10 COVID-Related Habits I May Not Break Even After it Ends

  1. No more Nice Pants. Is there a reason why I should ever wear ‘Nice Pants’ (NP) again? (NP defined as anything that is not considered athleisure including but not exclusive to jeans, trousers, capris, culottes, khakis, you get the idea)
  2. Given the absence of NP-wearing, why wear anything else but joggers?
  3. Building a collection of scarves (no one can tell you haven’t changed clothes on Zoom if you change scarves), hats (because it’s just a lot easier to not worry about my hair), and glasses (a minimal attempt to accessorize on Zoom). 
  4. Curbside pick-up. Because I never really liked going to Bed, Bath & Beyond in the first place. 
  5. Carry-out cocktails. While I’m wearing my non-NP attire with my hat and scarf and going out for curbside pick-up of my take-out dinner, why not add a to-go drink as well?
  6. Hoarding essentials such as wine, bourbon, La Croix, Nutella and Kettle Chips.
  7. Inhaling pizza as if an imminent COVID shutdown will instigate the Great Pizza Shortage.
  8. Using viruses as an excuse to avoid social occasions with people who drive me absolutely insane. No, sorry I have a cold and should social distance. Maybe next time.
  9. Commuting during rush hour. Do I have to explain this one?
  10. Locking myself in the bathroom for some ‘me time’ away from my kids while surfing my phone and chugging wine Sideways-style. Oh wait, I did that before COVID too. ❏

Karen Huh is a working mom in Seattle whose sarcasm cup runneth over.

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