Candice: So we are pretty much all going through it at the moment – my feed is full of people telling me how exciting their day is, what outfit they are wearing, “look at how much fun I am having on video calls.” Or sharing information, true or otherwise. about what is going on. There was even a programme on TV last night about 24hrs in Lockdown, um do you think we really need to know about that, I know there is the lack of stuff to show at the moment but really!
So I’ve done a ‘Buzzword Bingo’ list. You know the ones, they get used for meetings to add humour and you tick off when a certain project-centric or verbose word is used. It adds to the long day if you are at a particularly boring conference.
Tick if you have done the following:
- Worn the same clothes more than two days in a row (I don’t mean undies!)
- Not put your jewellery on
- Not worn any makeup
- Become so attached to your phone and checking on the outside world its become an obsession
- Walking twice as much as you were before this (for those of you allowed to go out for exercise)
- Taken part in Joe Wicks’ exercise class
- Discovered Zoom
- Spent a whole Zoom call trying to teach an elder family member how to make it work
- Found things in your house you thought you had lost
- Ordered random things online – crepe paper anyone?
- Felt like you are running the dishwasher/washing up twice as much as usual
- Constantly washing clothes
- Forgotten what day it is
- Had your child/partner walk in on a video call
- Let ‘things’ grow out (that’s ladies and men)
For the outfit and style things, I’ve gone through the wear the same and now trying to mix it up. I have done my annual summer/winter swap which has added a whole new level of fun to dressing (‘I’d forgotten all about this top’). Also re makeup, as I’m starting to look a little haggard and need that bronzer to zip me up, even if it’s only for a walk around the block.
Even the phone I’m looking at less – I check the BBC once a day for an update on numbers, Boris’s health and any sight of an end to this but Facebook has become BORING.
Walking, bike riding – I used to do a lot but in these few weeks my daughter has gone from a reluctant rider to a proficient one so we go for a bike ride every day. The bonus of car free roads means she can get used to it without us worrying too much about her wobbling. We’ve found we can get quite far in our allocated slot. And yes we’ve done Joe but more for me than her.
Ah Zoom, yes fun to start but I spend most of the day on the phone so the last thing I want to do is speak to people at night too. I did get the parent’s version to work, FINALLY.
Our house has become craft central as my little maker loves craft. Paint is probably the thing in short supply now. We’ve found some of her toys we lost by spending time sorting out stuff to make things with, and also made a lot of things with crepe paper!
It’s all blurring into one, and I do struggle each day to actually remember who I am and what I am supposed to be doing. There is a pad next to my desk that I have to write it all down else, with the constant distraction of childcare, I forget what I was saying and doing. Only my watch really helps me remember what day it is. What I can’t believe is we are on week three. When this started it felt like someone had chopped my legs off, but now it almost feels normal. I know I am not going to enjoy getting back into the ‘chuck child at school and drive to work’ routine. And I’m also going to remember that you don’t have to throw money at things to have fun, there are boxes in our house yet to be opened and games we still haven’t played, thank god for the sunshine and a back garden to play in.
Reading and Writing – well this hasn’t turned into the supper productive period because I’m still working but I’m definitely using books to help distance myself from what’s going on and writing, well that will come when it does.