When “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon posted the hashtag #IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen on Twitter, people across the country replied back, sharing their own isolation stories. Although social distancing may have changed our daily routines in huge ways, everyone is able to find at least a little joy by sharing the strange experiences that we can all relate to right now.
Knitting for Two
If you're a creative person, quarantine may give you plenty of opportunities to share your passions, like Twitter user MKB who said, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen My daughter started making hats for the cats. The cats are now plotting our demise..."
Card games are a great way to pass the time, but teaching an old dog new tricks is just as fun. Twitter user @Mamabear0772 shared, #IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen"#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen we decided to teach the dog to play Uno with us."
The Toilet is Smoking!
It's the oldest one in the book, but it's the last thing you want to hear. Twitter user @chrisvread shared, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen my daughter yelled in a panic for me to come upstairs because the toilet was smoking..."
Now is the time to take all precautionary measures very seriously, and it's worth it to know that no one is going to stare at you if you're dressed like this when you go out now. Tom, pictured above, said, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I got dressed up to go get the mail."
I Watch What I Eat
When boredom reaches its ultimate peak, great art may be the result. Or, you might just accomplish annoying your housemates. Brye on Twitter posted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I started putting googly eyes on everything just to have some kind of attention."
Sometimes when you get lost in thought, you might end up eating everything in sight. Twitter user @Stephan67529826 posted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I ate all my emergency snacks, I started taking labels off canned goods for "surprise" dinners."
Pets are great company if you're quarantining, but for people who are allergic to cats or dogs, or people who simply don't like furry friends, they might opt for a robotic pet, like Twitter user @curt_zegers who posted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I started talking to my Roomba as if it was a dog when it is on."
All by Myself...
If you're social distancing alone, the phrase "me, myself and I" might have more meaning to you now. Twitter user @jiminburgers tweeted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I literally said "oh hi, it's you again" to my reflection in the mirror this morning."
Close knit Family
Much needed supplies like disinfectant and hand sanitizer are in high demand right now, so protect what you're able to get your hands on! Jimmy Fallon knows this all too well, posting, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I whispered to my hand sanitizer, "You're like a son to me."
Summoning Snack Time
Kids might also be acting odd right about now, so keep a close eye on them or they might just start doing some odd things. Unless, that is, you're hoarding their toys yourself, like Twitter user @dhygiene21, who posted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I arranged my daughters stuffed animals in order of who I would like to be friends with first."
PPE for Pets
To teach kids the importance of hygiene and personal safety, making masks to protect 'sick' toys from other toys is a good start, or just a tremendous way to kill some time, like @megashoefreak, who tweeted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I started making masks for my pup's toys."
$2000 Clothing Rack
We all have a junk door, a chair that gathers laundry or a room in our house where useless items seem to gravitate. This Twitter user shared, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I cleared off my $2000 clothing rack and started using it as a treadmill."
Swim With the Fishes
Social distancing might be turning you into an animal, and if that's the case, try sympathizing with the pets around your house. Don't be like @LaurenFry88, who tweeted. "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I yelled at the beta fish for giving me dirty looks."
"I'm Going to Type Every Word I Know!"
If you're finally taking up a hobby, good on ya. If you're not, don't beat yourself up about it! Twitter user @HallowsHaunts posted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I decided to bust out the typewriter."
The graduating class of 2020 might only have virtual graduation ceremonies, but they're going to attend them in style. Nicole Place shared her daughter's experience tweeting, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen my teenage daughter who normally thinks everything I do or think is mortifying agreed to do a Covid19/Grad2020 photo shoot."
Walking your dog can be seen as a chore, but for people who are social distancing at home with their pets, these walks can be the highlight of their day. Unless, you get jealous of how often your dog gets to go outside, like Erik Thompson, who tweeted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I became jealous that my dog gets to poop outside."
Introverts may not have this problem, but for people who revel in interacting with others, social distancing measures are changing the way they communicate. Twitter user Matt Supplee admitted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I started writing heartfelt responses to all the weird coronavirus marketing emails from big-name brands."
He's a Great Listener
Even if you don't normally have a green thumb, if you're spending a lot more time at home than usual, you might find that it's easier to take care of your plants than it was before. You might even find them to be great listeners like Eli Kane, who tweeted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I told my plant "we're in this together."
Taking the Band on Tour
For creatively inclined people, quarantining may be a time to delve into your passions and create your magnum opus. Or, you might hit a creative slump. A music teacher shared this photo with the caption, "Organized a rehearsal on my living room stairs. Named it Corona-Band. Planning a house-wide tour!"
Seeing Faces Everywhere
If you're stuck in the house alone right now, you might be searching for a friendly face anywhere you can find it. And that might mean seeing faces in some interesting places. Twitter user @tattooed_sam shared, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I started finding faces in the carpet patterns."
A Drive to the Mailbox
If you're all dressed up with no place to go, try making an outing of the simple things in life, like taking out the trash. Twitter user @PuzzleGeek48 tried this out, saying, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I drove to the mailbox because I miss my car."
Peace and Quiet
If your sleep schedule has gotten way out of wack this month, you're not alone. And, your roommates might even be thanking you for it. Twitter user @muroonfaloon admitted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I let my college age kids sleep till 1:00 so I can have alone time."
Day of the Week Cushions
When your living room is also your home office, new yoga studio, entertainment center and family room, you might need to put a few new rules in place to keep things orderly. Twitter user @savannahsister posted, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen I started naming all the cushions on my sofa with different days of the week so I don't wear just one out."
When there's a line outside of the grocery store, or take-out isn't available, you might have to start getting creative with your meals during quarantine. Will this include mashed potatoes with peas in bologna shells, as the internet has dubbed #struggletacos? Hopefully not. But, Twitter user @DrOrthotics said, "#IKnewIHadCabinFeverWhen this started to look like a good idea to try!"
I Always Have Cabin Fever
Even though we're all having a dose of cabin fever while we stay in our homes for weeks on end, Twitter user @downstimes was quick to point out, "I LITERALLY live in a cabin, so... I win."