Covid-19 Diaries: The Key Worker Tangle

It’s been a while since I last posted, and it’s exactly because of that tangle.

At the moment I’m juggling working from home and caring at the same time. I’m also struggling against my own perfectionism. It’s tough! There’s never really a switch-off, or a proper break. I’ve found myself checking work emails at 8pm while getting the baby to sleep because it’s been the first time in the day (which starts at 6am) I’ve had a chance. I’ve been simultaneously cooking dinner, jiggling the baby’s rocker with one foot and trying to plan next week’s work in my head, all while the toddler is hanging onto my non-jiggling leg begging for juice.

As for writing time, that doesnt exist any more.

I’m definitely getting fatigued from being needed so much and not being able to get at my projects. But I keep reminding myself that I don’t have it that bad. It’s tough, but at least I can work from home. I might be on my own 90% of the time, but I still have that 10% when the husband is present. And my book manuscript will still be there when this is all over.

I’ll be interested to see what the PM’s message will say tonight. In spite of the difficulty of current circumstances, I’m still in favour of keeping the lockdown. My difficulties are worth it if we stop people dying unnecessarily.

Stay at home. Wash your hands.

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