Another check-in post! I like seeing how you are doing and telling y’all how I am doing. Especially today when I am grumpy about missing my annual Valentine’s party and trying to cheer myself up.
Okay, good stuff!!!!
- My parents and I were watching our nightly Columbo on the couch at 9:30 in pajamas cuddled up with the dog and the blanket and Columbo was out investigating something at a fancy nightclub. And we found ourselves all thinking “ew, a nightclub? In the cold? At night? When you could be home on the couch watching Columbo with your family? Madness!!!!” Yes, we have officially converted from “It’s agony to not be able to go out and do things” people to “why did we ever live any other way?” people.
- Virtual movies! So much better than in person movies! My movie night crew is scattered, they all would have to drive at least 20 minutes to get to my place. And then you have to stay up late at night and I have to clean up after them and BLECH. But virtual movies, we can all be in our own cozy little places, there’s no travel time, and when it is over you just go to bed. Attendance at my movie nights has just sky rocketed since we went virtual. And of course the Friday watchalong is now a pivotal part of my weekly schedule!!!
- Working with the TV in the background. I have learned so much about true crime, and caught up on lots of sitcoms, and just generally benefitted greatly from working while having the TV on low in the background. I can’t watch anything good-good of course, nothing to requires consistent focus, but there’s loads of stuff that is mildly amusing if you just look up and see it every 5 minutes.
- Doing minor household chores during the work day. To be able to take 5 minutes and unload and load the dishwasher in the middle of the day, or tidy up the coffee table, or (best by far) start a load of laundry is just LIFE-CHANGING!!!! No longer do I arrive home without energy having to drag myself through the motions of minor household needs, it’s all done already by the end of the work day!
- Everyone’s schedule is so open. This is maybe the best one. In the Before Times, I would (for instance) want to get together with a friend I haven’t seen in a while. And we would have to work around my work schedule and my church schedule and my various knitting and quilting and whatever group schedules, and then her class schedule and family commitments and shows she was doing and so on. But now, all that stuff has dropped away. The only things left are what really matters to each of us and the rest of our days stretch out endlessly.
I should say, all of these points have a down side. I hope, once the world is normal again, that we can manage to remember how nice it is to go outside instead of staying home on the couch watching TV shows. I hope I can remember how great it is to host movie nights in person with real people I can touch and talk to and watch their responses. I hope I go back to work and discover that co-workers are far better than a TV could ever be. I hope I have learned how much more pleasant it is when I take those 5 minutes, even in my busier schedule, and do those little household tasks. And I hope, once the world is normal again, we remember the activities and people who kept us sane and the ones that turned out not to matter that much after all, and maybe change our priorities moving forward.
What have you come to appreciate over the past year?