Day 13. Today I have acquitted myself exceptionally well, considering I fell asleep and woke up this morning with an almighty headache. My husband was immediately convinced I had contracted “it”. Scary times we live in.
Anywho, I wasn’t sure I would be able to do anything but the joy of having children means you have no choice. So I got up and started doing one thing and before you know it you do everything. I even managed a 5km walk, mainly to flee the household noise into the hushed outdoors. I cooked a delicious Mary Berry “Old fashioned thyme & red wine beef stew” from pg 149. Last night I made a roast aubergine and red pepper salad, of which I had little expectation. It turned out to be the best salad I’ve ever made (not hard), and one of the nicest I’ve ever eaten. I love Mary Berry and her liberal application of oils, cheese and creams. Yayh!
I was growing weary of the literary diet, but this week’s reads have made me do an emotional about turn. If anyone is bored or with excess time, check out Lafcardio Hearn’s short stories – Japanese lore told with an Irish lilt – it’s quite magical.
And homeschooling has commenced. FML. How do teachers get kids to do what they need to do when they need them to do it? I am trying to wedge the lessons in when my children are at their most susceptible/vulnerable. I could be more draconian about it but he’s five years old!! There is loads of psychological research which demonstrates that all kids catch up by the age of 10. I mean, the Finns don’t even go to school until they’re 7 or 8 and their education system is supposed to be one of the best in the world. This is what I tell myself as I review how little we have accomplished. I also tell myself that chasing my kids up and down the hall is technically “play time” and so they are apparently learning while we do that. They are mainly learning how to run faster but at least they are learning.
As the days go by, our reality is dawning on us. We went into isolation for two weeks before Christmas so this lockdown is truly endless for us. It began in October and other than ten days off early December, it is ongoing…The volume in this building is haunting my husband and me. It was clearly the root cause of my headache. It just seems that my children are particularly loud. When we whatsapp call their friends, the friends all sit obediently while my two dash around the place acting like their pants are on fire. It must be in the genes, I guess. Definitely his side. hmm. yes.. absolutely. That thought will comfort me for the evening. ha ha haaaa.
Ten things I commit to do daily for 30 days:
- No booze (except that used in cooking)
- Meditate for ten minutes
- Follow the literary diet https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/27/feed-your-soul-the-31-day-literary-diet-for-january-2021-culture-books
- Go for a run or a walk
- Cook something new – either a new recipe from my new Mary Berry cook book or else just something I’ve never cooked before
- No crisps
- Clean the kitchen every evening (sometimes I get lazy and leave stuff til the next day…)
- Do at least 5 sun salutations every morning
- Go through my phone every evening to make sure I have replied to all the whatsapps and texts I got that day
- No eating after 7pm (except Fridays and Saturdays – when else could I get my chocolate fix in except when kids are in bed?)