photo credit: Arlene Amitirigala. All rights reserved.

Fridays have always been special for me. In London, either I would go out with friends or grab a quick gin and tonic at the pub around the corner with Hubby. When he was away, I settled into a ritual with the kids – pizza and ice-cream (mine drizzled with Baileys if you please) and episodes of Jane the Virgin. Or I’d get a sitter and have some free time. My first Friday in lockdown found me discombobulated.  In this short series, I get even more personal as I share journal entries from my first days of lockdown in the U.K. and the changes it brought. These are my #CovidDiaries. 

March 27, 2020 

Day Five. Friday. I am in a bit of a funk to be honest. Despite starting the day strong – did 20 minutes of PE with Joe with the kids and then ran for 15 minutes outside – I felt off, health-wise. And then I read the news, which was extremely depressing. I almost burst into tears when I read about the 16-year-old French girl and the Italians dying in their homes and funeral homes so overwhelmed they can’t collect the bodies for days. And I was in a funk about work. And I feel terrible and guilty that I haven’t completed filing my taxes. And Lauren’s scoliosis appointment went well but she needs a new brace so I have to cough up £2800. God, you are the source of my financial wellbeing. I leave it in your hands. 

The #CovidDiaries –Two Meters Apart

The early days of lockdown were very much about coping, navigating a new normal together and out in the public. In this short series, I get even more personal as I share journal entries from my first days of lockdown in the U.K. and the changes it brought. These are my #CovidDiaries. 

March 28, 2020 

Day Six. Saturday. We spent the day at home. I did a challenging Pilates conditioning workout with heartcorelife and then I tuned in to DJ Cinde Rella live on IG. She threw down some serious tunes and I had a blast dancing in my living room. Then I chatted with *** to process how I was feeling. She reminded me about setting boundaries. And I chatted with *** too – she’s fine.  

We ordered food from Munal Tandoori. The wait was long and awkward – being in there, all of us circling each other warily, staying 2metres apart. This is a strange way to live. But I was grateful that they were open for takeout. I also popped into Tesco and voila – I got two bags of brioche rolls! I could have danced in the aisle.  We hauled out the Monopoly tonight and had great fun playing.   

Thanks for stopping by. How did you deal with the early days of lockdown? Share your comments. Remember to hit ‘like’ and subscribe. I post new content each week.

© Arlene Amitirigala 2020. All Rights Reserved.

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