Check-In time! Let us share our life choices after 1 year of quarantine. What has gone from “it’s okay, it’s an emergency” to “I guess this is just life now”? From make-up to work/life dividing lines to family time?
Food: I think my parents have fully switched to produce delivery life style. Instead of going to the story and figuring out what to buy, you just get a magic box and then try to find recipes that match it. Are you also produce boxing? And will you ever go back to the other way?
Meanwhile, I have switched to the Home Food lifestyle. When I was working, I used to get coffee before work and then usually snack on stuff like crackers and cookies from the work snack bar instead of lunch, and then have a big dinner as soon as I get home. But now I make actual lunches for myself from the food in my fridge! How about you? Have you replaced eating out with homemade lunches or do you miss your nice outside lunches?
Clothes: I have gone from leggings most days and nice tops and underclothings and shoes, to leggings and whatever tops and sports bras and crocs. And I am so happy! Why did I ever buy real shoes and real underclothings? Why can’t I just wear crocs and sports bras all the days of my life?
Make-up: never really wore it, continue to not really wear it, no big difference there. I do still paint my fingernails no matter what, but that just makes me so happy I can’t stop. Are there things you have stopped because you don’t care any more and other things that are just to make you happy?
TV viewing: At the start of pandemic, I was watching and reviewing stuff like Little Things episode by episode. And my parents and I were trading off watching critically acclaimed movies and things. And then we started just watching Midsomer Murders every night and I started binging documentaries. And now I have fallen to bad true crime shows on in the background for company at all times and my parents and I are watching Columbo. It’s all a brainless easy comfort entertainment, no more “thinking”. Same for you? Has TV viewing gone from a special activity to a minute by minute necessity?
Housing: Interesting journey here for me. I started out getting really lazy, going from having people over once a month at least to never meant that I could turn one room into just the general Pantry/Boxes/Storage room and set up my living room to be perfectly comfortable for just one person (pillows permanently piled for me, coffee table angled just right for one coffee cup, etc.). And then I switched to putting in the work to make it really nice while also still just for one person. Got a standing desk, picked out prettier pillows for my couch throne, organized the coffee table so it would work better, and so on. And finally my current phase, I’m just bored of being in the same space and am thinking about rearranging for no reason beyond being tired of looking at the same things all the time. Has anyone else done that? Gone from sort of “nothing matters, it’s an emergency” to “well, this is life now, so I need to make it work really well” to “I’m just so bored, I’m rearranging pictures”?
Emotional Health: I’ll tell you this, back when I first moved in my Mom had one quote on the bathroom mirror (I think the Andy Boyle one). And now there are 5. We need every one!