I would be interested in a post on more of your thoughts about transitioning out of covid life as you get vaccinated. I realize it might be a bit different for you since kids aren’t vaccinated yet. I am more than 2 weeks past my first dose and so is my boyfriend (the only person I live with), so I’m starting to think more about what I will do once I’m fully vaccinated… It will definitely be a slow transition as case loads hopefully go down. It’s hard to know what will be appropriate.
Also, I am usually very extroverted and adventurous, and I am excited to see more people again but also feel like the pandemic has kind of changed my personality, or at least temporarily changed my level of comfort with high amounts of activity. I still miss doing things, but doing things is more draining now. So that’s also going to be weird to figure out.
This is going to vary a lot for people all over the country based on their own cost-benefit calculations. Right now even if we didn’t have kids I wouldn’t be going out at all (except my in-person classes) because I get filled with such RAGE seeing all the anti-maskers about being awful. I’m still so angry about my last dentist visit I can’t even imagine trying to get my hair cut or to pick up groceries. We’re also still well into the purple zone (4x the cutoff of new cases per day of the orange zone line).
I’m not even sure that I will be going fully back to the work office in the fall– it has been really nice not being constantly interrupted by students or given a bazillion small service assignments just because I’m there. Also I seem to be the only person that junior faculty ask for advice which… I’m fine with when it’s junior faculty in my field and I’m the right person for it, but less fine with when there’s a better person to ask (I’ve been doing a lot more, “Go ask X”). Though I guess I’m still getting those emails. One of my friends asked me to restart our daily walks two weeks after our second vaccine. But I just don’t want to go into work, so I said no. (I have to rush home after class for another zoom meeting, or I would do it after class on the days I go in, I guess.)
Regardless of the vaccine situation DC2 (age 9 next fall) will be going back to school. I can’t see middle school working out from home (unlike this year where elementary school has been fantastic). This particular middle school has had pretty low case loads, and most of the elementary schools that feed into it are similarly low caseloads. I’m strongly hoping that DC1 will be able to get vaccinated this summer– but first Pfizer has to approve and then we have to find a place that gives out Pfizer. But we’re willing to drive to find a place. (Our little part of the state has leaned heavily into Moderna.)
I’m hoping to be able to convince my sister to drive down from the city to see us once she’s fully vaccinated, but I suspect she’s going to hold out for us going into the city which is less safe. DH will probably not be convincable about that until the kids have been vaccinated. My in-laws are still making noise about visiting us in the Fall– they’re both fully vaccinated but summer in the South is awful (even ignoring high prevalence rates and evil anti-vaxxers) so their visit would be pretty much just stuck inside our house which is pretty boring as delightful as my children are. We thought briefly of going up to the midwest to visit ourselves, but there’s still the problem of getting there.
So yeah, I don’t know. I’ve been leaning heavily into not putting on pants, not making small-talk, etc. It will be hard to go back. This time last year I really wanted to get away to like a cabin someplace beautiful and cool with water, but somehow I’ve lost my yearning to actually be in nature. Maybe it’s all the beautiful pictures that Microsoft shows on start-up screens — anyplace we could get to without a plane trip just isn’t going to measure up.
At some point after classes end, I have a plan to take all our plastic grocery bags from curbside to the grocery store recycling place. But that’s the only major thing we’ve got. Basically I plan to cling to my house and zoom as best I can.
What have you all been doing since getting fully vaccinated? What do you plan to do?