Coronavirus Lockdown Diaries – Day 27

Lockdown Diaries (27)

Day 27 – 18/04/2020

The sun is shining, there is a cold breeze just to remind us that we are still in Scotland, but it feels like summer. It is set to be even warmer tomorrow, so we sacrificed Stuart to the shops again. We are running low on a few supplies, and the nice weather seems like a good excuse for a barbeque! After helping Stuart in with the shopping, and routinely obsessively washing all of the groceries, I set my laptop up outside to catch up on some blogging and enjoy the sunshine. “Alone, alone, all, all alone.” rings the call of The Ancient Mariner. Before working, I took pleasure in the first reading from The Big Read – a virtual audio and visual artwork for this modern age – “We are the wedding guests, and the albatross around the Mariner’s neck is an emblem of human despair and our abuse of the natural world. Yet in its beautiful terror there lies a wondrous solution – that we might wake up and find ourselves saved.” This dose of inspiration set me up for the day, and I managed to write, and schedule, five blog posts. This feeling of productivity gives me a happy glow… or maybe I just have sunburn? Inside I go for a quick pizza dinner, and an episode of Supernatural, before heading upstairs to prepare for ZOMBIEZZZ!!! The laptop is set, Houseparty is loaded, my anxiety is in check, and we have the all important apocalypse snacks! We are ready! We are playing virtual Zombicide with my uncle, his missus, and Jamie and Danielle. We started off a little awkwardly due to wrestling with technology, but it soon progressed into a good game, with us picking up the new toxic zombie rules fairly quickly! It was not quite as smooth as real life, and our zombie-based banter was a bit on the flat side, but it was still a fun game, and a good chance for us to all hang out… but I am looking forward to being able to do this back in real life again!! I am grateful to modern technology for keeping us connected through these times, but it will never replace the beauty of real world human connection that we are all currently missing from our loved ones. We will meet again…