And so the news that we’ve all been waiting to hear has finally been announced: the UK will enter a second full lockdown to last at least a month.
Not surprising – but perhaps a little late given the rising numbers and whispers that Boris & co were given this recommendation over 2 months ago, but like everything orchestrated by this government decisions seem to be a dangerous combination of blustering ignorance and reckless indifference.
Aside from the obvious worries for friends and family members, this lockdown for all intents and purposes won’t really effect my life too much – schools are still open (for now) and I can luckily work from home. I have three kids so non-essential trips don’t really factor in my life! I have a haircut scheduled (which is in itself a luxury but definitely something I can live without) and a family trip to Longleat which will almost definitely have to be rescheduled. The plus side to having a young family is that lockdown is really busy and although it’s sad that the kids can’t do the normal after school clubs or go around their friends houses, at least they have each other to play with. Things could really be a lot worse. I know however that this is not the case for all and I feel for everyone who will be feeling despondency and devastation at this announcement. I hope to offer a little light relief with my little blog and will continue sharing my thoughts and stories that will hopefully give us a giggle or at least take our minds off it temporarily!
Can I just ask people to please keep their heads together – if you see others panic buying don’t jump on that insanity wagon we really don’t need to experience another absolute shit storm of panic buying toilet roll – extra madness is not welcome to the general “rona’ madness! It goes without saying really because for the most part we all come together really well in crisis, but please look out for one another; lockdown in the summer is one thing, but lockdown in the winter is something else. I am quite the hermit generally, especially in the winter any excuse to stay home and get cosy is very welcomed, but this is not the case for others. For myself there are still many box sets to get through, there are still many tasks that need boxing off and at least the kids are at school and I don’t have to be teacher again!
Teaching the kids whilst juggling a toddler and work was SOO hard for me during the last lock down that the prospect of that would be totally overwhelming. Everyone has their limits I learned early on what my capabilities were, I don’t intend to ride that shit storm again!!
Here is a handy lock down ‘note to self’ essentials list :
- Don’t decide that now is the time to get fit….you will try so hard the first few days, inevitably get bored, give up and feel like a huge failure…
- Make sure you have enough stocks of alcohol
- Make sure you have enough biscuits in the cupboard
- Cook, cook and cook some more.
- Avoid social media – read some blogs instead
- Working from home does not require daywear….it doesn’t even require a bra (the school run, however does…)
- Get reacquainted with a hobby, its good for the soul
- If you’re at the supermarket and are thinking of buying excessive amounts of pasta, toilet roll, tinned anything…stop. Slap yourself and continue on with your normal shop.
My Final thought and reminder is: cut yourself some slack – being in enforced lock down is tough, even for the most hermit crablike humans amongst us!
Now where the hell is the next Tiger King to keep us all occupied!