jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 24th May 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 68 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Friday 22nd May 2020
As I approach Day 70 of lock down, I have started to take stock to see what Lockdown has done to us. And it is interesting if not disturbing.
First of all we are quids in. We are so much better off There is/are NO: 1. Theatres, 2. Cinemas, 3. Coffee Shops, 4. Restaurants, 5. Pubs 6. McDonalds, 7. Trains, 8. Shops Open, 9. No grandchildren around to treat. 10. Petrol used to spend any cash on.
But on the other hand, I find my time highjacked.
In those good old days before lock- down my day would be filled with childcare, my interests, domestic God duties, gardening or ironing.
I would get up at a similar time each day and the day would be filled with whatever was the necessary subject of the day.
Take an “interest” day as an example:
5.30am Get Up Shower and breakfast
6.00am Checkout internet newspapers and news items
6.30am – 1.00pm 6.5hours Write
1.00pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 6.00pm 4.5hours Write
6.00pm – 6.30pm Tea
6.30pm – 8.00pm 1.5hours Write
8.00pm – 9.00pm Reading
9.00pm – 10.30pm TV
Good system which gave me 12.5 hours of writing on non-childcare and non-domestic days. At 500 words a hour that’s in excess of 6,000 words. For my 150,000-word books that’s one every 25 days. Excellent!
But look what lock down has done to me:
8.30am Get Up Shower and breakfast
9.00am Checkout internet newspapers and news items
9.30am – 11.00am 1.50hours Write
11.00am – 11.30am Morning Coffee Outdoors
11.30am – 12.45pm 1.25hours Write
12.45pm – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm – 4.00pm 2.00hours Write
4.00pm – 4.30pm Afternoon Tea Outdoors
4.30pm – 5.30pm 1.00hours Write
5.30pm – 7.00pm Tea
7.00pm – 8.00pm Reading
8.00pm – 10.30pm TV
That is just 5.75 hours of writing. Or 2,875 words a day. For my 150,000-word books that’s one book every 52 days (instead of 25). I’m sorry that’s just not good enough.
What that has proved is that the lock down has turned me into a lazy bastard. I am giving myself a kick up the proverbial and getting myself a road map out of this place. Watch this space.
Today my writing was Section 1 – My Blog, Section 2 – My Book, I hit 80,000 words today, Section 3 – The book to celebrate my daughter’s 40th birthday later this year.
Our grandsons came to the front wall to show us their new scoots. Tremendous.
We’ve decided that hay fever has given my inner ear the eegie beegeeies so I’m constantly in a dizzy whirl. But the Tesco man delivered and brought me some nasal spray. We are also ok for WD 40 although we’ve probably caused a shortage. Mamma ordered two in error.
As for TV last night we watched an excellent “Have I Got News For You” Hosted by Charlie Brooker. In addition, an equally excellent “Gogglebox”. We laughed until we cried.
A very cool breeze yet some sun.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Being boring is never okay.
“You didn’t wake up today to be mediocre.”
Happiness is…just having time
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
What do you call a financial controller who always works through lunch, takes two days holiday every two years, is in the office every weekend, and leaves every night after 10 p.m.? Lazy.
Love is…thinking of no one else
5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus
We are grateful Lockdown gives us a time…
- A time for road maps…a time for GPS’
- A time for the room to spin…a time to be still
- A time for 6,000 words a day…a time for 2,875 words a day
- A time for new scooters…a time for new rugs
- A time for “Have I Got News For You”…a time for “Gogglebox”
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 48 18 Times – 162 Feet Cumulative Total 7,218 Feet
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS
©2020 Phil M Robinson