We have almost hit the two-month mark since school was canceled and we began this whole social distancing thing. Our life has taken a drastic turn and bears no resemblance to the life we had prior to the start of the pandemic. None of us can even begin to fathom what life will look like when it is over either. Our governor announced an extension to the current stay home order through the end of next week with the hope that phase 1 of reopening will begin then. I still have my doubts about that actually happening, but I guess we will just have to wait and see. As I look back over the past 7 weeks, I realize that I have been forced to do things that I have never even thought about before. I started making a list of those things in my head and it quickly added up.
Never have I ever stalked websites for grocery pick up times until now.
I have actually never used a grocery pick-up or delivery service because I have never really needed too. Now that I really want/need to use it, I cannot get a time slot. Apparently, you have to be up at midnight when times are released to grab a slot, and I haven’t been willing to do that…YET!
Never have I ever gone grocery shopping at 7:00 AM until now.
Since I can’t get any grocery pick-up or delivery times around here, we have had to figure out alternatives. We have found that 7:00 AM is the best time to go for the least number of people and when most items are in stock. My husband even goes with me now which is also very new. I think date night has turned into grocery shopping during the early morning hours, and I’m not very happy about that!
Never have I ever worn a face mask until now.
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory and probably a first for most of us. I have learned that I can’t wear my glasses when wearing a face mask if I want to be able to see at all. I have also learned that it makes me feel quite claustrophobic.
Never have I ever gone days without eye makeup until now.
Yes, you heard that right. Yes, I even recently wrote a post about how I don’t do that. Unfortunately, I have been having an issue with my eye lids lately where one of them is very swollen. I am fairly certain that it is caused by my allergies which are unusually bad right now, but I can’t seem to get rid of it. It’s clearly not that easy to just run to the eye doctor to get it checked out either. My solution has been to go without eye makeup since I am obviously not going anywhere or seeing anyone right now. It is killing me daily to not put it on, but I feel like it is the only way to get this dumb swelling to go away. Thankfully, it seems to be working as the swelling is much less today. I can assure you that if it weren’t for social distancing, though, I would still be wearing eye makeup no matter how giant my eyelid became.
Never have I ever cooked so much in my life until now.
Our life prior to the pandemic was so hectic that I very rarely had time to cook dinner. I cooked 2 (maybe 3 on a good week) times a week. The rest of the time was either fend for yourself, drive-throughs, or out to eat. Now I am cooking 5-6 times a week with take-out only when I can’t stand to cook another night, or I’ve run out of ideas of things to make. On the plus side, we are eating healthier and are saving so much money.
Never have I ever been a social media guru until now.
My director at Trades of Hope challenged us all to go live on social media every day in the month of April to spread a little hope around since we aren’t able to do that in person anymore. This was WAAAAY out of my comfort zone, but I was determined to do it. I can proudly say that I went live on Facebook on my personal page every single night in April!!! That’s 30 days straight of live videos! Some nights I rambled on about nothing, and some nights I got really personal. It was a great learning experience for me, and I think I may even start doing some live videos on my blog social media pages. Obviously, I won’t be doing that while I have to go without eye makeup. Stay tuned…
Never have I ever cut someone’s hair until now.
This is probably the most shocking of all the things I have been forced to do. My husband has been trying to talk me into learning to cut his hair for our entire marriage, and I have always refused. However, we have finally gotten to the point where I had no other choice. I did not want to do it and was so afraid of screwing it up and having to shave his whole head. He made me watch YouTube videos to teach me how to do a fade or whatever his military cut is called. I was sweating profusely the entire time, but I did it. There are some parts that don’t look that great, but for the most part it turned out okay. I don’t think this will become a regular occurrence, though. I’m definitely not that good!
I am sure that there are many other firsts that I just can’t think of right now, and there are likely more to still come before this is all over. I have clearly stepped way out of my comfort zone on some things, but I overcame every single one of them. I am proud of myself for that. As uncomfortable as some things have been, I think I am going to come out better on the other side of this.