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.



  • 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 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


4 Thoughts on “Paparali Picks: Feeling the Feelings and My Lockdown Positives and Negatives

  1. Ali’s Dad on April 13, 2020 at 3:58 pm said:

    And your Dad really really wants to hug you too! ❤️

  2. Caroline on April 14, 2020 at 7:17 am said:

    I am relate to so much of this. It’s very odd how much you adjust to being at home all the time. My kids don’t even ask to go out anymore, except to the garden. They know it’s a no! I wish we could get into the habit of the dining room table though .. that’s one a long for whilst my husband definitely doesn’t!

    Keep busy on your blog and I’ll keep enjoying reading

    • admin on April 19, 2020 at 8:15 pm said:

      Thanks Caroline!
      Yes, the dining room table is definitely not Dave’s favourite either. It must be a man thing. I’ve told him we’ll be keeping it up after lockdown, at least for the weekdays. It’s sad that the kids are no longer asking to go out in one sense but makes life a lot easier in another.

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