Snapshot of a Groundhog Day –

So. Here we are. Even now in this article. Nevertheless here! What is it – week 6? 7 days 66? 7 days 974? Does it even issue? We’re just pushing by as most effective we can, recognizing that there is an close in sight, and being aware of that we’ve completed this prior to and we have appear out the other side. So what are the issues obtaining absolutely everyone via? These are some of mine – what we’re taking in, studying, seeing, and arguing about.

What we’re taking in

Ingesting has been heading perfectly in lockdown 3. Initially we became obsessed with Quadwraps (TM) aka taco craze or tortilla trend on TikTok (where we get all our information now, of course). You make an incision in a wrap, put a unique filling in each and every of the 4 quadrants, than fold and place in the George Forman / sandwich maker. Favourite fillings include bacon and Brie, Parma ham and buffalo mozzarella with pesto, or scrambled eggs with avocado and salsa.

Quadwrap

Quadwrap

Then we turned obsessed with our new Nutribullet and everybody had two smoothies a working day for a week. Three months on, it’s continue to heading solid and we have literally never eaten so a great deal fruit in our lives.

This week’s fad is falafels. My spouse is the lunch maker whilst I operate, on the times when it’s not “everything on the table, make your very own sandwiches” (a lunch regime which, to be reasonable, obtained us by 6 months of lockdown 1) he tends to make the greatest falafel wraps with Sriracha sauce, peppers, onions, and iceberg lettuce. Even the a few fussiest young children love them.

Other favourites building breakfast and lunches considerably less dull this lockdown: breakfast burritos (a makey-uppy recipe with egg, chorizo, black beans, grated cheddar, salsa), waffles on our after-abandoned waffle-maker, French toast, and blueberry pancakes.

And the new favourite Friday meal, courtesy of my spouse: Taco Fries.

What else we’re consuming

Oh yes, we’re however having. Flap jacks, pecan blondies, banana bread, (both of those recipes from the fantastic Cake Mum), blueberry muffins, apple and cinnamon muffins, and blueberry loaf cake. At times I bake whilst supervising homeschool Zooms, at times the children bake since they’re bored, mainly they bake so they can eat the finish results and I’m really joyful to aid them with the feeding on.

And if nobody is in the mood for baking, the massive treat is pastries from Strudel in Dun Laoghaire, truly the very best pastries in the globe.

What I’m buying

As we all know, putting matters into online-baskets without having at any time purchasing is a interest in its personal proper, and is especially essential in the course of lockdown when we simply cannot go to real shops. Things on which I have essentially pressed “checkout” incorporate: a gown from & Other Tales (these types of optimism!),  new books from Easons, make-up brushes from Irish small business Nima (far more optimism!) and Vit C from Pores and skin Formulation.

Just wants an iron. And an occasion…

What I’m reading through

At the weekend, I examine Previously mentioned Drinking water by my good friend Trish Kearney. It’s an extraordinary e book, heat even with the complicated matter make a difference, and any person who has listened to the Wherever is George Gibney podcast will be significantly interested in this.

Prior to that, I read through The Dim Space by Sam Blake, a twisty thriller set in Eire and The Previous Detail to Burn up by Will Dean. Warning – the latter is very tense, not for the faint-hearted and I experienced to skim bits (finest summed up on the blurb: Place fulfills Misery) but it’s so, so superior and this sort of a rapid examine.

Now I’m reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet, which couldn’t be far more diverse – it is about twins who increase up in a compact black community in the American south. They operate absent at 16, and sooner or later a single comes household to dwell in her childhood property, though a single goes on to live as a white human being. I’m about one particular third in, and actually savoring it.

What I’m listening to

Woman A by Abigail Dean. I’m about quarter way by and it’s dark and disturbing at times but I’m entirely hooked. It is about a family of children held hostage by their mother and father, but established fifteen years right after they are saved.

Prior to that, I listened to The Thrust by Ashley Audrain. Also darkish. It’s about motherhood and darkish thoughts and an evil kid – or is she? The narrator is fantastic and I flew by it, grabbing 20 minutes below and there when I was out for a wander or a operate on my own.

Before that, I listened to Take It Back by Kia Abdullah, about a sexual assault accusation. It’s seriously, seriously fantastic, once more regardless of (more) darkish articles and the narration is superb.

What we’re arguing about

Oh you know, nearly anything and every thing. Noise during on the net courses, working with up all the bananas (#smoothieissues), working with the Nutribullet at 7:30 am when absolutely everyone else is asleep (much more #smoothieissues), using the shower (we have one shower #constantissues) and “using up all the wifi”.

But especially just lately, we’ve been arguing for the duration of an on line quiz we have been accomplishing on Friday evenings. You know households who play board games consistently and have fantastic fun teaming up to contend collectively? That is not us. But when my friend informed me about the DLR Libraries online quiz, I made a decision it would be good if at 7pm on Friday, absolutely everyone put down their devices and joined in. We registered, submitted our identify (“Mara Family” – tons of assumed put into it) and collected in the residing space with espresso cake (incitement/ bribe) to get started.

Twenty minutes in, the degree of bickering and blaming experienced me shut to shutting it down. “You pressed the button way too soon” and “I realized that wasn’t the answer” and “Well, that is not considerably fantastic if you don’t know the correct answer” and so on.  But at some stage, the desire to do perfectly and shift up the leaderboard took about, and the enjoyment constructed, and we finally became a team. I am under no illusion there will be bickering at any time time we do it, but it is worthy of it. To register for the quiz, email [email protected]

What we’re watching

I resisted The Crown for a lengthy time, because of to a basic absence of adore for period of time dramas, but gave in just ahead of Christmas, and I am smitten. Borderline obsessed. When I drag my two young youngsters for a wander on the pier, I commit a lot of it telling them how previous Queen Elizabeth II was when she turned Queen and the story of her uncle abdicating the throne and how considerably the actors participating in Prince Philip look like him and how small the actor playing Princess Diana appears to be like like her. Immediately after each individual episode, we google to see what was correct or not, I’ve modified my Netflix avatar to Queen Elizabeth, and any day now, I’m heading to begin putting on a crown.

We also watched The Serpent on BBC1 about a creepy serial killer in 1970s Bangkok. It is a darkish drama dependent on a real tale but the 1970s factor of it (primarily the costumes) is superb. If you have missed it on BBC, check out out for it if it’s repeated there or arrives on Netflix.

Up coming up, Behind Her Eyes. I go through the ebook by Sarah Pinborough a number of a long time back and cannot wait to see how they deal with the twist in this. The guide is polarising, some persons wished to throw it out the window when they received to the end, but I cherished it.

What we’re waiting for . . .

. . . universities to re-open. None of my three acquired fortunate in this round so we’ll continue to be homeschooling on Monday, crossing everything for a safe re-opening. I would like the really best to every person likely back – to individuals who are worried and all those who simply cannot wait and those who are feeling a bit of equally. I hope it goes perfectly, not least so some of mine can get in two months later! Superior luck to us all.

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