Sometimes doing nothing is the best thing of all…

I am attempting to do something new every day in a challenge to motivate myself through lockdown 3.0.

Today I read some German poetry. I read “Der du von dem Himmel bist” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. I vaguely remember literary types talking about Goethe at some point in my past. My hopes were up. I was disappointed. It’s a poem entitled “Thou that from the Heaven’s art” which sounded a bit romantical. Although it does refer to Lust, with a capital L; it just doesn’t feel like a very tender art, to my clearly philistine ears.

I persisted and read a poem called “Archimedes und der Schuler” by Fiedrich Shiller. This is about Archimedes and a student. It concludes with the fab line “Who doth woo the Goddess, seek not the woman in her”. Wow. I love that. Maybe German poetry wasn’t so bad after all?

However by this point my husband was hanging about listening to my oration and got giddy when “Sambuca” was mentioned in it. The poem refers to the place Sambuca but hubbie was already playfully propping up an imaginary bar with shots. It didn’t help that other words in the poem included “Kunst” and “Fruchte”, which apparently in my bad accent sound too keenly like English curse words.

I battled on, womanfully, and next up was “Schicke mir ein Blatt” by Berthold Brecht. The first line in English is “Send me a leaf, but from a bush, that grows at least one half hour away from your house”. Clearly, a ‘wtf’ moment. At this point the German poetry society lost both hubbie and me as fans. I doubt they will lie awake at night over it.

I took Friday off as my break day and yesterday, I just failed. In the morning, my folks invited the kids on a sleepover. They collected them at 2pm. Immediately afterwards, hubbie and me sat down to discuss how we would definitely not waste this precious gift of child-free time. The rugby was on in the background. We mentioned many activities in which we could engage. Somehow, the rugby came to the foreground. Then I took a shower and it was 6pm. By this point, the bliss of a silent house had hypnotised us into a wonderful lull, so a takeaway and a movie were the only obvious conclusion to the evening. So, in summary, I did nothing yesterday.

I had a night’s deep sleep and feel full of vim and vigour again. Plus the kids go back to school tomorrow. So I guess, sometimes its good to do nothing. Sometimes we deserve nothing.

My New Stuff Diary:

Day 1: went to a local park to which I’d never been. I was on tv – Virgin Media One!! Woohoo!

Day 2: Cooked asparagus (yes I’ve eaten asparagus before but for some reason had always been scared of cooking it)

Day 3: Read a French poem – Demain, des l’aube by Victor Hugo. It is simple yet astonishingly beautiful.

Day 4: Cooked chicken tikka masala pg 121 Mary Berry

Day 5: Brainwashed myself into enjoying homeschooling

Day 6: Took a break – yippee!

Day 7: Cooked chilli con carne pg 155 Mary Berry

Day 8: Wrote a proper love letter

Day 9: Learned how to play sodoku

Day 10: Learned how to say hello in Chinese – Nin hao!

Day 11: Cooked a Chicken with Pesto, Taleggio and Roasted Tomatoes pg 111 Mary Berry

Day 12: Break day. Phew.

Day 13: Bought flowers for a man (my husband but I’ve never done that before for any man)

Day 14: Stayed in bed all day – duvet day – first time I’ve ever done that as a mom

Day 15: Learned to say hello in Korean – “anyeonghaseyo baeuda”

Day 16: Cooked Sun-blushed Tomato and herb chicken pg 108 Mary Berry

Day 17: Cooked salmon with asparagus with a basil sauce pg 195 Mary Berry

Day 18: Took a break

Day 19: Baked muffins – white chocolate and strawberry pg 330 Mary Berry

Day 20: Did an 8 minute Zumba online lesson and also learned a haka

Day 21: Made Spaghetti with king prawn and tomatoes pg 209 Mary Berry

Day 22: Broke covid rules

Day 23: Did a full proper yoga session while also minding my kids – incredibly stressful yet worthwhile

Day 24: Sang a song in German (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht)

Day 25: Cooked Sardinian Chicken pg 117 and our family received our first correspondence from a prime minister (of many I’m sure ha ha ha)

Day 26: Took a break

Day 27: I failed. Did nothing. It felt good.

Day 28: Read German poetry

I am attempting to complete 7 resolutions over 6 days for 5 weeks:

  1. Continued embargo on crisps, fancy cheese and booze (except those used in cooking)
  2. Meditate for ten minutes
  3. Go for a run or a walk
  4. Do something new – I’ve never done before.
  5. Clean the kitchen every evening
  6. Do at least 5 sun salutations every morning
  7. No eating after 7pm (except Friday & Saturday)

Published by gillsheeran

Former CFO/COO who quit my job to emotionally support my family at the start of the pandemic.

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