This is one of those weeks were time has just flown right by. I’ve been very busy at work, similar to the early days of the pandemic, fielding lots of phone calls and trying to create plans that are safe and sustainable. It got me thinking, though, about how much has changed since March. And I don’t mean the big obvious stuff like not traveling or going out to eat. I mean the simple daily stuff that is just . . . different. Since it’s Thursday I came up with 3 things that I have pared down since the pandemic.
- My makeup routine. I always wore foundation every day. Or at least every day that I left the house. Primer, liquid foundation, powder. It was how I rolled. And also eye make up and lip gloss. Now, though? I wear a mask a lot at work and the foundation, well, not only does it get all over the mask but it’s also just not that necessary now that people can only see my eyes and forehead. Same for the lip gloss.
- The jewelry I wear. I have always worn my wedding ring and engagement ring along with my grandmother’s wedding ring on my other hand plus earrings and several bracelets on my left wrist. When we were first shut down and I was working from home I stopped wearing everything but my wedding band and those bracelets. No Apple watch. No earrings. No extra rings. The first time I wore earrings and then put on a mask the earrings caught on it and I haven’t worn them since. I mostly don’t bother with my engagement ring and grandmother’s wedding ring either. I do wear the Apple watch pretty consistently now, though.
- Weekly grocery shopping. I went to the grocery store every Friday (with Jackie once he was old enough) whether I really needed to or not. Sometimes I bought a lot, sometimes a little, but I always went. Since the pandemic I can stretch out my grocery shopping to last 2 or 3 weeks. Once I even managed to not go for 4 weeks. It does require having someone fetch milk but otherwise I can manage. Sure, there are often things I want but the truth is there are rarely things I truly need if I plan ahead and watch my supplies. Not going every week has saved a bunch of money, too.
Have you changed your habits and routines in unexpected ways since March? I’d love to hear about it. And don’t forget to link your post below if you wrote one for today.