As promised, an outside of work update for you all.
Most excitingly, in my opinion, is that I am now practically an Olympic roller skater! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d recently purchased a pair of skates, and at that stage had only been tentatively skating up and down the side street by my apartment. Well, each afternoon once I close my laptop, instead of walking to the park for my HIIT workout, I’ve been skating there! I can’t sit here and say it’s been without its difficulties; I did almost mow down an elderly woman who was coming towards me on the pavement, and may have accidentally knocked a child off a bike at one stage (both were fine!), but I am now a very confident skate driver. I can stop easily, turn sharp corners – heck, I even attempted a little twirl jump that went quite well! When I’ve told my friends about it, they’ve insisted I bring them along to our socially-distanced walks, and seem to find it endlessly amusing when I slip them on and start showing off. I love it! Perhaps when we return to the office I can use them as a replacement for TfL… hmm…
I have also been absolutely engrossed in the books I’ve been reading. As I’m sure is a common feeling, once the evening comes and the laptop closes, I just can’t bring myself to look at a screen anymore. Now the flurry of the initial Zoom quizzes and murder mysteries etc. has slowed, I tend to reserve my evenings for complete and utter separation from screens, and it’s fabulous! Not only am I racing through the pile of books that’s been sat on my bedside table for as long as I can remember, but I’m finding it so much easier to switch off and sleep soundly. This is one lockdown adjustment I can fully recommend.
Now, as fun as this wholegrain lifestyle has been, I must admit one aspect of pre-COVID life I’m missing the most is being a little naughty from time to time. As being naughty and breaking the rules right now really could be a matter of life and death, I’ve arranged for the next best thing – I’ve been on the old dating apps, and have arranged myself a socially distanced date! It’s happening this Thursday evening, so I’ll update you next time we talk. It’s been so long, I’m not sure I remember how to socialise with a stranger! Exciting.