There are so many things I miss right now. My son and my siblings who live in Connecticut, traveling, and eating in restaurants to name just a few. There are other things that I don’t miss like my 45-minute commute. But after reading A Zoom Life of Lazy Luxury, I started to think about what I’ll miss after the pandemic is over.
My Short Commute
I love the extra time it puts into my day–almost 2 hours. It’s crazy to think that a 6-mile drive would take 30 to 45 minutes, but it does in Orlando. I could lessen it if I wanted to pay three dollars in tolls each day, but I’d only reduce it by about 5 minutes. Not worth it.
Crazy time, especially considering that for 25 years I used to commute only 5 to 15 minutes to work. And that 15-minute drive was when I lived in a different town. I both live and work in Orlando. When I first moved here my friend Jess told me to get used to the fact that everything was a 45-minute drive. She didn’t lie.
The almost 2 hours of extra time each day allowed me to take up crocheting. I’m not great at it, but I’m getting better, especially since I keep making the same thing over and over again: scarves and flowers. We’ll see where it goes from here, but it’s something that I wouldn’t have started without the extra time.
Shopping in Empty Stores
Except for now with the crazy Christmas shopping people appear to be doing, whenever I went to a store, it’s been near empty. And except for a couple of a-holes, everyone has been masked up. (And please, don’t try to tell me that people without masks probably had asthma or other breathing issues and couldn’t walk and stay masked at the same time. If they had real breathing problems, they wouldn’t even be out during this pandemic.)
I hate shopping in crowded stores so this has been a big hit for me. I even got to enjoy a day in Disney Springs that was relatively crowd-free. So nice. The key is to go on a weekday, not on the weekends…so yes, I took a vacation day for it.
All Day with my Husband
I will miss spending all day with my husband. Maybe some don’t like spending all day, every day with their spouses, but we love it. When we first got together, we were living in a 2 bedroom condo with my son. Then we moved in with my mother. When we moved to Florida we were by ourselves, but we had jobs that worked opposite hours. So we rarely saw each other except for 2 hours a day and maybe one day on the weekend if we were lucky.
Then the pandemic hit and my husband, who was a banquet chef, was laid off and my company sent their employees home to work. So there we were, alone in the house together for hours on end for the first time since we’ve been married. And we loved it.
We chat, he makes me my lunch each day, and we even get to go to sleep at the same time each day. Bliss.
Sure, it was a little tight financially, especially considering Florida’s erratic unemployment system but it was so satisfying for us on an emotional level. Sadly, next week, all of that ends when Chris starts his new job as a Sous Chef at an assisted living facility. It’s the perfect job for him, but the commute will be long. And I’ll be working from home alone—without my personal chef to make lunch for me. 🙁
How about you? What will you miss when this is all over? And for the record, as soon as I can get the vaccine, I’ll be there with bells on!