Decorative books and other offenses

I got an ad for decorative books on one of my social media channels. Like, you can buy this bundle of books to zip up your decor. I’ve no idea if there are actual words inside of these books.

Am I the only person who finds this deeply offensive? I do like these colors, though. Would it be okay if I bought them and displayed them and insisted I find them deeply offensive but look how pretty? Would that be okay?

Speaking of pretty, I joined a seaglass appreciation page on Facebook. I’ve been joining a lot of pages on Facebook lately because I’ve been staying in. Harr. Again with that funny joke.

What I enjoy is half the time when you join a group, they make you fill out a questionnaire first, before you can be in their, you know, exclusive club on Facebook. I think the Facebook group (Face)Book of June has those Qs as well, but I can’t remember why. Although sometimes people will say something in there and I think, “You have no idea what Book of June is, so you? Why did you join this group?”

“June, are you married?”

“Haha. That’s funny. Do you like sports, June?”

“June, why don’t you get Edsel a puppy?”

Anyway, the point is, when Facebook groups present me with those hard-hitting questions, I try to offer as ridiculous an answer as possible. “Why do you want to join I Heart ’40s design?” “Because I adore a clean, modern, stark, minimal look.” I mean, if you’re going to insist I answer a question, at least ask a thoughtful one.

How are all y’all all doing, anyway? I’m sort of okay.

The weekend before my surgery (“Did you ever have surgery, JOOON?”) I went to our mall here–it’s one of those outdoor situations where you go into one store then have to go outside again to get to the next shop. I was bustling about, getting comfortable things to convalesce in, finding things to keep myself amused whilst I lay about. At the time, I assumed I’d be out for two weeks and wanted to stock self up accordingly.

Here I am 409 weeks later and I still haven’t colored all my coloring books.

My point is, at one point in all my bustling about at that mall, I got some coffee and sat in my car. It was sort of chilly out, so I drank my coffee there, in front of Old Navy, to perk myself up before I continued shopping.

Did you ever get just a rush of happy for no reason? I got one of those there, in my car, drinking coffee in front of Old Navy. One might suggest it was a rush of caffeine, but I no longer get those. I just drink it to keep from getting sick now, the addiction is so deep.

That was the last time I was in a crowd, in public, without a care in the world other than thinking I was going to have some minor surgery that’d put me out for two weeks. I wasn’t worried about that part at all. That was my last venture out. Who knows when I’ll venture out in a crowd again?

I see on social media people saying they’re getting together with friends or traveling here and there or even just idly shopping and I can’t imagine. I’d be nervous as a cat if I did any of that. And I don’t even have anyone to worry about coming home and giving it to!

The thing I miss most about living in LA is the places I used to go to. I want you to brace yourself, but there was an old movie theater I adored. (“Do you like old things, JOOOOON?”) There was also a long drive I used to take, down Sunset, all the way to this cool restaurant way up in the hills. That’s the stuff I miss. The places. I suppose that makes me unsociable but it’s the truth.

And that’s what I miss now, too. Places. Going to my old movie theater here. Going to the country to get ice cream. The place I get strawberries. Kit’s store.

All my activities involve old things and eating.

Anyway, I hate change. I hate not being able to just go out and pop into Old Navy without spending two weeks afterward monitoring every cough. I’m doing it, because my need to shop does not supersede my desire to not spread illness or take up a hospital bed. But I hate it.

So that’s why I ask. How you doing? What do you miss?

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  1. I miss looking forward to things, mostly things with my kids. I miss looking forward to our family vacation that may not be the same as it has been for years. I miss looking forward to my kids’ soccer games and dance recitals, their school events and activities. I miss knowing that all of those things would continue, mostly unchanged, for years to come. I miss getting to just be their mom and not their homeschool teacher and I miss not feeling like a failure at both. I turned forty during all of this. My husband and I missed our annual anniversary and birthday weekend away. Forty has been a total bitch so far.

    I realized today that I hate with a burning passion the phrase new normal. I know others are suffering much more, so I feel bad complaining, but I alternate between being pissed off at life and trying not to cry all the time. I’m pretty good at putting on a good face most days.

    Thanks, June for blogging. Reading your not blog is still one of the good things right now.

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  2. I miss my mom. She lives in a senior community that is closed–no visitors. I bring her groceries, and stand below her balcony, and we shout over the sound of traffic for a few minutes. She turned 85 in April, and I just want to hug her. I also miss the freedom to go buy a chair–we need a new one, and new patio furniture–we need that too. I have been crazy busy working–zooming–and trying to teach online. It sucks. My summer class is all online. And I just found out my fall classes will be totally online too. I am sick of sitting at my dining room table all day staring into a screen. UGH.

    Lovely post, lovely June.

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  3. I miss having a charity (thrift) shop browse. Having coffee with a local friend. Going to the London zoo. Having freedom to just go and do something when I want.

    But I’m out now, in this day of London cautiously reopening a little bit…and my god. I don’t miss the traffic. Congestion.

    Plus I have to Stay Alert for the virus.

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  4. I miss being able to take my kids places. On weekends, we would get new books from the library, wander around Barnes & Nobel, or go to the Science Center and say hello to all of our favorite animals. I miss childcare. I miss my daughter being happy and plucky. Ever meet a depressed four year old? I have one. I miss 20 percent of my salary. I miss the candy store downtown, which will surely close. I miss alone time. I miss talking about literally anything else besides a damn pandemic.

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  5. I miss church, especially our small group, which is like my family. We do Zoom meetings, which I hate. I miss grocery shopping when I want to shop rather than the early shopping hours. I miss not rushing through the store and fully stocked shelves. I miss having an uncovered face when I go out. I miss eating inside at our local deli. On a positive note, we have enjoyed working in the yard and getting our garden planted. We already have tiny bell peppers and cherry tomatoes. I can hardly wait to have fresh squash and green beans.
    Tee
    Tee

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  6. I was going to list some things I miss but I found out an elderly friend of mine has to have emergency surgery today and is in hospital alone. Now, the things I miss don’t seem so bad. She and her husband have only been apart overnight a few times in the span of their long married life so they are distraught. They said not being able to be together in the hospital is “inhumane.” Our friends would normally provide a circle of friendship for her and her husband but we can’t do that our normal way and will have to be creative to support them. I knew families were experiencing this but now it has hit home in a personal way for me and I completely understand it is heartbreaking. And, I cannot even imagine a person dying without family and the family not being able to be with a dying loved one. This “pandemic” sucks.

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  7. I miss people, touching & hugging my friends and my parents. We are in the 9th month of our empty nest and our college freshman stayed in Montana (very rural, sheltering with 4 others, very low Rona numbers – their state began opening back up slowly last week). I miss my boy…Mothers Day without him was terribly sad. But it’s just not safe for him to come back to California now……and who knows when he will be able to.
    But other than that, I secretly love this forced safe at home time…..it’s perfect timing for us really, as the last year of high school parenting was a tornado of activities and fun and it literally exhausted us (he’s my only and I was that mom). Well worth every moment and the amazing memories, but this slow down is just right. Cooking meals, baking like a 50’s housewife, getting little projects and clean ups done here and there, planting a big garden, remembering why we like each other after 26+ years, organizing random drawers and shelves, filling the garbage can & donation bags with purged junk, not getting out of jammie pants for days makes me happy. I work from home for a large medical company, so we’re very lucky to not be financially impacted by this and hubby is essential (he delivers hay to dairies, ranches, feed stores). I leave the house about every 10 days for a 6am grocery store run, no one in the aisles except the stocking crew and I’m marinated in Clorox wipes and masked up. It’s not all sunshine & happy, about two days a week I’m so tired (even after hours of sleep) and just can barely put one foot in front of another, swimming thru a fog of zero energy. I’m constantly worried that we’re going to get the virus, but try to concentrate on the quiet little bubble we’ve created at home. Sigh. Thanks for sharing everyone, I love this group so much. I hate Zoom, but I’d love to hear all the voices.

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  8. I gathered a few books together for a display in my coffee table. They weren’t color coordinated, but they shared a theme. A book about beach glass. A book of poems about the beach. Anne Morrow Lindburgs “ “Gifts from the Sea” probably another I can’t recall. It was a cute idea, except I decided I liked a plant there instead. I made your post all about me.

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  9. I miss my workout classes. I miss having my kids leave the house and go places, so I guess that means I miss the occasional peace and quiet. It wasn’t often.

    I have one college guy who is really struggling with some stuff and he is very disruptive to the family. Just identified a new therapist. Hoping he agrees to go because this bites. His other therapist was all ‘this will get better when he moves out cause you guys do better with space’ – like what the heck? He struggles with teammates at college, friendships, roommates, etc. Dude this is not just an issue with him living with us. I will NOT miss rushing around to all of the kids’ activities each night when activities and sports and Irish dancing is allowed again. I seriously wonder right now, what if I cannot do it again? That craziness?

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  10. I never, ever thought I’d say this, but I miss my exercise class. Walking just doesn’t work the same muscles and I feel my belly growing daily. After losing 25 pounds since last summer, I am struggling to keep from gaining.

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  11. I missed March Madness.
    I miss being able to get help getting the house ready for showing June 1. I miss being able to get help doing a lot of things from carrying boxes to moving furniture to washing windows inside to mopping floors. Distinguished is pretty disabled these days so it’s all me all the time. Cooking every night except 2 when we risked take-out which made us nervous is getting to be a drag.
    I like not having a bunch of stuff on my calendar that I do not look forward to doing. I can stay home and be quiet without feeling guilty.
    I like having phone or video Dr. appointments because it’s 10 and done. No driving or parking ramps or waiting rooms.
    Why does every damn group of 3 people think we have to Zoom? I do not like Zoom. Conversation is not intimate or natural. It makes me feel yucky.

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  12. I miss loitering in the grocery store finding inspiration for dinner. I miss having the house to myself during the day. I miss spontaneously inviting friends over for dinner. I’m sad at our summer plans cancelled. I’m depressed at not knowing when I will be able to get back to Europe to visit my family and friends. I love my home, but I love coming back to it – and right now, that doesn’t happen very often…

    On another note, I too despise the idea of decorative books – I had read somewhere that it was a longstanding tradition, but maybe not according to this article: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/never-bought-by-the-yard-english-country-house-library-mark-purcell. A couple of years, this friend who sells vintage decor on Instagram featured a pile of blue covers very like your example – I thought one of the titles looked promising, so found it at the library and started a year-long reading of an early history of Canada in 3 volumes (The White and the Gold being that first volume, if anyone’s curious)… She hasn’t wanted to sell me that first volume (she likes the colour too much!), but I got hold of the other two on Abebooks… All that to say, some good can come of such displays!

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  13. I miss getting iced coffee when I am out running errands and I miss not feeling like cooking and going out to dinner. We haven’t done much take out and places have different hours so it is tough and makes me anxious thinking I might have to run into the place to get it. And I miss seeing my father and step-mom, brother and his family, brother-in-law, etc.

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  14. Hurrying to comment and then read all the others so I won’t forget what I was going to say. I too, miss going places. Earlier I was just wishing I could go browse through Steinmart. I don’t need a damn thing, but I would dearly love to just browse and peruse. But I am also extremely nervous about getting back to normal too soon and then there is a resurgence of this virus and we are stuck in for even longer because we just couldn’t wait. I don’t want to be the cause of a relapse. I have also been sick with a cough and sinus infection for 5 years and 1 month so I feel my lungs are not in good shape to begin with, so I will mask up for the foreseeable future.

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  15. After being shut in for 6 weeks my 77 year old husband who still works said screw it and retired. I am 67 and have been retired. We haven’t killed each other yet so that answers a question that I had wondered about for awhile. If we would kill each other being together 24/7. We have got a full garden in and watched non stop movies and YouTube. Lots of eating and cooking. After shopping grocery pick up for weeks and them telling me they were out of everything I wanted, I finally broke down and put on my mask and went in. They were lying. They had everything they said they didn’t. Only thing I have really missed is going out and eating. I love my Mexican food and fast food is not the same. So, that is my story as boring as it is.

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  16. I miss going out to eat, hate thinking of what to cook and then cleaning up. Had a whole Canada trip planned for the summer too, canceled. I am thankful I still have a job and can work at home, very thankful for that. And I’m getting a lot of gardening done, and saving on commuting costs.

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    1. Why am I not saving money? I’m not getting my hair or my nails or my Botox done and yet I’m the same level of broke two days before payday as I ever am. WHY.

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  17. This has been a mixed bag for me. I kind of miss going to work, I love not having to wear a bra all day, and love the drive up delivery at Target. Why haven’t I used this before now? I don’t like wearing a mask but I do it. I did not like the waiting to find out if my daughter had this stupid virus- she didn’t thank God. I don’t like Zoom meetings either. Oh, I hoping the swimming pool opens this summer.

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  18. I ordered stretchy waist shorts online from Belk and chose pick up at store. I thought they weren’t open and it was just pick up only. I was wrong. The store was open! I just wandered for like an hour. I miss shopping. I had to call my best shopping buddy and tell her they were open and practically giving stuff away! 70% off!

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  19. I forgot to mention that I like the pretty books and they remind me of your color-coded bookshelves in your house, fmr.

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  20. Generally I miss the same small things as everyone else. We had a long trip to Ireland and England for the summer, cancelled of course and that sucks. I’ve also missed getting spring vegetables and herbs planted in my garden. I think it might be too late to get things in the ground now.
    I can tell you what I don’t miss – errands and grocery shopping! Curbside pickup is my new BFF. I may never set foot in a grocery store again!! I didn’t really realize how much errandy running around I did. It’s exhausting and time consuming and I don’t miss that a bit. We haven’t really been anywhere in 2 months, so it’s weird and a little anxiety inducing to think about re-emerging and going public places. You know, SOMEDAY.

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  21. I have now typed and backspaced over four responses. What is wrong with me? I am giving up.

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  22. I miss Saturdays … almost every Saturday we’d go to the farmers market, then to lunch and maybe to a brewery. I miss our favorite bartenders and hanging out with our friends. And sports, heavens, I miss sports!

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    1. Oh my God, I miss sports SO BAD. Hockey and motorcycle racing and Formula 1. If college football doesn’t start in the fall, I’m going to be REALLY bummed.

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    2. Oh I am missing my Braves baseball something awful. I did watch the week they showed the 1995 World Series win and enjoyed seeing the old team mates. If no college football this year I don’t know what the state of Alabama will do with itself!

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  23. I miss visiting my mother and siblings. Even if I could visit Mom with social distancing, there is NO WAY I could drive over six hours without having to pee and, at this point, I’m afraid of public restrooms. Are there 6-hour old lady diapers?

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  24. I wasn’t going to comment (as usual), but after reading all your comments I’m going to chime in. I am about as non-essential as you can be plus I’m retired. I’m feeling melancholic *spell check says that is a word* because I’m missing my version of what you folks are describing. I had major surgery late last summer and had to lay low to recuperate. Legally I couldn’t drive until February and my drivers license expired last November, plus I no longer had a car. In February I renewed my drivers license and bought a older car. I was set for impromptu excursions when spring weather arrived. But the virus came first. So I’m still stuck in my home. I miss my grandkids in California! Their dad (my son) says NO to the idea of me coming. Plus the really hard part is that my daughter-in-law died last week after a long hard battle with cancer. There will be a Zoom funeral service but I want to be THERE! This sucks!!!!

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    1. That super sucks. My condolences. I have a huge family and funerals are opportunities to be with everyone to be sad together but also talk-talk-talk. A Zoom funeral is just not the same.

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    2. Arlene, I am so sorry. My heart is broken for those grands that lost their mom.
      Tee

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  25. My daughter and son-in-law are staying with us as their house was for sale(sold now.) We have the twins who live with us. My husband and healthy daughter normally travel all over the globe. They’ve been teaching from home. Son-in-law working from home. Normally, I have lots of time with just the twins. It chaos now. I wash tons of dishes and we drink incredible amounts of coffee. And someone is always on Zoom (classes from South Korea, Spain, Nepal and Kenya right now.) I shelter in my room. I’ve read so many books.

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    1. Ennui is the word I think about daily because I’ve been living it daily. Just can’t get anything done. Well, except for reading, working puzzles, and scrolling Facebook and Instagram.

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  26. I am retired so don’t have the work from home issue. I am also mostly a homebody so this has not been so awful for me. I do have some friends I enjoy having occasional lunches, dinners, or drinks with and I miss that. I had just started learning to play pickleball and I miss that and fear I’ve lost what progress I had made. My husband and I very much enjoy spontaneously going to a bar for a martini or going out to dinner. Boy, we hate not having that fun!
    The biggest thing that bothers me is that I have a very dear elderly friend who is having emergency surgery today. She and her husband have rarely spent the night apart so both of them think not being able to see each other at the hospital is “inhumane.” My heart breaks for them. And, normally, we would all be in a friendship circle to support her and her husband, but we cannot do a thing. And, there are many families who are experiencing this and even the loss of a loved one without being with them. That is just so sad.
    On a positive note, Even though I’m retired and have lots of discretionary time, I was a bit lazy about projects. For some reason, this shelter-in-place rule has spurred me to have a really clean house and get some projects done, so that is my silver lining.
    It is very interesting to me to see everyone’s thoughts on this. Thank you, June, for posing the question. And, thank you for your daily writings. They are a bright spot.

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  27. I miss singing on our church team and in my community choir, both of which are, of course, not meeting in person right now and who knows when it will be safe to sing in groups again. I miss going to a movie theatre and going out to eat. But otherwise I’m introverted enough to be okay staying home most of the time, and since I work from home it’s basically business as usual (only now, with more people in the house). I like decorative antique books, but only if they are something I would actually enjoy reading someday. If the cover is the right color for my house, it’s old AND the topic/genre fits my interests, then I enjoy having it on the shelf, even if I never do anything but thumb through it once.

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  28. I miss just thinking my thoughts without having to constantly correct myself. I didn’t realize how often I will idly think “Oh, I haven’t been to the art museum in ages, that would be fun this weekend” – and then generally just forget it. But now, I have to remind myself that I can’t go to the art museum, that it’s closed, and that when it opens it will be a weird distant experience for everyone. Then half an hour later “I haven’t been to the movie theater in ages, I wonder what’s playing this weekend?” and I start all over.

    BeeBelle

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  29. I miss seeing friends and having a routine where I go to a different client’s office twice a week. I’m visiting with neighbors at a distance, which is nice. And my closest neighbors are planning a big circle visit when it warms up. I’m on zoom meetings four times a week, which actually helps me feel that I’m interacting. I miss jumping in the car and exploring a new place nearby, or walking around the Sonoma square, which has cool shops when they’re open. I do take a drive when I need to get out of the house, but shopping is exhausting anymore. Patiently waiting for someone to move away from the shelf I need to get to makes the trip so much longer, not to mention waiting in line outside to get in. I’ll miss seeing my family this summer.

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  30. I don’t know how I forgot about this: I miss going out for breakfast. My husband (and business partner) and I would go out for breakfast every Saturday or Sunday and these breakfasts were like weekly team meetings. And I miss those meetings. It’s just not the same having them in my office without Eggs Benedict and hash browns made by someone else.

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  31. I will be missing my grandsons again this summer. They come out and spend a few weeks each summer.
    Last year I was dealing with breast cancer and now this year the “pandamnit “…….
    Frog catching and making s’mores on zoom doesn’t cut it.

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  32. I’ve generally been ok and the only thing I’ve missed is silence or at least relative quiet (husband teaching from home, two kids, two dogs and three cats = effing noise all the effing time), but today I am struggling. I feel like I’m moving through water in slow motion and can barely keep my eyes open even though I got a solid 11 hours of sleep. I feel like I’m failing at this pandemic by not being more productive/getting into shape/doing meaningful activities with my family/painting that room/rearranging that pantry/organizing that linen closet, blah, blah, blah. I just want to go take a nap and curl up with the new dog, but because I work in communications and marketing for a health care system, we’ve been busier than hell.

    All that nattering on to say, was OK until today, when apparently everything hit me. Bleh.

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    1. I read somewhere that we’re on the first two tiers of Maslow’s hierarchy, so we can’t do much more than, you know, try to survive.

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    2. I think surviving is a lot. I think you are doing a lot without the luxury of not having to work right now. Don’t let that cloud over you take away from any of your accomplishments during this.

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      1. I miss seeing people. I am an introvert, but I must be an extroverted one. I can’t see any reason to recharge alone…what for, more alone?

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  33. I miss my friends. I miss having a fountain Diet Coke. I miss being able to feel like I could call someone back if I didn’t feel like talking right as they called. Now I feel like I have to answer because I worry that they are not okay on the other end. I miss Zoom call-free days. I hate Zoom. I hate video calls. I hate that this pandemic has forced us all to feel like we have to connect at every moment of every day because things are weird and we are worried and bored and full of anxiety.

    I feel very thankful that you write every day. Even if you have nothing to say (as if), it still feels nice to be on the fringe of people. Just not a Zoom call with them.

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  34. Normally I start bitching about two weeks ahead about hosting the kids and grandkids for Easter. It’s so much work and I have to clean my house. I missed it so bad this year. Now I can look forward to missing my Memorial day cookout which I also host. I thought I would love the break since if I don’t host nothing happens. And could I say host more. I kind of surprised myself with how much I missed it. Other than that I’m mostly a hermit so it’s not so bad.

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  35. I don’t have any friends that I see all the time, so I am good there. I’m an introvert who doesn’t go out much so I’m also good there. But I missed eating out on a whim. Our county is now open with restaurants at 50% capacity and it was nice to eat IN a restaurant last week. We were the only ones there – everyone else was picking up take-out. Today I got my hair cut and on Thursday I see my dentist to get a cavity fixed after waiting 3 months. We have things we want to buy for our new home, but nothing we need right away, so I’m not really willing to venture into retail just to look at things. I miss being able to hop in the car and just look around stores. I wear a mask and sanitize my hands afterwards when going anywhere – grocery store, Walmart, etc.

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  36. I am actually enjoying staying at home. I must admit though that I do walk to my sisters for a cuppa once or twice a week. One thing that really upsets me though is hearing about people who I love having to have the COVID-19 test then the stress of waiting for the results. So far all the tests have come back negative. I sure am looking forward to the pubs opening up again so we can go and have a pub meal and a beer. It’s the little things in life I miss the most.

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    1. Yeah, it is awful to not be able to go out for a quick bite when I don’t feel like cooking. But I’m better about cooking. Although the dirty dishes… I don’t want to talk about the pile in the sink, kthxbai. I also don’t understand how, when we’re only wearing PJs and loungewear, it feels like we’re somehow generating more laundry.

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  37. Back in the olden days of early March 2020, I’d grouch when I had to go anywhere. I loved the days when I could just stay home. I’d always be happy to actually be wherever I had to go, but it was the stopping what I was doing to get ready that made me grumpy. So I miss having to go places.

    And I miss my in-person friends. And church. And hugs or the touch of another’s hand. And seeing entire faces. And carefree travel, including the June cruise to Alaska and the September trip to Illinois to see my brother and friends and attend my 55th high school reunion. I may never fly again, see Paris and Florence again, or see Alaska.

    The last time you do something you usually don’t know it’s the last time. Would knowing that fact change the way we experience that thing? I don’t know.

    All those “I’ll get to it whenever I get the time” projects? I’ve learned that I don’t lack time. I lack discipline. Am I alone in that respect, or are you the same?

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    1. Elsie, you are not alone. I was a major procrastinator before, now I am 1000 times worse. It’s really a total waste of good time!

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    2. No, you are not alone. I have to pretend we are having company to muster enough discipline to clean my house.

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  38. Surprisingly, I do not miss popping into Target any time I get bored. I thought I would but what helped was that my Target has been undergoing a complete remodel for a few months now and it’s just not fun to go in there now. So I guess I’m saving a lot of money because of this.

    What I DID miss, really miss, was taking my dogs to my local park. As soon as the lockdown went into place, all parks were closed to cars. You could still walk or bike in but not drive. So the nearest place to park was 1/2 mile from the gates and I tried it 2 times but by the time we got to the gates, my dogs were pretty much done. But my park reopened to cars yesterday and I loaded up my dogs in the car and screamed to the park and pretty much got down on my hands and knees and kissed the ground.

    But other than that, my life really hasn’t been disrupted too much. I get dressed like normal, meaning no sweats or pajamas, and go about my business. I even put on shoes, even if I don’t leave the house. I go for walks, talk to my neighbors, shop for groceries just like before, only I always wear a mask and wash the hell out of my hands and I use common sense.

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    1. They recently re-did my Target and now it sucks. So, I don’t miss going there at all. But I sure do miss going to my old Target, fmr. that no longer exists.

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  39. I think we all miss not being able to just – do things! I wanted to pop into the grocery to pick up a little cake for my son’s birthday when I was in Phoenix Sunday – I didn’t because there were a hundred cars waiting in line and then more standing at the door. I knew it would take an hour – not 10 minutes. It made me sad. But I am not really keen on going out shopping either… so I stay home! phooey

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  40. My kids and Grandkids along with husband and I go to same place in Florida every Memorial day week. My daughter-in-law was so excited because we would be at the beach for her 40th birthday and her son’s birthday too. Canceled. We are all upset about this. Different health problems make it too dangerous . Also we don’t know when it will be safe. I’m retired so I miss seeing my grandchildren and my lunches with friends. I haven’t been out and about except doctor appointments and sitting in the grocery pickup line.
    Buy the books! They are adorable and I love the colors. Who cares if they have words inside or not. You have a computer for that!

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  41. I miss being able to do pretty much what you described right before your surgery. I miss being able to run out on random errands for a couple hours, looking for the exact thing I need, maybe not buying anything, and ending up back home without feeling like I’ve done it wrong and put myself and my husband in danger.

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  42. Odd but I miss my coworkers. I’m 100% antisocial and can go an entire weekend without talking to a human being but not talking face-to-face with coworkers (that I wouldn’t even label as friends) SUCKS! I’m sneaking into Zoom meetings that I’m not required to attend just so can irritate my co-workers through my computer screen. This is how I’m amusing myself during my ninth week working from home.
    I work at a California community college. Rumor is that staff are returning to campus June 1 or maybe July 1 or maybe August 1 or maybe January 2021. I want the administration to just make a decision. Gotta go prepare for a 10am Zoom staff meeting. Happy Face Emoji!

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    1. When I talked to my LA friend, Alicia, she kept insisting stuff was happening just there and it drove me berserk. “The whole state is on lockdown, mija.” No, the whole country is. “No one is going ANYWHERE.” Yes. I … know.

      This has nothing to do with your comment except it was reminded of California.

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  43. Something is wrong with me-I don’t *really* miss the outside world. Except for the terror of dying from a ghastly respiratory illness and feeling great sadness for those suffering, I like my quarantine.

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  44. We live by a beach community that is a huge tourist magnet and they let people drive on the beach and do crazy ORV stuff. If I want to breathe, I have to keep the windows closed because of campfire smoke. Spring through fall weekends we listen to sirens (meat wagons) going to pick injured/dead weekend warriors from the dunes. So as much as I miss my little weekend job, and doing my lighthouse tours, I am loving the tranquility when we would usually be overrun by the lovely tourists. Which makes me a poop, but I will own it. We have done driveway visits and hikes but the need to get home and pee is real when you are in your 60’s and there are no bathrooms open!

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    1. Two people have peed in my yard since this quarantine. Four animals do all the time. Mostly I have a pee yard, I guess.

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  45. I miss a few people that I would regularly see. I don’t go out much anyway, other than to work, but I miss the ability to do so without feeling panicky. My first grandchild is due on June 2 and they live across the country. When will I be able to go there without worrying about pandemics? Other than that I’m happy as a clam. Insert disgruntled face emoji.

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  46. I miss knowing that I’ll see my family in July. This is the time of the year that I get excited about going home, and I usually make plans to see friends, plan my nieces birthday party and just generally look forward to being home.
    It’ll be next year July before I get to go again and it sucks.

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    1. Yeah. My father and I were gonna go to Colorado in July to celebrate my Aunt Mary’s 70th birthday. Longtime readers might recall us doing that for her 60th, so we were looking forward to repeating the trip. Not so much.

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  47. i may take heat for this, and if I am doing it wrong and making us all have to sit at home again for effing ever, someone please tell me nicely. But, I have some really good co-worker friends, some of whom who live alone and therefore have no human interaction and we’ve started doing driveway HHs…. we each bring our own chairs and drinks and food, and sit six feet apart. And talk, and laugh for a few hours. And then go home quickly, bc ….. have to pee. Are we bad? Are we doing it wrong? Bc man, I miss … people. IRL, not on a screen.

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