Guest Blogging – I Need YOU!

If you’re reading this, I want to hear from YOU. Fancy writing a guest blog for me? We’re living in very peculiar times. All our lives are different now, whether we’re working longer and harder than ever before, or stuck at home with not enough to do. Maybe you’re furloughed? Maybe you’re self-isolating? Maybe you’re…

How are you Sleeping?

Not being able to sleep is a common theme these days. I’m not great at the whole sleeping malarkey at the best of times. My ‘normal’ sleep is from about 11pm to 5am – anything more than that feels like a lie-in. But I can drop off on the sofa without even trying. Which is…

Be Nice. Stay Home.

I wrote this just seven weeks ago – or what feels like a lifetime ago. Back in a time when corona virus was unheard of, social distancing hadn’t been invented, and furlough wasn’t even a verb. But I thought it was important to write it then, and I think it’s even more important to re-post…

When Life Seems Jolly Rotten

I’m not going to say that life will never be the same again – life WILL be the same again. But for the moment, and for as long as it has to be, our lives are going to be different. So here are a few positive thoughts about this strange situation that we all find…

No More Days Off

I had a day off from work yesterday. Turns out I’m a key worker. Didn’t see that coming. So – first thing I did was sleep for nine hours – from 10pm until 7am. For someone who normally only feels the need for about 5 hours’ sleep, I think that shows I’m quite tired with…

Lockdown

Yesterday was the first day of ‘lockdown’ in the UK. I work as a kitchen designer for a major DIY chain. As a ‘hardware store’ we are counted as providing an essential service, so we’ll be staying open one way or another. We sell items that people will need in order to keep their homes…

Back off, Buster

I’m tired. Very, very tired. I work in retail. That’s really all you need to know! Yes, it’s a customer-facing role. Yes, it has its challenges even on a normal day. But add Corona Virus to the mixture, and you get a very special sort of crazy. In the last two days  – A total…

Self (isolating) Help

I’m setting up a group for the road I live on, to help people who are no longer able to go out due to Covid-19. If you’ve got something similar going on where you are, how did you go about setting it up? So far, I’ve dropped a note round to all the neighbours (it’s…

How To Be Bored – 15 ways to help you get through this

Whether you’re self-isolating for 14 days, or in a vulnerable group and needing to shield yourself for 12 weeks (and assuming that you’re not actually ill) you’re very likely to be bored out of your skull. Here are 15 ways to survive the boredom – Do something that’s needed doing for a long time –…

We’re not laughing any more

Only a couple of days ago, we could laugh about it – oh, it’s only like having the flu, I’m stockpiling books and chocolate… I’ve gone from thinking, ‘It can’t happen to me…’ to thinking, ‘If it happens to me…’ to thinking, ‘When it happens to me…’ in a matter of days. There have been…

See Naples – or not…

Well, I booked my first solo holiday back on 14th February. I’ve paid for my flights, and a deposit on my accommodation. I haven’t booked anything else – I’d planned on booking the ferry trip to Capri, a walking food tour of Naples, a trip out to Pompeii. All the stuff. Well anyway – you’ll…