March 2020 – Unusual times call for a blog!

We certainly do find ourselves in unusual times. yesterday at work we were told it would likely be our last day in for three weeks. I work in a prison and we’ve been making efforts to keep all the activities running as much as we can,  so although my gigs and social activities had all been cancelled for a while now, the whole virus thing hasn’t felt too real just yet.
When I heard the news I had mixed feelings. Some relief that perhaps I could just now bunker down and ride this out – not have to worry as much about being out and about and potentially catching/sharing the virus. I also felt sadness at what that might mean for the prisoners – no activities and surely a lot more time behind their door, and what that might mean for the already stretched officers.
I have two roles in the prison. One working in the library and one teaching music technology. I spent my last day making up boxes of books, newspapers, crosswords, magazines to go to each wing to hopefully provide a little bit of library to those who are now facing a lot of time in their cells. I wrote a note and dropped next month’s book to my book-group members (we were due to meet this Thursday)
I burnt CDS of my music students work and sent it to them with a note (and a reminder to think of their room mates and neighbours when they are working on their music!)
And that was all I could do really. I have found out today we will be going in on a rota basis to make sure we keep sending fresh resources and learner packs to the students.

So today was my first day in proper”isolation/self-distancing” mode- although I’ve been doing that at weekends and in evenings it all feels a lot realer when you’re sent home for “at least three weeks”  I shall admit to ignoring my initial idea of getting up at my usual time, I was awake but I messed around on the internet for some time!

at 9am I did Joe Wicks workout (link here), something crazy, like almost a million people tuned in to his live stream workout, which is designed as a PE session for all the children who are isolated at home at the moment.  Seemingly I am a lot less fit than your average school child!!

I then worked on plans for an IndieGOGO campaign for my next record. I had sort of shelved the idea, it seems strange during all this to try and plough on with things – especially things which involve people supporting you financially when everyone is so squeezed, but it feels like, although I could wait until this all blows over, there’s also the fact that almost everything has come to a halt and perhaps powering on with the plans we had where we can is a good way to keep sane through all this. So I made some plans and made some drafts and plan to launch something soon!

 

I then spent some time working on my “Virtual Library” this is a new idea I decided upon. Just trying to bring a bit of the library to my friend’s children who are at home. Here is my latest installment!(Link here)
So far these videos have made me realise I need some better equipment and software for film making and that my eyebrows are very dark compared to my hair! But hopefully any children watching them will enjoy.

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I had some lunch – food items and ingredients already looking a bit ropey and it was a bit of an odd concoction. I think I will try to hold out going to the shops until my rota day to go in to work – seems like just making the one journey out would be more sensible?! We shall see how the supplies go!
Then I did some housework! Ha ha! This is the most neglected part of my life a lot of the time, and if I don’t use this extra time to get on top of that then I shall have let myself down somewhat! I do enjoy everything being more ordered and tidy! It just never stays that way between work, gig, work, gig, life, gig, work, gig, gig, gig. It has to be said it is nice to be forced to slow down and look around and re-evaluate. There are positives that can come from this, it is just hard to feel any joy in those things when people are paying the cost with their lives and the lives of their loved ones. I certainly get little peaks of worry every now and then about the reality of what the world is facing. I look forward to brighter days.

I also did a little more glossing. We started decorating the front room a little while ago. It has been on the “to do” list for sometime but we only get round to it when football and gigs got cancelled. Of course things have escalated in the last few days so it is not really possible to get any materials but I am finishing off what I can. Have gloss. Will gloss.

That’s been today so far. There’s been a lot of getting distracted by scrolling online which isn’t ideal. So I shall maybe have to lock my phone in a box tomorrow!
I also need to be doing some work from home which hasn’t started yet.

my evening plans involve getting on with some of the work from home I could be doing, clearing my inboxes, catching some online gigs and trying to remember it is not the weekend and I shouldn’t drink wine.

 

if you’re reading this, thanks 🙂 Take care and stay safe
xxx

March 2020 – Unusual times call for a blog!

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