all that’s going on, I thought I’d keep a little record for myself
(here for now but I’ll resurect my domain later) of how things are going
here, my own version of the apocalypse diary that I’ve seen a number of
you going for.
So I’m going to aim to write a bit on Sundays looking back on the past week.
Well, that was a week. Our panic stations started a bit early, having
been paying attention to the news for sometime, I knew this was coming, I
didn’t know when and I didn’t know how serious it would be but I didn’t
think it would be minor.
So when we had Adrienne’s mother flying
in from NZ for two weeks… there was definite concern. It was a case of
both good and bad timing. Good in that she was able to get here and see
family a few times and bad in that it was just as travel started to fall
apart all over the world. Stress levels elevated all around and fear of
getting stranded here or worse in transit somewhere. However a short
trip to the airline desk at Heathrow and they got her back to New
Zealand a week early for a very small charge (with the fee waived for
changes). That was good. That was good for everyone. It meant that on
Monday herself and Adrienne were able to go and see Doug and then she
went to the airport and made it home. A long but uneventful journey. On
landing, she was just in time for New Zealand’s two week mandatory
self-isolation to kick in .. so she’s in that now.
We are not
allowed to see Doug, the care home has restricted all visitors. So
that’s going to be a bit of a pain, talking with a bunch of people about
upping their WhatsApp and online contact and doing some video calling.
That’s about all we can do for the time being.
afternoon, like many of the rest of you, we watched the first daily
press conference from Boris Johnson. That evening we were due to take
Doug to see Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan with a Q&A from William
Shatner afterwards. We had already decided not to go as we couldn’t
place Doug at risk, plus I really feel we have a duty of care to the
other residents of his care home so that really ruled it out. The event
went ahead despite the announcements by the government. So far,
Ticketmaster are refusing to provide a refund but they have really
hacked me off and as it turns out I now have a lot of spare time so I
intend to keep at them, I’ll go through the credit card company and
various Ombudsmen too if needs be.
Tuesday was the first day of
the new world. Adrienne began working from home. I’m use to that, I have
a little desk setup in our spare room and work in there most days, when
I have the work to do. Laptop on the couch in the living room wasn’t
really working for her. So we went to our local second-hand office
store, about a 10 minute walk away and bought a proper chair. Wheeled it
back home and then setup our dinner table and made a working desk for
her. Much improved. The week continued like that.
Her job are
are all WFH and making no changes to pay/hours etc so that’s good. She’s
okay and secure. I’m a self-employed contractor and that’s less good. I
have some things to do and I have a contract for over the next ~5
months or so but I’m working in health research and the people around me
are all able to help in the current crisis so a redirect of their time.
I hope I can pick up some of the slack and that’ll keep me working and
that’s certainly the talks we’ve had so far but who knows what the world
will look like in a few weeks, so some underlying concern about rent
and bills. Ugh.
Food wise, well as I say, I knew this was coming.
There was some guidance to prepare to stay at home for 14 days, so we
got prepared for that. Our fridge and freezer and many of our presses
are full. There’s a lot about stockpiling and that on social media these
days and quite a bit of it hacks me off really. First, as mentioned
there was the advice to be prepared and then second, we’ve gone from
maybe having an average of 25 meals at home a week having 42 meals at
home each week, we *had* to have more food in. So I have enough food to
feed 3, in case her mother was stuck here, for 2 weeks – the time we
were originally advised for. The only thing I feel bad about is that I
have a crazy amount of toilet paper… because Amazon had a crazy offer
and I ordered it – but I’d have ordered it at that price any day of any
year! Can’t let a bargain like that go!
We have our standard
Sainsbury’s home delivery scheduled for Wednesday I would cancel it if I
*knew* the slot would go to someone who needs it rather than just
popping back up online. So we’ve decided that we’ll take it, get what we
need but also add a bunch of things that we don’t need and simply drop
them to the food bank a short time after.
Obviously all of our
theatre and gigs and stuff has been cancelled. That’s okay. It means a
number of refunds coming back into my account. We have donated the cost
of some of our tickets to smaller theatres that we are particular fans
of and in some cases we’ve happily accepted vouchers/credit notes and
we’ll see how that goes. My one spend in light of getting a bunch of
money back has been to order a Nintendo Switch so I’ll be hitting you up
for friend codes soon enough.
Other than that, we have Netflix
and Amazon Prime and around 500 movies on blu-ray, so we are working
through back-logs. Today we are going to move the XBox into the spare
room with the TV from our bedroom so that we have two rooms with
console/blu-ray/tv and so we can sit comfortably together or apart and
watch or play stuff. We are coming up with loose plans and hoping to
formalise a little timetable. 3 movie nights, one my choice, one her
choice and then foreign movie night, catchup on all those things with
subtitles that we never got around to.
Handily, board gaming can
and does continue! This week has seen more Isle of Cats which we love
and then yesterday we learnt how to play De Vulgari Eloquentia but
unfortunately neither of us enjoyed it at all. Today we are going back
to an old favourite, The Castles of Burgundy – and over the coming weeks
we’ll revisit some more old favourites while also opening some new
stuff we have stored away and learning new games.
Socially, well a
couple of things. Some WhatsApp groups, some big and some small, some
local and some global. Just a place to be able to reach out to some
people and have a bit of random chat. Working quite well so far. Then a
friend setup a random video hangouts and that worked really well so we
might look at doing that a bit more often. Gaming of course, parties on
PSN, Xbox and soon Switch. Some chatting and some random gaming. Always a
And finally, what are we doing to help.
we’ve joined up our local organising group and aim to be available to
help neighbours. As soon as I finish writing this I’m off to do a
drop-off at the local food bank. We’ve decided that at least twice a
week we are going to take the money we’d normally have spent on
theatre/dinner out and order dinner in. A combination of our local
take-aways but also our local restaurants who have moved to take away,
we’d like to support them and that seems like a good option for us and
for them. Shopping in local shops alongside the larger supermarkets –
and making damn sure to keep up distancing while we do it! The biggest
thing is also the easiest thing. Staying the fuck at home otherwise!
Oh, the real finally. Place bets on when we murder each other? A lot of people have plumped for this coming Thursday
Adrienne has just read this before I post.
She’s asked me to edit some things “That’s how you talk, that’s not grammar”
HOW VERY FUCKING RUDE!!! Who picked today in the murder pool, you might be on to something!