Sunday, 29 March 2020

Weekly Update #105


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Oh, the shifting sand we currently stand upon... This week has been another interesting one!
I went into the office on Monday to take care of a few things in anticipation of a lockdown and what do you know? Lockdown was ordered by the government on Monday night!

The professor was/is on the critical worker list but even he has been told to stay home for the next three weeks before having to go back into work (while I continue to stay home with the kid until schools reopen etc). 

So, we're all at home together and only allowed to go outside the property line once a day for a walk/run and one of us is allowed to go to the grocery store once a week. 
Fun!

We all survived the first week of working from home and home educating the kid so I'm classing it as a success even though I only put on outdoor clothes once this week. 
*shrugs*

I thought being home a lot would mean extra time to read, blog, watch tv and stuff but it turns out my brain cannot latch onto anything and I'm struggling to do any of those things!
By the end of the week though, I'd managed to settle a little bit. 
Getting started is difficult but once I'm actually doing the thing (whatever thing), it gets easier.

On a side note, my poor hands! They're so cracked and dry and it sucks!
"Skin-friendly" soap is not skin-friendly for this level of washing people! When we get back to "normal" levels of handwashing, I still don't think my hands will recover... Not to mention, I bloody burned the back of one hand getting food out of the oven the other day so that doesn't help. 
(I have aloe, cream and lots of good stuff, don't worry.)

The mother-in-law had her surgery last week and is home and doing well. She has to self-isolate for 14 days as the surgery has made her vulnerable but since Ireland is in lockdown too, that's not too different from what she'd have to do anyway.

Hope you're all okay!


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Pucked Up, Alpha's War, The Diary of A Popstar's Wife and Under Locke - Free via Amazon
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You Deserve Each Other 
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A Damsel and A Demigod 
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Hunting Fiends For the Ill-Equipped
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Disney Plus finally released in the UK!
This week, I took the little dude on a nostalgia trip with Sister Act and The Mighty Ducks.
The professor and I then watched Solo.

We also finished S1 of Picard and it rocked!


Preparing For RARE: Postponement!
It's Wednesday!! American Demon & Slayer
Top Ten Tuesday: British Romance Authors
Review: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #3)


Blog Tour & Review: Dark Prince by Michelle Hercules
Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
March: Month in Review
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Signs You Are A Bookworm
Review: Hunting Fiends For The Ill-Equipped by Annette Marie

(Funny seeing as our Prime Minister and Health Minister both tested positive to C-19...)

Have a great week all!

41 comments:

  1. Sounds like your lockdown is more strict (and probably more effective) than ours - that you can only go to the store 1x a week. We have so many people buying freaking everything at the stores!

    Sounds like you made it through, with homeschooling! Good luck next week and stay safe!

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    1. It is quite strict and the police have started fining people if they catch them out and about without sufficient reason... It's madness!

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  2. My hands are dry as hell from all the handwashing. Hand lotion does help a little for me but I have diabetes and my skin was already dry so this doesn't help.

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    1. Ouch! Hand cream helps mine a little but it's barely had time to do any good before they're getting washed again and taking the cream off...

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  3. Well Nicci the situation is the same here: lockdown! I am lucky enough that I don't have small kids to teach . Stay safe.

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  4. We are all home together as well. Hopefully we can all get into a routine so the reading (and the sleeping) can return.

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    1. Fingers crossed! The desire to read is there but the brain just wont switch off to enjoy. :(

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  5. Your lockdown is stricter than here. We have no gatherings, but are not limited to our shopping, where we can walk, etc. I have actually gotten to talk to my daughter on the phone this week. Usually, I am out of the house for work for over 12 hours, and she has work and stuff, but since we are both home, I have gotten to hear her voice for the first time since Feb 2nd. It was a treat for me. Good luck with everything at home, and hang in there. You got some good books there. Prescott's books are fun.

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    1. I'm glad you've gotten to speak to your daughter!

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  6. I thought I'd be reading more with this self-isolation but, like you, I can't concentrate on anything. My hands are very dry and cracked from all this hand washing too.

    Thank you for your kind words about my kitty. I appreciate it.

    Take care and stay safe!

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  7. Your issues with lockdown sound similar to the unable to focus I'm having. I also burned the back of one hand. We don't really have any limits to shopping but we don't go out. I have groceries delivered although I have to make a pharmacy run tomorrow. I'm hoping we can get into more routine with the spring break ending today. I want to read Hunting Fiends for the Ill-equipped and A Damsel and a Demigod but I wait for the audio. I have KU right now so I could read them if I get too impatient.

    Stay healthy, safe and happy reading!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. Hand burns suck! Speedy healing to yours!

      I guess we'll still be in lockdown at Easter break but at least there won't be home school... Just a 9yo brimming with energy and no way to spend it! :/

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  8. I know what you mean about sore hands! I have a mechanical massager and use arnica-infused oil to treat them each evening, which is keeping them from getting cracked - which is important, given how much typing I do. I hope the coming week isn't too stressful. Take care and stay safe, Nicci.

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    1. That sounds like quite the handcare routine! But it makes sense. I do like arnica oil/gel... It clears up bruises and swelling quite nicely. :)

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  9. I need to watch Picard! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

    Enjoy your time at home once you have time to settle in to the new "normal". My concentration has been off, too. All I seem to be able to manage is listening to audiobooks while I eat. πŸ˜›

    Have a wonderful, and healthy, week! 🌞 Stay safe.

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    1. I'm not sure I'm a fan of the new normal yet but hopefully we'll get there! :)

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  10. My hands are in awful shape too. All that hand sanitzer I use at work and also the extensive hand washing. I try to remember to put lotion on afterwards, but I often forget. It sounds like you are making the most of the situation. I cannot focus on reading at the moment--at least not for long. I hope that improves soon. Both my husband and I fall into the essential or critical employee category. We're lucky my husband is being allowed to work from home. I am only able to work from home for a couple of days a week, starting this week. The other days I have to be in the office. It seems like everything changes week by week, often day by day. We're hanging in there, but it's been difficult. I hope you and your family continue to be safe and well.

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    1. Both of you falling into that category is harsh. I hope you both stay safe. Fingers crossed the situation improves for everyone sooner than later!

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  11. Your lockdown is stricter than ours in California. They don't tell us how many times we can go on a run or hike, or how many times we can go to the grocery store. This is why there's no toilet paper left! My concentration sucked too, but I got away for a 4-day weekend to our house in the mountains and we don't have wi-fi so I stopped listening and reading the news as much. I finished a book and started another. Must get to Picard!

    Stay well and safe, Nicci!

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    1. The toilet paper thing is madness. The strangest thing about this entire pandemic!

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  12. I thought I'd get extra time to read and blog too but online classes and working from home seemed to be tougher than I thought. Lockdown just started for us last night here though we've been told to stay at home weeks ago and every boundary here has a checkpoint and they don't let you pass easily if your motive/reason for going outside isn't important. Understandable though because the virus is spreading surprisingly fast here.

    I hope you and your family are well. Stay safe!!

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    1. You too! Stay safe and good luck with everything during lockdown. It's tough on the head space!

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  13. Woah, that's an extreme lock down you have going on in terms of one person leaving once a week to grocery shop and all that. I hope that it helps flatten the curve quick though. And that's good you're all home and safe at the moment - I hope that continues!! It was hard for me to really focus on reading for a bit, but I'm getting back to it!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It is quite harsh. The police are fining people too if you get stopped out and about without sufficient reason... Fingers crossed it works!

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  14. Oh wow your lockdown is more severe than ours. We're in shelter-in-place but are pretty much allowed to go out and go to stores as needed without a one a week restriction or anything like that. Although to be honest I'm okay with the lockdown if it helps to contain this mess. although not being allowed to go places does get old. :)

    Working/ educating from home is definitely an adjustment! And I hear you on the hand washing. My wife's hands are the same way- they're so cracked and dry from constant washing. Let's hope normalcy isn't too far away!

    The Annette Marie books loo fun :)

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    1. Fingers crossed for us all Greg! I'm crying out for some normalcy but fear it's a long time away. :(

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  15. I think we all thought it was going to be a time for reading but we seem to be struggling to concentrate on it. I've spoken to a few bloggers who are in the same position. For me, anxiety is a bit of an issue right now. My hands are all cracked with the extra handwashing too!

    I'm so glad that your MIL's surgery has gone ahead and that she is recovering well. I know that has been such a worry for both of you.

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    1. Thanks Chuckles! Now we just need to find out what they're doing regarding the radiotherapy...

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  16. Our politicians are such an embarrassment here in the US. General Motors voluntarily agreed to start making ventilators and the next day the president ordered GM to make ventilators. Our lieutenant governor (Texas) publicly said that some elderly may have to die in order to keep the economy going! Really?!

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  17. OMG, my hands are red and dry, and I also had so-called soft soap. They will never recover. LOL

    I alternated between one outfit and my track suit all week. We can't even leave our apartments! I live in a senior residential place, and before this outbreak and the lockdown, I was able to leave at any time to shop, eat out, visit friends. I do miss all of that!

    The shopping, most of all, I think, since the staff brings meals to the apartments and while the dining room foods weren't the best, the meals in the room are often cold and disgusting. We check items on a menu to order what we want, and I am surprised at how nothing is what I want. LOL

    I am now photographing my menu selections.

    Crazy, right?

    Stay safe...and can we say that "this, too, shall pass"?

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    1. This too shall indeed pass... Hopefully sooner than later! :)

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  18. Same. I can't concentrate on a damn thing.

    We are in week two of our version of lockdown. We are still allowed out to grocery shop, restaurants are allowed to stay open if they do curbside pickup or take out/drive thru and have 1 designated employee to manage social distancing.

    Most large parks are closed but my local ones are open (Playgrounds not & roped off) and have been mostly empty when I go walking but we're warned not to pack in or we lose them.

    I wish the whole country would have one standard shutdown and just get it under control all at once. We seem to be piece mealing it as we go.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Our playgrounds etc are roped off too.
      Technically, the lockdown throughout the UK could be different from what has been set out in Westminster but so far the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and NI have followed the same course as Westminster. I must admit it's pretty reassuring knowing the response is consistent!
      Especially when I hear about the mixed actions across the various US states. :(

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  19. My state's governor just issued a stay-at-home order for us as well. Thankfully I'm working at home so that fills my days, but it is definitely challenging doing that and trying to keep my son on task with the distance learning assignments the schools are sending out. Hopefully life will get back to normal soon. I'm glad to hear your mother-in-law is doing well after her surgery and that she's being extra careful for a couple of weeks. I hope you and your family stay safe and well!

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    1. Super challenging! Good job we're natural multi-taskers... :)

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  20. These are definitely challenging times. The lockdown here hasn't been so strict so far.. and it's really frustrating to be honest. People are working their butts of in the hospitals and in some areas people let their children play together while they all watch side by side. I mean.. how do you get to think that's staying home and staying atleast 1.5m from each other?!

    But anyway.. I hope you and your family are staying safe. Happy reading!

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    1. Yep! People refusing to stay apart is driving me nuts! It feels like some people are deliberately trying to undermine everything that the government is doing to keep them safe...

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  21. That's good timing you went into the office to prepare right before lockdown. I hope you all stay safe. I also have dry hands almost constantly and keep applying lotion to keep it manageable. I am glad to hear your mother in law is doing well.

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