NaBloPoMo, Pandemic

5 Things I Hope Last When the Pandemic Ends

Boy, did the last 30 days fly by! I did it – 30 posts in 30 days…AND I didn’t drive Mr. KK crazy in the process!

November 30 is also my cancerversary – 16 years today I had the surgery that saved me. I love that this special day falls on the last day of my blogging. It’s like I’ve reached two accomplishments in one fell swoop.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect blogging this year. I wanted to be careful to not make every post about the pandemic (though, let’s be honest, have we focused on anything else in the last 9 months besides COVID and the election? And lord knows, I don’t want to talk about the man-child who is sitting in the White House right now – when he’s not playing golf, that is.)

2020 is one for the books. It’s a miracle we made it out unscathed and mostly sane. It was a year that made us relook at how we did everything – from going out to eat to visiting an amusement park to picking up milk at the grocery store. In the blink of an eye, the way we’d become accustomed to living had changed. Schools were taught on a computer. Businesses shut down. Travel ceased.

And in the midst of it all, we learned how to live with it. We changed how we did things, and what we expected. Surprisingly, there were some silver linings that came from the “new normal”.

I’d like to celebrate my last post of the month with a list of things that I’d like to continue after the pandemic is over (whenever that may be):

  1. Zero wait times at the doctor. For a variety of reasons, I had to visit multiple doctors, for multiple reasons, in multiple venues this year. The one common denominator: I never had to wait to be seen. Gone were the days of sitting in a waiting room for God knows how long at the mercy of the doctor’s schedule. Instead, I found myself parking my car, calling up to the receptionist, being ushered inside and seen immediately, and back in my car in about 15 minutes flat.
  2. Outdoor dining at restaurants year-round. If you live in a warmer climate, you likely already have this luxury. But us New Englanders, we have a very short season for dining al fresco. And for someone who loves eating outside (but hates being cold!) this is a huge win! Restaurants across the country are suffering right now, and pulling out all the stops so they can continue to stay in business. Climate controlled yurts, greenhouses, heat lamps…anything to keep you toasty warm while dining at your favorite establishment.
  3. The ‘do whatever makes you happy’ mentality. Christmas decorations up in October? Sure! Candy for breakfast just because? Don’t mind if I do. Ignoring your to-do list because you just can’t bring yourself to get up off the couch? You betcha. Do whatever floats your boat without worrying what others think about your watercraft.
  4. Respecting your schedule, and not over booking your life. Don’t get me wrong, I miss doing things. Doing anything, really. But what I don’t miss, is mentally – and physically – over extending myself and our family. This place in the morning, this chore in the afternoon but be home by X time so we can meet up with friends. It was a little exhausting. There’s something to be said about picking one thing to do each day and enjoying the crap out of it.
  5. Having my WFH partner. Back in March, Mr. KK’s company closed down, moving all employees remote. It was an adjustment for me, to have someone home, and for him – to all of a sudden be away from his normal day-to-day and amenities. But as time went on, we both got used to working together. I no longer had to talk to myself; I had another human to chat with! We could bounce ideas off of each other over coffee. Tag team walking the dogs and making lunch. And just get to spend more time together.

There you have: the last post. Thank you all for reading along this month! Cheers to another successful NaBloPoMo!

See you in 2021!

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