I'm hoping by now you have hopped onto the virtual happy hour train because it has literally gotten me through this time of social distancing.

I don't know about you, but hitting up happy hours in downtown New Bedford twice a week was commonplace for me before the pandemic hit. I needed the human interaction that wasn't just with my co-workers.

In the first few weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak, I found myself sitting on the couch, sipping a glass of wine by myself. Now yes, it has been a little more frequent but who hasn't increased their intake by a few drinks a week during this time?

Finally someone sent me a Zoom invite to a virtual happy hour and it was a total game-changer. I'm proud to say I have at least one a week now and I look forward to it. It's my "me time" with people that make me laugh. Plus we are also getting creative with the mixed drinks, too, making up new concoctions with whatever ingredients we have in the house.

Also, lots of friends are spilling the tea about past relationships – yes, because they are drunk but mostly because they don't feel like any of us are in a place where we can judge right now.

I'll confess, there was one happy hour that I didn't actually have any alcohol. I was on a juice cleanse and didn't want to ruin it.

If you don't drink, that's ok, a few of my friends actually used the virtual happy hour to make and eat their favorite desserts.

Honestly, happy hours are what I am looking forward to the most when it's safe. Until then, cheers to my laptop!

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