Project 366 2020 Week 14

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.

Running, Runner, Selfie, 366

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.

window, blind, plant, Instagram, 366

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.

running, distance, mileage, 366

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.

Drawers, Bedside cabinet, Upcycling, 366

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!

Daughter, Ballet, Railway crossing, 366

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.

Husband, Work at home, Bedroom, 366

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.

Parkrun, Husband, Running, 366

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  1. It sounds like you and your family are coping really well with the lock down. I’m glad you are trying to stay positive. Good news that you have had some work.
    I bet your daughter is gutted about the mattress being delayed.
    Your work does sound challenging with the slow computer.
    My fella has been furloughed too. It is a bit of a worry but his boss said he will get 80% of his wages at least which isn’t bad considering he’s just sat at home & not working.
    I’m glad your younger son is OK. Everytime my two say they feel hot, cold or tired I start to panic.
    Your daughter seems to be really into upcycling things. Oops about the handles. She is so skilled with her funky poses. That must take some strength to achieve.
    What a gorgeous view for your hubby. He looks very settled in there to work. x

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    • Thanks very much. My husband is very happy with his new work space and I’m pleased my daughter is so good at keeping herself busy. Being furloughed isn’t ideal, but it’s definitely preferable to losing a job. I hope your other half can get back to work soon.

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  2. That sounds like a lot of money but that will depend on the cost of the laptop in the first place. A repair should make it as good as new. Is this something the insurance might help with? I have a £100 excess on mine.
    Love her position, her shadow looks like something from war of the worlds.
    Well done to your daughter with the up cycling

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    • It is a lot of money, but to buy a new one would cost about £1000 and it otherwise works very well. Sadly it’s not covered by insurance! I hadn’t even noticed my daughter’s shadow in the photo, but I see what you mean now.

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  3. Sounds like you’re coping well as a family, despite the frustrations. Your husband does have a good work from home spot, glad you can get your laptop fixed, but will you have to wait long. Shopping for me is OK, I have a trolley and only been out once, but do need to get to corner shop for milk soon. That pose by your daughter is hard, I had a go, fell on my arse lol

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    • I also had a go at my daughter’s pose, then realised it was very hard indeed! I’m hoping to have my laptop back by the end of the week. I still haven’t got the hang of how much five people eat when they are at home all the time, but it turns out I definitely need to buy two or more loaves of bread when I go shopping!

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  4. I think your husband has chosen a very good place for a desk. I am impressed you are all still running. Work is hard to come by at the moment, seem to be getting a lot of “can you work for free” offers

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    • I’m quite jealous of my husband’s desk! Working for free is not a good thing! My work has picked up slightly over the last few days, so I’m hoping I’m not going to have any more weeks of no work.

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  5. Ouch, that’s an expensive repair, but worth it for the time saving doing work. I’m not sure your husband’s desk set up would pass proper desk set up advice lol. Our office person has had 200 workstation reviews to read and act on, and the head of facilities then drove chairs and monitors etc to those who needed them. I just sit at the kitchen table with my laptop.

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    • My husband’s ‘desk’ definitely wouldn’t pass. I think it’s lovely, but I don’t think I could manage to work there myself – I certainly couldn’t while I haven’t got my laptop! I’m just relieved I didn’t have to buy a new one. I used to work at the dining table, I’ve also worked at the breakfast bar, but now I mainly work at my desk in the spare room.

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  6. That beside cabinet looks great. Your daughter did a fab job. That sounds like a lot of money, if you guys were closer I’d have looked for you. The photos are lovely and it is great you are still out running too xx

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    • Thank you, that is so lovely of you! The cost of the repair was the best case scenario. I’m just relieved I didn’t have to buy a new one! My daughter is doing a great job with her upcycling. It’s stopping her from getting bored! X

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  7. Oh no to the laptop but glad it can be fixed. £200 is a lot but cheaper than having to buy a new one!

    Ideal workspace for your husband with a nice view. Although not sure I would find it comfortable as can’t stretch the legs out!

    Love your daughters pose…it does look hard to do!

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    • I was very happy with £200 to get my laptop fixed, although obviously I wish I hadn’t damaged it in the first place! I think I would find my husband’s workspace uncomfortable, but the view is lovely. The pose is definitely hard to do!

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  8. That sounds like a rather pricey repair, but I guess your laptop is expensive. Fingers crossed, you’ll have it soon.
    The pose you daughter shows does look very difficult to balance. Don’t think I could do it. Glad to hear that you’re still running. Shopping is a real pain these days. I don’t drive so there is that much I can carry, even with a bag on wheels, it still is pretty heavy and I have to stop every few metres to rest my hands. I used to order all the heavy groceries online, but of course, now it’s almost impossible to get a slot. Keep safe!

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    • I was very happy to pay that to get my laptop fixed, far preferable to buying a new one! That does sound horrendous trying to shop on foot. What a shame you can’t get an online delivery. I had some deliveries booked a few weeks ago, but I cancelled them as I felt guilty about vulnerable people unable to get them. It sounds like you really need them, though!

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  9. I think there was a novelty about having to stay in early on which helped at first – I know I certainly found the second week harder than the first because of it. I’m glad you’re still able to get out running and doing your nonParkrun family Parkrun together. Love the upcycled bedside unit and that pose that your daughter is doing does look difficult. Love the view from your husband’s ‘desk’ – I’m not sure I could work on a windowsill though – I like having a bit of space around me. Glad that your laptop is being fixed. Hope you are all keeping well x #project366

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    • I’m not sure I could work on the windowsill either, but he’s very happy there! Funnily enough, I found the third week of lockdown easier than the second. I’d just settled into it more, I think. It has been very good to still be able to run. x

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  10. I hope you don’t experience any financial issues as time passes. Its a shame about the laptp. It’s better that your husband doesn’t go out when he can work at home, at this point there is no need to take unnecessary risks. Your daughter is shocking me with her amazing moves. Great news of the laptop!

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    • Thanks very much, my daughter definitely does have amazing moves! It’s good that my husband can work at home to minimise our risk.

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  11. Glad the laptop can be fixed. It’s a real worry when things like that go wrong and you are dependent on them for work. Hope your son is better soon. That’s a lot of running given you had stopped training.

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  12. Hope you are feeling better? It is a weird old virus isn’t it?
    I have also been furloughed which feels very strange.
    That upcycling job is really good, I need to do that with some of my furniture that needs a revamp!

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  13. Hope you are okay. It is a funny situation for all. Sorry to hear about your sons job but it must be nice to have your husband at home now. Love the colour of the draws shes very clever in deed. Hope your youngest has his appetite back. Good news on the laptop too xx

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  14. I finally left the house this week for some walks and a shop. I didn’t realise how much I valued the freedom to go outdoors! I have even thought of going running for the first time since school… #project366

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    • Going outside is such a fantastic freedom and I have always appreciated that, but you definitely don’t realise what you’ve got until it’s gone.

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