Another week in lockdown and it’s still going OK, although two of the kids can be a little argumentative at times. A few weeks ago, it would have been impossible to imagine life like this, but I’ve been impressed with how we’re coping with it. I am trying to stay positive (something which has never been my strong point), although I have found this week harder than last. I’ve actually had work this week, so you would think that would make me feel better, but I’ve actually felt more stressed.
Here’s our week in pictures…
Day 89 – Sunday 29th March – my husband and I got out for a 10 mile run in the morning, then I cut the grass in the afternoon. My daughter has finished upcycling our old bed for herself, but the delivery of the mattress has (unsurprisingly) been delayed indefinitely.
Day 90 – Monday 30th March – I actually had some work today, which was nice. It was enough to cover my own pay for today, so we won’t worry about all the days when I haven’t had any at all over the last two weeks… The weather has gone cold and grey, so we didn’t get out in the garden today. I went out with my son while he practised sprints, but the only photo I took was of my window for Instagram stories.
Day 91 – Tuesday 31st March – with everything that is going on at the moment, I didn’t even mention that I spilt water on my laptop last week. Ordinarily, that would be a crisis which would dominate my thoughts at all times, but most of the time it isn’t even registering with me. I do have a desktop I can use, but it is SO SLOW. I’m constantly having to shut stuff down to be able to work. I’m used to working at home, of course, but my clients aren’t. Having them struggling with their systems at home, plus me with my ridiculous slow desktop has been rather challenging. Today I sat at my desk for two hours to do 50 minutes’ work, which I will invoice as 45 minutes’ work. That’s all the work I had all day. In the afternoon, my son and I went shopping for ourselves and my parents. I think we were in the supermarket for about an hour and a half.
The photo is of how far I ran in March – not quite as far as I would have done with the marathon training, but still a long way.
Day 92 – Wednesday 1st April – I woke feeling miserable and worried and couldn’t shake the feeling all day. My eldest has been furloughed – so no more telling his siblings off for disturbing him while he’s working! He can still do his college work and hopefully should be back at work in a month. My younger son is feeling tired, which is not like him, and isn’t hungry, which also isn’t like him. I checked his temperature several times and it’s OK. I seemed to spend a lot of talking time on the phone – to a friend, a client, my mum and my husband (who still goes into the office to work every day, as he’s the only one there). I think I was quite enjoying the weird life last week, but this week is just weird without the good bits.
Having finished upcycling our old bed, my daughter has now upcycled my old bedside cabinet for herself (you can just about see what it used to look like next to it). Unfortunately, when we were at Ikea, we forgot it had three handles rather than two.
Day 93 – Thursday 2nd April – I walked rather than ran for my daily exercise today. I like to go out first thing in the morning, but sometimes it’s nice to save the exercise until the evening and go out for a walk with my family instead. My daughter insisted I take a photo of this pose. I thought it looked rather silly, but when I tried it myself, I realised how skilled it is!
Day 94 – Friday 3rd April – my husband has started working at home (although it was fine for him to go into the office as he was the only one there). He’s made himself a desk using the windowsill in our bedroom. I’m rather jealous of it! He’s in a lovely room with a lovely view.
I had the stress of shopping for ourselves and my parents today. I went on my own and could only get a small trolley, so also had to carry a basket as we had too much stuff. I’m looking forward to the day when going shopping doesn’t feel like we’re in the midst of the apocalypse. I also took my laptop to be repaired. I’m keeping everything crossed that it can be saved.
Day 95 – Saturday 4th April – we started the day with another family non-parkrun parkrun, although with only three of us running today (the boys opted to stay in bed). You don’t need me to tell you that this will be the highlight of our day, with only housework and TV to look forward to for the rest of the day.
I did get the good news that my laptop is going to be fixed. It’s going to cost £200, but I’m just so happy I don’t need to buy a new one.