I've been doing lots of home improvement projects around the house and the yard. Its actually been great.
I would agree with this. I replied to another thread on a similar topic to this, so this is kind of an update. The working from home has been happening these past few weeks. A great opportunity and one that has proved successful - as I perceived it would. I would even say it is a career highlight - this pandemic opening up that opportunity.
Only going out for essentials, the restrictions about the same as what melpax has described - the 'stay at home order' hasn't done anything negative for me up to this point. I guess I am much more introverted than I give myself credit for. I have not really missed anything about pre-pandemic life - so far. Sounds weird I am sure. The fact that I am spending more time at home means that I am seeing things through creative and not so tired eyes. I notice things more - things that need doing, or need changing.
I was aware that I needed to spend more time at home - but there was always a need to be somewhere, do something, see someone, go someplace. Now that the decision has been taken away I've relaxed into the comfort of home life. Coming into winter in Australia, I think it is easier. I feel justified that I am spending x amount of time in a place that I have put a lot of time and investment in. There is more of a balance. Mentally I am better than I was a few months ago - bushfires aside. It has also allowed me to get over that summer and move on.
I haven't been able to buy all the supplies I need for my home jobs, so I have been making a lot of lists. A rest of 2020 list. A to-do 2021 list. Clarity is the key.
Easter has come and gone. That was fine. It has been so quiet. Hadn't spent an Easter home for about six years. The airport is eerily quiet, very little air traffic. Each week it becomes more noticeable. We had our annual Anzac Day last weekend. Seeing the few shrines outside people's homes was something that was mostly new to the remembrance in the current stay home at restrictions, but I hope it becomes an annual tradition. I've met neighbours when out walking. I've seen my neighbourhood on a more regular basis.
This week the rations on the supermarket products have been lifted. I had been able to buy toilet paper for the last three weeks and have not hoarded - well maybe slightly now. Pasta and hand sanitiser are the only products that are still noticeably absent or in short supply. Glad that social behaviour has passed. Being able to eat pickled onions, and feast on garlic-fuelled foods has been good. All the non-sociable stuff, but very good for the immune system - as if an excuse is needed LOL. Been trying out 'tricky' dessert recipes, and things I've never had the confidence or patience to try before, like crème brûlée and panna cotta and home-made ice cream, and cassata.
I finally got my points back from my cancelled trip to Tasmania, but am still waiting on the refund on the $ portion. My local area of Tassie I visit turned out to be one of the worst hit areas for the virus, with cruise ship pax being the source of a lot of cases in Australia. I cancelled my trip to Victoria in July, on the premise that it will be cancelled. Got a credit voucher for this one. I can always book afresh.
Not too worried about the hair cuts. Haven't had one in twelve weeks now. Am letting it grow (female) so not too worried about looking shabby when us gals can wear it up. Couldn't care less at this stage about the colour growing out and the grey creeping in (not too abundant) because everyone is much the same, it's kind of a novelty. It's the 2020 look.
I haven't had enough time to go insane so to speak, there are still not enough hours in the day. I've got so much to do. I spend too much time watching YouTube. Not as much Netflix yet, and definitely not enough reading - but I do try and make some effort, and really enjoy it when I get lost in a book. I am doing a jigsaw, and I enjoy an app called 'Rush Hour' where you need to get the red car out of the 'car park' square - by moving the other vehicles out of the way. I had used it as a board game, - the original sliding block traffic jam puzzle, and yay - there is an app equivalent. I guess work still takes up a lot of my time - seven to nine hours a day blocked out, five days a week.
I am managing to eat quite well, and not put on weight. That is a really important thing. Of course my steps are down. 10K a day is optimal but I am averaging less than half that now. FitnessBlender.com is my choice of home exercise routines. Social media is much the same as it was before. Same for contact with family and friends, minus the visits of course.
The gov are talking about easing restrictions in a week. The first thing I will do? Go to IKEA. Go to the airport fence. Go to the hardware store. Buy a new iPad and a new iPhone too maybe (upgrades).
I am fortunate of my situation, and that my family and friends are well at this time, as am I.