Crikey, what a strange week.
I’d had a few blog posts planned for the end of this week, but it seemed strange to carry on as normal and not address this surreal (and, honestly, slightly scary) time we’re going through together at the moment. It’s impossible to not acknowledge the global anxiety and pandemic going on, and whilst the news, Twitter and every other conversation is circling around it- I do want to carry on with some of the posts I had planned, as a bit of light relief and the escape this space has always been- I’m certainly not BBC news after all.
Anyway, I also wanted to say I hope you’re all looking after yourselves and staying safe too. It’s so hard to know what to do, the ‘correct’ protocol and way to go about the day-to-day, and having postponed our first Insecure Girls’ Club event on Sunday, sometimes I think you just have to follow your nose and go with your gut- even if you’d rather not. Fortunately, I’m in a position where I can continue to work from home- and I’m also going to *try* and take this period as a bit of a respite to do some of the things I never make time for at home. Glamorously, that means finally sorting the loft out (three years later), cleaning the fridge and bathing the house plants (a fancy water, if you like).
But! Boring tasks to one side- to lift your weekend spirits, I thought I’d share a few of the things brightening these lighter spring days at the moment- although we *should* be cautious and vigilant- we should also be patient and calm, and I hope these bring a little light after a funny old week.
Dog walks and daffodils
One thing that has been bringing a little light, is actually getting out of the house, seeing the signs of spring and getting some fresh air with Maggie. This sounds so ridiculous, but actually seeing people walking dogs, chatting and getting on with the day-to-day is reassuring when you’ve been cooped up at home indulging in Twitter and the online overwhelm. It’s one of those ‘we’re told it all the time’ things, but honestly, a bit of fresh air and gently moving your body has a lot to answer for sometimes. Plus, FLOWERS.
Caroline Polachek and Haim…
Is she the fourth sister? Who knows! Either way I was lucky enough to see her perform in London this week and although I loved her before, I don’t think I’ve heard someone with such unreal live vocals like that for a long time. The outfit! The dancing! I couldn’t cope. She also did a cover of The Corrs which really tipped me over the edge- and that was before I heard Haim’s new song too! WHAT A WEEK FOR MUSIC. So, if like me you’re laying low for a bit, pop on The Steps and Pang and hit those notes.
Oh and dancing to La Vita Nouva!
I FORGOT! Christine and The Queens also released a short film this week and an unbelievably eighties dream-bop Italian collab with Caroline too. It’s got Thriller-esque dancing which, although with the Iceland Eurovision entry, I’ll be learning as a matter if high importance.
GUESS WHO GOT BAKING
Using the bit of extra time I’ve had at home, I decided to dust off one of my favourite recipe books (Clare Ptak’s Violet one, FYI) and bake some cookies! Honestly, I was stunned at how long it had been since I’d last baked in the kitchen purely for pleasure, but it was so lovely to put some music on (I have about 400 Spotify playlists if anyone needs any baking soundtracks), put my phone down and just bake. Plus, I popped half of the dough in the freezer to pull out when we get a warm cookie craving too- so I’m feeling like an efficient cookie monster too, huzzah!
In light of a funny week, one thing that has warmed my tiny cold heart is seeing people coming together. Helping elderly neighbours, walking each others dogs and looking out for each other when truly, we all need it most. Small acts of kindness, smiles on the street and a little ‘good morning’ can work wonders, and seeing those exchanged on the day to day is a small something when things feel chaotic. I also may or may not have shed a few tears over the videos of wonderful Italians singing from their balconies each evening- my dad said he was now even more grateful for his tambourine he got for Christmas…
Anyway- I hope you have a lovely rest of your weekend. Look after each other.