I gotta be honest, I’m kinda killin’ it during the quarantine. Don’t get me wrong, a part of me wants to order a red cape and bonnet and go to the grocery store to greet everyone with “blessed be the fruit”. Why? Because a lot of this feels like scenes from the Handmaid’s Tale when the American Government was overthrown and the new government formed in Gilead. Which by the way, as a huge fan of Handmaid’s Tale, it’s not lost on me that one of the pharmaceutical companies gaining momentum in a coronavirus vaccine just happens to be named Gilead Sciences. Hmmm….
Anyway, I’ve learned some things in quarantine that I thought would be fun to write about. Both of it is good and bad but given how distant all of us are from one another, I thought I good relatable post was in order. Or at least pretend it’s relatable to make me feel better. Ok?
I’M EATING EVERYTHING IN QUARANTINE!
I’m eating everything and I mean EVERYTHING in site. I don’t know what my end game is here but I just want to eat all the time. I’m not an emotional eater by any stretch so I can’t figure this one out. But when I’m in front of the pantry, downing a handful of Fritos at 10 PM, I’m just like “fuck it”.
I Miss the Gym
To piggyback on the above, I actually miss the gym and I don’t even like to work out. In fact, at the beginning of quarantine, I had attempted to cancel my gym membership but given my waistline right now, I can’t go back soon enough. Reality hit when I was sewing my 60th mask and had to unbuckle my jeans because my stomach was hurting from how tight they were.
We are Getting So Much Shit Done
I didn’t really realize how busy a family we were until both of us began working from home. Not to mention, daily soccer practices are now canceled. Since quarantine started, we’ve tackled everything from under the sofa that we’ve NEVER cleaned out, to the junk drawer to adding new outdoor lights.
Being With My Family All the Time Isn’t As Bad As I Thought It Would Be
At the beginning of this quarantine, I honestly thought I would become a hardcore alcoholic or there would be a murder in my home. Honestly, it hasn’t been like that at all. We are together when we want to be and then we all escape to our little corners when we need alone time. It’s been a little trying with my youngest because he struggles to entertain himself but overall, so far, so good. I pray to the sweet baby Jesus I didn’t just jinx myself.
My Apocalyptic Uniform
I try super hard not to be “that person” who wears pajamas all day long or forgets to brush their teeth. That being said, there have been days (2 in total) where I just didn’t do my hair. One such day, my husband lovingly mentioned at dinner, “someone has bed head.” I just grinned and said,
“It’s not like we’re going out or anything.”
Every day, I get a shower and throw on a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, my “A” necklace and brown or black boots. When it becomes warmer, I’m sure the only thing that will change with this look will be boots to flip-flops.
My Sons can Actually Help With Dinner
Before quarantine, my husband and I would race home from work. He would take the boys to soccer practice and I would make dinner. It was always just always go, go, go. We wouldn’t eat most nights till like 7:30 or 8 PM.
Now our schedule is on par with a retired Floridian, eating sometimes as early as 4:30. But it’s not because we’re home, it’s because I’m making my kids actually help me. Sure, you’d think I’m asking them to build an addition on to the home. But I do soldier through the whining and make them slice and dice.
So those are some things I’ve learned. I’m sure that after I post this I’ll be pissed at myself, having thought of 3 more things I’ve learned but forgot to write about them. Now it’s your turn! What have you learned about yourself, family or life in general during quarantine? Tell me all about it! Lord knows we’ve got time!