Living in these times

Unlike most years lately, 2021 has seemed to drag on endlessly. I have been working from home since March 2020, with a few brief (probably four days total) forays into working in the field before the doors slammed shut again.

On the plus side, I can sleep one hour later every morning, and fit more meetings into each day. I can also do chores like the laundry and dealing with the dishwasher during brief breaks, meaning my weekends are much freer. I spend less money and use what I have.

On the minus side however is that I don’t get much exercise or fresh air, I miss the dynamic of meeting people face to face, and I have kind of let myself go. I have not put on weight but I have totally stopped wearing makeup, my roots get very long before I refresh my highlights, and I don’t buy clothes or shoes.

A couple of days ago I went to get my third vaccination and treated myself to coffee and a planning session while I waited. It was nice to sit (at a distance) and people-watch. I am still in my vintage Van Der Spek, previously owned by André Van Der Spek. I replaced all the South African pages because they just made me sad. I have also demarcated all  holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and special days next year, usually with washi tape.

Because I only use my vertical week-on-two-pages calendar for work, I use washi tape to make sure I don’t accidentally book something in on one of these days.

We have had to cancel our trip to South Africa.  I understand, of course, but I was devastated. I have not seen my family for four years.

Instead we will be going to stay in a little apartment in Tenerife for a week, if everything is safe. I need to get away and some sun. Work is home and home is work right now so just a few days away will mean the world to me.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

3 thoughts

  1. I’m so sorry you haven’t been able to see your family … But best wishes for Tenerife (spent part of my honeymoon there) and here’s to 2022! xo

  2. Dear Janet. I’m discovering your blog thanks to Philofaxy. Love the washi tape trick. Since 2020 we have learned to live differently indeed. Let’s hope this doesn’t last for too long. As we’re only one week away from Christmas Eve, I’m sending you lot’s of positive vibes and season Greetings. Hello from Belgium.

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