Hello! How are we all? It’s such weird times right now. I’m not sure about you but I feel like life changed overnight.
It’s kind of weird, but we’re almost being given a break… a chance to rest a bit and do all those jobs we’ve put off for so long. But it really doesn’t feel that simple. This time kind of sucks for me in that I’ve effectively lost my job… Well right now at the point of writing this I’m still employed but since I’m basically on a 0 hours contract I have no work right now and no income. But hey, things could be worse. I’m back home with my family rather than having to isolate alone.
So what am I doing to occupy myself since I can’t even work from home?
Well firstly I’m enjoying being in the kitchen. We had a new kitchen fitted about 2-3 weeks ago. We’re so thankful we have a functioning kitchen. Although it is not quite complete and the builders still need to finish things off, the kitchen is fully functional which is quite a blessing really. On top of this we now have a breakfast bar in the kitchen! This is so exciting. I’ve kind of taken to sitting at it to get things done rather than be in my room all the time. I’ve been enjoying trying to make a few more meals than usual from scratch (I have homemade chips in the oven right now) as well as doing some baking. Although I’m having to be a bit careful with what I use at the moment since flour and eggs seem to be difficult to get hold of right now.
Has anyone else got that problem? People panic buying literally everything in the shops? OK I’ve not actually been to a supermarket for 10 days but the online shops are the same. My mission is to get hold of some bread flour and yeast so I can try making bread.
I’ve been running! Yep my last post was about how I’ve started running again. Tomorrow I should (all being well) finish my Couch to 5K programme. I’ve progressively been getting up earlier and earlier to go out running (leaving the house at 6:30am), but I can now run for 30 minutes without stopping. I’m kind of gutted because the running events I had planned in April and May have both been cancelled. I’m just hoping desperately that the Great North Run still goes ahead in September. But I still have a long way to go to build my distance from 5k to 21k! I’ve been enjoying completing virtual challenges to fuel this too.
Hama Beads! These were such a big part of my childhood! I used to make so many Hama Beads. I seem to have acquired the Brownies Hama Beads so I thought I’d give it a go making a few things (don’t worry I’ll replace the Brownies Hama Beads when this is all over). Actually it’s pretty time consuming but quite relaxing. I have a massive project lined up to make a massive Hama Bead picture but I need to wait for the beads to arrive before I can start this.
Reading! I have so many books on my shelf unread so now is a good time to start getting through some of them. On top of this our local library has an ebook library which I’ll definitely be making use of.
Nintendo switch. I’ve certainly been spoiled by my mum (I think she felt sorry for me). She bought me a Nintendo Switch a couple of weeks ago when I first found out I’d lost my job. I’d been talking about getting one for a while but just couldn’t decide for sure if I wanted to get one. Anyway, mum surprised me and bought me one and it came with Animal Crossing so I’ve been playing that. I also ordered Super Mario to play too – I was so excited about this as it was my first ever Game Boy Colour game so it was nice to relive my childhood!
Finally, I’ve enrolled on a couple of online university courses. I’ve dedicated Monday to Thursday as “academic” days where I do something useful in that time. I’ve enrolled on to “Conservation and Protected Areas Management in Africa” and “Tropical Coastal Ecosystems” both are self paced online courses which have mini assessments in the form of multi-choice questions to assess yourself.
How is everyone else doing? Stay safe out there.