06 Oct / Going out
Some people, who have far too much influence in my life with no reason, will be happy to know that I went outside the house today. I even walked through a mall. *gasp*
What a palaver.
Previously, when I’ve wanted to walk to a shop during my lunchbreak at work (that’s work as a physical place rather than the work I’m doing at home) I just used to walk out of the building and make my way there at a nice amble.
Today I had to change my clothing because I dress for the conditions, and the conditions at home are very, very slack. I had to put decent people clothing on, and I may even have overdone it. Certainly there were ‘those looks’ from all the people who’d gone out this morning in only jeans and a T-shirt, but that may also have been something to do with paranoia from slowly growing agoraphobia.
After changing outfits, I then had to go through my bag and make sure that my keys and my wallet were in there. Since I haven’t touched it for weeks, I couldn’t rely on my memory to assure me they’d have remained intact.
Then (gosh I’m tired just thinking about it) I had to fit the bag for grocery shopping into my handbag in such a way that the contents of my handbag wouldn’t spill onto the floor of the supermarket when I pulled one from the other.
Last of all, I had to put my mobile phone into my handbag. When I’m at my physical workplace my mobile phone lives in my handbag. It only comes out for recharging or secretive usage. At home it sits, wherever.
I must say I feel a sense of accomplishment that I managed to do all of that. Half an hour of solid work just so I could leave the house and walk to the supermarket. Go me.
Once I’d left the house and was walking I did discover that I’d left my earphones at home so I couldn’t even listen to a podcast while I walked to and from, but that’s now made it onto the to-do list of pre-planning for outings.
Or, I could log-in to the Countdown website and order my shopping to be delivered. Now, why didn’t I think of that before?