A Week Off Work – At Last

What with Covid-19 and lockdown and furlough and being a key worker and everything, the week off that I’d booked for the week after Easter didn’t happen. That means this is my first annual leave since Christmas, and I am SO looking forward to it. My FEET are so looking forward to it. No plans,…

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…

My Unfurloughed Day

I work for a major DIY chain in the UK. I used to be a kitchen designer. I like to think I still am… Alarm set for 6:30 but awake by 6. Mug of tea and bowl of cereal in bed, then into the shower. Put soup (Rubber Chicken Day 4) into a flask for…

No Furlough

I fall into the ‘not furloughed’ category – found out on Monday. The boss had asked us for our preferences a few days ago, but with no guarantee that we’d all get what we wanted. They were still making decisions about how the furloughing would actually work – maybe they would pick individual stores to…

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…

Known Unknowns

It’s the not knowing that’s the worst part of all of this. ‘There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know…

The Accidental Key Worker

Can I admit to having Lockdown Envy? The thought of being able to stay home, maybe read a book, go for a nice walk as long as I stay away from people – that sounds lovely. My reality is very different. I’m a kitchen designer – but because I work for a major DIY store…