Over coffee this morning I got to thinking about how a few things have changed for me recently. In no particular order, here are my caffeine-influenced thoughts . . .
Naps. I used to have a busy life with no time nor inclination to sleep during the day. I've discovered that naps are hard if you have no experience at napping. I'm trying hard but the best that can be said is that it's a work in process for me. I have learned to set an alarm so that I don't miss happy hour on those occasions when I've been successful.
Books. I usually read 2 or 3 novels a week. Now I'm up to 4 or 5. There are two problems I've found. First, finding ones you want to read that you haven't read before can be a challenge. And more reading means there's less time for naps.
Cooking. Less dining out means more dining in which, in turn, means greater opportunities to try new recipes. The upside is that I have whipped up some awesome repasts due to this Chinese virus thing. A downside is that a few of my attempts have gone directly from the stove or oven to a compost heap. Not my compost heap, I'd never have a compost heap. I'm not gonna have rotting garbage further rotting in my backyard. I've got some liberal neighbors and they always seem happy when I unload some garbage on them.
Social distancing. I feel the rest of society is just catching up to my vision on how things should have always been. Staying six feet away from most of humanity has always been my modus operandi. I just don't want to be closer than 2 yards to that many people.
Cleanliness. I will admit that I do wash my hands more frequently under the theory that it can't hurt, so why not. And I did stop picking my nose because it's just not worth the effort it takes to manipulate the mask and all.
Golf. They did shut down the courses for a bit around me but they're opening back up now. At first I was pretty grumpy about that. But after practicing 30 yard chip shots in my backyard 6 hours a day, I see the benefit of the shutdown. I mean, you blast 290 yards off the tee, hang a nice 100 yard wedge and there you are, 30 yards from the pin, just off the green in some heavy, thick stuff. Almost every friggin' time. Then you scuff it or you're long or short and you throw the club at the cart. Not anymore for me. I'm gonna be chipping to gimmee range every single time from now on, thanks to the idiot in Wuhan who left the lab after stepping in some virus dukie and bringing it home.
Gambling. Casino closings have put a minor dent in my income. I had a foolproof system for winning money. It's pretty simple, actually. When I was up, I left the table or machine. Worked every time. Guaranteed. We really, really need to liberate the casinos.
Saving money. On the other hand, my dip in casino income is more than offset by the saving of tons of money in other areas. No big tabs at bars and restaurants. Not much gas expense and, of course, minimal wear and tear on the cars. Minimal dry cleaning bills. Canceled the planned MAGA tattoo on my back. Saved on some greens fees.
Alcohol consumption. New normal unchanged from previous normal.
Family time. Recently more time has been spent communicating via various technological gimcrakery with kids, grandkids, siblings and such. It's okay, I can live with that. They don't realize they're taking time away from my naps and reading and chipping practice, but I still love 'em.
Guilty pleasure. I ordered in a DVD box set of the 72 episodes of "Sky King" and I manage to sneak in a couple episodes every day when my wife is taking her nap. I love that Penny.
Hair. I know most of you geezers don't have to worry about how you look above the neck. It's too late for you. But for those blessed with noggin hair, this Chinese plague had the potential to be devastating. I have managed to maintain a pre-pandemic coif by flying in professionals from areas not affected by shutdowns and panic. So, a little more expensive cut, but worth it. I'm sure you'd agree if you had hair.
I'd be interested in the new normal of others, so feel free . . . .
Glad to hear you are doing well. Sounds like the new normal is basically two less restaurant meals and two more novels a week, give or take little naps. I have a suggestion. Write some short stories with adventure, intrigue, comedy and such. Didn't you start a detective story a while back? You’re a creative and witty writer, no doubt you'd have a following in short order. You could weave the M* participants into it as characters. It could be in episodes with weekly installments. Then turn it into a book. Give it a thought. Cheers from VA.
Kind of embarrassed to say it, but things haven't changed much at all for me. I've always been a homebody, more so since I stopped driving a few years ago. I'm still enjoying the newness and much larger living space since moving into an apartment in October, so I'm comfortable sheltering in my new place. Every three or four days, my ex-wife would swing by and pick me up to go grocery shopping and a quick library run to drop off and pick up books. Since the virus thing started to get serious, she has been doing my grocery shopping along with her store visits and dropping off my purchases, although I have been out with her a couple of times.
The main thing that I'm adjusting to is not having access to the library. I always had several books checked out, and usually had a bunch on request. Plus, I would check out back issues of The Economist, I thought that was neat that you could take out back issues of the magazines. So I'm definitely missing the library. I do have a good size personal library that I'm falling back on, so I'm actually OK on reading material, but I will definitely have some catching up to do when they reopen.
I realize this sounds plenty dull, but for me it is quiet, calm, and soothing. I've always been an easygoing guy, on an even keel most of the time, no big ups or downs. My stress level is probably about as low as it's ever been, or will be in the future, for that matter. Plenty of peace and quiet, lots of reading and relaxing. Not for everyone, but it sure works for me.
"Over coffee this morning(I'm usually up at about 4:30am. Why? I go to bed earlier than most 5 year olds) I got to thinking about how a few things have changed for me recently. In no particular order, here are my caffeine-influenced thoughts" . . .
Naps. See blue text above. Usually after lunch.
Books. Never been much of a reader of books. I recently gave in to the pleadings of a friend of mine who has a fencing company(not the skinny little swords, chain link and such) and wanted a part time sales guy. So I do estimates, answer emails, etc. That takes up about 4 - 5 hours a day in my home office and most of it occurs in the early am(see blue text above) I'm kind of like a vampire as I do some of my best work before sunrise.
Cooking. Always done a lot of cooking and experimenting. I don't have a compost pile for the failures but do have a black lab with a voracious appetite. I guess eventually it winds up being the same thing.
Social distancing. I live alone on most days and have a lady friend that comes on the weekends. I do miss my grandkids but got to see the one's that live in a more rural area twice since Easter. I have one that lives in Mpls and I worry about her and my daughter.
Cleanliness. Ditto on the hand washing more frequently. I'm going to make some masks out of all these empty Crown Royal bags I've got laying around. I knew I was saving them for something.
Golf. I chip in the yard as well. My dog loves it as she retrieves my shots and drops the ball at my feet. Pretty handy.
Gambling. Never been much of a gambler other than the occasional meat raffle at most local small town bars with the proceeds going to local fire depts. and such. Used to be a way to burn up all the one dollar bills I'd accumulate during the week.
Saving money. No bars/restaurants being open and my fence co. friend paying me mileage has made an impact for sure. Kind of like another dividend.
Alcohol consumption. New normal unchanged from previous normal. Ditto.
Family time. See above.
Guilty pleasure. More movie rentals from Dish.
Hair. Still have a decent head of hair and my lady friend used to own a hair salon so I've got that going for me.
I'd be interested in the new normal of others, so feel free . . . .