Lockdown part 2 started today. This time around I feel better about it because an end time has been set. Yes, I’m not delusional. I’m sure it’ll be extended but for now, knowing that the lockdown might only last for a month I can cope. The reason I’m hoping a little bit extra that it won’t be prolonged is because I have flights booked to go back to Sweden early December to stay for a month. I’ll be working remotely from my parents and celebrate Christmas, birthday and New Year’s with friends. If that doesn’t go ahead, I’ll be super disappointed and I will cry for days.
Anyways, to make this second lockdown a little bit more fun or interesting I have given myself three goals that I would like to accomplish. If you’d like to join in on any of these, let me know and we can push each other. It’s only really the third goal that might need some encouragement. The other two I’m sure many of you already do or wouldn’t have any issues with getting on board with.
Three Goals for Lockdown Part 2
Read 4 books. This might not seem like a lot but for me who only read one book a month (if that) it is. I’m hoping with more time on my hands and with it being cold and dark, I’ll be able to read the following four books over this lockdown period. Hopefully it’ll minimize my screen time.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. I ordered this book at the beginning of the year and finally I’m about to read it. A handbook for anyone wo wants to understand race relations in Britain today. It explores everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race.
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. A dark, twisted and provocative thriller. Two cousins staying with their grandparents at their Kansas estate one summer. One runs away when finding out what it means to be a Roanoke girl. Ten year later she comes back when her cousin has mysteriously gone missing…
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I have seen many read this book and a couple of years ago it won the Costa Book Awards so it must be good. I picked it up in a charity haul and can’t wait to read about Eleanor who leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, east the same meal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. She’s happy and nothing is missing. Except, sometimes, everything…
After You by Jojo Moyes. The sequel to Me Before You. Lou Clark has lots of questions: how did she end up working in an airport bar, why does her flat not feel like home, will she ever get over the love of her life, will her family forgive her for the what she did? Something has to change and when the opportunity arise, do you close the door and life continues or do open it and risk everything?
Eat 4 Sunday Roasts. To support Leeds independents I have decided to order in food once a week. I want to try four different Sunday roast that I haven’t had before. First up this week is Heaney & Mill. It’s not often I order in food or lately even going out as we’ve not been able to mingle with other households in doors. Eating out on my own isn’t fun but I don’t mind ordering in for one. Now seems like a superb time. What type of takeaways would you order?
Run a half marathon. I ran the Leeds half marathon last year and the same distance (21k) a couple of times on my own as well. Last time was in January I think so if I want to have a chance of completing the Paris marathon in a couple of years, I best get moving with longer distances. Together with a friend, we’ll be running the following distances each week during lockdown: 12k, 15k, 18k and 21k the final weekend.
If you have other distances as goals in your running performance, join in. If it’s from 5k to 10k, increase weekly with 1k at a time. You can do it!
How are you feeling about the second lockdown? Have you got any plans of what you’re going to do with the time spent at home?