What Day is it Anyway? Friday, 20th March 2020

My day: I worked from home today so I got up at around 7.40am rather than 5.50am had I been actually going into the office.

I went into the bathroom and got onto the scales whilst mentally preparing myself for them to herald the first of the bad news for today, but I was in for a pleasant surprise. Apparently being in a permanent state of anxiety and fear is good for weight loss as I have lost half a stone in a week! So I logged that outcome on the tracker and then got ready to face the day.

Working from home this morning proved to be somewhat problematic due to the number of staff trying to do the exact same thing and the system kept going down over the course of the morning. Luckily by the afternoon it had calmed down a bit and I was actually able to get some work done.

Our parents are isolating at the moment as they are in the vulnerable category and my sister called me to say that they had been unable to place a food order from anywhere online due to the demand and website issues. Luckily she was able to get most of what they needed but there were a few things left so I said I would check the stores near me. They needed bread, eggs, chicken, sugar and yogurts and apparently these things are now as rare as loo roll and hand sanitiser thanks to all the selfish people hoarding enough food to feed the country for years! Honestly it makes me furious the more I think about it. If everyone just bought what they needed then there would be plenty for all. What the hell is the matter with them and how did people become this selfish?

Anyways, I was able to get the yogurts in the Tesco express near me. To my utter horror I saw that the hoarders have also now started on the cola so I grabbed a bottle for myself (I have a cola addiction which is now down to one glass a day but if I don’t have this I get the shakes and a headache. There is no way I’m going to suffer with that alongside everything else that is going on!).

Then I ventured into the town to look for the other items. Iceland shut at 5 so that was no good so I pressed on and went to Morrisons. It looked fairly normal in there when I first got inside but very quickly it deteriorated into looking like someone had played a nightmare version of supermarket sweep in there. It had none of the aforementioned items however I was able to get a six pack of bread rolls.

The final stop was the other Tesco express which had the eggs! I used the self-service in the last one and this time I went to the cashier. There is now a massive load of tape on the floor in x’s that you mustn’t cross whilst being served. The lady serving me was really nice and we complained about the hoarders for a few minutes before I went back home. I let my sister know what I was able to get and her husband is going to go into town super early tomorrow to find the rest of them!

I then called mum and dad to sort out their asda online account and make sure they had their next delivery slot booked for April. I also spoke to my sister again and we are going to go down and leave their shopping on the doorstep for them tomorrow. Dad said he was going to leave the cash in an envelope outside. I said we would message him when we were there as if he left it too early the postman might think that he had left him a massive tip!

The final thing I had to do today was test out my new thermometer. I was hoping that it was better than the last one I had as that one told me I was clinically dead when I took my temperature! This new boots one informed me that it was slightly under normal. I was happy with that – I was worried about the fever alarm going off!

Linda G. Hill came up with this great idea to keep track of the weeks and months ahead. For those who already are, and will be isolated in the coming weeks, it is important to all come together and support each other.

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