I don’t like the new normal. Not at all. I am not good with change. It triggers my anxiety. And makes living with depression more difficult. But at the same time I am thankful for so much. Our loved ones are safe and healthy. We have jobs. We have a solid roof over our heads. We have each other and our pets for companionship during this long shut in. My heart breaks for the millions of people who have lost everything.
When the first US case of COVID-19 was reported on 1/20/20 I kept an eye on things. I’ve always been worried about a global pandemic. I used to faithfully stock a bin of rice, peanut butter, beans, and water in the basement in case of such a thing, but gave up about 10 years ago when I got tired of always having to replace everything when it expired.
So I was READY on 2/27/20 when the WHO reported that Covid-19 had pandemic potential. I immediately signed out from work and spent the afternoon at the grocery store, pet store, & liquor store, filling carts with supplies. Never in my life have I filled a cart with wine, but I did that day. I was very thankful that a couple of weeks prior to that I’d made my bi-annual Costco run for paper goods. We still have about 4 months left:
I hauled my new purchases into the house, down to the basement, and stored them in mouse-proof containers:
I went early enough to miss the mid-March run on toilet paper [and everything else]. I had seen the photos of empty grocery shelves all over the internet, but hadn’t experienced it in person.
But now, it’s 5 weeks later. We started to run out of essentials, like eggs, milk, half & half for coffee and tea, bread, vegetables, frozen pizza [totally essential during a pandemic!], and wine. So I took an hour of leave from work Monday morning and headed to our local Shaws grocery store. I was HORRIFIED to see the egg shelf completely empty:
No eggs??? So I headed to the frozen pizza aisle:
NO FROZEN PIZZA??? Jim’s a vegetarian, and I’m mostly vegetarian, so out of the few pizzas left, most had meat on them. I was able to get a few of the remaining vegetarian ones [didn’t want to clear them out in case other people needed some]. Then headed up the aisle to the tator tots:
No tator tots 🙁
Headed around the corner to find:
No FROZEN VEGGIES EITHER??? I ALMOST burst into tears at this point, behind my surgical mask. I talked to hubby on the phone and he calmed me down. He just said to get what I could, to not worry about what I couldn’t get, so I did my best. As I walked by the ice cream coolers on my way to the register I saw there was also no Ben & Jerry’s or Häagen-Dazs:
SO SO SO surreal. I completely forgot the half & half, which I didn’t realize until I got home.
Due to forgetting the half & half, and hoping to find eggs, I headed to the Market Basket grocery store one town over after work yesterday. I knew from their website that they were only allowing a certain number of people into the store at one time [88 to be exact], and that I’d probably have to wait in line. A long, long, loooooong line. The sidewalk was marked with red tape so everyone could stay 6 feet apart as we slowly marched towards the door:
Half an hour later I could see myself and mask in the door of a closed store:
Finally, an hour after I’d arrived, I was admitted to the store.
I immediately headed to the egg aisle. No eggs 🙁 🙁 🙁 :
The only eggs left were in little 6 packs, and each one had at least one broken egg [which is why they were still on the shelf]. I didn’t care. I grabbed my allotted 2 containers and figured 10 good eggs were better than no eggs. After 10 minutes of shopping I’d gotten everything I needed, including a case of egg & cheese breakfast burritos for hubby:
The line for the registers was also very long, and started next to the ice cream coolers. Then snaked around the corner towards the front of the store:
Because I was one of the few with about 20 items in my cart instead of an over-flowing cart, they let me skip a few people and go straight to the express lane. Thank goodness for small miracles! Then I came home and had a stiff drink with dinner.