We will remember the big inconveniences, the tragedies, the headlines. Will we remember the little inconveniences? The passing thoughts? The setbacks that made life irksome?
How’s that for a justification to whinge about minor things?
Let the whining begin!
1) Not stopping for a snack while driving. This is the one that started my list. Every time we get in the car for an essential trip, I think to myself, ‘Hey, I can pick up a candy bar at … no, I can’t.”
1b) Related to the above. Not popping into the convenience store for that candy bar when we get stop for gas.
1c) No stopping on the way home. No combining errands. Go and come directly home. Every new stop risks cross-contamination. I read this advice somewhere. Apologies for not remembering where. Dunno about you, but I have read so many, many articles with advice and best practices and risk assessment and on and on and on.
I confess that both of us go out when an errand needs to be run. Only one of us goes into the store. The other one goes along for the ride. Yes, just like the dog.
2) Panic when someone calls instead of texts. That moment when you see a family member’s name on your screen. This was true before, even more so now.
3) Toilet paper. Really? Still?
4) Is this worth using up a mask for?
5) Arranging my liquid intake before trips to avoid using public toilets. Research is coming out that less ventilated spaces are not good, restrooms even more so. “Treat public bathrooms with extra caution (surface and air), until we know more about the risk.” The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them, Dr. Erin Bromage, May 6 2020. Excellent article in general. “… reopening. It’s going to happen if I like it or not, so my goal here is to try to guide you away from situations of high risk.”
6) Internet. Wishing for more, better, faster. The joy of living in the country.
7) Spontaneity. Not that I had much before. At least we had the option.
8) Restraining myself from looking with judgment on people who do/do not wear masks or on businesses that are/are not open. It’s a pandemic, not a purity test.
9) Sending work-related emails when I do not know the situation of the recipient. Are they WFH and bored? Are they out of work and frantic? Are they living with a frontline worker and stressed? How should I phrase this? What if I say something stupid & look like a goof? Or worse, unprofessional? Amusingly goofy I could handle. People who are laughing are people who are willing to talk. But I digress.
10) Chewing on one side of my mouth. Have a touchy tooth that needs to be looked at but – fortunately – is not critical enough to meet the emergency protocol requirements. Worrying that the wrong chomp will trip said protocols.
What are your minor irritations? Here are a few from Bel Joeor: Share your absolute most petty complaints. The shared griping continues in the comments.
Update. Found the article. “Dr. Leana Wen … She suggests you choose one of these nonessential places to visit, then avoid the rest to limit your exposures to other people … The more public places you visit, the higher your likelihood of becoming infected or infecting others.” CNN: Read this before you venture out in public By Scottie Andrew, May 1, 2020
Stay safe. Stay sane.