Hi guys. I hope you're all safe and well. How is your pandemic going? (Oh God it's still going.)
Things are slightly different now to the way they were when I wrote my previous post. The death toll in the UK is now much higher at 46,500 (and in the world it's 728,000) but in the UK the daily death rate has slowed right down. It feels like we're now in control a bit more, even if local lockdowns in places around the UK have become a thing.
The world around me is opening up more. We can now go to shops and restaurants and pubs, and go on holiday, and visit people in their houses. I'm not working from home as much either. We're still not back to the way things were, but this whole new cautious way of life (washing and sanitising hands all the time; wearing face coverings; speaking to people from a 2m distance) is becoming kinda normal.
I had a birthday recently, so today I picked up my camera for the first time in months to show you what I got. Because I might have paused everything else during the pandemic, but thankfully birthdays are still a thing that happens.
Luckily I have formed a support bubble with my parents, which means that I can do things with them that I can't do with other people, like share cars and sit close together and HUG THEM. Let me tell you, when that relaxation of lockdown happened and I realised I could hug my parents again I burst into tears.
Even though you are allowed to take trains now, myself and my parents have been avoiding them for the most part. So when they came down to stay with me for my birthday, they drove down (thankfully it's not too long a journey for driving).
It was lovely to see them (only the second time I've seen them in person since the pandemic hit). We went for a walk in the park (in the pouring rain!) and ate fried chicken and watched "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (I had forgotten how good that film is). Necessarily, it was a smaller affair than normal (even if I keep my birthdays small anyway) but it was good.
Let's have some photos then, and pretend that this is a normal birthday post from a normal year.
Birthday cards. Not quite as many as normal, but did I mention that there was a pandemic on? Three of my cards had hand-drawn pictures on, by Alex and William and Rene, and most of the hand-drawn pictures were of cats (what can I say? These people know me).
Edible gifts. Here you see the largest box of chocolates known to man (which is no longer as full as it was when I received it). And a pack of Galaxy chocolate cookies, which I've never tried before but which look delicious. Not pictured: a really tasty lemon drizzle cake baked by my Mum (it was so good!) and fresh produce from my parents' garden, including courgettes, purple French beans, and tomatoes.
Toiletries. A really pretty rose-scented set from Marks and Spencer. It looks so luxurious! And I love the pink travel case that it comes in. The set includes talcum powder, which I haven't used in years (and was there some hoo-ha about it causing cancer?) Using it will make me feel like a child again (but I'll make sure not to use it in any areas that might lead to cancer, because smelling nice isn't worth that). And then a pack of mini hand-sanitisers. My God! I never thought I'd ask for hand-sanitisers as a gift, but here we are in 2020. I didn't have many hand-sanitisers that I could pop in my handbag to take out and about with me, so it's good to have some more.
In the other section we have a yoga mat. I've never been the sort of person to own a yoga mat before, but I started doing daily workouts while working from home and I really felt the lack of one. There's also a pretty Charles Rennie Mackintosh-ispired pen because working from home was making me use my own stationery a lot more. And "Simulation Theory" by Muse. I went on a huge Muse kick last year and the beginning of this year, because the use of one of their songs as the theme-tune for the excellent TV series "The Planets" reminded me that they existed. Listening to their stuff takes me right back to my teens; it's very nostalgic. As an aside, I love how all these gifts are purple; they match so well!
And that's it for this post. I hope you're all keeping well, and I'll see you... whenever I see you <3
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