Is the Pandemic Over?
I wonder if the pandemic is over. Most people don’t wear masks anymore around here. I am one of the few people who still wear it as much as we can, just to be on the cautious side. But I guess the effect is rather negligible. Masks are only effective when everybody wears it–that’s at least my understanding of the situation.
Whether it is over or not, the pandemic has changed our life in many ways. The inflation is the biggest change. Just when we think the worst health crisis is about to be over, the inflation comes so quickly and so forcefully. I guess none of us is entirely surprised, but I thought there would be a mild upward trend. How could I know it would come down on us with a vengeance?
Yesterday, I saw a gas station with $4.55 price posted conspicuously on northbound Route 1 and there was a long queue that blocked at least one lane of traffic. All the other gas stations posted $4.80 or higher. And the strange thing was with such a price hike on gas, several gas stations went out of business around here. How come? I thought gas stations had been making a lot of money right now, but obviously I was wrong.
Still, we have to cheer ourselves up in these trying times. So I will think of some good things that happened in the past two years:
Reorganized My Home
Following Marie Kondo’s Netflix Videos, I reorganized everything according to her suggestion. In particularly, I started to fold laundry using her method. It’s not a difficult way. I think the essence is that each item, after being folded up, can stand up on its own. And items don’t pile on top of each other. This will make the drawers and wardrobes look more organized and each item is easy to be retrieved.
Set Up A Step Platform
I set up a step platform at a corner and do step exercise regularly, although consistency or persistence is still an issue. I only regret that I didn’t buy a bigger one when the price was low. Now with the inflation and everything, I don’t think I will buy a bigger one. The one I have is a little small in my opinion.
Revisited Books I Didn’t Like Before
I read “Foreign Affairs” by Alison Lurie and “Potnoy’s Complaint” by Phillip Roth about ten years ago, but I liked neither and had to give up reading halfway through. However I recently I revisited the books I didn’t finish, and felt that I really like the two authors. Something must have changed in the past ten years, but I don’t know what that is. Probably it is age related. Anyway, I feel very happy to read other books by these two authors.
Closer To Be A Vegan
I know. I know. I can never be a true vegan since I can’t give up Campbell’s chicken soup and Trader Joe’s frozen chicken wonton. I’ve tried to be a vegan for years and years. Recently I’ve finally achieved the “feat” of eating very little chicken and eggs each week. I guess for most of us, it is impossible to be a strict vegan even though we want to be. Our meat eating habit has been ingrained in us and it is very hard to get rid of.
Also during holidays, I may even eat seafood once or twice.