My Coronavirus Quarantine Reflections
My Coronavirus quarantine reflections. Since being quarantined due to the Coronavirus, I’ve been reflecting on the entire experience. It’s definitely had many ups and downs, and even changed how I will prepare in the future. But that isn’t a bad thing because I have learned a lot.
The biggest scare for me was the financial aspect of the virus. I am not nearly as financially prepared as I want to be. Thankfully Nathan and I have made it through so far relatively unscathed, but many aren’t nearly that lucky. Being better prepared financially has become my biggest goal now, because we may not be this lucky in the future.
Being Better Prepared
I’ve also started really thinking about the basics in terms of food preparations. Keeping a supply of things like flour, sugar, and salt. I’ve noticed a massive shortage of sugar and flour in the grocery store, along with limits on how many can be purchased. My supply of pickle buckets has been put to a much greater use now.
Nathan and I were talking about food earlier and he mentioned that we can eat for quite some time, as long as we have water and electricity. Which is completely true. But what happens when we don’t have water or electricity? That’s the next part of our prepping that we really need to focus on. This isn’t new information, it simply wasn’t brought up much before this.
Attitude is Everything
Attitude is everything. I miss my friends, not being able to sit down in a restaurant and eat a meal, having to plan grocery store trips around Nathan’s schedule because everything closes early. There are so many basic things I can complain about if I decide to go into a Negative Nancy mood. But complaining gets me nowhere. I can’t control what is happening, but I can certainly control my response to it. Which my response is to just go with the flow. Because there isn’t much else to do.
Having to go with the flow has shown me how to be more flexible as well. We’ve all been spoiled by the grocery store being open all the time a block away and literally always available, including me. It is difficult to transition to empty store shelves. In my grocery store, which shelf is empty seems to change every time I go in. That makes planning a meal before going to the store impossible. I wanted to make hot honey chicken last week and needed chicken. The grocery store was out of chicken. Guess who is stopping to quickly decide on a totally different meal while dodging other shoppers and trying to maintain my distance? Yep, me.
Patience is Necessary
This isn’t my idea of a fun trip to the store. I love going in with a list, getting my stuff, and getting out as quickly as possible. Not exactly an easy feat when the store is out of half of what I want. Being flexible is so important here. I’ve learned to check the freezer and see what I have for alternatives and try to keep my shopping needs down to simple produce items when possible, as well as being open to totally changing my original plans.
It is inevitable that we all run out of random yet necessary things nobody thought to stock up on. I ran out of ibuprofen last week. Normally this wouldn’t even be something I stock in my house. But the tendinitis in my hand is acting up again and taking it is very much a necessity. Ziplock bags are the one that Nathan giggles about. We ran out of those too recently. Neither of these are high on the prepping priority list and so we didn’t think about it.
Running out of unexpected items
Speaking of random things to run out of, think about clothes and basics like socks and underwear. Shoes are another big one. Normally it is easy to replace these as needed and I keep an eye on that. Right now, I forget what day of the week it is half the time. This means that paying attention to things like shoes and socks are easily forgotten until there is a problem. Putting on my shoes earlier in the week for a walk, I noticed the bottom sole was definitely reaching the worn state where I can feel everything underneath my feet as I’m walking.
Nathan buys most of his clothes and shoes in thrift stores because it is cheaper and he destroys them quickly. Walking close to fifteen miles a day will do that. Those aren’t open at the moment, so I get to pay full price for brand new stuff. Which is another reason financial prepping is important. What we normally buy may not be available and the alternative is more expensive. I am very brand-loyal, so I get to pay a higher price for what we need because I’m not wasting money buying a completely different brand because it may be cheaper. I’ve never had good luck doing that.
Little things matter. I love cooking, as that is obvious in my recipes. But after cooking what feels like 847 meals, I’m over it too. Eating out is just a nice change. Even with having to do take-out and eat at home, a meal I didn’t have to make is the most amazing treat. There is also something comforting and familiar about eating at a favorite restaurant, especially when things are so uncertain. It’s like the closest thing to normal as we can get. This isn’t something I would normally find special, but I do right now and am not taking for granted.
I’ve become a lot more considerate and generous. It’s not like I wasn’t either of these things before this happened, honestly. But I see the struggles so many people are having, and I want to just be kind. I’m always talking to the cashier in the grocery store, simply because a smile and normal conversation may be the best part of their day. Paying attention to that has become a big deal to me.
Tipping is another thing I do more often now. Nathan’s tips are beyond important right now, and help a ton with paying bills. I am always thankful for them and the generous customers who give them to him. Knowing how important they are to us, I know it is just as important to others and I leave bigger tips. Paying that generosity forward is something I know will help the people who are working hard to make life as normal as it can be right now.
Too much of a good thing
I hate TV. Yep, I’m completely over watching tv and have started reading a lot. After spending the first week binge watching my favorite shows in between naps, I’m completely done. This caused me to cancel several streaming services we have and just keep the ones Nathan uses. With a surplus of time on my hands, it is easy to overdo almost everything, including watching tv.
I love walks! This has become my new favorite thing. Nathan and I are always on the hunt for places that it is easy to avoid people, and we make it a point to go outside for walks on his days off to escape the house. Walking has always been something we’ve done together, but I find myself just appreciating nature so much more when I am out now.
This quarantine has definitely changed me in many ways. Especially the ways that I prepare and the way I appreciate the little things. Will life go back to normal? I have no clue at this point, and I’m not even sure I like what normal once was. I hope you’ve enjoyed my Coronavirus quarantine reflections.
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