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Self Isolation Diaries: Day Five

29.06.21

This has gone so quickly, I can’t believe it’s the last day already.

I wanted to get a few bits done but also make the most of the last day to chill out. Dale was also home so we took Reggie out together and had a fairly chilled morning.

I have this habit of making a to do list that’s way too big to manage, so there’s still a lot that’s not ticked off… I wanted to get at least one more room ticked off so I focused on the hallway.

The hoovering needed doing again because Reggie’s fur is just everywhere, all the time. It’s no joke when people say that Corgis shed like crazy! The stairs also always end up super cluttered so I cleared them and cleaned up the skirting boards. I tidied up all my candle making stuff too because that always seems to end up in a proper mess… I wanted to make more today but somewhere along the line it didn’t happen. Maybe at the weekend I’ll try again!

As it got later in the evening, I felt like I needed a bit of a self care routine to relax before going back to work. I put a face mask on and also painted my nails. There’s something very calming about doing my nails, so I tend to have a different colour on each week.

I also thought it was best to do another covid test, which was luckily negative.

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All in all, it’s been nice to be home for a few extra days although I also know that going back to routine and normality at work will be good for me. I am tempted to do more diary posts like this though!

If you have enjoyed this style of blog post, be sure to let me know in the comments.

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Self Isolation Diaries: Day Four

28.06.21

Today was my most productive day off in a while! I always manage to be more productive when it’s a weekday and I’d normally be at work, I think because I need to keep myself busy and I guess it’s routine.

The day started off like normal – a cuddle and a coffee in bed with Reggie. Yes, he sleeps in our bed with us… it was never the plan but I wouldn’t have it any other way now… anyway, I digress.

After Dale went off to work, I got myself up and started a spring clean in the bedroom. I polished everywhere and then got the hoover out. I wanted to get these bits done before I had breakfast, because at least then I’ve achieved something… just in case I end up not doing much else. When I sit down to eat seems to be the downfall!

Anyway, the hoover was clogged up… Reggie sheds like crazy now that he’s an adult, so we get a lot of fur in the hoover. I pulled it apart to clean out and then couldn’t actually get it back together again… great. I spent probably the best part of an hour sorting that out, which put me in a bit of a bad mood! A tiny bit of dirt got stuck where it needed to click back together, basically. I had to use a hair pin to dig it out, so that was a pain!

After I sorted all of that, I stuck on a wax melt to test out. The strawberry ones I’ve made aren’t giving a very good scent throw, as I think I’ve gone for too much fragrance oil if I’m honest… I also really keep meaning to write about my candle and wax melting… so many blog post ideas and so little time!

Breakfast was golden syrup flavour porridge. Yum.

Then I loaded up the dishwasher and reorganised the cleaning cupboards. Even more hoovering, then wiping down surfaces.

Then I had a work email that really bothered me. By this point it was lunch time so I had a cuddle with Reggie for quite a while and let myself have a chill out.

I eventually got myself up again and tried out my wax melting pot, which was great! It’s been a fair few weeks since I made anything so it was really lovely to get back in to it. I have so many ideas in my head if what I want to do though and sometimes I find it too overwhelming, so then nothing gets done instead. I’m really working on not putting pressure on myself, especially as it’s just a fun hobby!

I made a couple of mango scented candles, as I’m still working on finding the right wick. I’ll let them cure for a while and then test them out. If only I could make money on all the candles I’ve made and tested out already!

We had fish for dinner which was nice and healthy too, strawberries for pudding. A chilled evening, watching Netflix. I’ll be sad to come out of isolation if I’m totally honest!

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Self Isolation Diaries: Day Two

26.06.21

Dale asked me this morning when we got up if I’d made any plans… well funnily enough, no! I had a morning spin class in the garage and apart from that, bugger all.

My intentions, as usual, were to be productive after I’d done spin, but it’s just gone 4pm as I’m writing this and literally… I showered, published a blog post, ate lunch and then had a nap. That’s it. That’s been my day. I’m not even sorry to be honest!

I still have 3 whole days left to be productive… honestly the rest of the day after a spin class I’m just totally done in. I thought exercise was supposed to give you energy?! It’s all lies…

I will probably have a little bit of a potter about this afternoon and in to the evening, as Dale has gone out to a wedding. This means I have to get my own dinner sorted, so I actually do have to get back up off my ass at some point…

Even to turn the TV on, I need to actually get up… currently all I can hear is the neighbour singing along to Bon Jovi and it’s not exactly the soundtrack I want for a Saturday evening.

Reggie and I have had a lovely cuddle though, which is always the best. He’s now currently laid across the foot stool in front of me, absolutely fast asleep. I love him so much.

I’m going to make myself tuna pasta for dinner, although the only pasta we’ve got in the house is spaghetti. It feels weird to have that with tuna although I know it’s technically all the same. I think I’ll stick a film on while Dale is out too, I fancy watching Dirty Dancing. We’ve been binging New Girl on netflix and there’s an episode where Dirty Dancing is bought up and I’ve been wanting to rewatch it ever since.

Tomorrow is another day to be productive!

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Self Isolation Diaries: Day One

This certainly isn’t the return to blogging that I planned but here we go…

25.06.21

I no longer work Fridays, so today started like any other day off.

I got out of bed when Dale went off to work and I walked Reggie. Came home, had some breakfast. Did a bit of tidying up before getting ready to out for an appointment.

I went to my appointment with no hiccups, then met my mum in town for some lunch. We had a great catch up, actually sat inside Costa with actual coffee cups and were about to head to Boots. “How long do you have left for your parking?” She asked me… as I got my phone out to check the time, there it was. A notification from NHS test and trace.

Being rather an anxious person, my initial reaction was of course blind panic. Immediately I felt ill, as if I’d just been told I actually HAVE Covid-19. My mind raced and I realised I needed to head straight home. Mum helped me to switch my rational brain back on and reminded me that I’ve already had both my jabs and besides… I’ve not felt ill until right in that moment. So to go home, take a test for peace of mind and just make the most out of the situation. I’m always craving more time at home and here it is!

I was exposed on the 19th June and only just being notified on the 25th, so it’s 5 days at home.

If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s being home with no plans, so 5 days is nothing! Although it does concern me that I’ve been going about my business for almost a full week, before being notified of the exposure… Luckily I’ve only been to work, wearing PPE, so actually it’s pretty ironic that on one of the rare occasions I’ve ventured out to anywhere else, I was “exposed”.

First things first was to let work know so I rang my boss whilst walking back to my car. Luckily I would only miss two days and can easily make up most of that time. So may as well enjoy the time off… there’s always plenty to do at home, Reggie loves the company and I can make plenty of candles and wax melts.

I calmed down and got home, tested and it was negative. Phew.

So time to get on with all this extra time at home…

I’ve been struggling to stick with any kind of blogging schedule for a little while and fell out of love with it all as a result. I’ve been trying to kick my butt in to gear and make a grand return, just not quite managed it yet. So I’ve decided to make a diary style blog series about how I fill my time. Plus of course, it means I can work on the many drafts I’ve started over the last few months! Stay tuned, I hope you’re all safe and well.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve had to isolate recently and how did you fill your time?