Stuff I Learned During The Pandemic


Traveleidoscope: Some of the masks I've made so far during the pandemic

How to cut hair


I have a new respect for barbers and stylists. Hubby finally broke down and let me cut his hair after almost two and a half months. After a nerve wracking hour for both of us, Hubby had a decent haircut. Hey, at least he didn’t end up missing an ear! I also learned that I CANNOT color my own hair. Gruesome.


How to brine with pickle juice and olive juice


Did you know that you can use pickle and olive juices to brine chicken, turkey and probably other stuff? Yup. It works great and you don’t have to feel guilty about wasting the juice! I mean, you can always just use the olive juice for a dirty martini...just sayin’...


Substituting is another form of creativity


Like many of us, I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out substitutes. And while I thought I was good at doing so before, I feel like I’ve become a substituting ninja, don’t you?


Being quarantined doesn’t bother me as much as it may bother others


I’m not saying I’m good being cooped up all the time, because I do miss traveling, but lockdown doesn’t seem to bother me as much as it may bother others. BBC has series of interesting articles examining why some people do better in isolation than others. Here's another on isolated work.


My thumb has gotten greener


I’ve almost always had houseplants and a garden, so maybe my greener thumb is just a product of spending more time tending to these things and not that I’m actually getting any better at it.


Video happy hours have advantages


Like no risk of drinking and driving AND you can stay in your workout clothes while you drink.


On demand workout videos are great when you aren't on a schedule


While my bike gathers dust on a trainer and my treadmill is a makeshift clothes hanger, I’ve taken to doing on demand workouts like pilates, barre or yoga – and many are free! I squeeze in a 15 minute pilates class during my lunch hour or a 30 minute yoga class after work. Whatever mood you're in - mix it up!

I’m a proficient mask-maker


Apparently, my mask making capacity is huge. I’ve spent quality time with my sewing machine during quarantine, making lots of masks for friends and family. I’m no seamstress, but I can sew a straight line and it’s served me well lately.


I feel a sense of accomplishment


Whether it’s getting to my long overdue craft projects, going back to learning Japanese, or tackling my hot mess organization tasks, I feel like I’ve been more productive getting things done during the lockdown.


What about you? What have you learned during the pandemic? Tell me about it in Traveleidoscope’s comment section!

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