Thursday, 4 March 2021

Today was Thursday

Day 341...

So today was my last Thursday off for a while; we have changed the staffing rota at work which will mean my 'day off' will now be split over two afternoons instead.

The day has been relatively busy though as I caught up with some 'around the house' jobs, did some podcast researching and then had my butchers delivery arrive. 

It must have taken over an hour and a half to simply unpack everything, split it all into meal size portions, re-organise my freezer to pack everything away and then get rid of all the rubbish. But then again when my order consisted of 5kg of chicken, 3kg of minced beef, steaks, burgers, 100 sausages and 4.5kg of bacon it's probably not surprising it took me a little time to sort it all. But I do love being able to get an order like this and know that I am set-up for a few weeks as well as supporting a small business.

As the day moved on Michelle and I decided to delay this weeks podcast recording; both of us are having busy work weeks this week and we are simply running out of free time to not only get the podcast recorded but then edited before we publish it. Better to wait until we are both in the right mindset to produce the type of show that we are proud to put out there.

Simon managed to get 'down the gym' this evening while I did my little workout in the comfort of the living room. I'll always put on some music or something while I'm working out and tonight I decided to hop onto Disney+ and pop on Hamilton; such a fantastic production and I can't wait to be in a position to go and see this in person...some day...whenever that may be!

And we plod on in a world where we seem to have seriously lost the plot. Procedures that were a given over a year ago have been abandoned for lockdowns and mask wearing. Some areas in the world are opening up, some areas are proceeding with caution and places like the UK are having to deal with some of the toughest lockdown measures - why? It's a virus, viruses will do what viruses do, we need to learn to live with it and let it become endemic like we have done throughout our history. I am not denying the existence of the virus I am simply questioning whether the approach to dealing with it has been right. Time will tell and I am sure that over the coming years there will be numerous enquiries, but whether we will ever know definitively what we should have done and whether we will ever get back to 'normal' we will just have to wait and see.

Take care out there.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

At Work Wednesday

Day 340...

Well it was Wednesday once more and it was a usual Wednesday in work, and it was quite a busy day.

I have quite a few things happening at the moment to do with forward planning, new starters, fees due, staffing and cash flow forecasting. Then there was the usual daily admin tasks, emails and banking on top of that.

This afternoon I was tasked with generating some text for our Mothers Day gifts that the children are making. I was quite proud of myself as Google Docs wouldn't let me do the text that I wanted so I embarked on a little internet search and found exactly what I was looking for. I was able to create the text I needed, in the colour, style and shape I wanted and then simply download it before printing it out.

I was also able to get on top of printing a few bits and pieces out that will also be used for our Mothers Day gifts as well as a couple of displays that are in progress.

On my way home I ran an errand for my dad and then arrived home just as Simon was making a pot of coffee...perfect timing!

The remainder of my afternoon, up until early evening, was spent doing yet more pre-school work. The knock-on effect of prep work for a child starting next week, enquiries from other parents about changing and increasing the days their children attend along with assessing cost implications long term following 'the budget' announced by the UK government today.

And that's where we are today...all feels a little bit of a whirlwind but I think everything has settled and a clear path forward is at hand...hopefully!

Take care out there.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Tuesday Thinking

Day 339...

Today has been my first working day of the week and after a pretty naff nights sleep I wasn't feeling the most energetic this morning.

But once into work it was simply a case of getting on with the job at hand. The team have got some fantastic activities planned with the children this week and it was great to catch up with my deputy manager and hear how well everything was going.

I had the usual admin and banking to do as well as chasing parents for a few bits and pieces. As we have entered the second half of our 'Spring Term' we are now beginning to put into place the planning for the upcoming 'Summer Term'. This means assessing the spaces we have available, the staffing requirements and the all important costing of what we would like to do!

I had the afternoon off and had a quick stop by my dads on the way home. As he is still without his car he has asked if I can run a few errands for him. Once home I decided to carry on with the work that I had started this morning.

I know it was an afternoon off and I shouldn't have been doing work but the fact that I could sit in the quiet of my kitchen, and uninterrupted, meant that I could spend some much needed time, and focus, on figures, dates and data. And although it took me almost all the afternoon and into early evening it was very worthwhile as I am now armed with facts and figures with which to move forward.

Simon took a visit to the 'gym' tonight but as I was still up to my eyes in figures and had a splitting headache I decided to simply carry on and get the job at hand completed. 

So it has been a later than expected finish to the day so I think it is probably about time I stopped!

Take care.

Monday, 1 March 2021

Monday Again

Day 338...

Monday has rolled around once more and it was a pretty quiet and steady sort of day.

We had the usual grocery shopping to collect and this week we had picked up a few bits for my dad who is without a car at the moment. So on the way back home we stopped by his house to drop off his little bit of shopping.

Once the shopping was home and packed away we took a walk out and ended up in the next village and found a coffee shop that was open...well it would have been rude not to have popped in! But we did manage a 3.5 mile walk in just over an hour so I think the coffee was well deserved.

Simon has spent some of the day sanding and priming the final R2D2 parts. He will hopefully be able to paint and then assemble the final parts very soon so that we will have a full size 'droid' living in our house.

The rest of the afternoon saw many coffee's consumed and much discussion about the current situation we all find ourselves in, the outlook for the future and how we see our own future unfolding. If nothing else being forced to 'stay home' has provided the opportunity for some interesting discussions to take place, and by interesting I do mean positive.

But that is where I will leave it for today as my day has run out of time. 

Take care.

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Sunday, Sunday

Day 337...

Another quiet and lack lustre Sunday has rolled around.

The motivation levels have been severely lacking today despite it being another bright and sunny day.

A slow start to the day was followed with the usual Sunday updating of my online grocery shop while Simon did some more sanding of various R2D2 parts.

We took a walk out over the fields and while there were a few spots of squelchy mud the paths were definitely a lot dryer than of late. We managed 3.3 miles in just over an hour and ten minutes. This brought our total miles for February to 61 miles in 20 hours!

The afternoon was spent drinking coffee outside in the sunshine reading my latest book while Simon did yet more sanding!

I then decided to make some keto garlic bread, trying a new recipe out for the first time and I have to say the end result is very yummy, and just a little bit moreish!

And then the day was rounded out with the Disney Dream Girls weekly Disney quiz via Zoom. We had a good old chat and attempted to put the world to rights and somewhere in there were my questions on the film Brother Bear. Next week we will be having questions set by Kacy on the movie Muppet Treasure Island, which is a movie I don't think I've ever seen!

And as we round out today we cast our minds back to this time last year. Simon was in Boston, US, for a video game exhibition called PAX East. He was spending his days in a busy, crowded conference  hall, shaking hands and getting up close and personal with people from all over. He had traveled there and back using planes, trains and the tube in London and all at a point when the pandemic was more than likely 'raging away'. A year on and we find ourselves in this indeterminable lockdown, with our liberties and freedoms taken away. In a world where we find ourselves questioning all the time what we are allowed to do, where we can go and with whom. I thought that we lived in a free democratic society but it feels more and more authoritarian by each day that passes.

How things have changed in a year! Take care wherever you may be.

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Sunny Saturday

Day 336...

Well this Saturday we were up and about with purpose for a change! 

We had the job of collecting some donations for pre-school from our local Asda. Jon, their Community Champion, really looks after us at pre-school and always helps out as much as he can. Jon would love to be coming out to visit the children but until that time comes around again he helps out with whatever supplies we need. Today it was a trolley full of different fruits ready for our story time activity next week; acting out the story called Handa's Surprise which involves different types of fruits, some of which children may not have been introduced to yet.

After dropping all the goodies off at pre-school we arrived home and immediately went out again. This time it was our usual Saturday morning walk into the next village for coffee...and a cake to bring home for Ethan. Another 4 miles walked, taking our February total to 58!!

We then sat outside in the garden, in the sunshine with another coffee...maybe two! It was lovely to be sat outside in the warmth of the sun and just take a short while to chill out, and soak up that all important vitamin D!

Simon has done a little more work on his R2D2 build and made some enquiries into getting one of his latest art pieces printed so that he can sell them as a limited edition print. Always a tricky one to make sure that the final artwork prints out at the right colour saturation so he spent some time tweaking and playing around with levels of colour.

My job for the afternoon was to sit and watch the Disney film Brother Bear so that I could come up with some questions ready for tomorrow's Disney Dream Girls Disney quiz via Zoom! It is a long while since I have watched the film and while it was a nice little film I don't think it's one I'm going to be rushing to watch again anytime soon.

Well, Simon has rounded out the day with a little gym workout while I write this blog and do a little menu prep for the week ahead...trying to be organised! With the amount of time on my hands at the moment it's the least I can do. And then we will be sitting down to our usual Saturday night viewing of RuPauls Drag Race!

Hope you've had as best a Saturday as you can, take care.

Friday, 26 February 2021

Friday Finally

Day 335...

And we have reached the end of the working week for this household. Another day in work before the excitement of the weekend...please note this should be said with heavy sarcasm!

But yes a day in work which was pretty standard sort of stuff, the usual admin, emails and banking.

On getting home I decided to be very organised and cracked on with making tonight's dinner...keto chicken curry pie. Now this is a fab recipe and one that takes a little while to make and cook but is also one that is better left to cool after it's been cooked.

I had good reason for my approach tonight. Make and cook aforementioned chicken pie. Leave pie to cool while watching tonight's episode of WandaVision. Once the episode was watched we had food ready to eat. A little forward planning for a seamless evening of TV, red wine and food.

WandaVision was another fantastic episode and while it filled in yet more of the story line it still leaves lots of unanswered questions and characters that need explaining more. Next week's finale will have lots to tell us and I am really intrigued as to how this will play out and how it will fit into the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe. OK I will admit it...I have become a geek...I can only apologise!!

So now it is time to stop for the evening and prepare for the weekend ahead! Oh how wonderful it would be to have a weekend full of things to do or at least have a weekend where we can just do what we want, when we want, go where we want and with whom we want. And yes I appreciate that there is now a 'roadmap' out of lockdown but anything like the 'old normal' is still a long way off and I am skeptical that things will lift as they have been laid out; there are so many caveats to the plan ahead that I automatically assume that dates will get pushed and changed to suit.

We need to get back to normal, we have to accept that this virus will be with us for a while, if not always in some shape or form. We have to accept that lockdowns are doing more harm than good, that children need to be in education, that we need to be able to socialise and have the freedoms to live our lives as we see fit. We need our lives back.

Take care, wherever you may be.