Oh hey, fancy seeing you here!
I thought I would start a little diary to keep myself busy during this odd period in our lives, and to hopefully entertain those who decide to read it.
Short and sweet background: I live and work in London, however like many, I decided to be with my family during the lockdown, which means I am now situated in Pitlochry, at my Mum’s hot yoga retreat.
Lets get started!
I wake up, like many I haven’t been sleeping well, which means I have been waking up later. This is rubbish as I used to be a 5.30 a.m/6 a.m person so I am gradually trying to wake myself up earlier and earlier.
I am failing as you can tell.
Today is the first day I am going to use the Couch to 5k app I downloaded – three weeks ago – as I think running is an incredibly freeing activity if you aren’t as unfit as I am. You can choose who coaches you through it, I originally chose Sarah Millican as I’m a fan of the geordie accent, however she annoyed me so much from the second she started talking I had to switch to the calming drone of Jo Whiley.
Basically, you walk and run for half an hour the first week and then each coming week gets harder/less walking etc etc. This is the app if you are interested: One You Couch to 5K
I told my Mum that I was off on my first ever run, expecting pride and respect in return. Instead I got:
“Okay, let me follow you on the bike to make sure you are okay?”
Both thoughtful and rude at the same time, thanks Mum.
I ran along the road next to the loch, and not ONE car passed me. How can something be so lovely but also have ‘end of the world’ vibes at the same time?
A question I ask myself most days.
Anyway, when I got back I sat down on my bed to scroll through my phone for fifteen minutes and then couldn’t stand up because my legs went:
I DON’T THINK SO
Breakfast is like my ‘me time’, this is the point in the day that is for me and me only.
I pour my bowl of Special K (red berry’s obviously) and fill up the cafetiere ready for the coffee I’ll sip on for 45 minutes, I don’t like it ‘hot hot’ okay?
During this process I watch something, usually on YouTube, today’s choice was Bon Appetit, and Claire Saffitz creating gourmet Cadbury Creme Eggs.
No, I will never make them.
This is just a great series that I love to watch, as the multiple highs and lows that Claire goes through and the visits from the additional members of the team that bring a touch of humour is the perfect half an hour breakfast viewing I need.
Plus, I would like to go grey as gracefully as Claire, #goals.
Time to tidy my room, it appears staying in the house means that my room looks like a casualty by the end of every single day. I’m not sure what I get up to, but it’s like a vintage store has been ransacked.
Anyway, while tidying I decided to watch a bunch of YouTube videos (yes, you will come to learn that YouTube is my go-to) on how to create fox eyes with make up, like cat eyes but a little more smouldery and currently very much on-trend.
Of course I am unsure as to why I am intent on learning this as the only people I see are my Mum, her husband and the mail man, and I don’t feel like putting in the effort for them (apologies).
I don’t believe I will be trying this out for my multiple zoom calls as I am so unbelievably pixelated due to my internet being atrocious.
I’m not bitter, you are.
I can’t really remember where this story was going, but I basically watched so many make up videos that I ended up buying a bunch of make up that I am not going to use for the next month.
Yes, I am also ashamed of me.
I have started to teach myself the hobbies I have always been interested in or used to enjoy and never had the time to pay any attention to them.
The top three are: drawing, guitar and Spanish.
Spanish has taken a back seat because Duo Lingo keeps pestering me with emails and notifications, and because it’s so needy it puts me off, yes, lockdown has taken its toll.
Today’s focus is guitar, I recently have been using a lot of Skill Share , which is a super useful website for learning anything artistic.
I have only just started the guitar, so today’s lesson was being able to go between E Major, A Major and D Major, without any obvious pauses (otherwise known as my fingers fumbling on the strings).
My arms hurt (boo), my fingers hurt (boo) and the pauses between the chords got smaller (yay), so lets just say I won’t be headlining Glastonbury any time soon.
Decided to take a break, and guess what, watch more YouTube.
I needed some positivity so picked ‘Some Good News with John Krasinki’, I would recommend also watching it if you would like something lovely to watch and also if you enjoy the American Office.
I was ready to start my Skill Share drawing course (I am on module three no big deal), but decided as it was such a lovely day I would do it outside.
I ended up chatting to my Mum for fifteen minutes as she was chilling in the sunshine and we watched a couple of Blue Tits go in and out of their nest. I then opened my laptop to start module three, I figured out it was too sunny so the reflection on my laptop was terrible and this module was forgotten about.
This my friends is called, procrastination.
I lay down on a blanket in the sun and ate Asda’s finest cheese balls, classy gal is my middle name, and scrolled through the wonderful app that is Tik Tok. It was at this point my friend Olivia called me to ask for some Instagram advice for her awesome charitable cause Run For Heroes, if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do.
Today I have decided to straighten my hair for the first time in a week, I have been living in French plats most of the time, but since I have TWO zoom calls today I thought ‘lets live on the wild side’ and actually feel nice for once.
What did I watch on YouTube while straightening my hair? Great question, I watched Community on Netflix, hah! Got you there… didn’t I…
I would recommend the first couple of seasons, then it starts to go downhill when Donald Glover leaves the cast.
I have a Zoom call with the team from work, I work in a hotel and our office is Sales, Marketing, Events and Reservations, and we are BIG on birthdays – presents, candles, the lot.
It was decided during lockdown that we would keep birthday traditions going, so when it is someone in the office’s birthday we have a call, sing a song, talk rubbish and bring joy to that persons day for at least half an hour.
4.30 – 8.30 p.m
This time is filled with sitting in the sun, glass of Prosecco in hand, eating a delicious curry my Mum made and watching the Real Housewives of New York.
Another Zoom call, with my wonderful friends that I met in New York, otherwise known as the ‘Stupid Seven’, which is what we called ourselves travelling down the West Coast of America for a month.
This week I was Quizmaster, however my internet is so atrocious that no one could hear me for fifteen minutes, which resulted in me trying to find the landline of the house so I could dial in to Google Hangouts.
Correct, I don’t even get mobile signal.
It was a disaster. I got so flustered and annoyed that I was like RIGHT LETS JUST START THE QUIZ.
Anyway, if you would like help with your quizzes, my categories were:
- Which city are you in? ( e.g If you are looking at X which city would you be in?)
- Who is this? (Picture round where I covered peoples faces with funny pictures of us)
- Finish the Ru Paul’s Drag Race Quote
- Tik Tok (How does this Tik Tok end, Name the celebrity – you get the gist)
- Logo round (I downloaded logos with bits missing for them to guess)
Overall, after the disaster of my internet it went as well as it could have.
There’s always a laugh with this lot.
Watched another Real Housewives with my Mum, and then went to bed.
How was your Monday?
I thought it would be good to end these posts with one thing I miss and one thing I am grateful for.
One thing I miss:
REALLY good coffee, like the stuff made by the independent coffee shops next to my flat that I used to spend £3 a day on without a care in the world.
One thing I am grateful for:
The continued positivity of my family and friends, the current situation would be a lot harder without communicating with everyone we love, even with appalling internet.