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#1 (feral)epg

Posted 29 March 2020 - 05:59 PM

Small things that I like about the current 'normal'

1. I can now use peanut butter in my kids sandwiches.  Cause we're eating at home.
2. DP will finally experience the joys of trying to get stuff done (work) whilst keeping a 4yo and 7yo from killing themselves or destroying the house.  And I can casually breeze in after my day at work and condescendingly ask if he would like help.  Sweet revenge!
3. No more 6am wake ups to get 2 kids to different places and get to work by 8am.  
4. Poorly groomed eyebrows and a bad hair cut are now a mark of social responsibility not sheer slovenliness.
5.  None of my friends will be posting glamorous photos of their overseas holidays on facebook this school holidays.

#2 Silverstreak

Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:07 PM

I haven't worn an underwire bra in weeks.

I am reading a lot of books.

No rushing for the school run, although I am missing it!

No organising school clothes the night before.

#3 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:22 PM

That is a fantastic list, OP!

#4 BadCat

Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:24 PM


Edited by BadCat, 11 May 2020 - 09:12 PM.

#5 #YKG

Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:28 PM

It’s taking 32 minutes instead of 1.5 hours to get to work.
House party app is keeping me connected and social with friends
I have a great outdoor gym setup going on

#6 Sleep Debt

Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:44 PM

I'm no longer getting breakouts on my chin because I'm not touching my face anymore.

#7 Mooples

Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:55 PM

Pjs all day every day.
Much less washing as the kids and I are home all the time so I’m basically just washing pjs.

#8 Dianalynch

Posted 29 March 2020 - 06:59 PM

I get to spend more time with dh and the kids, which belongs on the wins list, and in the venting thread.

yes to peanut butter!

#9 Caitlin Happymeal

Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:05 PM

Kids are only mildly fighting.

We have enough food for now.

As above, DH gets to try and juggle the thought load/kid stuff whilst working from home whilst I go to my now "more important" job (I sincerely hope that there is a societal shift from this, or at least within my household, as I have never felt like a breadwinner but all of the sudden I'm the one who "simply can't take a day off work")

I'm making lots of yummy meals

DH and I are watching some "old" (80s and 90s, so not that old but hey, old enough) together which is nice.

No public transport costs go DH, and he won't be buying lunch everyday.

#10 (feral)epg

Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:07 PM

And no racing to get to after school activities!

#11 maryanneK

Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:12 PM

So much time and money saved not commuting. Extra time with dd home from school. Have now started doing online exercise classes, I don't usually have time for the gym! The house is cleaner than normal because a) I have more time and b) I can't stand WFH in a messy house.

#12 luke's mummu

Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:22 PM

Our local Westfield have quietly canned their 3 hour parking limit. I guess now the restaurants, beauticians and movies and closed, no one spends 3 hours there anymore. Must make it easier for staff

#13 -Emissary-

Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:26 PM

I can now have dinner at 6 pm instead of 9 pm when DH gets home.

DH’s stupid alarm at 5:30 am, that never wakes him up, can be turned off.

I have help with bath time. And sometimes when I lose it at bed time, I can hand DS over to DH and not feel guilty that he needs to sleep and wake up early for work tomorrow.

#14 Caitlin Happymeal

Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:31 PM

Oh oh how could I forget... Telehealth for DDs allied health appointments - this is brilliant and I hope we can continue on with one like this once this is under control. It's a bit of a hike because we moved but didn't want to change providers because of the rapport she had with her therapist. We may now be able to utilize this long term to cut down on commuting.

#15 Caitlin Happymeal

Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:33 PM

Emissary, I so agree with your comment re DHs stupid alarm... Mine has the Vienna boys choir singing "good morning" on his and it DOES. MY. HEAD. IN. 4.50 every morning. I am sure they are lovely boys, but I quite frankly want to punch them at that hour.

#16 eachschoolholidays

Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:49 PM

Some work functions that I didn’t want to attend were cancelled.

#17 Chelli

Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:56 PM

  • All day pyjamas.
  • Not feeling guilty for watching Netflix all day.
  • Eating together at the dinner table instead of rushing around getting people to sports, school, friend's places etc.
  • Incredible gratitude for the space we have at home and living on a rural property.
  • Grateful I turned an unused space into an office last year that is quiet and away from everyone in the house. It has become my sanctuary.

#18 #YKG

Posted 29 March 2020 - 08:32 PM

Right now I’m on here on my iPhone, on house party on ipad with a couple friends and we are watching legal blonde: red white and blue together. Movie night while following directives

#19 lozoodle

Posted 29 March 2020 - 08:49 PM

I don't have to pack lunchboxes.

I no longer have to get out of my comfy clothes.

It'll be a lot nicer snuggling in at home in the cooler months than catching public transport to work at the crack of dawn.

I bought a gymnastics bar and beam a few weeks back for my girls second hand off marketplace. So grateful for them both now so they can keep up their training!

I have a job that can be done from home and my income wont be affected by this. I am thankful for the every day - there are so many sad stories of people struggling right now :(

Edited by lozoodle, 29 March 2020 - 08:50 PM.

#20 Catzilla

Posted 30 March 2020 - 12:12 PM

1.  Now a lot of panic buying, in my area, has slowed, work at times is quieter and not so stressful.

2.  I'm still able to get out for a 30 to 90 minute walk most days before sunrise.

#21 Let-it-go

Posted 30 March 2020 - 01:55 PM

I don’t have to kiss people hello, fingers crossed that one lasts beyond.
Very few supermarket trips and better meal planning.
My skin is looking better with no makeup.

#22 AnaBeavenhauser

Posted 30 March 2020 - 02:01 PM

Car park right out the front of work and no car parking fines!

#23 ckmelb

Posted 30 March 2020 - 02:21 PM

Baby doesn't take a bottle, but I don't have anywhere to go without her now anyway. Ditto with her wanting to sleep in my arms during the day

The board I work with now does Zoom calls so everyone is dialled in with video instead of them calling my mobile phone for the meetings

I've organised grocery deliveries from smaller companies so don't need to go to Coles regularly at all

#24 PrincessPeach

Posted 30 March 2020 - 02:29 PM

Naptime has made a reappearance! Mr 4 is a mich nicer person to be around.

And yep, i don't need to go to networking events.

#25 red_squirrel

Posted 30 March 2020 - 02:42 PM

Not having to ferry kids to and from school. This is such a blissful difference.

No lost hats, jackets, lunchboxes, notes etc etc for kids

No making Lunch boxes

Saving time on commuting all round and all the stress, grottiness and exhaustion that causes.

Home for parcels or deliveries

Can tend the veggies and get all jobs done mainly because saving on commute times.

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