I reached my 2 weeks post-Pfizer 2nd vaccination day on May 7th. So how has being vaccinated changed my habits? QUITE a bit actually. I celebrated by going INSIDE a Trader Joe’s. Yes, I have been one of those who has shied away from going into stores for the past year. I was fortunate to have other options like curbside pickup which I used exclusively.
But since May 7th, I have felt liberated. I never thought that roaming the aisles of a grocery store would feel like a trip to Disney World. A trip to Target is like going to Paris. And a trip to Walmart is like…. well, being at a Walmart.
Besides my retail adventures, I’ve dined outdoors at a restaurant. It’s quite a feeling to have food prepared by people who know what they are doing. One thing I have learned about my cooking for the past 14 months is it’s difficult to think up new things to eat, especially when you’re just getting food from one curbside grocery store without having the chance to browse an aisle for inspiration.
I’ve started going into the office a few days a week. How do I feel about that? Well, working from home has advantages. Mainly the commute. But there are also a lot of distractions at home. I’ve missed being in the middle of the city. I’ll probably be complaining about going in within the next month. But at the moment it just feels like a return to normalcy.
Things I’m still not ready to do? Indoor restaurants. I mean, we’re in summer at the moment anyway. (Hush you summersplainers about to type in the comments that it starts on June 20th. We’re close enough.) I’m still not really ready to travel yet. Waiting for more people to get vaccinated and see where the infection rates stand. Especially given the CDC’s terrible mixed messaging about masks.
But as of now, I’m just happy to slowly emerge from my covid cocoon.