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Coronavirus Quarantine Day 54 - Household Supplies, Where I Buy, Going to the Store and the Boyfriend

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I’m not writing here as often as I’d like (not even close a I would like to write daily). While I want to chronicle my experience with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic for those in the future, I also never want to relive any of these moments, nor do I wish anyone else ever has to live them. Anyway, this is only my second post about the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent quarantine that has affected the world, so we have a lot to catch up on, but first let me reread my first post.

Heads up. This is going to be a long one. I'll start to write more regularly to reduce the length of each post.

HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES UPDATE

Alright, let’s address household supplies. It seems household supplies are more readily available in-store, but I’m not going to the store (with rare exception). I have high blood pressure and that’s one of the pre-existing conditions that is believed to be more susceptible to fatalities from Coronavirus. In truth, I have been to the gas station a handful of times since 3/2 when I began working from home (permanently due to a position change). I actually went yesterday and there was hand soap, toilet paper, paper towels. I actually looked because I was the only customer in the store. At that point, I had already semi-secured some of the things I need.

My hand sanitizer has been on order for two weeks. I had to order a gallon because that’s the only size I could find online. I’m sure it will be used because while I work at home (in an essential industry), my boyfriend still has to go in (he’s in the same essential industry, same parent company actually). We’re on our last legs of hand sanitizer. We have three bottles that you have to open instead of pump to get some out. We need to combine them, but I was banking on my hand sanitizer arriving around now. The seller was transparent that there would be up to a two week delay, simply to ship. When I went to check my order status Friday, they said do not contact them unless your order is more than four weeks old. This is concerning. All I can do is hope.

As far as toilet paper goes, I was down to my last two rolls and had already been checking for toilet paper for two weeks online. I was getting worried, when I found two sites that monitor the stock status on major online retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Target. I lucked out and was able to successfully order TP on Amazon. I didn’t really care anything about the brand, ply, quantity, cost, etc. I just knew I had to order something and this was my chance. I ended up with 60 rolls of  ONE PLY Seventh Generation TP. One ply. Ugh. Oh, well. It is what it is. I let my family and friends know that if they needed some to let me know.

I did find hand soap at Sam’s Club (again ordered online, but half the stuff I needed wasn’t in stock and was refunded), though it’s not anti-bacterial. I’m still looking for disinfecting wipes. I could use some Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (to sanitize my thermometer). I’m good on Hydrogen Peroxide, which I didn’t even know I had.

WHERE I BUY

Other than availability, I’m also concerned with where I buy my products from. Amazon has most certainly benefited from this pandemic, financially, but their practices and how they are treating their employees are concerning. The number of cases at Amazon and resulting plant closures is alarming. Not to mention, anything that is shipped comes in cardboard, which Coronavirus is said to live on for up to 24 hours. That’s an issue for me, so when I receive my packages I either let them sit at my door for 24 hours before bringing them in or I bring them in or to my porch, wash my hands/arms and let them sit for 24 hours. Mostly I bring them in because even though I trust my neighbors under normal circumstances, I worry that someone will steal my packages if I leave them out there for too long. For the record, I’m in an apartment for the time being. I may have to stay for a second year, depending on how this pandemic pans out.

Did I mention that when I finally found hand sanitizer (two weeks ago, that I have yet to receive), I was afraid to tell anyone about it until I received confirmation that my order physically left the warehouse, in case of a mishap where a new order was prioritized before mine or my order got lost. I’ve worked in distribution for 20+ years. I told my Dad because he’s my Dad and I told a fellow blogger because she has Congenital Heart Disease and her husband is still required to go to work. I’m being honest because I’m very likely not the only one with this mindset. I’m not trying to hoard. I’m just trying to protect myself and it's all I could find without leaving the house.

GOING TO THE STORE

As I mentioned before, I’ve only been to a physical store a handful of times. To put things in perspective, I was driving around 500 miles per month before I began working from home. In March I drove 17 miles. April numbers TBD, but I suspect it’s less. However, the few times per month I have to go to the store, I only go to the gas station and I pick the least populated, cleanest gas station with protective barriers, like plexiglass barriers at the cash register and employees who wear gloves and a mask.

I pulled up to my first choice gas station on Saturday and quickly exited the parking lot because it was PACKED. I went to the next best choice. Only one other person was in the store at the same time as me. They stayed six feet away in line, but did not have a mask on. I was wearing one of the masks that my boyfriend’s daughter made. I had Lysol wipes on me for when I had to touch the keypad to enter my debit card pin, for when the cashier handed me my products, for when I inserted and removed my debit card. My anxiety level is super high because I don’t know WTF y’all are doing and how seriously you’re taking this.

THE BOYFRIEND

He’s been living with me since September of last year, mostly visiting his (minor) daughter every other weekend. Things have been cool until as of late when COVID-19 became a thing. I’m having a hard time dealing with this in general. He still has to go to work and he still goes to see his daughter, rightfully so. We had a blow out on Friday. I need him to choose and I already know that his choice should 100% be his daughter, but he won’t do it and he’s my soulmate. As much as I want him to choose, I don’t want him to leave. I don’t want to be without him.

Now, I’ve heard lots of people, including myself say marriage is just a piece of paper, but I’ve been wondering....if we were married, would this be a ride or die situation, where I would stand by his side no matter what and vice versa? I want that, but for some reason, now that he’s not faced with that commitment, he's quick to want to run when I show my emotion about this pandemic. He considers it "high maintenance" or "drama" or us "disconnecting". Hello mother effer, we're in the middle of a pandemic. I'm having feelings. Lots of them. Yes, I'm a roller coaster now. Deal with it.

That's all for now. More to follow. I still owe updates on the U.S. reaction, number of cases in the U.S., conspiracy theories and Trump. Like I said, I haven't been posting as much as I'd like, so I'll cover these topics over coming days. I'm hoping to write daily.

I'll also cover leaving the house in general, Georgia reopening the economy, food processing plants, sunlight, more relationship talk including what we'll be doing to keep our relationship strong during these tumultuous times, my thoughts during press conferences and more.

In the meantime, stay safe.


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