News at Home: Why toilet paper?
So this COVID situation is madness. Of course, it makes sense to take precautions, but what’s the deal with the toilet paper y’all?! I swear, there’s some marketing genius over at Charmin or Scott who got this run on toilet paper started. I mean, toilet paper was invented in 1857 (I just googled it). That means that for the majority of human history they did not have toilet paper. And, frankly, water is healthier and better for the environment… that’s why many foreign countries (and wealthy) have made the switch to bidets. So this run on toilet paper is just ridiculous.
Toilet paper aside, I really look forward to the time where we can say this is all behind us. My husband is so terrified and won’t listen to reason. To ease his fears, I was one of the masses out on Friday buying necessities to last us (specifically Dante) for weeks if things shut down. And I ordered everything for pickup, so I wouldn’t have to go inside much. But I had to go into a couple stores because yeah, no one had toilet paper! I managed to snag 8 rolls, which should last us a few weeks. But good lord, how ridiculous is it that I couldn’t get toilet paper and there was plenty of soap? Are people even paying attention?
Do we need to be careful? Of course. Does it make sense to avoid large gatherings? Yes. Please, wash your hands and cover your mouth when you sneeze/cough (and not just for COVID, but all the time). But my husband acts like we should never leave the house again. He doesn’t hear me when I tell him that babies are very low-risk statistically. And he doesn’t understand why I’m willing to take Dante to daycare still. I have to work – and while my job may be moving me to work from home next week (I hope not, BTW. I don’t encounter many people at my job and I don’t do well feeling trapped at home), I cannot get work done while watching Dante. It is pretty fascinating to work at a research hospital, where I’m in frequent communication with some of the most prominent epidemiologists in the US, though. And I guess I feel pretty confident, because I’m getting twice daily updates on the situation from a world-class hospital (my job).
All this is hitting at the worst time for me emotionally (not that there’s a GOOD time). But I have suddenly been hit with a pretty real case of Post Partum Depression. I just really got hit with the how overwhelming the past year has been – moved 2 times, pregnancy, giving birth, new job, raising an infant – and I haven’t really felt like I’ve had a true break in 6 months. So I’m exhausted and it’s just hard. I love Dante so much and feel terribly guilty for feeling this way, which is why I have a therapy appointment tomorrow (now converted to a FaceTime appointment thanks to COVID). I know I’ll be okay, but the stress of COVID and potentially being trapped at home really is bad timing. I enjoy my commute. I like working. Work is a break for me and sometimes I wish I could go over the weekend.
Anyway, all that to say, I’m so over COVID and 2020. Let’s get this shit over with! Stay healthy, stay safe, stay calm.
I’ve been working a lot these past couple weeks as we have a grant application due at the end of the month and the project manager has been out for 3 weeks. This week I sort of became interim project manger. So by noon Friday I had 40 hours… as in, I skipped a lot of lunch breaks. We’ll see how things go this week, between COVID (and potentially working from home) and lunch time nutrionist and therapy appointments, I may not make it on the blog much. I’m hoping life will get back to normal in April (at least from a work/blog perspective. I doubt COVID will be over, unfortunately.
Last Week on the Blog
- [9 Mar] Tell Me Something Tuesday: Do You Enjoy Anthologies?
- [10 Mar] Monthly Book Report ~ Month 2 of Year 2020 ~ I’ve been MIA but the month was good.
- [11 Mar] Waiting on Wednesday ~ Next in Series and The last Book
- [14 Mar] #MyTBRL ~ My Spooky Book Winner is, I can’t wait to read it!
- [15 Mar] Sunday Post with Berls | Why toilet paper?!