The Isolation Diaries...
In these strange and, quite frankly, bloody scary times we are living in, I've decided to produce a blog within a blog if you will, to get me through the isolation days. Now, I have to be perfectly honest with you, I am not finding the isolation or the social distancing too much of a problem. In fact, if it wasn't for the fear for my family and friends health and the uncertainty with regards work and finances, I would totally be living my best life right now! No social gatherings - check - I don't like people, hands up if you're socially awkward? Stay in your house - check - I hate leaving my house, staying at home is the best thing in the world for me.
That's not to say I am taking this lightly, of course I'm not, but you have to do what you can to get through it right? I am almost living a vampires existence, I don't leave my house during the day and have resorted to only going out when it's dark - less chance of seeing anyone - to take the puppy for his 30 minute walk. I find myself jumping into alleyways and changing direction on the odd occasion I do see another body out and about - not in the least bit suspicious... The poor pup is highly confused and the fact that we couldn't be less obvious with his flashing LED collar just makes it all the more amusing. Also, why is it I feel the need to cough as soon as I'm out the front door?? It's like a nervous tic that I am silently apologising for as soon as I start walking!
And then there is the home schooling! Anyone that is having any success in home schooling their kids I take my hat of to you. We started off with such high expectations and my 5 year old seemed to be completely on board. But now 4 days in and he's has taken to telling me he's having some time off and to try again next week. Thank the lord for Joe Wicks and his daily PE sessions! Although that becomes less fun when the puppy, that is currently the size of a small horse, decides he wants to join in and the front room becomes a tangle of legs and fur. At least we have been blessed with good weather - can you imagine just how miserable this would have been if it had carried on raining? And because of this, we have been spending a lot of time in the garden. Today the 5 year old has been playing out scenes from Thundercats - yes, he's retro - I'm sure my neighbours have been thrilled!
I don't think there has ever been a time when I have been more engrossed with Sky News, this seems to be the main topic of conversation between husband and myself. In fact, the husband now seems to be an authority on everything related to the Corona Virus, what would the world do without him... ? Like the rest of the country I imagine, I am constantly checking for updates on what help will be available to families, employees and the self employed. With such uncertain times ahead I find myself just looking for that glimmer of help or positivity that we can latch onto.
For me, I am happy to say that I am able to work from home for now, I just hope this can continue. Every day I write myself a list of things to do and my goals for the day to get me through. Plans to take up a course, learn a new skill or just read as many books as possible. I might even squeeze some exercise in somewhere but let's not go too mad, there's only so many hours in a day.
So, I hope you are all keeping sane - stay in, stay safe and hopefully we'll see the light at the end of the tunnel soon.