Weeknotes 66 - The novelty has worn off
- The best dance move that has been giving me life this week is the BBC interview girl dance. The joy. The confidence. When I’m feeling sad I remind myself to channel her energy.
- Watching Making the Cut on Amazon Prime. It’s very much a show from the Before. So innocent. Remember fashion? I miss it.
- I’m dressing very differently now that it’s only for me. It’s all vibrant colours, leopard prints and uh, crop tops. I’m basically reliving my teens sans the constant shame.
- Seems like every online shop is either running out of stock, unable to secure enough delivery capacity or putting me in a virtual queue. Who are the people who had been doing all of their shopping in physical stores in the Before? If anything, I am getting fewer deliveries in lockdown, partly because it’s so hard to get stuff ordered and delivered. Clearly, I lived a very different life to the majority of people in the country.
- Last weekend I sewed five face-masks (it was the most I could bear to make in a single sitting, they’re so boring to make). Making your own masks is kind of a one-off event, unless you need more I suppose, but I didn’t realise that washing and pressing them is a new chore that has to be done every week. Great! I need more chores in my life!
- We’re into the grind stage now, where the novelty has worn off but the new ways haven’t been fully optimised yet.
- Clapping isn’t for the NHS really, is it. It’s for the people clapping, so that they can feel like they’ve done something, anything to express this gnawing feeling that we’re all powerless to influence the outcomes in a complex system, among a sudden, frightening realisation that our survival is at one another’s mercy. We need each other. Yes, you could call it gratitude. But if you were really grateful to the NHS and wanted to do something meaningful you’d call your MP on a weekly schedule to ask: 1) what are you personally doing to make sure we have a PPE stockpile for the NHS and other professions at risk? 2) what are you personally doing to make sure the UK begins adequate testing and contact tracing so we can make informed decisions about what to do next?
- I guarantee you if we all took three minutes to make that weekly phone call we would all feel better about taking action AND we’d do something that has an actual effect on the world. It’s win-win!