Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
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The rising hurdle of grocery shopping

It may be the fact that we lived a hermit sort of life style even before all this quarantine stuff started going down that the "new normal" hasn't really given us an added measure of anxiety in relation to the coronavirus...at least not usually. During the week, we're not bothered by it at all, because it's normal for us to go days without leaving our apartment. But then Saturday rolls around, and it's time to go to the grocery store. Dun dun DUN!

When we're not faced with actually going to the store, we still don't think about it very much. It's not until it's time to leave the house and the prospect of making contact with other people hits us in the face that we start to get nervous. We've always been a little bit germophobic, so the "stay away from everyone or we're all gonna diiiieeeee!!!!!" thing, while we realize is a bit of an exaggeration, does make us a little jittery. Nevertheless, we also have faith that if we just follow the guidelines, odds are we'll be perfectly fine.

But then we get to the store, and there's always something new to make us nervous all over again. Last week, it was having to wait in line outside to get into the store. This week, they had used red duct tape to mark the lines, and the places where you're supposed to stand and wait, because you need to maintain that six-foot distance. And it's actually kind of helpful as far as following the guidelines goes...except for the sneeze-guard or whatever it is. The checkout lines have newly installed pieces of plastic that seem like they're there to shield you and the cashier from sneezing on each other. But because of the placement of the card reader, you have to stand to the side of it to actually pay for your groceries, so it doesn't actually block anything and all it really does is make the place feel a little more prison-like.

They also have a new rule, which is so helpful (she said sarcastically) after California outlawed plastic bags, that says we can't put our reusable bags in the shopping cart or on the conveyor belt or on the counter or on anything in the store. And I understand why it's a rule, but oh my goodness is it a hassle. We have to put all our groceries back in our cart, take the cart outside, and try to stand out of the way while we bag all our groceries without putting out bags down. It seems like it wouldn't be that hard, and yet I will tell you that it is.

What it all boils down to is that I would be happy to have even one less day to venture out of our apartment and not go grocery shopping at all anymore. Nevertheless, we need food. Fiiiine. On the bright side, though, it seems like the panic buying has ebbed slightly, so we miiight have been able to buy enough groceries to last us two weeks! We can do a proper quarantine and we'll be spared a trip to the store! Woohoo!

...Except that we're running out of food for the stray cats, so we're going to have to go to Target soon. Yay...

Today I'm thankful for surviving another trip to the grocery store, getting to play plenty of Pokemon after we came home, getting to see the finale of In/Spectre, getting to watch four episodes of Miraculous, and having friends in the ward who will make sure we get to partake of the sacrament tomorrow.
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