Saturday, March 21st
We have heeded the advice of the officials and have gone one step further than the “social distancing” requests – aside from the short walk we’ve been taking after lunch, we are/have been “sheltering in place” since last Wednesday. Today, we decided to breach that and make a drop off to a post office box. It’s safe to get in the car and drive around, so the three of us loaded up and headed out with my to pieces of mail in tow. One was an order for my grandmother’s Pioneer Cookbook. 🙂
By the time we got home from our fifteen minute excursion, I was completely dismayed. Things look normal. There are TONS of people out, going about their business. Fast food lines are full. Grocery store parking lots are full. The post office parking lot was bustling. There’s tons of traffic.
I feel like I’ve been punishing myself for no reason by staying home. And I’m really ticked off. This isn’t fair. It makes me feel like I’m overreacting.
We never left our car. Better safe than sorry.
It was home, a walk, naptime for little man, and some productive web building time for me. My husband is working on getting his co-workers online and troubleshooting issues so they can function from home.
I’ve realized how little I really leave the house on a normal basis.
My number one destination is the grocery store. Multiple times a week, to different ones, depending on what’s needed. We hardly ever eat out and I like variety. I enjoy cooking enough and we have been low-carb for three years which means a lot of fresh foods. I meal plan for the week but will sometime put things off until the next ad comes out or if a special event is coming up. Aldi is our go-to, but they don’t carry everything so some weeks take me to other, bigger stores. Sometimes i just meander around those larger grocery stores to kill time, exploring what is there. Often I buy very little. Yeah, I know I’m a little weird.
I’m finding myself wanting things completely out of the blue that I can’t have. Today it was Root Beer. Which in turn made me want ice cream. Neither is in our house. We are not leaving to get them. Normally, I could just zip out and grab some but not now – and that makes me want it even worse. I’m not sure when we are going to go to the store again, but we have started a list for when we deem that time has come. We’ll be completely out of fresh fruit and vegetables in a day or two.
My second regular destination is church. I’m missing church a lot this week. We started going to a new church about a month ago and we were just starting to develop some new friendships. I’m missing the socialization as well as the education I get there. I know they are doing everything they can to reach out and connect with us, but with a three-year-old, it’s extremely difficult to even have a phone call. Our church connection is definitely suffering.
And Big Lots – because I really don’t enjoy the Walmart experience and they’re about six blocks away.
I just don’t get out a lot, so I’m sure this is easier for me in some ways than others out there who feel trapped with this going on.
What else happened today?
I’ve noticed it’s quieter in general. It’s not as cold and our house heater isn’t running as much. I heard an owl outside around 11am this morning. (What was he doing awake?) There’s been a reduction of traffic along our street.
We ate pasta and meatballs for dinner. My husband prepared it. We didn’t have spaghetti on hand, so he used “butterfly pasta” as my son called it. It was yummy. He also made the sauce since we didn’t have that either.
Our little boy is bored out of his mind. He’s too young for many of the things I see online and the weather is crappy in general so we can’t just go outside. He’s frustrated and I can tell. I’m frustrated too.
My meal planning has imploded on itself. I’m so used to being really organized yet able to run out for an ingredient or two or to be able to change my mind on what’s for dinner mid way through the day, if I choose. I am not exactly worried about supplies, but I’m rethinking everything I normally do here. It used to be meat + veggies = dinner. We’re all over the place right now. That banana bread I made a few days ago is almost gone.
In the news today:
- There are now 55 positive cases in our state, still none in our county. (Are they testing here?!)
- Musician Kenny Rogers has passed away.
- Health officials have ordered Kansas City-area residents to stay at home for 30 days, starting Tuesday. I know it’s coming here soon. I’m guessing before next weekend.
- Florida is closing beaches down.