The Nxhshirt – Official Never Underestimate A Woman Who Loves Baby Deadpool Shirt COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over, but more and more people are getting vaccinated by the day, with almost 17% of the U.S. population having received both doses. Combined with the news that vaccinated people are unlikely to carry or spread COVID-19, some vaccinated friend groups are beginning to return to something approximating normal. I’m overjoyed to be able to gather indoors with my friends again, but when one of them suggested an Easter brunch at her apartment, I balked. Not because of the religious connotations—I’m Jewish, but I love celebrating any food-centric holiday—or the stress of socializing again, but simply because the word brunch immediately struck fear into my heart. It’s been over a year since I made my way into a stuffy, overcrowded restaurant to eat rubbery omelets and chug down the obligatory bottomless mimosas, and to be honest…I don’t miss it. While I would give anything to magically snap back to pre-COVID society, our new era will undoubtedly call for some reexamination of social norms. I can’t imagine ever getting on a packed subway train again without a mask (or, at least, not for a very long time), and the idea of staying out until 4 a.m. the way I used to fills me with dread. I hope that some of my crowd anxiety recedes and my joie de vivre returns as the threat of the pandemic lessens. But there are some things I’m more than happy to dispense with forever, and waiting in line (in line! The indignity!) for potatoes and eggs I could have made at home is definitely one of them.