Last week I was on the phone with my colleague when he asked me how I was doing with the lockdown. I responded, "Well, this isn't too different from what my life has been the last couple of years so I'm doing okay!" As soon as the words left my mouth I realized that was kind of a strange response. But also, it's true.
If you have followed along on the blog the last couple of years you know that while we did a lot of traveling and amazing fun things, we also did a lot of sitting around at home. Or, at least, sitting around someone's home. The very definition of housesitting means that you are in charge of someone else's place, someone else's things, someone else's pets, so you can't stray too far from home.
Additionally, we were always traveling on a budget. So while we tried to make sure we did most of the fun things in a given area, we weren't out and about doing something amazing or noteworthy every single day. There were a lot of days spent inside, on the computer, connecting with friends/family/readers on social media, writing, reading, watching movies, etc. Life as a travel blogger is a weird mix of working at home (writing from a distinctly not office like space) while simultaneously never really having a home.
I think I've made it clear that while I enjoyed that life for a long time, I was very ready for it to come to an end. I was ready to have a real job again - one that required I go to a building other than my home, that I interact with people other than my husband (love you, babe!), that I have a reason to get up and get dressed and get out of the house every day. I was ready to start doing a lot of fun societal things we had put off for a long time for budget reasons - going to the cinema for movies and eating out more often.
And then, practically the minute we stepped foot in the city and our new lives were set to begin, London went on lockdown.
Much of the world has gone on lockdown.
And instead of me getting to rejoin your world - you all have come to join me in mine!
Cinemas are closed. Restaurants are closed (except for takeaway.) My church is closed - both the office space and the worship space - the UK has asked that we don't even go to our sanctuaries to live stream worship on Sundays so I had to do that from my own living room yesterday (awkward!) The only reason I have to leave my house every day, in fact, the only reason I can leave my house every day is to exercise.
I was seriously looking forward to wearing jeans and dresses and having to look like a human every day. Now I'm back to that stay at home life of leggings and t-shirts and why wear more clothes than I have to when it just means I'll have more laundry to do (and we don't even have a washing machine in our flat!)
I guess, on the one hand, I'm well prepared for this. I know how to keep myself entertained without leaving the house (as long as I have internet) - I have a long queue of books to read on my Kindle, podcasts to listen to, shows to watch on Netflix/Amazon Prime/Disney + and more; plus, now, we have the added bonus of having some of our actual games with us, like Dominion! It's not a bad place to be.
On the other hand, I'm living in one of the most exciting cities in the world and all I can do is sit at home.
I was ready to rejoin society by leaving my house and now all that society asks of me is that I stay home.
It will be worth it. Here in the UK the current slogan is "Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives." If I can save even one life by staying home I will consider all of this well worth it.
Someday this will pass and the world will re-open and we will all enjoy so many things we are currently missing and will, hopefully, never take for granted again.
Until then, welcome to my world, it's time to put on your comfiest clothes and settle in. There's a Tiger King Marathon to watch.