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I wonder how families with children stuck at home are doing. Are they seeing it as a rare opportunity or as a hardship? Is it getting more difficult or easier as the days pass?

I wonder how people who live by themselves are coping with the situation. Are they at peace with it or are they climbing the walls?

I wonder if people who never cooked before are now learning to do so. I wonder if those who already cook are finding new creative recipes with the more limited items on hand.

I wonder if people will have lost weight or have gained weight by the time all this is over.

I wonder if homes are cleaner or dirtier now.

I wonder if people now appreciate more what others do for them, like the childcare employees, the teachers, the housekeepers, the truck drivers, the store employees, etc., etc., etc.

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LoveMyNature 03-26-2020 09:07 PM

As a mom and a teacher, we are having a hard time.

My kids want to be at school. They want to be with their friends. We make the best of it but trying to do it while working at home.

Parents Iíve spoken with say itís tough. Working from home and doing parenting and teaching? Ridiculous expectations.

I miss school and I want to go back to our routine. I hate teaching online I hate meetings online I hate recoding myself online. HATE IT

eliza4one 03-26-2020 05:40 PM

I wonder how families with children stuck at home are doing. Are they seeing it as a rare opportunity or as a hardship? Is it getting more difficult or easier as the days pass?No children at home, but I was a SAHM and those were some of the happiest years of my life.

I wonder how people who live by themselves are coping with the situation. Are they at peace with it or are they climbing the walls?Ha. I may as well be alone. My DH is home, but he has quite the boring routine...so I keep myself busy, happy, and occupied with my own things. We get along wonderfully, he is just more of a lay on the couch/bed and watch t.v. or read all day. I am the complete opposite. Plus, I'm remote teaching.

I wonder if people who never cooked before are now learning to do so. I wonder if those who already cook are finding new creative recipes with the more limited items on hand.I'm definitely cooking more. Not creative, per se. Complicated recipes give me anxiety. Just comfort foods. Crock pot meals, apple crisp, homemade soups. Feels good, though!

I wonder if people will have lost weight or have gained weight by the time all this is over.Gained. For sure!

I wonder if homes are cleaner or dirtier now. Exact same. Cleaning is at the very bottom of my list of things to do. I'll do anything to avoid it.

I wonder if people now appreciate more what others do for them, like the childcare employees, the teachers, the housekeepers, the truck drivers, the store employees, etc., etc., etc.I've always been a very appreciative person, so I don't think that has changed.

Haley23 03-26-2020 03:41 PM

I live alone and I am honestly coping better than I thought I would. I think one thing that is helping is that I am still doing work meetings over zoom most days, so I still feel like I have purpose and have something I need to get up and get ready for. Today after a big meeting one of my teammates asked if she could set up a google hangout with just me and we talked for about an hour. That was nice. If this extends into the summer I think I'm going to have an extremely hard time being isolated and not working at all.

I have thought about cooking more- I always eat stuff from Trader Joe's that mostly just needs to be heated up. I thought about doing a meal kit box like Hello Fresh just to have something to do. For right now I like what I'm eating and haven't felt the need to change anything, but I might need to introduce something "new" to do depending on how long this goes on. I know how to cook/am a decent cook- I've always just felt like it was a waste of time/money for a single person. I spent a ton of money on ingredients, spent a ton of my time making the meals and then a ton of time afterwards cleaning up, and then since it's just me, I'd have to eat the same thing multiple days in a row, which I hate doing.

I am losing weight. I find it easier to stick to my calorie goals since it's usually social situations that trip me up. I also no longer have the temptation to stop and get take out on the way home from work. While I do feel anxious about the situation in general, it's a bit different than having a really stressful day at work and then feeling like I "deserve" treats.

I typically clean my house every other weekend. When this all started, I wondered if I would clean more because I'd have more time. Nope. I was supposed to clean last weekend and it just didn't happen. This week I told myself there was no excuse for that and finally got it done yesterday. I run into this problem in the summer as well- during the school year it's easier to keep on a schedule because you know if you don't do it then, you'll be much too busy for at least the next week. Now it feels like there is just endless time and it doesn't have to be done right now.

I am definitely more appreciative of grocery store workers!

PoohBear 03-26-2020 03:33 PM

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I bet we are all doing more healthy cooking now!
It's very optimistic of you to think so LazyLake. I know many people for whom comfort foods are the meals of choice right now.
PoohBear 03-26-2020 03:30 PM

I wonder how families with children stuck at home are doing. Are they seeing it as a rare opportunity or as a hardship? Is it getting more difficult or easier as the days pass?
I'm sure it depends on the ages of the children but my DIL is very happy to be working at home with the children (who are upper elem/middle school age) She mentioned that many of her zoom meetings often include small children sitting on laps.


I wonder how people who live by themselves are coping with the situation. Are they at peace with it or are they climbing the walls?
I'm usually out and about quite a lot and this is really different but I'm learning to deal with it. We brought my 93 year old dad to live with us so he wouldn't be totally isolated and it's nice to have him here.

I wonder if people who never cooked before are now learning to do so. I wonder if those who already cook are finding new creative recipes with the more limited items on hand.
I've cooked more days in a row than I have for years! Mostly what I'm learning is that dinner can take many forms.


I wonder if people will have lost weight or have gained weight by the time all this is over.
Definitely gain....too much time in the kitchen

I wonder if homes are cleaner or dirtier now.
About the same, but more organized

I wonder if people now appreciate more what others do for them, like the childcare employees, the teachers, the housekeepers, the truck drivers, the store employees, etc., etc., etc.
I feel like I've always appreciated them but I'll be more aware of how precarious most people's economic situation is.

LazyLake 03-26-2020 12:33 PM

Family life? more relaxed time with each other

Living alone? I imagine all the people living alone are not having to make
much of an adjustment.

Cooking? I bet we are all doing more healthy cooking now!

Weight? I've lost 2 lbs this past week because I'm eating healthier!

Clean house? Nothing has changed, used cleaning getting done around here

Appreciation? We should appreciate people more, but I'm sure there will be some who never will!

jazzer 03-26-2020 11:06 AM

wonder how families with children stuck at home are doing. Are they seeing it as a rare opportunity or as a hardship? Is it getting more difficult or easier as the days pass?
Just me and my husband, no kids.

I wonder how people who live by themselves are coping with the situation. Are they at peace with it or are they climbing the walls?
I am grateful to have a husband. He has been a good friend and companion through this and our relationship is getting stronger. I am glad I donít have to go through this alone.

I wonder if people who never cooked before are now learning to do so. I wonder if those who already cook are finding new creative recipes with the more limited items on hand.
I know how to cook, but donít bother. I have myself on a strict diet and mostly eat salads, chicken, and cottage cheese.

I wonder if people will have lost weight or have gained weight by the time all this is over.
I have lost just about 60 pounds within the last 13 months and I am still on the eating and workout plan that I started and continue to gradually lose though it is about time to figure out how to maintain.

I wonder if homes are cleaner or dirtier now.
We finally got all of our stuff moved back into our home and it its place after thinking we were going to move. This was completed a couple of weeks before all of this went down.

I wonder if people now appreciate more what others do for them, like the childcare employees, the teachers, the housekeepers, the truck drivers, the store employees, etc., etc., etc.
I always tried to appreciate what all of those people do. I have worked in other fields before I started teaching and am even more grateful now that I am in a profession that allows me to stay home and. Be safe and not have to worry as much about getting sick.

Gromit 03-26-2020 10:57 AM

I wonder how families with children stuck at home are doing. Are they seeing it as a rare opportunity or as a hardship? Is it getting more difficult or easier as the days pass?
I have no kids, but my friends with kids say it's getting easier as they set routines in place and find a new normal.

I wonder how people who live by themselves are coping with the situation. Are they at peace with it or are they climbing the walls?
I have a husband, but he still works every day and is even doing OT, so I'm at home by myself. I was climbing the walls, but now that my friends have figured out Zoom, it's much easier. As long as I have someone to talk to each day, I think I'll be fine.

I wonder if people who never cooked before are now learning to do so. I wonder if those who already cook are finding new creative recipes with the more limited items on hand.

Not cooking anything different yet, and our usual mode of shopping is to buy months' worth of nonperishables at a time. We have a few things we were running low on, but other things we had just stocked up on recently.


I wonder if people will have lost weight or have gained weight by the time all this is over.
I'm a stress non-eater. I'll have lost weight unless this drags on and I stop being stressed about it. I forced myself to eat dinner each day the last few days, and it has helped the stress levels. But I want to stay stressed enough not to snack.

I wonder if homes are cleaner or dirtier now.
Cleaner but more cluttered

I wonder if people now appreciate more what others do for them, like the childcare employees, the teachers, the housekeepers, the truck drivers, the store employees, etc., etc., etc.

I don't feel like I was dismissive of them before, but I have more of an understanding what a razor thin margin so many people/businesses are operating on.

1956BD 03-26-2020 10:46 AM

My children are grown. It is just my husband and myself.

I am not by myself but my husband is not well so he sleeps a great deal. So I am alone a good part of the day. Proteacher and Facebook help keep me connected with others.

We miss going out to eat and are not doing take out for now. So, I am doing a lot of cooking. The food prep and cooking time is helping to keep me busy.

I am walking daily so hopefully I will not gain weight.

I did let my maid service go for now so I have been doing a little housework each day to keep a clean house. I now appreciate my maid service even more.

I always try and appreciate what others do for me but this health journey and chaos has made that even more evident. I need to tell those people thank you more often.

We have a lifestyle today where we have an expert for everything. We are no longer "jack of all trades" like in pioneer days. Your potty stops working you call a plumber. You house needs painting you call a house painter. You need your windows cleaned or gutter cleared their are experts for that too. You're sick, you go to the doctor. You don't want to cook, you go out to a restaurant.
Our lifestyle is filled with experts and those experts make our lifestyle pretty great.

T.A.R.D.I.S 03-26-2020 10:45 AM

I wonder how families with children stuck at home are doing. Are they seeing it as a rare opportunity or as a hardship? Is it getting more difficult or easier as the days pass?
No kids, the families in my neighborhood seem to be doing ok. We have started to put stuffed animals in the windows so the kids can find them when they go walking. I look for them, too. Makes me smile. And tomorrow the houses with kids are going to be doing a door decorating contest.

I wonder how people who live by themselves are coping with the situation. Are they at peace with it or are they climbing the walls?
It's just The Husband and me. He is fortunate enough to still have his job so I'm by myself all day. I'm going a bit stir crazy. I miss being around people. I've been doing a lot of walking, yoga, reading, crocheting, and making medical masks.

I wonder if people who never cooked before are now learning to do so. I wonder if those who already cook are finding new creative recipes with the more limited items on hand.
I love to cook and bake. I've been avoiding baking because I don't want to use all our flour, eggs, milk, etc up for something that isn't essential. But I might break down and make cookies this weekend.

I wonder if people will have lost weight or have gained weight by the time all this is over.
I've actually lost 4 pounds! I've been stressed and anxious and I don't eat much when I'm anxious. Plus all that walking and doing yoga.

I wonder if homes are cleaner or dirtier now.
Mine is as it's always been. I have friends who are decluttering like crazy. I've decided I'll start doing a drawer or cabinet a day.

I wonder if people now appreciate more what others do for them, like the childcare employees, the teachers, the housekeepers, the truck drivers, the store employees, etc., etc., etc.
I have always appreciated the people who do the service job, but even more so now!

Keltikmom 03-26-2020 10:33 AM

I wonder how families with children stuck at home are doing. Are they seeing it as a rare opportunity or as a hardship? Is it getting more difficult or easier as the days pass?
I can speak for my DD only. My Gs is a rambunctious 3 year old. DD is a teachers aid who is definitely WFH, with several video conferences per day. SIL works for SF Giants in their tech/IT/broadcasting department. He is also WFH.

They bought a big trampoline for GS, go for walks, read stories, play on ABC Mouse, and, yes, watch TV.

I wonder how people who live by themselves are coping with the situation. Are they at peace with it or are they climbing the walls?
I would love a few hours all to myself. Between our trip Yosemite and the shelter in place, Iíve had zero alone time in 3 weeks. Headlines might be made......

I wonder if people who never cooked before are now learning to do so. I wonder if those who already cook are finding new creative recipes with the more limited items on hand.
I dislike cooking, but have tried a few new recipes. Doing a lot more with my Instapot.

I wonder if people will have lost weight or have gained weight by the time all this is over.
Oh, sadly, I suspect gaining. Even though Iím walking every day now.

I wonder if homes are cleaner or dirtier now.
Well, at this very moment, it is very clean. I skipped housekeeper this week.

I wonder if people now appreciate more what others do for them, like the childcare employees, the teachers, the housekeepers, the truck drivers, the store employees, etc., etc., etc.
Iíve always appreciated all these workers. I plan to write a letter today to my local independent supermarket praising them. And plan to give my housekeepers a generous tip when then return. Trying to think of something for my postman.

amiga13 03-26-2020 10:28 AM

I wonder how families with children stuck at home are doing. Are they seeing it as a rare opportunity or as a hardship? Is it getting more difficult or easier as the days pass?
*I know both the complainers and the revelers. The ones I enjoy hearing about are (mostly) rejoicing in spending time with their kids. The kids, however, sorely miss their friends.

I wonder how people who live by themselves are coping with the situation. Are they at peace with it or are they climbing the walls?
*I live alone and continue to love it. I am learning to value silence for the first time in my life. Such peace.

I wonder if people who never cooked before are now learning to do so. I wonder if those who already cook are finding new creative recipes with the more limited items on hand.
*DD is a good cook; because sheís WFH she has more time to cook and is loving it. She has been very creative. I know this because she usually texts me a pic of her dinner. I enjoy looking at her meal as I eat yogurt.

I wonder if people will have lost weight or have gained weight by the time all this is over.
*Iíve gained weight. Iím way too happy reading or watching TV and snacking. I seem to think I deserve more chocolate in this time of crisis.

I wonder if homes are cleaner or dirtier now.
*I canceled Merry Maids for today, so I just cleaned my already clean condo. Since Iím home more, I clean more....but I still hate vacuuming. My place is spotless.

I wonder if people now appreciate more what others do for them, like the childcare employees, the teachers, the housekeepers, the truck drivers, the store employees, etc., etc., etc.
*Wow, I sure do! I appreciate all the people who keep our country running smoothly. And I appreciate all the people who are WFH!

SassyTeach 03-26-2020 10:07 AM

I wonder how families with children...no kids.

I wonder how people who live by themselves are coping with the situation. It's just my husband and I myself. We're doing okay! I really want to go to work, though.

I wonder if people who never cooked before are now learning to do so. We've been doing a lot more cooking and have gotten creative with the ingredients we have on hand. I hate cooking, but we're not going hungry.

I wonder if people will have lost weight or have gained weight...DEF gained weight!

I wonder if homes are cleaner or dirtier now. The same, even though I thought I'd get so much decluttered and organized. Again...

I wonder if people now appreciate more what others do for them, like the childcare employees, the teachers, the housekeepers, the truck drivers, the store employees, etc., etc., etc. I feel as though I've always had a high regard for them. Now I'm just praying that hourly employees and small business owners will be able to make it through. I worry about them and our economy.

cvt 03-26-2020 10:00 AM

I wonder how families with children stuck at home are doing. Are they seeing it as a rare opportunity or as a hardship? Is it getting more difficult or easier as the days pass?

I wonder how people who live by themselves are coping with the situation. Are they at peace with it or are they climbing the walls?

I wonder if people who never cooked before are now learning to do so. I wonder if those who already cook are finding new creative recipes with the more limited items on hand.

I wonder if people will have lost weight or have gained weight by the time all this is over.

I wonder if homes are cleaner or dirtier now.

I wonder if people now appreciate more what others do for them, like the childcare employees, the teachers, the housekeepers, the truck drivers, the store employees, etc., etc., etc.




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