Lockdown - how has it been for you

Before ye ruin the main Covid thread

Stop being lazy, put a link on the main thread!

What main thread?

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Two six inch nails, a sheet of plywood and some rawl plugs. That should do it.

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How many more Coronavirus threads are there gonne be? Jebus. There’ll be a Now That’s What I call A Lockdown Greatest Hits thread next.

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Yeah there’s so much other stuff going on.

Good and bad, I last filled the car with diesel on March 5th, topped up with €20 the last week in april so saving a fortune, Online school for the kids is the hardest for both kids and parents, I’ve settled into working from home, am I working more? No, am I working more hours? Probably, but to be fair I’d say its more hours worked but over longer period, getting much more exercise in during the day going for walks with family during the day then coming home to do a bit more work it’s not a bad balance.
I’m still involved in adult football (barely) but never for once did I think I’d miss coaching and mentoring a group of underage kids more than I do, the same kids who I thought done my head in, I’m just Looking forward to hopefully getting back in the next couple of months.

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Firstly I think the weather has been a huge bonus in how people are dealing with this – it may be God’s compensation but imagine if the last 8 weeks were typically wet and shitty ….

It’s obviously a very odd situation even for the elder statesmen among us. Unprecedentedly unprecedented. It snook up on us really. I work in town and was in until the lockdown but the previous two weeks a lot of places closed voluntarily – because there were no customers for most of them. Town (Grafton St and environs) and public transport were eerily quiet. It was difficult to get something for lunch. Then the hammer dropped – lockdown - and you just had to adapt.

I took an early decision that I wasn’t going to overthink this. I know I am not in control of it so my attitude is to control the (my) controllables as such. Play it by ear – consider things rationally. Do things you always did - as much as you can - and adjust otherwise.

I have a couple of mid-teens so that has been ok – no big exams thankfully and they have been excellent in fairness to them. Mrs has had to go into work everyday while I work from home. We are both fortunate to be still fully working and earning – aware that many aren’t.

I often questioned whether I would have the discipline for WFH but have been so busy that it hasn’t been an issue which is good really. Increasingly work has encroached into my evenings and weekends - but I don’t have an issue with that. The two and a half hour daily commute is gone. Wake at 8.00 – in work at 8.02 with the kettle boiling – how could that be a bad thing? Get stuck in then and if I hit a brick wall take a break – hang out the washing maybe. Or a walk. And walk. Another huge change. I walk at least 5km a day – sometimes 8/10km. I have beach walks, dune walks and country lane walks – all within 2 or 5km … say nothing.

I have to say all things considered the whole damn experience has been a huge eye opener. I have somewhat lost the concept of time. I am probably healthier. I am questioning my raison d’etre – in a non-critical way – more of a self-assessment. My quality of life is infinitely better – but then I’m not 14 or 21 or even 28. Maybe I’m the ideal age for this kind of messing – recognising that still working and earning is crucial in saying that. I may well have difficulty readjusting to the old norm having experienced the new norm – and intend to explore options in that regard in the coming time.

My annual Spanish retreat is less than 40 days away … but won’t be happening. I even brought it forward so I wouldn’t miss the opening Super 8 game - as I have done for the last two years. Bah humbug! C’est la vie as they say in the country north of Spain.

Roll with the punches is my attitude …

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I guess what I miss most is the things I took for granted - popping over to my mam, sneaky pint after work, going to the kids gaa matches, reffing. I am into a routine now working from home, I don’t miss the commute but do miss the office banter, I have my routine at home now, go for my lunchtime run, bring dog for a walk when I finish work. I do agree you work longer hours at home, I think because I am at home I feel I need to justify what I am doing that little bit more so am inclined to put in the extra time to get something done that day rather than wait until the next day. My Spanish holiday won’t be happening either in a few weeks but that is the least of anyone’s problem. I miss Friday nights in Richmond Park or wherever an away fixture took us!

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I miss dodgy refereeing decisions

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Giving them?

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didnt think I’d miss coaching and mentoring a group of underage kids more than I do, the same kids who I thought done my head in, I’m just Looking forward to hopefully getting back in the next couple of months.<<

True, very true

Cocooning since March 14. I would hazard that, should I run a foul of the law in the future, I could handle a ‘stretch’.

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