I started writing this blog post at the beginning of our lockdown and didn’t get around to finishing so here’s another attempt at completing this 2 months later. So this stay-at-home / quarantine / physical distancing world that we’re living through has reaffirmed something I’d known for some time. I’m a homebody and I love the increased productivity that this WFH / stay-at-home life brought.
Maybe it’s the fact that I’m living in my new condo – one that I thankfully managed to furnish and make comfortable weeks leading up to the closure of all non-essential businesses, so the solitude, “being able to do what I want, when I want”, having just enough furnishing to be comfortable and privilege of not having to deal with a roommate/other humans unless I want to has made this “new normal”, a much more comfortable experience all around.
My Everyday Routine Has Changed for the Better
There’s all that takeout food that I no longer order. Why spend $6 on coffee when you can whip up a dalgona coffee in 4 minutes at home? And it’s got the same texture/mouthfeel as a latte. And let’s be real, you did not live through 2020 if you didn’t make dalgona coffee (or any whipped drink variation) at home.
Grocery shopping has been more of a mindful experience as opposed to an exercise of grabbing what I think I need and then meal plan only to realize I’m missing that 1 ingredient.
Those cans of chickpeas, tomato sauce and extra packets of yeast you forgot you had in your pantry? Did you know you were a decent cook/baker before covid-19?
This extra time has helped me realize how much resources I was wasting before.
I’ve always loved cooking, baking and just experimenting / creating my own version different dishes. Which is why I’m thankful for websites like Taste Toronto Recipes where they’ve posted recipes from popular spots and dishes from various local spots in Toronto so you can make it at home (Mildred’s epic blueberry pancake is on this list and I cannot wait to make it), as well as RecipeTinEats a popular Australian-based food blogger whose recipes always turn out well (ingredients are common and she provides substitution for ingredients/utensils if you don’t have them) and the OpenSource Cookbook Project. I’ve made a running list of my things I successfully baked/made and recipes that I’ll be referring back to again and again!
1. Mindful Shopping (Online, Grocery)
The barrage of newsletter that came in are rarely opened these days; sale at Ever New? Half price summer essentials? No longer do these get opened so at least my wallet is happy. I’ve tried to minimize the amount of online shopping I’m doing; mostly because of the routine that is involved in cleaning the parcel/box/mailer as soon as I step into my condo but living 24/7 at home made me realize how my closet / shoe shelf are so close to bursting from the frivolous shopping. Honestly, one of the better outcomes of this pandemic.
Grocery shopping is no longer a mindless task – now there’s a 30 minute prep ahead of time – checking the least busy hours, planning a list, making sure I’ve got the necessary mask/gloves/hand sanitizer combo.
2. The overly ambitious plan for online earning
Well, there’s no better time than now to spend time learning new skills no matter your age. The stay-at-home life didn’t mean I had extra time – like many, I felt as if I was spending more time working and going on YouTube or EdX after a full 8 work hours wasn’t something I had the energy for. I did go back on the weekends to
I’ve spent most of my time on edX, Khan Academy and devouring the YouTube playlists of publishers such as Vox and France’s paper, Le Monde to be on top of current events but also learn a bit more about history, law, and any other topics that caught my attention. oh! The free/extended library offerings here in Toronto has been good too – those audiobooks are being put to very good use during this time!
3. That Extra Bits I Picked Up
This will sound incredibly silly but I am so glad I picked up a couple of things before the non-essential services / stores were closed in March covid:
- A hand mixer – for all that baking of course!
- Coloured pencil – for working through the colouring books for some relaxing exercise.
- Command strips/photo frames – to put some personal touches through my condo – a project I had been putting off for some time
- Glass food containers – they are so easy to clean, super handy to stack if you get the set, and makes meal-prepping such a breeze! I only have to cook 2-3x per week and reheat things on the go
The pacing of reopening of stores in May was welcomed as I was getting bored with baking; Ikea restarted their curbside pick up and Costco’s summer stock started to make their way in-store. I splurged quite a bit at Ikea as I had been spending a few weeks planning out things I wanted to get and add to my condo.
How are you holding up during this COVID-19 lockdown?