This isn’t another post on the struggles of a pandemic life – I promise. It’s tough, there’s no two words about it. But with my incurable optimist hat on, here’s some things about pandemic life that I chuckled about. If that’s a no for you, maybe you’ll find this post an interesting read instead: 7 sneaky WordPress tips to make your blog-life easier.
Smiling with your eyes
Masks have now become a new normal in Melbourne, as it has in most other parts of the world. Apart from being annoying to wear and making it hard to breathe, they really get in the way when connecting with people. Because how are you going to smile?! Couple that with no hugs, kisses or shaking hands, and you’re one emotionless person! Have you noticed how most of us have got creative in dealing with masks? Yup, we now smile with our eyes! And oddly enough, you can tell when someone is smiling, just by looking at their eyes. Well, probably not if it’s a fake smile 😋. Who knew there’d come a day when we’d have to use our eyes as a main form of communication!
Mask or glasses – can’t do both!
The quirks of wearing masks doesn’t end there if you, like me, wear glasses – or sunglasses for that matter. Because how do you deal with your glasses fogging up? It means I’ve had to go into stores with a slightly blurry view of things. Luckily, I haven’t gone out to buy oranges and come home with tomatoes – yet. But it does make me think that we now need next-generation glasses with a built-in defogger or wipers! 😂
You need space? Take 1.5 metres
Ahh social distancing – one of the many ‘new normal’ things in pandemic life. Not going to lie though, it’s not one I’m particularly unhappy about. Now we can eat in a restaurant without bumping elbows with the person at the next table. People don’t get too close to you in a market on when queuing up. It’s great! My toddler is a big advocate of social distancing – he will yell out if a stranger comes too close. Smart boy! 😀
Before sh*t hits the fan…buy toilet paper?!
It’s incredible what panic can do to people. We’ve all been asked ‘what would you take to a desert island’ – and we’ve all given pretty logical and sensible answers. Food, water, clothes etc. And yet what did people actually buy to take them through pandemic lockdowns? It appears, mostly toilet paper! Maybe people took the saying ‘when sh*t hits the fan’ a bit too literally?!’ 😂
Face recognition? Yeah nah
I ended up upgrading to an iPhone 11 this year – finally! It comes with a face recognition feature, which means no more fingerprints or passcodes to get into the phone. And I’m one of those people who does everything possible on my phone so this comes in pretty handy. Apple hasn’t factored in the pandemic for this feature though because when I’m ‘masked up’ Siri doesn’t recognise my face. How rude! 😂 It might be a first world problem, but I do have to furiously punch in my passcode to get into Apple Pay to checkout from the supermarket now – all while there’s people queued up behind me and the cashier waits patiently. As I’m writing this though, I wonder… Can I set up face recognition while wearing a mask? Worth a try!
There is a little ray of sunshine even in the darkest of things, if you look close enough. That’s why these quirks of pandemic life had me chuckling.
What about pandemic life gave you a laugh?
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