The Unintended Consequences of Staying at Home

Yesterday I went to the grocery store – early in the day and wearing a mask and rubber gloves  – and spent a whopping $400 – the most ever at a single time.  That should hold me over for a couple of weeks.  I realize now I was quite accustomed to running to the store at the drop of a hat, perhaps spending the same amount in total, but spreading it out in smaller amounts over the week.   Lookie there!  I just reduced my carbon footprint!

On the other hand, social distancing has meant learning and using new apps to meet others online. And that requires audio and video capability.  My desktop has neither –  I’ve been using my phone instead.  So now I’m in the market for a laptop, which turns out to be even more expensive than a PC.  Still good for my carbon footprint I suppose, but not for my wallet!

And last night’s photo shoot of the moon got me thinking about how fun it would be to have a telescope again, something else I can do at home. Ka-ching!

And all those pictures I take?  How about a new portable hard drive to store them with ease, as suggested by one of my blogging friends (you know who you are.)  Great idea!  But this staying at home is getting expensive!  🙂

Finally, in case you are tired of seeing me everyday, I understand.  This is my 16th post in a row – shattering my old record of 8 days, set during last year’s Snowmaggedon.   Not a pace I plan to keep up with but no doubt another consequence of staying at home.

Not to make light of the pandemic. My heart and sympathies and yes my prayers, are with all those who are truly suffering during this crisis.

The rest of us do well to stay at home.

~ Susanne

19 Comments on “The Unintended Consequences of Staying at Home

    • Aw thank you so much! Don’t want to get on anybody’s nerves! But as long as it keeps coming, I’ll keep posting. By the way, I really enjoy your blog! 🙂

  1. I am trying to do my part in supporting small businesses, especially restaurants in need. So, in the last three weeks I have order the following to be delivered to me at home: Lobster Mac’nCheese from Massachusetts, Dungeness Crab from Pike Place Market Seafood in Seattle, Pat’s Philly Cheesesteaks from Philadelphia, and Joe’s Pizza from New York City. As I said, doing my part!

    • Thanks John! I thought of you when I wrote my post. Another unintended consequence – staying at home, but still eating good!! I haven’t yet had food delivered, but have occasionally gone to get takeout. It’s probably better to have it delivered so I will check out some of your recommendations! 🙂

  2. Wow. You are making me feel better about my own incessant grocery shopping! I feel like I am making more trips, instead of less, because of shortages so I keep going back, or going to different stores. No eggs, really? It is hard to understand what is happening. Now this week, no cottage cheese. But why?

    • The shortages are peculiar for sure. Yesterday I was lucky and found everything I needed at my local Safeway store. I went early when there weren’t many people out and came back well stocked. Should last for a week or more. The only thing they were out of was, yep, toilet paper! Fortunately I have a good supply at home. 🙂

  3. Nobody ever gets tired of seeing your posts!
    $400 on one shop! You must be eating some great stuff. The most I have ever spent on one weekly shop was £158, and that was at Christmas,2018. But I do shop every Monday without fail, and get enough for the next seven days only. Yesterday, my bill was £94, but my wife bought six bottles of washing liquid online for £30 too. They will last for ages though.
    Good luck with the telscope, (not forgetting how cloudy it is where you live, most of the time!) and laptop. (I hate laptop keyboards, or I would use the new Lenovo I have, still untouched in the cupboard behind me.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • I was shocked at the $400 price tag even though the cart was overflowing. I hadn’t shopped in a week and I stocked up on lots of household items, meat, coffee, etc.; even bought a turkey breast which made a nice holiday dinner last night and leftovers to come. I also bought things I normally buy on sale, but no such luxury now. Before the quarantine I’d go to the store 2 or 3 times a week and I suspect my total was sometimes close to that when I was running out of things. I don’t expect another shopping spree of that amount at least not for a couple weeks!

      We’ll have to see about the telescope; believe it or not we usually have a nice and dry summer and I had a telescope years ago and loved it…

      And I’m glad to hear you’re not tired of my daily posting!! 🙂

  4. I always enjoy your posts:) I’m the same with shopping…going to the store a few times a week. Now I’m trying to get as much as possible at one time so I don’t have to go back for awhile. I find that they have restocked by the middle of the week and I usually find what I need.

    • Thank you so much for your comment! I appreciate it! 🙂 🙂 I have several stores 10 minutes away and was always running up for something or other without a second thought. Now I’m much more careful and saving up for once a week. I’m thinking the $400 price tag was a fluke of catching up and don’t expect that to continue! I can’t afford it!

  5. I am constantly cheered by your cat photos. Please keep us up to date on their antics. I bought a huge shopping for our family and my daughter’s at the same time since I got a delivery time for it. I think we topped $500. But except for fresh produce, we are set for a while. Produce is a challenge.

    • Thank you! I’m happy to hear your spending topped mine! 😄 But like you I think it will last us for some time to come!! And I’m quite sure that Benji and Tiger will be showing up on a regular basis. They demand it! 😺😻

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