29 Apr 2020

The “At-Home” Diaries: Who Is This Woman?

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I’ve lost track.
Yesterday I thought it was Wednesday; how lucky, it was only Tuesday.

There is something I am feeling and I would love to know if you are too? I am living with a “new” woman and I am not the woman I used to be.


Who is she?

The one who bakes? Yes, I have been baking and three delicious cakes have turned out – thank you for the advice to stick to the recipe. I didn’t follow my normal “wing it” approach and they were delicious and even looked tempting. As I did my grocery shop online this morning I searched for even more ingredients to expand my repertoire. I know – a silly little change – but it is very different for me.

 

And cooks. Twice daily since lockdown and enjoying every moment. I miss the buzz of our local restaurants but truthfully I am not minding eating at home all the time. I dream up recipes and right now I am thinking about a lunch concoction. Thinking spaghetti with chilli, garlic, lemon zest, green beans and roasted pine nuts could work?  One of the luxuries of big city life is becoming accustomed to eating out or take-away. Maybe, ask me in another few weeks if I feel the same. 


Who exercises every day? I mean seriously. I am all for exercising but an online class every morning and a long walk each afternoon? This is not my normal routine; a class 4 times weekly is about my regular limit.


On the phone – regularly. I avoided the phone talk at all costs in the pre-Corona days. I was all about the email, the text or the what’s app group. You never know what you had until it was gone and all that. IGTV, Insta Live and Zoom will be happening – you may never shut me up.


And listens to audiobooks in preference to watching a Netflix series. Ok, there is a bit of watching going on but far, far less. Thank you for the recommendation of Patchinko and The Dutch House. I was gripped and found my walking count upped dramatically with these two. My routine works like this: Fiction in the day and non-fiction in the evenings.


With an appearance that might be a little less groomed. Strike that. It is a lot less groomed. The sweats are winning 5/7 days but on the others, there is effort. The exercise is driving the wardrobe and the trainers are pacing overtime. There is room for improvement here. I’m feeling a red lipstick stage coming on; slicking on the stronger shade lips makes me feel so much more together, despite everything else. Time to add some new ones to my collection. Small wins feel big right now.


The question is, will I change back? xv




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20 Comments

cindy hattersley

Isn’t it interesting how we all have evolved during this pandemic? I ask myself the same questions. Will I keep the good habits and ditch the bad or vice versa. We live in the country so I have always cooked and had to plan my meals, but my garden has never looked so good. If it weren’t for the garden I might go gaga…

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Vicki

I think I’m like that with the walking and cooking routines, Cindy! I am going to try and maintain these habits… Fingers crossed :)

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Mumbai

I guess everyone ask the same question. If we change our lifestyle or not will depend on how life general will change. I mean social, financial and also health but meanwhile I long for a perfect hairstyle and make up and well dressed…out of the indoor dress .
Currently I also have some doubt about going in restaurants although I like it but be restricted while I want to have a relaxed dinner…no.Today I read…plastic menue card, mask, no salt and pepper or flowers on the table, waiters will serve with mask too, etc…. It will be a total differend atmosphere in restaurants and bars…strange….therefore
I will cook at home. Vicki, if you like, some stimuli pics in yr mail.

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Vicki

Agree… to wear one of my favourite suits again!
The exercise and comfort gear is great but not ALL the time! :)

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Michelle à Détroit

I’d say that I’m mirroring you almost exactly, Vicki. In some ways, I find that I’m more like I was when I first married; making almost every meal from scratch, paying more attention to detail around the house, focusing on the little niceties that get lost when we are busy. I am definitely on the phone more. I am NOT a phone person. Never have been. I still don’t love it, but what a lifeline it’s been to friends and family! I fear that the US is opening up and relaxing guidelines far too soon. I feel fortunate to be able to take a six month stay at home path. I have the type of personality that can do it easily, and too much is uncertain.

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Ana

If you have stuff sitting in your pantry and you want to cook something new, SuperCook, is a site that lets you figure out recipes to make based on what you already have.

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Jennifer

I have definitely evolved. I’ve picked up some good habits and some not so good. I’m certainly cooking more creatively but I’m also spending too much time on social media. I’m thinking a healthy balance is wiser. I wish I was exercising more often like you are. I’m really looking forward to reading your newest E-book when it’s out.

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Vicki

This is one balance hard to find. Social media is such a drain sometimes and at others really brilliant and engaging…
The exercise is keeping me going… it is not so strenuous, but it is a great mental aid… especially with a good book to listen to. :)

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Missi

Hi Vicki, I am definitely exercising more and that makes me so happy! Cooking more too but I am ready to eat out again. And like you, a couple of days a week to wear makeup and regular clothes. Speaking of clothes, check out Ann Patchett’s IG site, @Parnassus Books. She wore a ball gown today!

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Vicki

Thanks, Missi… I will… I absolutely adored The Dutch House. Are there any other novels by Ann Patchett you highly recommend?

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Missi

Bel Canto was great!! I just picked up her book Truth and Beauty. It’s a story about her friendship with a girl from her college days. I need to read more of her for sure.

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anitapelayorivera

Good morning Vicki!

I have to admit, I am the same woman but with only heightened versions of myself. I tend to be a perfectionist, but now that I have limited time for the things that really keep me happy, I find that my attempts to practice my perfectionism via online teaching are proving a failure. That is NOT good for this sensitive heart. I feel alone, I feel inadequate, yet I have hope. I am trying to survive. I long to read voraciously as I once did and I want to get to more of it before my eyes really go bad, but to keep the rest of my household happy, I give in to the nightly Netflix. I prefer shows/movies that require that my mind work through the loops and mazes of a good script, but the preferences of my better half who prefer loud movies put me right to sleep. I’m grateful I wake up each morning to a job but I’m spent. I feel as if all that I need is time to practice what makes my creative soul happy.

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Vicki

Mine has been watching the Formula One Series here!! Need I say more… I have been disappearing with my book… not that I mind it but I prefer the solitude of my read or a good script as you say ;)
Persevere with your online classes…as I know you are… they are much, much better than you imagine… :)

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Amy

Anita, I am in survival mode too! Still trying to work, home schooling kids, cooking (which is SUCH a chore and not a joy) and finding I have absolute no time left in the day to indulge in the things that make me feel like me. I used to read a book a week and I haven’t even picked one up in a month now. I have friends who don’t have the same responsibilities as me right now and watching them find joy and creativity is certainly tough. I want to be happy for them but I am so very jealous. However, this whole process has taught me so much about what I really want out of my life and what I need to stay happy and sane. So, for now, survival it is! And when this is over, look out everyone :)

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Vicki

Good on you, Amy …
I admire anyone with children at home of school-age… that’s tough… I can imagine the cooking is a chore! Everything is when it becomes a necessity… and we rush through it to try and find time out the other side… Look after you, Amy… when you can :)

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Amy

Thanks so much, Vicki :)
You can just keep giving me your lovely, beautiful and thought provoking content (and that little escape that is just perfect right now!) – thank you for all your hard work x

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Ruth Joines

Though I’m still working through this time, I’ve found doing a yoga routine morning and night has become my sanity and my normal. Sometimes it’s only a short practice but its helping me in so many ways. Hopefully it will continue!

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Nancy McKay

Vicki-EVERY book by Ann Patchett is a delight. I actually enjoyed her non-fiction, This is the Story of A Happy Marriage. Commonwealth least favorite. State of Wonder and The Magician’s Assistant are sometimes overlooked and a JOY.

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