Chatty Check-in Post: Which of These 5 Lockdown Irritations Do You Find Worst?

Not talking big problems, but the minor secondary irritations. Which are still SO DIFFICULT!!!!

  1. Getting a grocery order and discovering they left out THE ONE THING you really really wanted/needed
  2. Glasses fogging up while wearing a mask for your daily walk
  3. Slowly watching your weight increase as you eat out of boredom
  4. The exciting effect of Zoom calls on children/dogs/cats who suddenly start climbing on you while you are on camera
  5. Chapped hands from washing them too much/sticky hands from antibacterial

For me, I think the glasses fogging up is tied with the Zoom calls. Zoom calls drive Albie Dog CRAZY!!!!! He starts jumping all over me and knocking at the computer and BLURGH. I just want to talk to my friends, and I’ve got this dog all over me. And then the glasses fogging up, I just keep walking into things. And then I take them off and keep walking into things because I can’t see.

How about you?

14 thoughts on “Chatty Check-in Post: Which of These 5 Lockdown Irritations Do You Find Worst?

  1. 1. Gaining weight. I don’t even know how many kg I gained because I refuse to use the scale, but a lot for sure. I have started diet 2 weeks ago because I needed it.

    2. Disgusting antibacterial gel some shops use that feel like made from snails. I hate them.

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    • 1. I was doing okay before my stupid foot surgery!!!! It was incrimental, but under control. And then laying flat on my back for 6 weeks just knocked me down and I have no hope of crawling back up.

      2. YES! I don’t understand how the gels can all feel so different from each other. Some of them evaporate so quick and it’s fine, and others it’s all goopy and blech.

      On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 9:27 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. I had stopped using the scales even before lockdown, as I don’t see the sense in beating myself up over my weight. But now even my newest pants don’t fit over the tights I wear against the cold anymore. I just don’t really dare blame that on the lockdown.

    The foggy glasses have also gotten a bit better since we’re now all supposed to wear medical masks. They actually make breathing a little less difficult.

    Which leaves the hands that now look almost as bad as my mother’s always did. It *hurts*, even though I already use medical hand lotion.


    • Last year, I spent most of March with bleeding knuckles. I’ve got hand cream next to the sink now and am trying to be better. But there’s only so much you can do. And then you alternate washing and hand sanitizer and you’ve got all that alcohol sting in the dry skin cracks and BLECH. I can’t wait for next winter when I can just not wash my hands as much and get sick all the time like usual.

      On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 10:29 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  3. UGH the weight gain! Not being able to go run outside because it is freezing + stupid hormonal therapy and restrictions on what type of exercise I am allowed to do + general laziness = annoying amount of weight gain. I say this as I am starving and wondering how long it’s been since I have had pizza! My dad is here again for a couple weeks though, so that means I will generally get home cooked, nutritious, healthy food, which I am hoping will help.

    My husband gets really dry hands with cracks. Here is our regimen that has helped us a lot: a good moisturizer followed by aquaphor (which helps retain the moisture) and sometimes gloves over it make sure all of moisture stays in place at night daily. If that still doesn’t work or it is getting worse, then applying hydrocortisone to the dry cracked skin generally helps clear it up.


    • Yes weight gain! I’m home all day so there’s nothing to stop me from snacking, working from a reclining position on the couch is so comfy, and if I’m not able to go anywhere or do anything, I might as well spend every weekend sitting on the couch watching TV. And now it’s snowing too.

      What has worked best for me with hands is simply wearing gloves in cold weather. But now I’m already putting on a mask and sealing up my face, sealing up my hands too is just TOO MUCH.

      On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 11:08 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  4. I got the dry cracked hand before COVID every winter, and it gets worse if I’m doing a lot of baking because then I naturally wash my hands more. My solution is moisturizer ALL OVER THE HOUSE. a bottle by every sink and some additional ones near the doors. Sometimes I put moisturizer on, and then five minutes later I’m washing my hands again, but that is okay, I can just put on even more moisturizer. Spouse doesn’t like putting moisturizer on right after washing his hands because it feels slimey, but I’m okay with the slime.

    Virus protection wise I read once that you really DON’T what to have chapped and bleeding skin. So yeah, moisturize.


    • The last time I went to Costco (FOUR MONTHS AGO!!!! I never get to go ANYWHERE!!!!), they hilariously had a huge display of gallon jugs of anti-bacterial right next to a huge display of combo moisterizer packs. So in theory I also have moisterizer all over the house, but I just don’t use it enough. I blame the dog. I come in from walking the dog, I wash my hands, then I have to take off the leash and halter and give him a treat and so on and so forth and I don’t want to be doing all that with goopy stuff on my hands.

      Anyway, right now, this moment, I am going to stand up and get my moisterizer and move it from next to the sink to next to the couch so I can moisterize just as I am thinking about it and not when I am all rushed coming in from outside.

      On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 6:32 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  5. Glasses. I like wearing sunglasses outside but between the fogging and the fact that wearing them takes away my only way to emote to other humans, I gave them up months ago.

    Also, breakfast by myself, having a chance to drink coffee and collect my thoughts before facing other people in the morning. And really all the other little spaces in my day I had time to think.


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