I woke up at 7am when the alarm went off, then fell asleep for another hour. It’s taken a few weeks to get used to not running around the kitchen like a madman emptying the dishwasher, feeding the animals, making breakfasts and lunches, and shouting repeatedly up the stairs for the kids to get up.
After finishing work this evening we dared venture into town for the first time in two weeks. It felt strange - driving along almost deserted streets, but also kind of nice. We parked directly outside the bank to drop a letter into their mailbox. I didn’t even realise there were parking bays in the high-street - I thought stationary vehicles were part of the road furniture.
I had a shave today. This might not sound like much of an accomplishment, but I was rapidly heading towards Grizzly Adams territory (anybody younger than 40 is probably wondering “who the hell is Grizzly Adams?”). My other half tried to convince me that I might look quite dashing with a beard, and cited the example of a certain famous infant school teacher - well… famous in our house anyway.
A few minutes ago our eldest daughter wandered in, and asked if it might be a good idea to do some online courses while stuck at home over the next weeks and months - to learn some new skills. After falling off my chair, I struggled to compose myself. Some explanation is probably required.
A couple of years ago the kids bought me a plastic model kit of the Saturn 5 moon rocket for my birthday. It sat on the shelf in it’s box for the better part of a year, until one particularly dreadful weekend some time ago when I started assembling it. Unfortunately I never got much further than that - so it has sat, partially built, in the corner of the junk room ever since.