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 24

Saturday 18th April 2020

Had a phone free day so no update written. Was pretty great. Read a magazine; baked banana bread; went for a walk; played some Xbox with Mr Pigalina; went to the shop for a new tin opener; Mr Pigalina’s car battery went flat so the alarm squealed for ages and we watched Crocodile Dundee.

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.

Lockdown day 22

Thursday 16th April 2020

8:18am – Mr Pigalina reported this morning that the tin opener has seized up.

8:52am – Today’s coffee is in Mr Pigalina’s lady mug, a gift from me, that was deemed inappropriate for the workplace.

9:52am – Trying to cancel flights to Asia in November.

11:30am – Singapore Airlines says we don’t qualify for a waiver and need to check back later.

11:52am – Yesterday I downloaded an audiobook about Prince Albert. It’s over 15 hours long… Dinner is in the slow cooker, now to write more quizzes for next week’s quizmaster duties. (I had an hour long phone meeting earlier in case you think I’ve done nothing – was productive and hung washing at the same time).

12:29pm – Getting ready to take the dog for a walk and realised this is my first walk since Saturday!

12:52pm – On our walk I saw a poodle with one of those crazy, dog-show, haircuts 🐩. Now heating some soup before the Prime Minister’s press conference at 1pm.

4:09pm – Just when I thought I could start winding down, watch some Coronation Street and play some Xbox I get work rolling in. Wish it would spread itself through the day more.

7:55pm – Finally done with work. Now to finish making dinner.

Lockdown day 21

Wednesday 15th April

9:03am – Another chilly day, have lit the fire.

10:02am – Sitting in front of the fire with the dog for my phone meeting.

11:06am – There has been an avocado in my locker at work for the past three weeks of lockdown. As some kind of experiment I was going to just leave it there and see what state it was in when I went back. I don’t know why! After the phone meeting today it was implied that we might be working from home for longer so I had to give my locker code to a friend who is working from the office to extract the avocado.

11:14am –There were two, and they were furry with mould.

11:37am – Thought I’d pop on some of the new homeschool TV that has started today so I could learn something. It’s Mythbusters.

1:37pm – By choice I am listening in on a Zoom briefing from the Finance Minister.

4:25pm – Just discovered that my local library gives me access to hundreds of movies and audiobooks FOR FREE.

5pm – As its for charity and supporting local business, bought a T-shirt with the man we all see everyday on it – Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Not sure of the opportunities I’ll have to wear it post-COVID but good for historical value.

7:16pm – Picked up online grocery order and they had had to sub out regular onions for teeny pickling ones.

Too wee.

9:20pm – Another evening of miscellaneous viewing; need a good series to watch.

10:07pm – To bed to read while drinking liquorice tea to induce crazy dreams (try it). Last night’s dream involved sharks thanks to What Remains of Edith Finch.

Lockdown day 20

Tuesday 14th April

7:33am – So grateful that I don’t have to go outside. It’s windy and raining and I’m still snuggly in bed.

7:58am – Too lazy (and cold) to have a shower this morning so instead I dressed straight away in a lovely grey ensemble, including grey socks and a grey hat.

8:08am – I’ve thought it for a while but this lockdown has further highlighted it – my job is pretty meaningless in the grand scheme of things. While not in the office and being caught up in the minutiae of flickering lights, sorting meeting rooms and taking minutes nobody reads it has only highlighted it. Not the right time to be thinking about a career change though.

8:42am – Breakfast is a toasted sandwich using the last two crusts of bread. Somehow the edges were soggy before toasting, hope it’s still edible. Today’s coffee is in the Christmas angel mug. No clue how this one came into our lives but I found an identical one in the stationery cupboard at work once.


10:56am – Pretty slow day at work. I actually have two jobs, have a phone meeting for the other one at 7pm. Will be a long day.

11:18am – Hailing.

11:40am – Taking the afternoon off on annual leave. May as well legitimately do nothing than respond to an email every two hours.

12:30pm – Just received flight credit for flights we can’t take next month due to travel restrictions that I booked with a flight credit from when Metallica cancelled their gig last November.

12:48pm – Big brown mushrooms are thriving on the lawn.


1:34pm – Four new deaths today.

4:10pm – Finally had a shower after catching a whiff of myself. Time to put on a different grey ensemble. My clothes are usually quite colourful but my lounging clothes are very grey.

6:35pm – Ended up having work to do this afternoon! Typical. Also played and completed What remains of Edith Finch? Was a weird and wonderful adventure. First ever Zoom call in a mo.

8:56pm – Mr Pigalina is still working on something for work so I’m binge-watching Modern Family with the dog.

Lockdown day 19

Monday 13th April – Easter Monday

9:48am – Argh, do not read Facebook on the loo (don’t pretend you don’t), so many, mainly middle aged, COVID-19 deniers. Probably sore they couldn’t spend Easter at their holiday home that are flasher than most people’s houses.

10:16am – This is currently an acceptable door handle in our house.

12:06pm – Did another YouTube workout. For a total body workout there was an awful lot of squatting and jumping for my tired legs.

12:12pm – Mr Pigalina just popped out to start his car so the battery doesn’t go flat. Too late.

4:47pm – Played some Xbox with Mr Pigalina. It’s windy and rainy outside, perfect conditions for another lazy day.

9:48pm – We spent the rest of the evening snacking and watching varied YouTube videos. Lockdown has made us hungry. Time for bed, work tomorrow.

Lockdown day 18

Sunday 12th April – Easter Sunday

10:57am – Very lazy morning, in bed with a coffee and a small Easter egg. I can hear Mr Pigalina on a zoom call in another room. It’s mainly a lot of “is that you?” “I can’t hear you”.

11:19am – Very stiff after yesterday’s workout. Guess that’s a good thing so I should probably do another today. Maybe.

2:12pm – Haven’t done any exercise, instead I’ve watched documentaries and said “ooh ma legs” every time I have moved.

7:58pm – Another lazy day. Watched two documentaries (one about Roma Gypsies and one about Gypsy Rose Blanchard – bit of a loose theme), did some laundry, played Fable. Dinner time and David Attenborough now.

10:40pm – Off to bed. I doubt tomorrow will be anymore eventful, my loose plan is light the fire as the weather is supposed to be bad, resubscribe to Netflix as there is apparently a new episode of Tiger King and I don’t want to fall behind on the memes, and maybe play a board game.

Lockdown day 17

Saturday 11th April

9:51am – Will have to do something more cheerful soon, reading the news while listening to Al Jazeera is getting a bit depressing.

11:58am – Just finished a 30 minute YouTube workout. I was just about done after the warm-up.

1:48pm – Cup of tea (snowman mug) and a couple of ANZAC biscuits in the sun. The weather has been lovely lately, kind of taunting us because we can’t go far. ANZAC biscuits only need to be dunked for one second.

3:13pm – Dog has been walked and the sun has gone so I won’t feel guilty playing Xbox all afternoon.

3:22pm – Put our Easter Eggs in the windows for the #NZegghunt.

Joshua also participating in NZ bear hunt.

3:47pm – Just as my game downloaded, the sun came back out…

11:35pm – Oh short diary today! We are now playing Beat Saber in VR after watching Booksmart and low key cutting a few onions.

Lockdown day 16

Friday 10th April 2020 – Good Friday

8:50am – My hot cross buns are “rising” on the bench (I had the wrong yeast and flour due to shortages so it’s an experiment). Now I’m having breakfast and watching some slow TV – Go Further South, 12 hours across the sea from Bluff to Scott Base. This is what lockdown is all about!

9:47am – Spare room at home is supposed to be my library. Mr Pigalina has firmly stamped his influence over the rest of the house and it’s the one room where all of my books, pictures and knick-knacks can live happily. (To be honest if I had more influence the house might resemble a bazaar crossed with a gallery). It also frequently becomes a dumping ground for all the crap that has nowhere else to go in the house. It makes me weep the amount of times I have spent tidying and organising the room only for it to become a cupboard. So, time to get tidying. Again.

9:57am – One problem of having a tidy out is there are no charity shops open and the rubbish runners aren’t collecting recycling. Just think of the treasure troves at the charity shops post lockdown though! You can buy everyone else’s junk to replace yours.

10:25am – Found last year’s Easter bonnet.

Don’t have much opportunity to wear it.

11:39am – The hot cross buns failed to rise and are more cross than bun.

Safe to say I’m not changing careers

11:46am – Hot cross buns don’t taste great, but not terrible either.

12:42pm – Back from our walk. It was hard not to pat next door’s cat Tigger who was waiting on our wall when we got home. That would be breaking our “bubble”. If Mr Pigalina hadn’t have been there I probably would have patted him. On the walk we saw some children having an Easter egg hunt – two days early. Then later I heard some other kids debating across the fence about how it wasn’t Easter Bunny day until Sunday yet he had already visited one of their houses. It’s Easter egg anarchy out there.

1:26pm – Broke the bird’s nectar feeder by hanging it on an inferior branch. The liquid went everywhere.

We were probably all a bit too optimistic yesterday about our COVID cases coming down. Up to 44 new today and our second death.

1:56pm – Beer, beanbag, book in the sun. One of my favourite activities, and one that I won’t be able to do for much longer as Winter is on the horizon.

2:10pm – Next door have an aviary with parrots and what-not. Most of them make nice noises but one is like a demon when it gets going, skreeeeeing and aarrrrrkkkking.

4:28pm – Finished tidying my library. The main junk now consists of pictures in frames that got moved in there when we were decorating and have never migrated back out and kind of don’t have anywhere to go. Now to colour in some Easter eggs to put in my windows for the Prime Minister instigated NZ egg hunt #NZegghunt.

5:54pm – Hot cross buns, wine and colouring in egg pictures. Good Friday fun times.

6:21pm – I hadn’t saved any eggs for Mr Pigalina to colour so he is printing one for himself.

7:22pm – Mr Pigalina’s egg is still in progress as he has been a lot more thorough and creative with his colouring.

9:39pm – Finally got a chance to use the telescope and have a look at the full moon.