Things that you’ll do differently post-pandemic?


Is your state already opening up during the pandemic as it winds down? I know some states have started to open up. Some more so than others. Here in New York, all but New York City has started on “phase one” of reopening.

I can only hope and pray that we can return to some kind of “normal.” I know that some things might change, but I hope that most things stay the same.

Is there something you will be doing differently post-pandemic?

I work in an after school program. Well… that is I DID work in an after school program. I am currently furloughed. I guess my job depends on what school will be like in the fall. Will there be more online classes? Will the school day hours be cut? I wish I had a “magic ball” so I could see into the future to see what school will be like in a few months. I can only guess that things will be different to some degree to keep children and their families safe from a second wave of the COVID-19 virus (I heard there could be a second one).

I think some teleconferences with doctors are appropriate, especially if it’s a follow up visit where no physical tests (such as blood tests) need to be taken. For initial visits I would think a face-to-face meeting would be best.

Meeting with a therapist or counselor online would seem appropriate, such you are more so talking than being physically examined. This is a great article in regards to online counseling and therapy – https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/counseling/is-telephone-counseling-therapy-appropriate/

I’m all for supporting small businesses, and I will continue to do so whenever possible. I would prefer to order ahead of time and continue with curbside pick-up, if possible. At least for a while until there is a vaccine available. I will also continue shopping online as well (I think me and Amazon are on a first name basis now… ha ha).

As much as I’d like to get a hair cut, I think I’ll hold off for a long time. I can trim my bangs when needed. When I am able to return to work, I’ll worry about a hair cut then. I’m also certain that hair salons will be extremely busy for the first month or two when they open. There are a lot of people in dire need of hair cuts, as well as those who took it upon themselves to cut their own hair and need it fixed. My son is one of those people who couldn’t leave well enough alone. He decide to trim his own hair and messed up. Now he has a funky looking Mohawk (no kidding!).

I don’t think I’ll be going to the mall anytime soon, will you? That to me sounds unsafe. Not only that, I’m not a fan of going to the mall. I only go there if I need something, or to go to the movies.

Going to the movies is another concern of mine. My husband and I usually go to matinees, which are less crowded. Maybe that won’t be so bad. I guess we’ll see about that one. There is only one movie I can think of that I really want to see, A Quiet Place 2. We don’t mind streaming movies on Netflix, Hulu, FandangoNow and Amazon Prime.

We’ve never been one to hit up popular tourist spots. We had planned on visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island this summer, but we can wait until next summer if need be. It’s not like those places are going anywhere. We’ll be happy just to walk around Cold Spring, N.Y. and do some antiquing. We also don’t mind going hiking and strolling around local parks.

I’m very much looking forward to hanging out with family and friends. I’ve been dying to visit my relatives in Pennsylvania. My husband and I spent the night at my cousins house back in September and we had a blast. We played a card game called Cards Against Humanity (this is NOT a “family friendly” game), then watched a horror movie in the dark. It was a lot of fun.

I would think hanging out with family and close friends would be safe enough. I’d like to think they would be around others if they knew it was safe to do so.

What we wouldn’t do for a barbecue right now!

We’re still “on the fence” when it comes to masks. Even if they are no longer required, we might wear them a little longer. Hopefully others will too so that we don’t look dorky.

What about you? What things do you plan on doing differently post-pandemic? I would very much love to hear your thoughts on this. Please leave a comment and share your personal thoughts about this subject.


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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Maryann D. says

    I live on Long Island and it certainly has been a stressful and scary time for NY and everywhere. I have been trying not to go out often as well as my family. I do miss going out leisurely shopping though and visiting my siblings. Let’s hope we will be able to go out more often soon and hope everyone obeys social distancing and wearing masks. Stay safe!

    • Kimberly says

      You have it a lot worse than we do in Rockland Co. I feel for you and the people in the city. I’m happy that you guys are entering Phase One, just like we did. But… I’m still very concerned for our safety and well being. It just takes a few people to not follow the rules to make this virus start up again. I hope you stay healthy and safe too!