Quarantine Clichés

Perhaps everyone’s in the same boat as I am, or perhaps I’m the only one who has noticed. Over the past month and a half I’ve noticed a distinct trend in content that has ‘overtaken’ social media. It all seems to be different variations of exactly the same thing. It’s trendy to follow suit. And hey, I get it… we’re all stuck at home and there’s a societal pressure to be as productive as possible during this crazy time.

For today’s productivity, I decided to compile all of the things that EVERYONE seems to be doing so that I can make a promise to myself to not do these things and continue to lounge around eating cookies all day long. Please note, the following includes a lot of sarcasm.

  • Buy a ton of canned beans that I am not now, nor ever, going to actually consume.
  • Join TIK-TOK… because the perfect place for an anonymous internet blogger is on a platform where literally the entire point of the app is to show yourself doing ridiculous things
  • Become a fine-dining chef who can cook absolutely anything with the very limited groceries that are presently on the shelves in grocery stores. If it’s not a four course meal, I will no longer eat it.
  • Turn my Lululemon leggings into face masks because $130 pants are sooooooo 2019 and if you don’t turn your most expensive clothing into face masks you’re not doing it right
  • Tie-dye EVERYTHING… because white and grey clothes were so 2019
  • Start using the term ‘groutfit’ to describe my new choices of outfits… because nice clothes all together were so 2019 and all I’m wearing these days is sweatpants
  • Bake bread, learn to bake sourdough bread (what’s the obsession with sourdough bread, btw?), find the perfect banana bread recipe, or pumpkin bread or apple bread or… what kind of fruits or weird additives can you put into your loaf of bread? I may have celiac disease but dammit I need to learn how to bake bread
  • Read all the books. Every book on your shelf. Every ebook you can get your hands on. Every book that’s ever been published, printed or digitally uploaded.
  • Order anything and everything that I can get my hands on from Amazon. Do I need it? No. Should I buy it? Abso-freaking-lutely. It’s Amazon, it’s convenient. I think that’s what people are saying anyways…
  • Pay RIDICULOUS prices for online workout classes because it’s trendy and I should not be saving my money right now
  • Spend all of my money and ensure that I don’t save a dime. I don’t have things I’m looking forward to. I don’t have things I want down the road, I need to spend it all now because quarantine is foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Anybody else have stress wrinkles coming in hot throughout this quarantine? Just me? PS. If you like or enjoy any of the activities above, please feel free to share some positive stories of these activities. Goodness knows, I could use some more positivity in my life. I may be the most unproductive member of society right now, but I know that doesn’t mean that everyone else is lounging around eating cookies all day.

Unrelated but I’m a little excited today because I came up with a stellar design for a #MillennialLifeCrisis sweatshirt last night and my sister-in-law told me that she’s going to make me a sample with her cricut machine and mail it to me. I hope it turns out alright.

92 thoughts on “Quarantine Clichés

  1. Sourdough bread is pretty easy and straightforward, takes more time than anything. With stores out of bread and yeast, and people having free time, makes for getting ones carb fix relatively easy.
    I feel like it’s more out of boredom than anything.
    Lastly, I’ve found having a sourdough starter is much like having a plant. Easy to care for, easy to forget about.

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    1. So, if all of my plants seem to wind up dead, does that mean I should avoid learning how to make sourdough? lol
      I really enjoyed that comparison!

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  2. YES. THANK YOU. I always feel like I’m inadequate/unproductive whenever I see my friends and acquaintances baking bread, learning a new language, or cooking a “fine-dining” meal (when honestly, it looks just-okay) that I feel like I have to justify the reasons why I am just watching YouTube, Netflix, and movies all day…or at least hide the fact that I am, and that I’m doing “a lot of writing” instead (which is true, but not nearly as much as one might think). It’s great that people are finding time to be productive and pursue hobbies they hadn’t had time for before, but constantly showing it off online makes me wonder if you really are doing this because you want to, and not because we’re in confinement (and that social media is an outlet to show it off). The way I see it, just do those things if you want to, but don’t look down on those who 1) may not have the resources to do so, and 2) just don’t want to!

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    1. I could not agree with you more. This is absolutely how I feel. It’s fine if you want too, but if people don’t want too or don’t have the resources, that’s fine too!

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    2. To compare yourself with your Instagram feed is always wrong, these times not better than others:). You are yourself, not somebody’s follower, and you do what works for you.

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      1. You can wait for it, but I don’t think it’s going to come. I think life as we knew it has changed forever… I don’t mean to be pessimistic, but even when this pandemic dies down and gets under control, society is going to change in big ways moving forward.

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  3. I really enjoyed your post. I thank God we are all still allowed to be our unique selves, and still be just as normal as my neighbor. Love one another. 🙂
    God loves you, V! Praying you are staying safe and well. 🙏

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    1. Yes. It has been a lovely side-effect of quarantine that we’re seeing true personalities shine through. It has really helped me get to know some people together. Stay healthy, my dear ❤

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    1. Honestly, now that you say colouring, I remember a couple years back when colouring had a ‘hot minute’ that everyone was doing it. I’m surprised colouring hasn’t come back in popularity during this pandemic! Colouring is really soothing though.

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  4. I’ve been jokingly telling people to take up macrame. This morning while waiting for the washing machine to finish (because I down to button pants that no longer fit because of my Coronatimes diet .. I digress), I MADE A MACRAME PLANT HOLDER. I have become one of those people. I won’t be attempting sourdough though. I draw the line there.

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    1. Macrame Plant Holders are soooo trendy right now. Influencers on youtube are paying hundreds of dollars for those things… You could get quarantine rich!

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  5. Oh dear, I think I must be incredibly unproductive cos I’ve done zero things on your list. But I’m enjoying my walks, reading and just taking it one day at a time. Oh, and I’ve been baking (and eating) lots! Have a great weekend 😊

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  6. Yep I am a bit tired of how productive people are being. But I am working (a lot, more than blooming usual) so may be a bit grumpy about it all. Haha I do however do Zoom yoga. My studio who are pretty cheap for a yoga studio (I got in when they started so pay early bird prices) are doing it. No more expensive than usual and it is a godsend for me. You just enjoy doing whatever you like and we can all have a giggle at everyone else 🙂

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    1. Honestly, I did a lot of yoga a few years back and I miss it. I miss the zen I felt in the studio. I miss how it was so low impact yet I somehow always ended up leaving feeling like I had my butt kicked. Is it hard to do yoga at home (outside of the studio)? Kudos to you for keeping up with it. I wonder if I’d be motivated to even keep at it if it wasn’t in studio.

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      1. Hi V. I find it harder to do at home on my own but the zoom class feels like I am working just as hard and the instructors are really good at correcting from afar. I need the structure of a class but I think if you have something like prime video you can find lots of different videos. Give it a bash again, it always feels zen and you put it really well on how much yoga kicks butt 😊

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  7. Oh I look forward to seeing your t-shirt. I’ve bought sourdough, I prefer tiger bread 😆 can’t make either. My quarantine has been for sorting out my home, now my husband is stuck here he can see what’s annoying and why I want it changed. It’s also given me an opportunity to reach my kids to tidy because they’re stuck with the mess now too lol.

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    1. What is tiger bread? Tiger ice cream has orange and black stripes in it. Is tiger bread made with food colouring?

      It’s good that you’ve got helpers in your husband and kids to help get your home in order! Organizing probably will help you feel better even after quarantine.

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      1. It’s bread that’s sort of glazed in a way that makes the crust crack, tastes amazing but looks less like tiger stripes and more like giraffe patches. In fact Sainsburys renamed it giraffe bread.

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  8. You’re on point! I feel like blogging is the only thing that’s making me sane this quarantine partly because only a few of my peers are doing it so I have my own space where I can share stuff. Social media seems to be overcrowded lately. It’s kind of suffocating in a way!

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    1. Social media has become very overcrowded lately. I do agree with you, blogging has a certain catharsis to it that helps get through this stressful time. I’m just trying to not consume so much of the trendy stuff and more of the individuality.

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  9. I have to confess I have been one of the baking and reading cliches 😀 and I’ve enjoyed it so far! My kids sure love the baking haha! But!! The Tik Tok and constant Instagram Lives is getting old and I always feel like a grinch when I say this to people but heyho! ☺️

    Thanks for making me smile with this post! x

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      1. No, no … I had just seen a post with a banana bread recipe and thought of you because you had written about banana bread! I thought it would be funny.

        Jeez … 22 is young enough to be my daughter! LOL

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  10. I will admit to being totally and utterly perplexed by the idiots spending vast sums of money on food and/or anything else – the first thing I did when lockdown began was start being REALLY F*CKING CAREFUL with money.

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    1. My favourite is when someone brags about spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a new video game system and then taking to twitter to complain about how she doesn’t have enough money to live. She reads this blog so I won’t call her out by name, but if she’s low on money now, she probably didn’t need to buy herself a Nintendo Switch…

      I’m with you. The first thing I did when things started getting serious in March was basically put a lockdown on my bank account. There’s no buying wants right now, only needs.

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  11. I didn’t personally buy the enormous supply of beans that is in my basement, but the guy I live with is always stocking up on those so maybe that doesn’t count. Happy to say I haven’t done any of the other activities on your list. Well, not quite true, I read quite a bit but not in any way different than the way I was.
    However this does not make me at all productive, I regret to say. my current obsession, if I have one is with a disabled squirrel that I know I cannot help but worry about anyway. but it’s better than watching the so called NEWS.

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    1. See, some people eat beans. And if it’s a part of their regular diet, I have no problem with that. I have friends though that went out and bought 20 or 30 pounds of beans to hoard in their house and I’m like ‘You don’t even like beans… why are you hoarding?’

      You have a disabled squirrel? What is wrong with it?

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  12. I do not see a trend of spending more, quite the contrary, I see people spending less because the future is unknown. For other things – I do some of them because that’s what I want and/or it makes sense. I do cool slightly more than before because I am at home more, and I never ordered takeout or delivery in my whole life. I bake more because baking is a great stress/reliever, but I didn’t bake for the past two weeks, because I was busy :). WIll bake something next week. I never baked bread, and I am not planning to start, but my daughter does since she needs family activities. I was doing online personal training and online yoga for years, and continue to do so. We have tons of online classes through our office gym, and I started to take some, but I like my old yoga teacher and my trainer better, so I am back for paying them the same as before. My yoga teacher actually brought her lesson prices down, so that more people could benefit. I do not have more time to read, so the same as before – trying to read when I can.
    Oh, and I am buying everything on Amazon for many years :). It’s more difficult now since more people started to do the same – but I was there first :).

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    1. How have you never ordered takeout or delivery? Never? Ever? I mean, I know that you like the ambiance and the experience of the restaurant itself, but you’ve never just been headed home late and thinking ‘oh I don’t want to cook I’ll grab something?’. That’s crazy that you’ve never had takeout! Unheard of! lol

      I remember your Christmas baking… if you’re baking more now that’s probably a very good thing for everyone that you know!

      Also, I know what you mean when you say it’s more difficult now to shop everything off of Amazon – delivery dates for here are over a month from purchase date. Totally get it, but I think the month of shipping is what has helped me from overspending.!

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      1. I always have food in my house. If I am not at home, I will stop by Pret, or Starbucks, or Panera, or whatever. But if I am already heading home, there is food. It’s just how my house works. In the extremely unlikely scenario when there is nothing already cooked, I have a bag of frozen cooked shrimp in the freezer, a box of greens and a box of grape tomatoes, a bottle of Italian dressing, grated Parmesan and some bread and/or wraps in the fridge. It is cheaper and better. And faster.

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  13. Guilty of the yoga pants & bread (until stores ran out of yeast). I came back from Mexico to all this with vanilla powder, so good in bread!
    Then they mentioned wearing masks here and I thought of yoga pants (from Target) to cut up into quick masks. Didn’t know that was a thing? Some woman called me, hysterical, saying the fabric actually attracts COVID and sticks to Lycra.
    More than anything else, I’m just blogging and cleaning up after our full house that was supposed to be empty nest about 6 years ago with no pets and keeps becoming grand central. The surprising thing is I bought the mondo TP before Mexico too and that has lasted us this 40 days so far.

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    1. Firstly, it’s dang smart to cut up and use cheap leggings for masks. Are Target Leggings cheap? The trend online is to use Lululemon leggings, which are $100+ per pair. Secondly, the woman who called you hysterical might not understand the point of masks. lol. Does she know that a mask won’t make you immune? That a mask is to stop you from giving out your own germs, not stop you from getting germs?

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      1. Haha, Walmart & Target have cheap yoga pants. That’s funny though, I came back from a run thinking about it and posted that on my account on how to grab some old yoga pants about a month ago.
        She’s off the rails, I stopped talking to her. She goes out mask shaming everyone in crowded places when so far I haven’t even been in a crowded store. Don’t need people in my life who are going to take it up a notch doing google research.

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  14. “I don’t have things I’m looking forward to. I don’t have things I want down the road, I need to spend it all now because quarantine is foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrr”

    🤣. If they’re going to read a book they should read Nelson Mandela’s! Or The Martian. Or probably they should just watch The Martian…

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    1. Cos then they could tweet that they’re watching The Martian whilst not actually watching it.

      Most important thing to remember though— is that absolutely nothing is worth doing, not even breathing, unless you’re concurrently posting about it on social media.

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      1. Ain’t that the dang truth. If you’re not posting about it, did it even happen? 2020’s version of ‘if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around…’

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      2. Hahaha!! I was thinking of that analogy too 🤣.

        Soon, employers will be turning down candidates because they’re NOT posting all of their sordid little secrets.

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  15. Hope the design comes out well! Thanks for the laughs 🤭 I’ve been forced into productivity. We’re taking the plunge and moving into our tent. We move out May 15th, the countdown has begun. I’m looking forward to the escape

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      1. Yes we plan to connect when we can. Jase is studying data science so we will have to figure that out. And I’d go through blog land withdrawals if too much time passes 🤣 I’m worried about Cricket, but she’s an outdoorsy bad ass.

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  16. I haven’t done any of these. Clearly I’m behind on the times. I’ve been suffering a bit of reading burnout, so I can’t even get through my normal amount of books. And I can’t even bake my normal loaf of bread because I can’t find any flour around here.

    Did you do all these things?

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  17. Fabulous rant. I could not stop laughing.

    I think I have pretty much stayed level headed. I got ripped buying things i needed cause the shop keeper hiked his prices up and I had been to his shop for weeks.

    I do freak out when I have to go out shopping. Most big shop social distancing is working. But the little shops that have better and cheaper products social distance doesn’t work as the shop us too small.

    Again great rant , you made me laugh.

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    1. I find there’s a generational chasm too. The older people seem to be fine being near one another and I’m just like ‘ya’ll need to separate’. It can make it very nerve-wracking being in a store when a sweet old lady comes up right behind you and you want to be like ‘step back, now!’ You don’t want to be rude, but at the same time, if anything, she’s likely to get sicker than me. The last thing I want is to infect a senior citizen

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  18. I’ve noticed the trend, and i worry I might look like i’m adding to it by just doing more of the stuff I already did. I do eat beans at least once a week though, or twice if i’ve had to halve a big tin. And we ran out of shop bought bread and made our own to tie us over until we got another care package. I don’t get the butchering or destruction of clothes though! It’s like the 5 minute crafts things where it shows you how to make a Tshirt into a pair of shorts in an emergency. What sort of emergency means I have scissors, a measuring tape, a sewing kit and a spare tshirt, but not the money to go out and by new shorts?

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    1. Very valid point. Masks are making big money right now though. There’s a laundromat in the next town over that’s selling handmade masks for $20 each. Perhaps those doing the five minute crafts with their clothes are hoping to get rich…?

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  19. Tik Tok. Love to watch it not so much all the challenges but it’s a way to bond with my sisters really. Something we have in common that we do to pass time and not stab each other or something. So we learn them and have a laugh for like an hour before we retreat to our corners of the house.

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  20. We are guilty of the bread making. Hahaha… I just think learning to make bread is a good survival skill should the world fall into an apocalyptic ruin. Good thing it hasn’t. It’s a trend, eh? So that’s why stores are running out of all-purpose flour. Yeast also is running low.

    Do what you got to do to keep your sanity, eh? Hahaha…

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    1. AMEN! Everyone finds sanity in different taks, duties, passions and past times.
      My mom loves making bread. She always has. I don’t get it, but it’s her thing. lol so there’s definitely nothing to feel guilty about at all. Everybody is different!

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  21. This post made me laugh. I could see myself in it.😅 I’ve stored at least 6 bags of dried lentils (just one of the variety of pulses stored) which we haven’t touched once in 6 weeks. It’s embarrassing but I had an irrational moment of panic at the beginning. 🤷🏽‍♀️ I’m also guilty of baking bread and creating my own banana muffin recipe (which I’ll eventually get around to sharing). I flip day to day between being highly motivated or lounging around eating/ reading all day. (My daughter has perfected the art of baking chocolate chip cookies which doesn’t help). I keep telling myself that somewhere between my extremes of productivity and laziness there must be balance.😂 I’m reliant on teaching weekly virtual dance/fitness classes at half price just to pay my monthly licence fees, insurance, etc. It’s helped me and my handful of clients to keep moving and stay connected. I do feel better after exercising so I’m grateful for the outlet. I think we need to be kind to ourselves during quarantine and remember that “comparison is the thief of joy.”

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    1. Ooooh so you got the panic hype, did you? No guilt, I swear, I just didn’t understand why people who don’t eat beans/lentils decided to buy them.

      How are attendance in the classes? Good I hope. That’s good that there’s still an outlet in order to be able to pay some bills whilst this is ongoing. That’s also nice that you’re offering it at a discount. That being said, I’m sure that makes it more difficult for you. There’s a gym around here that is offering online classes for $30 a class. Their in person classes are $22. I’m just like… why is online more expensive? I don’t get it. Maybe they’re struggling to pay bills though. I guess I hadn’t thought about that yet.

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      1. Yeah I did panic… I went hungry a lot as a child and have fears about not having enough food. At least I only bought one family pack of toilet paper the day I overstocked beans.😂

        My regulars still show up every week but the class size varies. If I can break even this year I’ll be happy. I won’t accept money from frontline workers because I’m happy to offer them a stress free hour. The classes are actually run by donation because I realise many people just can’t afford extra expenses right now. For those who are in a position to pay I’ve suggested €5 a class or whatever they think is fair. $30 sounds outrageous to me! That said I’m a freelance instructor and don’t own my own studio. If I had to continue paying rental costs right now I just couldn’t do it. Many gyms will go out of business after this unfortunately. Also, live-streaming platforms like DaCast require an annual payment that begins at €300. I’m paying monthly on Zoom at the moment but the quality isn’t as good. All of these things have to be factored in when pricing classes.

        Btw I look forward to seeing your clothing design. I think it’s a great idea!

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  22. I LOVE making banana bread / banana nut bread – even before this pandemic. It is something that my step daughter and I do regularly. Also, baking bread. It is time consuming, but not hard. When you have kids that eat sandwiches all the freaking time, you need to have bread. LOL. So – I have been making it. The stores are more stocked with bread items now, but at the beginning I couldn’t find bread ANYWHERE, or flour. I actually traded two loaves of fresh baked bread for a bag of flour. Haha. P.S. I can’t wait to see your sweatshirt. I hope you post it, even if it doesn’t turn out.

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    1. Trading groceries, that’s rather industrious in a shortage! Next time there’s a shortage, I’m coming to you for advice. I’m pretty sure a bag of flour makes way more than two loaves of bread.

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  23. LOL Your sarcasm is always the best! I myself am guilty of joining the bread baking crew, but I always bake bread. I did get very fancy and bake coconut bread with cranberries, dates and cherries, delish! Don’t feel bad, I have not posted a blog since March, travel inspires by creativity so I have not enjoyed writing since the world exploded. I don’t know where those over productive people are finding the energy, but I simply do not have it! It takes everything I have to comb my hair so I can log on my many work meetings daily, and then run out in my mask hunting for grocery items I haven’t seen for 6 weeks or more.

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    1. You’e not guilty of anything. We’re all finding different ways to get through quarantine. I’ve never heard of coconut bread before, though. I don’t know that I’d buy it, but I’d certainly try it. If you’re sharing, that is.

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    1. I don’t know if I could ever eat canned spam. Even if it was a zombie apocolypse. The texture, the smell… my gag reflex might get the better of me. lol

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  24. I love it! Thanks for cheering me up! Here in Germany the most important has been toilet paper 🧻, canned soup and flour (every flour you. An actually get) – I still have no clue until when these guys need to eat canned soup but hey, enjoy!

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  25. It’s funny how there seems to be a pressure to become “productive” and that there’s a societal standard definition of what being “productive” means during quarantine. But, I think that instead of it being societal, productivity is relative. Like finishing an episode of another TV show is definitely being productive because you did something.

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