I’m writing this old school on my IPad like I did when I was travelling around America. I was very new to blogging back then but I wish I could go back right now – I’d much rather be writing this on the back of a bus travelling through the Californian desert on my way to Los Angeles, trying not to vomit through travel sickness and the heat, than be in my bed during week 7 of a lockdown, and only using my iPad because my laptop is out of reach!
Anyway, let’s have a catch up shall we?
I had a covid test
It came back negative but it was an experience!
It was a drive through test that took place in Morrisons car park of all places. There were young lads in army uniforms who handed us the kits and instructions, and who had to speak to us through the open window with minimal protection (masks, gloves and their army uniforms). I couldn’t stop coughing and felt so guilty, but luckily I haven’t passed it on to them because I don’t have the virus. The test was straight-forward but unpleasant. You have to rub a cotton swab over your tonsils and the back of your mouth for 15 seconds, and the put the same swab about 2 inches into your nose and twist it around for 15 seconds. It doesn’t hurt but made me gag (and it’s just grim).
I’ve started exercising regularly and I don’t hate it
I’ll be honest, I started exercising because I wanted to lose weight and I’d just embarked on a strict diet. That lasted about a week when I realised I’d cut out too many calories and not having chocolate daily made me miserable. Now I eat what I want, just less of it, and I feel good. But exercise stuck. I follow routines from a Canadian girl on YouTube called “Madfit” and I love her workouts. There are plenty for people living in apartments like me, there is a good mix of cardio and weight workouts and they vary in length. Some are 30 minute HIIT workouts which I do when I have more energy, and others are 10/15/20 minute quick workouts which I sometimes do alone when I can’t really be bothered or I pair with others if I want to work on a particular area.
I’ve also started couch to 5K. I’ve been doing it for about four weeks now but I’m still on week one because running is not my strong suit (and I’ve just had to have a week off as I hurt my ankle and I was having to stay in while I waited for my test results). I’m Really enjoying it. I’ve noticed that I’ve started to spiral into this constant angry or sad person and there seems to be no room for other emotions at the moment, but when I’m exercising I don’t feel like that. It gives me a tiny window in my day where I can just feel normal and, dare I say it, happy? Honestly, I feel so proud of myself for getting up and moving – especially when the rest of the day is spent lying in bed eating biscuits. And it just makes me feel better in general.
When life goes back to normal and this is all just a distant, traumatic memory, I’m going to keep on exercising.
I’ve applied for my dream job
I don’t want to tell you what that is in case I jinx it but I’m very excited. I’ve let myself believe that may actually get an interview based on my application. I was just drifting off to sleep the other night and I started to think about the potential interview and I felt butterflies in my stomach, which I’m sure is a good thing!
I’ve recently bought some good books which I’m excited to read
I love the start of a month when Amazon put lots of current best sellers in their kindle offer for 99p each. Yesterday I bought “Half A World Away” which I have been desperate to read since it was published, “The Lido” which is just the kind of book I need to escape with right now, “The Nightingale” which I’ve heard very good things about, and “The Other Half of Augusta Hope” which is about a girl who has never felt like she fits in and travels half way across the world to find herself and it sounds like it will be all kinds of emotional.
I’ve also just discovered my local library uses Borrow Box and I can rent Ebooks from them so I’ve reserved “The Five” which will be available in June, and “Girl, Woman, Other” which will be available in July. I don’t know how I’m going to fit work and uni in when I have all of these books to read…
I’m having a re-think about the content I’m creating right now
Obviously travel is off the cards for the foreseeable so I’m trying to adapt whilst still being a travel blogger. I was in the shower the other day (because all the best ideas are born in the shower) and I started thinking about what my ~area of expertise~ would be (the wankiest phrase ever but go with it). I know about solo travelling, I know about travelling on a budget, I know about travelling and living with anxiety and bpd, I have stories to tell, I know about being queer out in the world. There’s lots I could write about but just don’t for some reason. So I’m going to start. And as May is BPD awareness month, what a great place to begin.
In other news I’ve decided I enjoy salads after spending years of my life proudly declaring that you will never catch me eating one. I’ve decided I want to start doing things and getting out of my comfort zone a little bit once we’re allowed in the vicinity of other humans again. This means taking classes (pottery, Spanish and dance are high on my list but that’s because I saw these things on TV today. It may all change tomorrow), putting myself out there and meeting new people. I’ve also watched two seasons of Broadchurch recently and I’m wondering why I didn’t watch it sooner, and I’ve caught up on all four episodes of Killing Eve series three and my crush on Villanelle has intensified by 1000. So, yeah, I think you’re all caught up!
What have you been up to lately? Let me know in the comments!