People are crazy.
I know that we have been instructed to stay at home, but today I finally decided that I needed to do a grocery run. I have plenty of frozen food and pantry staples, but I finally ran out of fresh produce. I tried to order online, but could not get a delivery for at least the next four days. Also, the last of my appliance bulbs burned out and I knew that cooking would be stressful without the ability to clearly see my stove.
So, I decided that I would brave the outside world and venture out. Since I was planning to be out anyway, I also pre-ordered a case of wine from my favorite liquor store and I purchased a cook-at-home meal kit from one of my favorite restaurants.
Four stops out there in the world, then back home again.
Stop one was relatively calm. The CVS pharmacy was quiet with only a few shoppers. I donned the one single mask I found in my apartment – an R95 mask I bought at Home Depot a few months ago to filter out paint fumes and dust particles from a piece of furniture I am restoring. I felt like an idiot wearing the mask, and it is devilishly difficult to speak clearly wearing it, but I figured I might as well play it safe.
Stop two was the crazy one. I swung by one of my favorite grocery stores, a Pete’s Fresh Market in the western suburbs. I figured, “Hey, it’s a fairly large store, so shopping during this time of physical distancing should be a snap.”
People are insane. First of all, the store was ridiculously crowded – even more crowded than a normal pre-pandemic weekend. Only about 1/3 of the shoppers were wearing masks. I managed to maintain my distance and since I had a specific and focused shopping list I knew exactly where to go to get in and out quickly. Well, that was my plan.
People were shopping as though they were never going to be able to find groceries again in our lifetime. Multiple cartloads of things. I had to take a deep breath while standing in the seemingly endless checkout line as I watched someone purchase something like $500 worth of groceries. Perhaps they are buying for multiple household, or maybe the have a large family. I have to just give people the benefit of the doubt, but I still found the experience to be insane. People are really just crazy lately.
Stop three of my odyssey was great. I called the liquor store when I parked and they brought my case of wine out and put it my car for me. Curbside service with a smile!
Stop four was also excellent. I stopped by the restaurant and received a bag of food with the recipes so that I can cook the meal myself. I will do that tomorrow and I am looking forward to it.
So, overall, the day wasn’t bad. Leading up to my little jaunt outside, however, things were brutally boring for me. I woke early to enjoy coffee with a friend (virtually) but apparently they forgot, so I could have slept in for another hour. That made me sad – both for missing my friend and for the hour of sleep I wish I had been able to enjoy. The rest of the day up to my drive was one of aimless wandering.
I worked on a jigsaw puzzle (and finished it), cleaned up a little, read, checked social media, wandered around the house picking things up and putting them down again – all evidence of my utter boredom at home alone.
Still, at least I got out into the world today to enjoy some sunshine. Despite the craziness of people, I managed to enjoy my journey out where I could actually see other people and talk to them in person – even if it was from a distance.
And, yes, I did use hand sanitizer and wash my hands, etc. etc. etc.
I still think people are crazy, but at least now I don’t need to venture out again for at least another ten day or more. Oh, and I finally found baking powder. Woo hoo!
Now, time to break out one of those 12 bottles of wine I bought today.
It’s only Quarantine if it comes from the Quarante province of France. Otherwise, it’s just Sparkling Isolation.