Monday, 30 March 2020

Life Lately: March Edition

March has been an...interesting month, huh? Everything was going swimmingly until the middle of the month. And then it all went to hell. Coronavirus made itself at home here in the UK and we were, eventually, put on lockdown. Cafes, restaurants, cinemas, gyms, all non-essential shops were closed. Everyone in the UK was told to stay inside and leave only for one form of daily exercise, to get food shopping or medicine, or for medical appointments. And deaths from Covid-19 began to rise. At the time of writing, and publishing, this post, the UK is still in lockdown and likely will be for some time. So is around a quarter of the world's population. These are strange and unsettling times, indeed. But we're all in this together. And I'm coping by throwing myself into the things I love; reading, gaming, and blogging. In today's post, I'm looking back at a month that saw everyone's lives turned upside down. 

Doing...Before we all got told to stay indoors, my husband celebrated his 35th birthday. We spent the day in Stratford-upon-Avon, drinking coffee, shopping, and spending a couple of hours in Shakespaw Cat Café surrounded by adorable cats! You can read my post about our visit here. Shortly after, my husband flew to India for work and I had a week alone, which I thought I'd love but actually hated. My grandparents came to visit, little did we know it'd be the last time we'd see each other for who knows how long, and I got my nails did. Oh, and Harley went to the vet for a health check and I got told off for his failure to lose any weight! Many plans we had for the month had to be put on hold for the foreseeable; a birthday meal with the in-laws, and a meal out with old friends. But that's okay, those are things to look forward to once this pandemic has passed and we're all allowed out again. 
 Buying...all the books. Nothing new there, eh? I also treated myself to a few clothes in the Next sale recently. But I'm not sure I'll get them now, as Next have closed their warehouses and online shop for the time being. I placed my order two days before this happened, so all I can do now is wait for the items to turn up or a refund to arrive in my bank account!
Reading...quite a lot. Not much else to do really, is there? I'm hoping by the end of this lockdown I'll have finally got through my huge magazine stack and be ready to start on some books! 
Watching...Chris and I are re-watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on Netflix at the moment. I'm also excited to see Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers is now available on Netflix! During the day, if I'm on my laptop, I'm usually re-watching Friends on Comedy Central. There's also been some great true crime docs on Sky Crime; The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, and The Murder of Martha Moxley to name a few.
Eating...better. One good thing to come of this lockdown? We're eating out and getting take-out a lot less. We've chosen Friday as our take-out day and the rest of the week choose something from the freezer!
Spending...a lot of time indoors. But isn't everyone? I do try to get out once a day for our permitted exercise, usually just a walk to the shop or around the estate. But at least it's a bit of fresh air and a change of scenery!
Can't see my grandparents again. We normally see each other at least once a month, so the prospect of going three months, at least, without seeing them is horrible. But it's worth it if it protects them from this awful virus and keeps them alive and well. 

I've been taking lots of Lush baths lately. It's not like there's much else to do. And maybe lockdown will see me finally deplete my Lush stash!

I had no idea this would be the last carvery we'd enjoy together with our neighbours for some time. The day after this, lockdown came into effect and all restaurants were closed.

Shakespaw Cat Café (Exterior)

One of Shakespaw Cat Cafe's resident cats.

How are you coping with the lockdown? 

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