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I’ve hit a wall today.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BetterNow, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I've just checked the calendar and realised that the last time I was in any large group of people was a full month ago, for two funerals. Since then I have had only two live conversations outside my household or street, and one of those was very brief. The other was with our youngest, at a safe distance, when she dropped some stuff off for Mrs MSB on Mother's Day. My normal busy and varied routine to all intents and purposes ended a month ago.

    Whilst I accept that for others the sun comes up sun goes down routine might work fine, if I'm not working towards something, however trivial it may be, and preferably outdoors, I'll go crackers. I'm resisting screen-based entertainment for the bulk of the day because I find it too passive, and I struggle to concentrate on any paragraphed text for more than half an hour. I spent my working life using computers, so they lost their novelty value some years ago, and I don't like my mobile phone.

    I do like learning new stuff, especially new practical skills.

    That's why I have a to do list - horses for courses. :)
    Alice K, Jamvic, Jesmond12 and 2 others like this.
  2. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Och, someone's always annoyed or offended on here. The sky is blue: someone's annoyed. Water is wet: someone's annoyed. Brexit is rubbish: someone's annoyed. Kill all humans: someone's annoyed.
    I wouldn't fret.
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  3. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I feel like that about painting. If I go for a period of time without doing it every day, I feel like a failure. The first one and a half weeks of lockdown was basically me glued to my laptop, and I felt useless and also guilty. This week has been much better - I spend most of the day in the studio then come down to make lunch and dinner and socialise with the family. It's a lot better, and my concentration span is reverting back to what it was before the sh*t hit the fan.
  4. bookeater

    bookeater Occasional commenter

    Thank you for the spell check! Or is that spell cheque?:D:D
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  5. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Painting is on my list. I've got three large blank canvases in the garage, and the last time I painted anything artistic was at least 25 years ago. What I plan to do will most definitely be experimental. :)
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  6. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I definitely think we should have some sort of art thread. Things people have made/painted during lockdown. Encouragement, tips, etc. I quite want to have a go at a speeded (sped?) up timelapse painting video.
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  7. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    It's not even spelling really - it's phonetics. Lots of English people genuinely think it's "draw" because that's how they say it. Sorry for being a pedantic tw*t, it's just one of those pet-hates.
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  8. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Last night’s news and some of the comments on here really unsettled me. Today has been much better.

    You have described me exactly - grumpy, miserable, unfair and snappy. It’s difficult to be Mr Nice all of the time.

    I am doing a lot of pottering at the moment - I don’t have any hobbies and I need to find something.
    nomad, Lidnod, BetterNow and 3 others like this.
  9. grahamfrost

    grahamfrost New commenter

    I think you have to allow yourself to have a bad day now and then. I do. It's when one bad day turns into two or three that you can be on the slippery slope. I really do find that the only thing that works for me when I have a down day is getting out in the fresh air.
    I'm taking a long walk every day at the moment - it's the only way I can keep it together.
    Lara mfl 05 and BetterNow like this.
  10. bookeater

    bookeater Occasional commenter

    My pupils know my weakness with certain spellings.
    We have permission to shout out if I spell a word wrong on the board.
    We used to have dictionary corner, where pupils sat in the corner of the room, would be ready when I would yell" can you check the following spelling", or "what is the dictionary definition of ****** "?.
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  11. bookeater

    bookeater Occasional commenter

    Many hundreds of years ago I taught a young Vietnamese pupil who was one of the Vietnamese Boat People who were housed on the estate I used to teach at.
    We were talking about Kings and Queens and rulers in different countries.

    I asked him at the end of the lesson if he was feeling he understood what the lesson was about.
    He then took out of his bag
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  12. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    I have to have a routine of sorts, otherwise I know I would get really low. I'm doing the boring housework in the mornings - finding some things, like cleaning the bathroom and kitchen, need doing much more frequently now we're home all the time. Also try to do one rarely-done chore every day; currently turning out the kitchen cupboards (only one a day) and marvelling at the out-of-date stuff hiding at the backs. I've already de-cluttered the wardrobes. I'm actually throwing out anything I know we won't use - I don't think the charity shops will be accepting for quite a while, even when they do re-open. Afternoons are for a long walk, time in the garden, long chats with family and friends … and baking!

    Keep strong, everyone - we'll get there.
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