Life Lately: March

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Are we all going crazy yet?

So, how are you coping with the COVID-19 related isolation (whether mandatory or self-imposed)? Are you busy working from home or homeschooling your children? Or are you struggling to keep yourself occupied?

And how long will it take before we all go crazy?

Because I think there will come a point when the situation starts getting a bit too much. We’re human, after all.

So, instead of fearing the moment we finally have a nervous breakdown, perhaps we should allow ourselves to have a mini nervous breakdown every now and then. Just go out (backyard, balcony, whatever) and scream for a while, let it out. Keeping a safe distance from other people, of course. It’s healthy. Besides, engaging in a bit of screaming therapy might make other people want to embrace some social distancing, too…

Alternatively, we can try to channel all of that nervous energy into various (more or less useful) projects. So far, this has been my preferred course of action (although I don’t rule out the screaming therapy either, should it come to that).

Characteristically, I’ve directed my frustration to my immediate surroundings and stepped up my home improvement project. Translation: I emptied the contents of the bookcases onto the living room floor, dusted and repositioned the bookcases, decided that ‘it doesn’t work‘ and put them back in their original configuration, with most of the books back where they were.

Yes, it seems a bit futile… On the other hand, the bookcases have never looked so tidy. And I’ve come to the conclusion that this room is way too small for the sofa we have, and we really need to move. Of course, that will have to wait till life gets back to normal…


makeshift office

Meanwhile, my husband has been conducting meetings and conference calls from his new desk in the bedroom…

And I’m so glad I got myself a pair of noise-cancelling headphones…

As far as my work is concerned, I’ve been busy racking my brain trying to think how to do my teaching online. I was actually hoping to have a bit of a break from work, so all of this planning is making me somewhat frustrated. Though probably not as frustrated as the poor administrator who has to deal with my constant questions and requests…


When we’re not busy with work or various in-house projects, we’ve taken some walks in the neighbourhood. I usually take the camera with me. Not because I want to photograph outfits (I really haven’t been in the mood lately) but because it’s spring now, and nature is reawakening after the odd non-winter we had here.

mood today


The sunsets are quite nice, too:



What have you been up to lately?


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  1. 29 March 2020 / 6:54 pm

    That new desk in the bedroom has put a smile on my face. All we’re having to sort out new problems with some out-of-the-box creativity, including unexpected uses for some homeware!. My ironing board is so deeply hidden that would never pop up as a resource!
    Luckily, I’m quite an introvert, have some hobbies and live in a 85m2 flat (plenty of room for two persons and we have a balcony!). So I’m busy in my own world. Only missing a good walk under the trees.

    • Tiina
      31 March 2020 / 3:16 pm

      Oh, trust me, my ironing board doesn’t exactly get any outings, either…
      I’m just hoping this pandemic will be over before summer. All our windows (and the balcony) are facing south and west , and it tends to get really hot in here when the weather warms up…

      • señora Allnut
        31 March 2020 / 6:40 pm

        I’m hoping it too!

  2. q
    29 March 2020 / 7:42 pm

    At the moment days are oddly stagnant: it is hard to remember, if it is Monday or Friday. And yet we get comfortable routines for our days. Kids eat their porridge and get their computers to start school work each in her own room, we switch rooms with hubby if we need extra privacy work for conference calls or want to have the bigger screen and better chair for a while. Everybody go out in the afternoon / early evening. I’ve walked a lot too. And started to rake the lawn in the garden. I’ve never been more ambitions on it than now. What I fear and have not dared to think yet, is how it will be, if the schools stay closed until June. Or if we still need to isolate ourselves during the 2,5 month summer school holiday after that. But so far we are coping okay. -q
    ps. And now that you mentioned noise-cancelling headphones, I should remind dear hubby he has a pair of closed back headphones which give similar advantage, so they might be very handy now.

    • Tiina
      31 March 2020 / 3:18 pm

      Yes, self-isolating during summer would be the worst, like having no summer at all. Let’s hope this will all be over soon.

  3. 14 April 2020 / 4:34 pm

    The husband has bought a truly vile looking white flat pack desk (small thankfully) but it takes up the space where I put the ironing board when it comes out of the cupboard, before that he had a tottering pile of books and stuff for his laptop and it was getting a little irritating as it took up the dining table… Love the photos – they are beautiful, I also like the photos of your books and enjoying reading the titles and contemplating them.

    • Tiina
      15 April 2020 / 3:42 pm

      The joys of working from home, huh? my ‘office’ is the sofa…

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