OT - Throwback Thursday
I commented on Futuro's blog yesterday and it got me thinking about how I've changed in the last 3 months. So while this is not a traditional Throwback Thursday, it's a throwback to how things were for me BEFORE the pandemic and I'm wondering if I will be able to easily return to the old Aniki...
PRE-Pandemic vs POST-Pandemic
PRE: I thought nothing of going to the grocery store every week or dropping in to grab something small: a forgotten ingredient, a craving, a treat for DH...
POST: I use a substitute, recreate the recipe, make something completely different, or go without.
PRE: I never took a lunch break at work - typically ate at my desk.
POST: I take a break to spend time with DH. I still eat at my desk!
PRE: I rarely planned MY lunches (only DH's) and occasionally forgot mine at home, forcing me to eat in the crapfeteria.
POST: Not only are DH's lunches planned, I have my lunches AND dinners planned! Breakfast is winged. Except for the coffee.
PRE: I hit Walmart every 2-3 weeks to get necessities.
POST: I have Walmart delievered and was there for the first time in 3 months this past Saturday. It did NOT go well for me and I plan to continue online ordering or do without when possible.
PRE: Phone calls never bothered me.
POST: Too many Zoom conferences later, and I loathe it when the phone rings. In fact, I've been quite guilty of NOT answering calls and lying that I was doing something because I'm tired of being on the damn phone. It's so bad, that my sister (BFF) and I usually text or email. She knows how much these daily calls are irritating me.
PRE: Hitting a store at a peak time with lots of shoppers did not phase me.
POST: I now get panicky over "too many" people. I have ZERO problem maintaining a THIRTY foot distance. People who are within 10 feet make me edgy.
PRE: During barbecue/boating season, I eagerly awaited the invitations to annual events.
POST: I've been trying to think up 'reasonable' excuses to AVOID these events and our dear friends because the thought of being around ANYone has my anxiety on the rise. And this makes me feel awful and small and guilty. It also means that since my comfort level will be pretty damn low, I will FORCE myself to be outgoing so no one asks what is wrong, and be horribly mentally/physically exhausted afterwards. And that is how I usually feel after events I do NOT want to attend. After spending time with these friends, I typically feel happy and have a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.
PRE: While introverted, I never believed I'd be truly happy living off grid with little to no social contact.
POST: Call me Teddi because I'm starting to think Ted Kaczynski's lifestyle sounds pretty darn appealing...
How about you? Are you ready to jump feet first into the lifestyle you had PRE-pandemic? Or do you feel like that's improbable/impossible?