Week 12 – Sunday 07/06/20


And another week. Another week of much the same. Staying home and making do.

It’s odd. I mean it’s all odd these days. The state of the world is odd and there’s so much that just doesn’t make sense to me anymore – even if it ever did.

Most things remain closed here, some limited re-opening (and some places that are not allowed opening anyways) and then there’s due to be a bigger reopening on the 15th.

Of course if we see a spike anytime now, it’ll be nice and easy to blame on the protests and not say, the congas on VE day a or anything else like that. Nope, not at all.

The protests…. christ it’s complicated. People can’t attend funerals but the streets are full of people protesting without social distancing.

I think people in the masks movement have a lot to answer for. It seems to me that a huge number of people think it’s fine to carry on as normal as long as they wear a mask. So many people posting pictures of visiting family and meeting multiple households and large groups … but you know a few people have masks so it’s all good! And lets be clear, yes masks are good for some specific circumstances but they ain’t some magical cure all and carrying on your life as it normally was before all this but with a mask…. hello second wave! Hello third wave!

Looks to be a lot of spikes around the UK but the government ignoring their own advice and guidelines (no precedent for that eh?) and just carrying on with a re-opening. Their own advisors publicly saying it’s too fast and things aren’t so good but you know, masks people, masks! Oh and eye tests of course…

Moving swiftly along…

Our week has been about as mixed as usual. It started pretty well, I met up with a friend in a local park for a few evening beers. Same as last time, keep some distance and just chat. It was a nice evening and then on the way home when I grabbed a little of our shopping, I found a bunch of Irish Cadburys and so that was a nice bonus!

I accidentally bought a bottle of scotch earlier in the week, a blend too! There was an offer on and it looked and sounded interesting, so I bought a Naked Grouse. It can always be mixed with something if it doesn’t work out.

We’ve watched a bunch of stuff. We finished Giri/Haji, parts of which were excellent but some parts a bit wtf (that dance!). Still we enjoyed it overall. Then we watched A Confession which obviously clicked with herself as we did the 6 episode mini series in two sittings. Now we’ve moved on to catchup on Devs on iPlayer.

I finished iZombie this morning. Found the last two seasons to not be so great and at times it was very much just on in the background. It was amusing when herself was very enthusiastic to suggest I sit down this morning and finish the last 4 episodes. A short time later I realised this was purely so that she could sit and watch the new season of Queer Eye in peace and quiet…. Heh. I’ve moved on to the originals series of Top Boy on Netflix. I just finished the first 4 episode series and liked it a lot.

Our slow cooker is working well. It’s very slow to just cook rice but the rice comes out really well. I did some garlic butter chicken in it during the week which turned out pretty well, I think shredded chicken will be something to look into. I did find a serious flaw with our slow cooker though, as I was prepping dinner at 10.30 am, I found myself gravitating towards the beer shelf in the fridge! I generally do the prep and cooking and she does the washing up so it’s usually beer o’clock when I start doing that. I may have to adjust that now….

Baking was limited to an apple and raisin crumble. I got some fresh cream with our shopping and that was very nice indeed. I also made a smaller one with a bit, okay a lot, of rum and that was very tasty. Baking in the all-in-one cooker seems like an option so I’ll likely add a couple of things to our delivery order later in the week and see how that works out.

Some good news this week when I finally got a chargeback for two set of Ryanair flights. Took about 5 weeks for the complaint to be processed – Ryanair did not respond to the complaint so I suspect I’d have won by default anyways but the money is back in my account.

A bit of work earlier in the week which was good. Hopefully more during the coming week. Before all this happened, there was suppose to be a paper coming out in The Lancet with, I believe, my name on it. Which is quite something but has me even more interested in the various articles about pulling papers and peer review and all of that. I did get another paper published in the Health and Social Care journal which is good!

Facebook reminded me during the week that it was 12 years to the day since I landed in Australia and started to learn how to dive before spending a few days on a boat out on the Great Barrier Reef. That was an amazing time. Such great memories. I’d like to be able to do that again someday but it’s hard not to feel like those times have passed.

A bit all over the place listening to music. I keep trying to change up what I’m listening to, yesterday went from Band Of Horses to Pavarotti. Nothing seems to really click. It’s a bit like everything I suppose. I just don’t want to stick with the same, almost comfort music, and then have it all linked to this time.

Week 11 – Sunday 31/05/20

Late on a Sunday night. It’s been a long rough week.

Fuck, it’s been a week. And that’s without even touching on America.

There aren’t really any highlights. The UK government has essentially lifted the lockdown – just to try to change some headlines and get some good PR. There’s already a clear decrease in distancing all around and a lot more people on the streets. But then again, what do I know? Second peak, no second peak – I haven’t a clue. We’ll just keep going at home and keeping unnecessary trips down.

Some good news for us, the two nights in Brixton to see The National have been rescheduled for summer next year. So that’s another thing to look forward to. We have started to put things in our calendar. Herself mocked me when late last year, I booked theatre tickets for January 2021… no mocking now!

I watched The Godfather on Saturday night. It’s been at least 15 years since I last watched it and… wow. It’s a hell of a movie. I’m trying to decide just how many sequels there are to watch during the week.

We are still enjoying and slowly working through Giri/Haji. Nothing in particular lined up for once we have finished. We’ll find something I’m sure.

Considering an MCU re-watch. I know I’m a bit late to that and a lot of people opened their lockdowns with this but I was thinking about it over the past few days, see how the whole thing hangs together.

I bought Cities Skylines in the latest Humble Bundle and promptly lost an entire day. I really should know better. I did manage to pay off the Tyrant Tom Nook and so now I can get to… Breath of the Wild I guess?

We keep going with the domestic stuff, we’ve added a slow cooker to the kitchen and look forward to trying that. My new wok is pretty great so that’s exciting huh? Yes, this is my life now. Fuckin’ lockdown…

That’s it, that’s your lot. Fucking hell.

I’m not living

I’m just killing time

Week 10 – Sunday 24/05/20

So lets get the big news of the day out of the way first.

There is one rule for us and one rule for them. That’s how it is, that’s what this country (and others) voted for. People knew it when they cast their vote so now they don’t get to be shocked and appalled when it catches them out.

Moving on.

Another week and more and more of the same.

Beautiful weather meant a lot more time in the garden which was nice.

And yeah… I don’t have much this week. It’s all just carrying on.

A couple of trips out. I had to go to the bank. Some banking that has to be done in person and has been outstanding for a while. Not ideal but oh well. The bank staff were lovely, two staff on the door helping people keep distance and directing them one by one. I was impressed.

Then some food shopping and a collection at the chemist. Carrying on with this new normal. Queuing and keeping a distance.

A bank holiday weekend and, again, no plans. Beer and boardgames. Chores and movies. Quiet.

We finished off the Three Colours Trilogy and very much enjoyed it. We missed Giri/Haji when it was on the Beeb and are now catching on on Netflix. Mostly enjoying it but the sometime swerves into soap opera could have been done without.

I found the nail pictured below while gardening. Searching suggests it’s at least a couple of hundred years old which is pretty cool and frankly the most exciting thing that’s happened here in weeks

So…yeah, feck all going on.

We’ve taken a bit of a chance and booked a week in Greece next year. Very cheap (and flexible) flights and we’ve done a reservation on bookingdotcom and we can confirm or cancel at no charge until a lot later in the year.

So fingers crossed we will be in Portugal was is usual for new years eve and then a nice new country early next year.

Just a little more clarity and I’d even consider Kiwiland flights, a lot of really cheap options out there for next year. Something end of next year might work well.

We shouldn’t end up out of pocket on anything so no real loss if it can’t happen. Something nice to look forward to as well… quite a shortness of that at the moment.

We understand that Not.Our.Cat is due to be let out of his own quarantine imminently (I’m expecting him howling at the back door tomorrow morning) but we had a brief visit from Also.Not.Our.Cat which pleased herself greatly. Yeah… it’s been that quiet.

Anyways the tl:dr is pretty much: I am so bored of this shit.