eli. Happy Easter. 🙏😍

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Happy Easter to you, my friend.

  7. beth says:

    i love haiku, my favorite form of poetry, and you’ve done an excellent job here, eli. i especially love the one about the totiino’s, i know how precious that is to you, and i’m still hopeful for good results for your uncle.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you, Beth! Totino’s are everything. The last reports on Uncle Frank were good, so I’m cautiously optimistic!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks – I look forward to checking out yours!

  8. Janice says:

    Love the Haikus. Especially pop tarts and cheese!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Janice! Pop Tarts and cheese feel kind of essential in a crisis.

  9. mypixieblog says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your uncle frank but hope he continues to recover, day by day what strange days indeed we are living through but I love these daily haikus you created. One day you’ll look back and you won’t be able to believe that you shared in something with the entire planet—isn’t that wild?

    Good to be here and hear from you again. Hope you are staying well and safe, my friend!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words Charlotte, my new favorite new mother! It is wild to think that we might never have had so much in common with everyone on earth at once.

      I’ve got some catching up to do on blog reading so I’ll see you at your space real soon, my friend.

  10. A daily haiku practice – that’s a seriously wonderful thing Eli. Life (and days) don’t feel very linear at the moment, and everything is edged in the surreal. One day at a time has never felt more apt.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you, Deborah! I felt as if every day felt a little different, too. It’s starting to feel one hour at a time, and I can deal with that, too.

  11. Cristy Lynn Cruse says:

    This is one of the most funny, happy, sad truth filled, vulnerably written piece that I have ever read!! I so enjoy reading your pieces. And your carrer ending award will be full of the pieces of life that brought you to your peace, your happiness and your truths!! Keep going….it is a wonderful journey!! Infact, it is not the award that will matter, but all the memories while on that journey❤ Praying for your Uncle. Sending love, light and strenth to him!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Cristy. I appreciate you taking time to read me! I hope I can find some happiness and maybe even a few truths when this is all over. I do love the journey, despite its ups and downs. Thanks for kind thoughts about my uncle, too.

  12. in says:

    enjoyed the haikus!

    especially the TP one

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you! I haven’t written poetry since 1886.

  13. This is great Eli!!! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face…it’s been a rough couple of days and I needed this!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Jenny! Hope you’re doing better.

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