Snapshot of a Groundhog Day –


So. Below we are. Continue to listed here. Nevertheless in this article! What is it – 7 days 6? 7 days 66? 7 days 974? Does it even make any difference? We’re just pushing by as most effective we can, understanding that there is an conclusion in sight, and figuring out that we’ve carried out this just before and we’ve appear out the other aspect. So what are the issues having everybody by? These are some of mine – what we’re ingesting, reading through, seeing, and arguing about.

What we’re consuming

Having has been going nicely in lockdown 3. Very first we turned obsessed with Quadwraps (TM) aka taco trend or tortilla development on TikTok (where we get all our info now, definitely). You make an incision in a wrap, put a different filling in each of the 4 quadrants, than fold and set in the George Forman / sandwich maker. Favorite fillings include bacon and Brie, Parma ham and buffalo mozzarella with pesto, or scrambled eggs with avocado and salsa.



Then we turned obsessed with our new Nutribullet and absolutely everyone experienced two smoothies a day for a week. 3 months on, it is even now likely sturdy and we have literally never ever eaten so considerably fruit in our lives.

This week’s fad is falafels. My husband is the lunch maker though I do the job, on the days when it is not “everything on the desk, make your have sandwiches” (a lunch regime which, to be reasonable, got us as a result of six months of lockdown 1) he makes the ideal falafel wraps with Sriracha sauce, peppers, onions, and iceberg lettuce. Even the a few fussiest young children like them.

Other favourites producing breakfast and lunches a lot less unexciting this lockdown: breakfast burritos (a makey-uppy recipe with egg, chorizo, black beans, grated cheddar, salsa), waffles on our once-deserted waffle-maker, French toast, and blueberry pancakes.

And the new favourite Friday evening meal, courtesy of my spouse: Taco Fries.

What else we’re feeding on

Oh yes, we’re continue to feeding on. Flap jacks, pecan blondies, banana bread, (both equally recipes from the fabulous Cake Mum), blueberry muffins, apple and cinnamon muffins, and blueberry loaf cake. At times I bake whilst supervising homeschool Zooms, from time to time the young children bake mainly because they are bored, generally they bake so they can take in the close benefits and I’m extremely happy to aid them with the consuming.

And if no person is in the temper for baking, the massive address is pastries from Strudel in Dun Laoghaire, actually the best pastries in the globe.

What I’m getting

As we all know, placing factors into world wide web-baskets without having at any time purchasing is a interest in its have appropriate, and is specially vital all through lockdown when we can not go to real shops. Matters on which I have basically pressed “checkout” include: a gown from & Other Tales (these kinds of optimism!),  new textbooks from Easons, make-up brushes from Irish company Nima (much more optimism!) and Vit C from Pores and skin Formulation.

Just demands an iron. And an occasion…

What I’m reading through

At the weekend, I examine Over H2o by my friend Trish Kearney. It is an extraordinary book, heat in spite of the hard matter matter, and any person who has listened to the Where is George Gibney podcast will be particularly fascinated in this.

Prior to that, I browse The Dim Area by Sam Blake, a twisty thriller established in Eire and The Final Factor to Melt away by Will Dean. Warning – the latter is very tense, not for the faint-hearted and I experienced to skim bits (best summed up on the blurb: Home satisfies Distress) but it’s so, so fantastic and these types of a quick study.

Now I’m examining The Vanishing 50 % by Brit Bennet, which couldn’t be more unique – it’s about twins who improve up in a tiny black group in the American south. They run absent at 16, and finally just one comes residence to dwell in her childhood property, although 1 goes on to live as a white individual. I’m about a person 3rd in, and genuinely taking pleasure in it.

What I’m listening to

Girl A by Abigail Dean. I’m about quarter way via and it’s darkish and disturbing at moments but I’m fully hooked. It is about a household of small children held hostage by their mom and dad, but set fifteen decades right after they are saved.

In advance of that, I listened to The Force by Ashley Audrain. Also darkish. It’s about motherhood and dim thoughts and an evil kid – or is she? The narrator is superb and I flew by way of it, grabbing 20 minutes here and there when I was out for a wander or a run on my personal.

Before that, I listened to Get It Back by Kia Abdullah, about a sexual assault accusation. It is really, actually fantastic, all over again despite (much more) dark articles and the narration is superb.

What we’re arguing about

Oh you know, nearly anything and all the things. Sounds in the course of online courses, working with up all the bananas (#smoothieissues), working with the Nutribullet at 7:30 am when everybody else is asleep (a lot more #smoothieissues), using the shower (we have just one shower #constantissues) and “using up all the wifi”.

But particularly just lately, we have been arguing all through an on the internet quiz we’ve been executing on Friday evenings. You know family members who play board video games often and have excellent enjoyment teaming up to compete jointly? That’s not us. But when my good friend informed me about the DLR Libraries on the internet quiz, I decided it would be awesome if at 7pm on Friday, absolutely everyone place down their products and joined in. We registered, submitted our title (“Mara Family” – heaps of imagined place into it) and gathered in the living space with espresso cake (incitement/ bribe) to get began.

Twenty minutes in, the degree of bickering and blaming had me near to shutting it down. “You pressed the button also soon” and “I understood that was not the answer” and “Well, that’s not considerably fantastic if you do not know the suitable answer” and so on.  But at some position, the need to do perfectly and shift up the leaderboard took over, and the pleasure developed, and we last but not least became a workforce. I am under no illusion there will be bickering ever time we do it, but it’s value it. To register for the quiz, email [email protected].

What we’re looking at

I resisted The Crown for a extensive time, due to a normal lack of like for period dramas, but gave in just just before Christmas, and I am smitten. Borderline obsessed. When I drag my two younger young children for a wander on the pier, I invest much of it telling them how outdated Queen Elizabeth II was when she grew to become Queen and the tale of her uncle abdicating the throne and how significantly the actors playing Prince Philip glance like him and how minimal the actor enjoying Princess Diana seems to be like her. After every single episode, we google to see what was real or not, I have altered my Netflix avatar to Queen Elizabeth, and any working day now, I’m likely to commence sporting a crown.

We also watched The Serpent on BBC1 about a creepy serial killer in 1970s Bangkok. It is a dim drama dependent on a legitimate story but the 1970s element of it (especially the costumes) is superb. If you have missed it on BBC, check out out for it if it’s recurring there or comes on Netflix.

Subsequent up, Driving Her Eyes. I read through the e-book by Sarah Pinborough a few several years ago and can’t wait to see how they offer with the twist in this. The e book is polarising, some persons preferred to toss it out the window when they got to the conclude, but I cherished it.

What we’re ready for . . .

. . . faculties to re-open up. None of my a few obtained lucky in this round so we’ll however be homeschooling on Monday, crossing anything for a harmless re-opening. I wish the really most effective to all people going back – to people who are apprehensive and these who can not wait and all those who are feeling a little bit of equally. I hope it goes very well, not the very least so some of mine can get in two months later on! Good luck to us all.

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