NO I DIDN’T HAVE A PARTY WITHOUT YOU GUYS!! PHOTO IS FROM TWO YEARS AGO – SENT TO ME BY A FRIEND.
One year ago on the day before Pi Day, I read an online column in which I saw the “flatten the curve” phrase for the first time. Even though only one person had told me that they were going to skip the Pi Day party due to covid-19. But after reading that column, I realized that I needed to get onboard immediately and I started calling and texting people, letting them know I was cancelling.
Like everyone else, I was thinking that we’d have a couple of bad months and then get back on track, so I kept all my Pi Day organizational materials: the list of ingredients that I had bought (and hopefully wlll need to buy again), my timing spreadsheet with what time various pies have to go in the oven and what temperature they need (sorted by temperature, of course) and the little placecards with all the pie names. All these items are in the drawer in the living room and I see them occasionally and sigh. And now it’s been a second Pi Day with no festivities in the house.
Not entertaining has been a huge hit for me during pandemic. I entertain a lot and I miss it a lot. You all know that I try to keep my expectations low, so I’m hoping that I’ll eventually be able to have Pi Day fun at my place, but I’m not making plans. And that’s made me think about other changes that I’ve made that may or may not be permanent.
I am spending WAY more time texting and emailing than I used to. I’m spending way too much time farting around on my phone. I’m doing my Italian lesson (also on my phone) every day – I’m on a 310 day streak and I doubled my lesson time about 4 months back. For the first time in decades I am hitting the gym more than 12 times a month (masked, sanitized and socially distant). Pre-pandemic I used to follow several blogs, a couple of chefs, several science sites, husky dogs; I’ve quit following all of them and only occasionally check them out – usually if they pop up in my feed. Last summer I sent thank you cards to people with great gardens that I encountered while walking the dog. I’ve started sending birthday cards to people on a Facebook group of stampers – complete strangers and I increased the cards that I made for charity. Way more gardening and more jigsaw puzzles.
I don’t which of these habits will continue if and when we get past pandemic. I hope to keep all the good changes (reaching out) and jettison the bad ones (phone games) and I hope like heck that I eventually get to celebrate Pi Day with my friends and loved ones. Maybe Pi and a Half Day?
How has pandemic changed you? Do you think some of your changes will continue?