LIFE IN LOCKDOWN 2.0: UPDATE

LIFE IN LOCKDOWN 2.0: UPDATE

So, here we are once again. My blog has been quiet over the last few weeks. The UK went into a second lockdown at the start of November, I celebrated my 29th birthday yesterday and now we’re all trying to to finding new ways to keep ourselves entertained. Surviving lockdown has been tough on all of us, especially when all you want to do is enjoy the good things in life like exploring new places and socialising with your friends. It’s a crap time, especially as winter fast approaches.

I’ve been fortunate that lockdown hasn’t impacted me as much. I send my love and thoughts to anyone who has been severely affected! I made the most of my birthday and have been trying to keep myself amused during my weekends with no plans… not that I had many plans in the first place but the freedom to go out and about is not within reach right now.

So, what have I been doing in my ‘spare time’?

Watching TikToks

Ah, TikTok. A lockdown companion that has become very addictive for me. However I can’t help but spend endless hours watching videos/reels from various people around the world. My For You page is mostly filled with cat videos but sometimes the odd funny clip or foodie style videos creep in. I have had to put a time limit for this app as you can spend mindless hours scrolling through TikTok!

Happy Colour iPhone app

Paint by numbers, something I have seen constantly mentioned by influencers on Instagram. I have taken the ‘easier’ option by finding the Happy Colour app on my phone however I have spent a good few hours using this app to help boost my mood or keep me distracted from my own thoughts. This is a free app to download and there are plenty of pictures to colour in.

Running/Dancing

Running became my new routine back in the first lockdown and despite the weather being changeable, I’ve tried to continue this in lockdown 2.0. Alongside this, I’ve tried to incorporate dancing as part of my exercise regime. Granted the shorter days have made this difficult. A huge part of me wants to be cosy in bed and I don’t seem to have as much energy compared to the Spring/Summer months.

Learning British Sign Language

I have been meaning to learn British Sign Language for years. As someone with a hearing disability, I want to expand my knowledge in this area, particularly as I’m passionate that more people should at least know the basics of sign language. The Deaf community is vast and I find it beautiful that they have a language for them to communicate away from speech. Hopefully as time goes on, I will be able to finish and receive a certificate in BSL.

Finding old CBBC shows on YouTube

Am I really 29 years old or have I just regressed back to 10 year old me? This has been a recent discovery of mine and I’ve been in my element. Maybe rewatching CBBC shows like Raven and Jungle Run has allowed me to remind myself of the happier times back when I was a kid. Adulting can be tiring and sometimes the kid in us needs to be let loose every so often!

How have you all been doing during the second UK lockdown?

How have you been keeping busy in lockdown 2.0?

Any suggestions of what else to do through winter?

LOTTIE TRAVELS

Life in Lockdown: Seaside Visit

Life in Lockdown: Seaside Visit

It’s June. Time has flown by for me. With the glorious heatwave we’ve been having in the UK, I decided to head on down to Southsea last Thursday. I wanted a little break away from home & my local area. Honestly, it felt like there was no pandemic. Everyone had come down for the same reason as me. To enjoy the beach in the glorious sunshine.

Social distancing is a struggle when you can’t control everybody’s movements. Okay, it was nice to see people with smiles on their faces. Plus some were social distancing with their friends & families. But I think it’s crazy to forget that the coronavirus is still out there. It’s not going to go away in a hurry.

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A short walk along the seafront

Seeing the sea for the first time in several weeks gave me a good boost. I love living near the sea – especially when the weather is a glorious as it has been. It almost gave me a sense of peace. Well, when I took the time to forget about the mass crowds around me. Maybe there was some hope on the horizon (or in the literal sense, the Isle of Wight).

First stop was to walk by Clarence Pier. I wish it was open but as always, the rides were sat there. Waiting for the day they can open safely. Looked behind me and it was a surprise to see the local mini-golf was open. Yes, there were signs everywhere informing everyone of social distancing. All golf clubs & golf balls were sanitized. Staff members had masks & gloves. Screens were added to the till point.

It was surreal but I almost felt a sense of acceptance that this would be the ‘new’ normal. God, I hate that expression. But it’s somewhat true.

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With my new fitness regime, I wanted to get a good walk in. So my plan of action was to walk from Clarence Pier to South Parade Pier. And loop back down to Clarence Pier again. A good solid 4.5km(ish) walk in my eyes. Walking past runners, cyclists, walkers, party-goers, it was nice to take in the fresh sea breeze.

A couple of hours was all I needed to boost my spirits before I headed home. I did spot some new rides over at South Parade Pier – including a ‘new’ wacky worm cred & pirate ship. I can’t be sure if this is a new +1 for me since there’s been so many rotations of wacky worm coasters on the pier over the last few years. If anyone does know if this is a new cred for the pier, do let me know!

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I never thought 2020 would turn into a key part of history but here we are living it. Who knows what will happen in a months time? 3 months time? Or even 6 months time? I hope that we’re somewhat prepared for what is to come. Whatever that may be.

Hope you are all staying safe. Much love. xoxo

LOTTIE TRAVELS

Life in Lockdown: After Lockdown Bucket List

Life in Lockdown: After Lockdown Bucket List

The original idea for this post was inspired by Alice Spake, check out her post here: After Lockdown Bucket List. It made me think about what I want to do when we return to some sort of normality. Granted we don’t know when ‘normality’ may return in the UK, 2020 has certainly turned into a topsy-turvy kinda year.

Okay, it’s not exactly a bucket list we’d all want to be writing at the moment. However, it’s certainly given me some excitement & hope during this lull of a lockdown. These little things in life that I may have taken for granted before lockdown began, I can’t wait to have back in my life again.

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My After Lockdown Bucket List

(not specifically in order!)

  • See my boyfriend Jared – long-distance relationships are hard and I want cuddles
  • See my friends
  • Work back in the office & see my work colleagues
  • Go out for lunch/dinner with my family
  • Visit some country parks to enjoy the beautiful spaces we have in the UK
  • Go to the cinema
  • Have a proper date night with Jared
  • Go food shopping without having to queue to get in
  • Visit a Go Ape course
  • Drive down to Southsea and walk along the seafront
  • Visit various UK theme parks including Thorpe Park, Alton Towers & Chessington
  • Go on a UK cred trip – cause it’s tradition to grab some new creds each year, right?
  • Visit Center Parcs Longleat with Jared – booked our week holiday last year and in the process of moving it to September
  • Go to Nando’s – just can’t beat a cheeky Nando’s!
  • Be able to comfortably run 5k
  • Have a weekend away somewhere in the UK
  • Travel to a European theme park – provided that the COVID-19 situation is under control!
  • The freedom to drive to wherever I want even if it’s to a local business or open space near my house
  • Be confident enough to experiment with my make-up & potentially share on Twitter/Instagram
  • Book Florida 2021 – it’s mine and Jared’s 30th birthday next year so we would like to be able to get our joint birthday celebration holiday booked at some point

It’s not a massive list by any means but it’s enough to keep me going. I hope you are all staying safe & keeping well during the lockdown. Sending all my love to you all. xoxo

What would be on your After Lockdown Bucket List?

What are you missing most during this lockdown?

LOTTIE TRAVELS