Lockdown day 32

Sunday 26th April

11:13am – A bit more productive this morning. Did a bit of tidying in the house and the garden and some laundry. There are loads of little birds hanging out in the garden today. There’s one that looks like a cross between a Piwakawaka and a waxeye.

1:40pm – Went further than we planned on our walk with the dog and the sun came out. So sweaty.

3:30pm – Shoutout to Countdown supermarkets. For dinner I’m going to attempt homemade KFC; we aren’t risking piling in to takeaway stores with half the town when we go to level 3 on Tuesday. I had to pop to the supermarket for a couple of things. I knew that they didn’t have them at Countdown as I had looked last time I was there, so I went to another supermarket. Compared to Countdown, who have a very strict policy on how many people are in the store and a lovely one way system down the aisles, the other supermarket felt like there was little different to a pre-COVID visit. Sure there was a big long queue to get in and someone squirting sanitiser on your hands and some protocol to observe at the checkout but the customers were all up in each other’s grills, going any which way down the aisles and seemed to not care about blocking the way for those of us who were trying to keep out of people’s way. So, slightly better range at the other supermarket but the calmness and order of Countdown wins the day.

3:40pm – I think the hybrid bird is actually a grey warbler. I need to take a photo to confirm.

6:45pm – Had a white pepper explosion while making the KFC coating. It went EVERYWHERE. It’s all I can smell. Not sure how well the chicken will turn out being baked. Might have to give it a light fry at the end for the authentic grease.

7:44pm – Mr Pigalina appeared to enjoy the chicken. All I could taste was the white pepper. Watching Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – I sincerely hope that Bill and Ted Face The Music (aka Bill and Ted 3) isn’t crap. I love Bill and Ted so much.


Lockdown day 31

Saturday 25th April 2020 – ANZAC Day

10:25am – Very lazy morning and no, I didn’t stand at the end of my driveway at dawn to remember the soldiers. I’ll remember them throughout the day instead.

12:06pm – My parcel of inessential items that I preordered to be sent when we go down to level 3 arrived today! Three days before it was supposed to be even sent. Watering can, nectar feeder and a potato masher.

3:26pm – Had a “cinema” lunch date with Mr Pigalina and watched Logan Lucky.

6:34pm – Have spent most of the afternoon playing Afterparty, a game where you have to escape Hell by out-drinking Satan. Mr Pigalina is chatting to our friend Robert in England. Shoutout to Robert!

7:35pm – Crocodile Dundee 2! 🐊🐊

9:57pm – Finished the Beastie Boys documentary from yesterday. Another lazy day.

Lockdown day 30

Friday 24th April 2020

8:20am – Friday, this week went quickly; and it’s a long weekend again. Hooray!

11:15am – Roll on 5pm.

11:46am – Popped on some mascara for the first time in a month and brushed my hair for the second time in a month for the upcoming grocery pick up.

2:09pm – While in the supermarket queue saw an email my boss had sent that he wanted to go to the whole region ASAP. Ok will send as soon as I get home. Got home and the dog had eaten a whole block of chocolate so an emergency trip to the vet was in order. Rushed out to do that and sent the email to a colleague asking her to send it out for me due to emergency vet situation. Saw Mummy Pigalina for the first time since Mid March. We kept the socially appropriate 2 metres apart and had a chat, she was collecting her dog’s insulin. The vet took Tobias inside then returned him to me to walk around the Carpark while the pill in his eye dissolved to make him throw up the chocolate. And throw up he did. He also threw up in his crate on the way home and refused to get out when we arrived so I had to carry him inside, in his crate. Five minutes after getting back home he had his nose in the grocery bags. Hadn’t learned a thing. Oh, and I still got that email sent out. If you want something doing…

The face of regret

2:23pm – Just found a big piece of chocolate the dog had stashed in his bed for later.

6:29pm – Tobias has perked back up. The plan tonight is frozen pizza and the Beastie Boys documentary.

Lockdown day 29

Thursday 23rd April 2020

8:31am – Took my time this morning and watched Coronation Street while having breakfast and it’s still only 8:30am. To work.

8:42am – For the second time this week I’ve mixed it up and sat in a different seat on the sofa because the sun was in my eyes. It’s exciting times.

8:52am – Missed a call while on the toilet, again. The voice mail was a lady from the office saying “There was a package on your desk that we opened and just want to talk to you about the contents of it”. Ominous much?! Racking my brain trying to think what I’ve ordered online.

9:03am – It was a packet of courier bags from the document destruction company.

11:43am – Heard back about our flights , it’ll cost us $1000 to cancel them. I think I’ll wait.

3:49pm – An itchy cluster of hives has appeared on my elbow.

4:22pm – Getting used to this lockdown life, grocery and prescription pick up tomorrow, juice delivery placed, delivery from the hardware store coming. I’ll stay mostly at home for the whole of Autumn and Winter if I have to.

7:57pm – Managed to watch the whole third season of The Windsors while writing another quiz this afternoon. Now discovering Episodes.

Lockdown day 28

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

8:14am – When I was a teenager I would have given my right arm for the range of home hair dye there is today. So I’m sitting on my bed, eating my breakfast, waiting for the indigo dye to set. It will probably look black on my brown hair rather than the vibrant blue in the packet. Maybe my couple of greys will show up blue. Haven’t dyed my own hair in about 18 years.

8:51am – I have darker hair with a slight tinge and a blue scalp and fingernails. Time to start work.

12:54pm – Looking forward for placing my online order for non-essential items next Tuesday – Bird nectar feeder to replace the one I broke; new watering can to replace the one I broke…

1:09pm – Missed two phone calls from the alarm company for the office while I was on the toilet.

3:24pm – Find myself craving juice a lot during this lockdown. Finished trying to graph on a bubble chart a load of potential construction and infrastructure projects. Now I have to write two quizzes for next week. How long is this quiz saga going to last?!

5:23pm – Dog walk time and I. Cannot. Be. Bothered.

6:30pm – Just cut up sausages into little bits to tart up pasta for tea. Lockdown cuisine.

10:13pm – Mr Pigalina beat me at Scrabble.

Coot was my leftovers

Lockdown day 27

Tuesday 21 April 2020

7:40am – Another crazy dream, not as fun as the night before. Really can’t be bothered getting out of my cozy bed this morning, but I will. Soon.

8:26am – The recycling bin is fit to burst. We can put it out for general pickup but it pains me to dump things that in a few weeks won’t sit around for a hundred years. I hope under level 3 recycling pickup resumes or the garage is going to get very full.

10:31am – I mentioned yesterday wouldn’t mind a bit more work to do. It’s coming thick and fast. Time for breakfast.

12:11pm – Finding myself watching lots of YouTube clips on Excel graphing functions.

3:01pm – The dog is desperate for attention or a walk.

Ol’ sad eyes

5:49pm – Mr Pigalina is shaving off his lovely beard. A trim would have been sufficient! (Dog had a walk, don’t worry).

8:17pm – The dog is transfixed, watching Eat Well For Less and all of the food on screen . Can confirm, in the spirit of Eat Well For Less that this household are making the permanent swap, thanks to the lockdown, to boxed wine at a saving of at least $10.

9:58pm – Mr Pigalina has gone to bed, I’m watching an interesting video about a maths problem (the Josephus problem) and the dog is very confused as to why we aren’t all in the bedroom.

10:05pm – Ok, now it’s bedtime. I have two bites on my leg and the dog has been itchy the past few days. Do we have fleas?

Lockdown day 26

Monday 20th April 2020 – wherein we will find out if we move from level 4 to 3 this week.

7:45am – Was having the greatest dream, it was like a video game, but I was in it, with pirates and elves and sword fighting. I had just learned to steer the pirate ship and had a cut scene to my future as ruler of the kingdom when it was time to get up and spend the day hunched over a laptop.

10:36am – A later phone meeting today so that will hopefully make the day go a bit faster.

11:32am – Completed very important task of moving the dog’s bed into a sun patch. His snoring confirms he is happy with my work.

12:44pm – Am watching the science and maths homeschooling TV show while I eat lunch.

12:55pm – Doesn’t the Government know a lot of us build our day around the 1pm COVID update? Cancelled again?! Special at 4pm with lockdown announcement too. Better take the dog for a walk instead.

2:57pm – Trying to create graphs using the slowest system evveerrrr over a slow VPN.

3:54pm – Hooray a new daily task, graphing stuff, good. My poor brain was drying up. Almost Prime Minister’s press conference time. Will we remain at level 4? I kind of hope so – we should stay in level 4 until we have a week of zero cases IMHO.

4:05pm – Lockdown level four ending midnight next Monday, then level 3 for two weeks. Great choice.

4:34pm – This will be interesting, we go to level 3 at midnight Monday i.e. first thing Tuesday morning but already it’s going round “level 4 ends on Monday!” Cue sad faces at the KFC drive-through when people realise their error.

10:05pm – Really hoping to have another great dream tonight but I might be missing the vital ingredient – liquorice tea. Watch this space.

Lockdown day 25

Sunday 19th April 2020

11:10am – Managed to miss the start of the Together at Home livestream. Thought it started at noon. Was possibly midnight. While flailing on the floor like some kind of dying snake when doing a workout the dog thinks I’m trying to play and tends to pounce on me. We’d better go for a walk.

11:49am – The dog has arthritis but I’m convinced he is just being stubborn sometimes. Another slow walk that started out at a normal pace until he wasn’t allowed to sniff everything.

1:40pm – My home made face mask came in handy for dog poo pick up duties in the garden.

3:10pm – Dog poo picked up, dinner in the slow cooker, bathroom cleaned and washing folded and put away. Must be time for some fun.

5:00pm – Just back from a secret second walk without the dog.

8:03pm – The weekend whizzed by so fast, cant believe it’s already work again tomorrow.

10:07pm – Fell asleep on the sofa so I guess it’s time for bed.

Lockdown day 23

Friday 17th April 2020

8:26am – No word on if the data I spent three hours re-categorising and graphing was well received so took my time and had an extra long shower this morning.

9:34am – Feel all squidgy but I’m also hungry all the time.

12:12pm – Have lit the fire again due to freezing cold toes and started my fifteen hours of Prince Albert audiobook.

1:39pm – Two more deaths today but only 8 new cases. Boggles my mind when I see other countries with people not taking the lockdown rules seriously.

3:20pm – Every time I think it’s about time to crank up the Xbox seeing as there’s not much happening I get an email or a phone call.

3:49pm – The dog appears to have acid reflux, that will explain all the licking. He sick burped right as I answered a phone call. Probably because he gobbles his food down like a pack of wolves are coming to take it from him.

5:06pm – Just realised I didn’t snack all afternoon following my enormous sandwich at lunchtime made with meat leftover from dinner last night.