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Friday, 10 April 2020

Currently #15

Happy Easter weekend everyone! I know it's pretty gloomy at the moment, I was meant to be going to Cornwall this weekend and you know there's a global pandemic going on doing a lot of damage, but I hope you're able to find some joy in the small things. For me it's the feeling after going for a run (not so much the run itself), doing some baking and pub quizzes Zoom-style.

I thought today I'd just check in with one of my favourite style of posts, and if you're interested you can read my previous Currently posts here.

Living my best life last year in Laos, so wish I could go back to this day

Reading :: I'm powering through The Dutch House by Ann Patchett at the moment and absolutely loving it. It's a novel about a brother and sister and their journey through life from rich to poor and unearthing the past of their physically-absent mother and their emotionally-absent father. It's been longlisted for the Women's Prize 2020 and I can totally see why - it's incredibly well-written and truly gripping. My Mum got this for me for Christmas after Nigella Lawson recommended it in her summary of her favourite reads of last year and as it's a beautiful hardback, I hadn't picked it up yet. But now that I'm reading at home instead of on my commute it felt like the perfect time to and I'm so glad I have! I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for a new book to read and take you to another world at the moment.

Eating :: Everything. Honestly my snacking has gone through the roof the past few weeks - strawberries, marmite rice cakes, mini eggs, I can't get enough. I've just made a big batch of this veggie chilli and it's absolutely delicious. I've been on the hunt for a really good vegetarian chilli recipe for a while and I think this is the one - good old BBC Good Food. Super easy to make and really tasty, give it a go if you're a big aubergine fan like me!

Thinking about :: Well this is the big one isn't it. We all have so much on our minds at the moment even if like me you're in a pretty privileged position and able to work from home without many worries. I've of course been thinking a lot about Covid-19 and the impact it's having and how crazy it is that that it's totally transformed all of our lives and how incredible our NHS staff are and wondering when it will end and on and on and on. I've stopped watching the daily Downing Street conferences and limited my Coronavirus news intake to the BBC Coronavirus Newscast which I think is doing an incredible job of covering the news in a really helpful way. It means I now have a dedicated half an hour a day to catch up on the news and I'm finding that's the best thing for me to help with feeling overwhelmed. I've also been thinking a lot about Buni the last few days. It was four months since she died two days ago and it would have been her birthday in a couple of weeks. In so many ways I'm thankful she's not here right now and living to see all of this but I miss her so terribly. I hate the way grief can knock you and totally take your breath away and there's nothing you can really do about it. Just have to get through it.

Watching :: This Is Us. Oh my goodness I am in love with this show. My friend Ben told me I absolutely had to watch it a few months ago and I remember hearing a lot of hype around it but it somehow passed me by and wow I'm glad I finally started watching it. This Is Us is a show about a family, 3 triplets and their parents and the lives they lead, told in multiple time frames. That's not really the best description of it but basically it's the most heartwarming (and at times heartwrenching) show that will make you think about family life and the complexity of human nature in the best way. Also it has Jess from Gilmore Girls in it so you should watch it for that alone. I've been watching it on Amazon Prime and I can't get enough.

Listening to :: Aside from a million podcasts as always (*so* excited that The High Low is back), I've been listening pretty non-stop to my Easy playlist on Spotify. I always have it on when I'm working at the moment and it's the perfect soundtrack that allows me to concentrate on work but also to make it slightly more fun because of the great music, if I do say so myself. I've also been listening to Dua Lipa's new album a lot which is so good (goes without saying).

Loving :: Like everyone else I'm sure, I'm really loving virtual pub quizzes at the moment. My friends and I have got a weekly one going for about 13 of us and it's just so fun and a nice way to round off the week (we've been doing them on Sundays). It's definitely not a like-for-like substitute for seeing them in real life but it's the best we can get at the moment and they're great. I think in general trying to have a routine through these unsettling times has been really good for me so even fun things like this becoming a regular thing are a huge deal right now.

That's everything! I hope you're all staying safe and that maybe you've found some recommendations in this post that can help if you're looking for some stimulation at the moment while we're all stuck inside.
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