Today marks seventy-four days since my lock down began.
For seventy-three of those days, I haven't worn any jewelry. I don't know why - there was no conscious thought behind it. I just didn't.
This morning as I was getting dressed to head into the office (I've been going in for a couple hours on the weekends to get things done that I can't do from here), I reached for my watch, rings, and earrings. I even spritzed on some perfume - another thing I haven't done for seventy-three days.
It felt normal-ish.
Although my ears, it appears, seemed to think those very light hoops weighed a ton. Eventually though I forgot I had them on - again, normal-ish. Until about ten minutes ago, when my ears began to rebel and began to itch - so I just removed them.
I guess my ears just need to get used to the earrings again.
I can't remember when I gave up on the contacts though. But it's been a long while now since I've put them in and am wondering if I will ever wear them on a daily basis again. I guess we shall see...so to speak.
I do remember WHY I gave up the contacts though. I ordered a counted cross stitch kit. Yes, I am teaching myself how to cross stitch. You'd be surprised at how much time it can kill when you get on a roll. I had to take the contacts out in order to see what I was doing. So I found it easier to skip the contacts, wear my glasses all day and just take them off when I'm doing the cross stitch.
The first two projects (neither of which I plan to keep) came out okay. I'm on my fourth project (the third had to be set aside for a bit because I screwed it up SO royally that I had to remove all the stitches - I figure that was a very ambitious project so the fourth project will hopefully teach me enough to go back and re-start/finish it...eventually - if I don't get bored with this activity first).
I ordered lunch from our local Mexican restaurant today for curbside pickup. As I waited, I noticed there was a large sign on the door stating that only 80 patrons could be inside at any given time. And as I waited, I watched several people walk up and go in - all without protection and all without giving it a second thought.
I wonder if it will ever feel normal to go out for lunch again?
Actually, a co-worker called me yesterday to see if I wanted to meet for lunch. I explained I was still staying in - but I will admit I was tempted for half a second. And I'm praying that she is being safe while out and about.
Technically, I had a dentist appointment last Wednesday - one that had been re-scheduled twice during lock down - and I called and re-scheduled it for August because, even though I know they are taking precautions, I just didn't feel comfortable about going.
I wonder if it will ever feel normal to go to the dentist again?
Heading into a grocery store or a drug store when absolutely necessary garbed up with the mask makes me jittery. Seeing all the unmasked and unconcerned (seemingly) masses really ups the jitters.
Will it ever feel normal to walk into a store - unmasked - again?
Really though, what I wonder about the most is whether or not I will ever feel comfortable about going out, for no real reason, again?