I promised myself last week that I was going to make the next post about something other than Covid-19 but what else is there right now?

POST PANDEMIC PLANS 

Things I want to do or do more of when this is all over:

  • More family photos. I have approximately one of us all together. 
  • A Sunday afternoon down the pub watching football.
  • Bottomless prosecco brunch in The Exchequer with the girls.
  • The obvious ones – nail appointment, hair appointment etc.
  • More exploring around Dublin. We’ve spent so much time at home since we bought the house which I’m grateful for because we were making it into a place we’re happy to spend all this time in. Now I’m looking forward to spending my weekends out of the house.
  • Go shopping for NON-ESSENTIALS. Let’s be honest, its a Penneys (Primark) and Ikea haul for me!
  • A cheeseburger and skinny fries from Bunsen. If you’re Irish, or visiting Ireland and haven’t had a Bunsen yet. Do yourself a favour. There are 6 in Dublin, 1 in Cork and 1 in Belfast. The Best Burgers.
  • Book that trip to New Orleans we’ve been talking about for the past couple of years. Hopefully in a 2021, post-Trump America.

One quick thing, am I the only one who is a bit worried that I’m going to be even more socially awkward when this is over?

Again, planning fills my cup. If it doesn’t fill yours, don’t do it.

LOCKDOWN LATEST

  • I’m worried about: The weather has been pretty damn good up until now, which has made this a whole lot better, but now we’re in for some rain this week and I’m interested to see how many meltdowns I have per day when that happens. Up until now I have been eating at least 1 meal a day out in our little garden. I’ve been working on outdoor projects and I’ve also been spoiled with the option to go for a walk whenever I choose, rather than trying to get one in between showers. Is this making anyone else nervous?
  • II’m reading: I’m almost finished ‘The Book of Life’, the 3rd book in The All Souls Trilogy. I think this has been my favourite of the 3.
  • I’m enjoying: The 100 Day Project is absolutely keeping me sane. At first I thought the timing was terrible because I wouldn’t have the access to supplies whenever I want them, but it’s been great because it has pushed me to work with what I’ve got or can get in the supermarket. It also puts structure on my day that doesn’t involve work, which is really helpful for me. It’s never too late to start your own project. Why not jump in? It can be anything, just do it for 100 days. Sounds simple eh?! The pictures above are 1-20 of my project – 100 Days of Paparali Projects. 
  • Online orders: I ordered some white masonry paint online for painting the wall out the back garden. It arrived today, just on time for all the rain!
  • I’m struggling with: Not seeing the very few people I like to spend time with and working from home. It’s getting harder, not easier.
  • Random supermarket purchases: This week, in the middle aisles of Aldi, I picked up – a new succulent (surprise, surprise), a highlighter (the make-up kind, not the marker kind) and some sanding blocks. Last week, I got an outdoor heater from Lidl. It was a big win and we sat out the back garden until 11pm.
  • I’m watching: We finished Season 3 of Narcos and plan to move onto Narcos: Mexico. We also re-watched Season 1 of After Life on Friday and then watched all of Season 2 on Sunday. I laughed and I cried.

How is lockdown going for you now and what do you plan to do when it’s over? Come & chat in the comments, slide into my DMs on Instagram or email me at ali@paparali.com

Anyway, that’s enough from me this week…catch ya next week…maybe!

Ali x

 

JOURNALING 

I know, I know, you read that heading and groaned. I don’t mean pages and pages of journaling. I just mean that we’re living through history and I, for one, think it will be really interesting to look back in a few years and see what was going on and how I was processing it. I’m using a ‘One Line a Day’ journal so it just takes about 2 minutes each evening. Any notebook would work, once you add the date, but I use this one that I got as a christmas present and love: One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book. If you don’t think you will actually take out a notebook everyday, add it to the notes on your phone and then maybe once a week or something, add it to your journal or notebook.

HOROSCOPES 

I don’t take horoscopes very seriously and rarely read them but I really enjoy seeing the characteristics associated with my horoscope. I’m the first day of virgo and my friend recently sent me an Instagram post about virgo traits and she underlined the last point which said “writes tasks they’ve already completed on their list, just so they can cross it out”. I’ve never felt so seen. If I was to describe myself it one sentence, this would be it. I might put it in my Instagram bio.

LOCKDOWN LATEST

Some of the things I’ve noticed or want to share from week 642 6 of lockdown:

  • Is it just me or are we starting to get used to being on lockdown? It’s just becoming my new norm. I think there’s an element of that, that comes down to the fact that I’m an introvert and being at home is how I recharge but also, the past two weeks I have been on Easter holidays. This lockdown is much easier when I’m not trying to work from home.
  • This mini episode of the ‘A Beautiful Mess’ podcast. Elsie Larson interviews her 4 year old Daughter Nova and it’s 7 minutes of pure joy.
  • I’m much more eager to smile at strangers. I’m absolutely the type of person who has my face in my phone when I’m in a queue or a lift but these days I find myself looking up and smiling at strangers. I went to Lidl during the week and when the security guard waved me in, I made eye contact and said “thank you very much” and he said ‘it’s my pleasure”. I’m making a mental note to do this kind of thing after lockdown. Stop, slow down, make eye contact, be grateful.
  • My One Little Word for 2020 was Joy and after the first week or two, I stopped associating with it. I kept meaning to pick another and didn’t. I realised this week that it’s the perfect word for this year. The one thing I’m doing these days is trying to find something that brings me joy. I’m also finding joy in much smaller things.
  • You’ve probably read the poem ‘And the people stayed home’ by the Irish American teacher Kitty O’Meara but if you haven’t, check it out. Sile Seoige reads it out at the end of this podcast episode and I could listen to her all day. It’s also a great episode about navigating these strange times.

Come & chat in the comments, slide into my DMs on Instagram or email me at ali@paparali.com

Anyway, that’s enough from me this week…catch ya next week…maybe!

Ali x

P.s. the beautiful flowers in the photo above are from Bouquet Box, I have a monthly subscription and I love them.

FEEL THE FEELINGS

 Just like the previous recession, because let’s face it, this virus will cause a recession, I’m finding myself saying “oh I shouldn’t complain, I’m lucky to still have a job.” In terms of the virus, I’m saying “oh I shouldn’t complain, I’m lucky that so far I’m not sick and the people closest to me are not sick”. They’re very valid points but it’s also okay to feel grateful that I still have a job and still dread Monday because it’s hard to work from home under these circumstances when it feels a bit like one step forward, two steps back. It’s okay to feel grateful that your friends & family are safe but it’s also okay to miss seeing and hugging your loved ones. It’s okay to be really productive and it’s ok to just get through each day. What I’m saying is, it’s okay to feel all of the feelings. There’s no right or wrong with this thing.

 

MY LOCKDOWN POSITIVES

  • We’re tipping away at some small jobs I wanted to get done around the house.
  • I’m saving money I would usually spend in restaurants, pubs and shops, but I’m still trying to support small businesses locally and online.
  • I’ve had more time than usual to add a bit of creativity into my day. I’m on Easter holidays so we’ll see how that shifts and changes once I’m back working from home.
  • We’re cooking more meals that involve a bit of thought and effort.
  • We’re eating most meals at the dining table instead of off a plate on our laps in front of the TV, which was a terrible habit we had gotten into.
  • We’re connecting with our friends in a different way by doing quizzes on Zoom. I’m really really bad for connecting with people, other than by text, so it’s pushing this anxious introvert right out of her comfort zone in the best way.
  • Overall, we’re actually watching less TV than normal. We’ve had the odd Netflix binge but we’re also playing games at the dining table, I’m reading much more and I’m being more creative thanks to this blog and The 100 Day Project.
  • Is it just me or are people being kinder to each other on the internet?

 

MY LOCKDOWN NEGATIVES

  • My diet has been pretty shocking. Eating ALL of the things.
  • As a natural introvert, I’m used to a lot more time alone and I usually get time in the house by myself but I think I’m coping pretty well.
  • I can’t keep the house clean but that’s fine…most of the time.
  • I’m an over-thinker at the best of time and now I’ve a lot of time to worry about silly things.
  • Man, I just really want a hug from my dad. Yes, I’m 32 years old. I’ll always be a daddy’s girl.

What are your lockdown positives and negatives? I’d love to hear them. Come & chat in the comments, slide into my DMs on Instagram or email me at ali@paparali.com

I took this picture in our front garden. We inherited this garden Buddha from the previous home owners and I really like the way it looks like he’s catching and holding all of the old dead leaves whilst surrounded by the lovely new spring growth. Either that or we’re just lazy and haven’t cleaned up the garden of dead leaves.

Anyway, that’s enough from me this week…catch ya next week…maybe!

Ali x