I survived grocery shopping! I got to the big, inexpensive store I have been avoiding, and there was a line to get in. I decided to brave it because it was only 4 people deep. After a few minutes of waiting, we were let in and cautioned that we would be asked to leave if we didn't maintain a distance. The result was a store that was about as busy as my neighborhood grocery, which was nice since this place is usually packed full like sardines -- part of the reason I only stock up there every 4 to 6 weeks.
The best part was the store was fully stocked. I got flour (they had the huge bags, but I only got a 5 lb bag because that's a 6 month supply for us)! They also had the brand and flavot of ramen that my picky kid likes, so I was able to get a case of that. Ramen hasn't been sold out, but his preferred brand has been, so he was happy! I was also thrilled to find my preferred tofu, so I got 6 blocks (a month supply). I was able to get most of my shopping done, stopping by the neighborhood store just for bread, vegan cheese, chickpea flour, and vital wheat gluten (for making vegan "meats.") The neighborhood store was empty, as it usually is on a Sunday morning, so I will be glad to just be going there for produce top-ups over the next few weeks :)
Now for the good:
* I got most of my work finished really early, so I was able to head to the grocery store at 8 am, before the crowds.
* After fully stocking our pantry and get a week's produce, I still have $300 of my grocery stipend left. Since I couldn't buy from the bulk bins and was left with only standard sized items as choices, such as the big bag of lentils or rice, a lot of the pantry items I purchased will actually last us two months or longer, so I really think I did well with our budget.
* Last week people were still looking at me odd when I had my fabric face mask on. This week, nearly everyone including the staff, was wearing some form of face covering.
* Our state has passed it's projected peak date, and we had a surplus of several thousand hospital beds and hundreds of ICU beds! We didn't even run out of ventilators, so the governor just sent the national stockpile ventilators we received to states in greater need. It's amazing how much we as a population got done in such as short time, thanks to our proactive state government. We had the first case, we were originally projected to be one of the worst hit areas, and here we are now, just over a month later, showing that it can be done.
* I'm not religious, but I just found out that my city is hosting a walking/driving Easter egg hunt for the kids. People can tape pictures of easter eggs in their windows for kids to find. If I had small kids, we would participate in this and I would carry a bag of small easter candies for them to add to their basket each time we passed an egg in the window. I love stuff like this. Community building activities always warms my heart :)
* I made a huge pot of lentil stew for our lunches this week, and I made two vegan "chicken" loafs to be used over the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to make a vegan chicken parm later this week, it's a favorite!
* The boy enjoyed a mini campfire on the balcony using the buddy burner we made. He sets it on top the grill for safety reasons. It's no bigger than a cat food can and he can make really small twig fires to roast marshmallows or hot dogs over. He's really bummed we had to cancel our camping trip, so this brings him a bit of joy and it's good to see his smiles!
* Today is the first day back to online classes, so I started some homework and readings yesterday. My profs have done a great job recording their online lectures and arranging the classes online. I'll miss classroom time, but I am satisfied with how it looks like I'll be learning this quarter.
* Tofu burritos and southwest spicy slaw for dinner was a delicious and exceptionally easy dinner decision that I am quite satisfied with!
* Our comic con refund finished processing last night and I got to see our savings jump by a not insubstantial amount. Yay!
* An ebook I was thinking about buying because neither the public library nor my school library had it was added to my schools digital library, so I was able to check it out for free. It wasn't there last week, but it was when I checked again yesterday :)
This morning is dawning with nary a cloud in the sky, just the pink fading to blue. May your skies be blue, if not in reality then at least in your hearts!