Monday, June 15, 2020

List Day: COVID-19 Cause and Effect

  • We used to use paper towels for everything...
    It became undesirable to shop at Costco for a couple months...
    Our paper towel supply ran low...
    We were forced to purchase name-brand paper towels in the grocery store whenever they weren't sold out...
    We found that these paper towels don't have the option to tear at 1/2 size so they're overkill for double duty as napkins...
    We bought napkins so we don't waste full-size paper towels...
    We bought weighted napkin trays so they don't blow away on our screen porch...
    We are now a napkin family.

  • I used to get enormous, fresh-baked bagels for breakfast at Safeway twice a week...
    During the early days of quarantine, Safeway was regularly out of stock on everything...
    I started shopping at the slightly-further Giant...
    Giant only sells tiny bagels in bags of 6 (2 of which will go moldy or get too hard to eat)...
    I am now hungry for lunch at 10:45 AM rather than 12:00 PM and snack more frequently throughout the day.

  • Our house used to be quiet in the mornings...
    Rebecca installed a birdfeeder in the backyard as a new activity to spice up endless toddler mornings...
    We now have all sorts of squirrels, grackles, catbirds, blue jays, cardinals, robins, and downy woodpeckers hanging out in our yard...
    A downy woodpecker taps on our drainpipe right outside Maia's window in the morning between 6 and 7:30 AM...
    I now stick my head out the window every morning between 6 and 7:30 AM like the caricature of an angry old man, waving the woodpecker away so Maia remains sleeping.

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