Is anybody else getting sick of the phrase ‘The New Normal,’ or is it just me?
Unfortunately, it’s the perfect term to describe how we’re living at the moment. It doesn’t necessarily provide lots of inspiration for the journal-esque blogging content that I usually create, unless you’re interested in the rather sad-looking cheese sandwich I often make myself for lunch?
It’s weird how my mindset has changed in such a relatively short space of time – going ‘out out’ is a big ‘no no,’ despite the restrictions being slowly lifted. As someone who loves to plan out trips and fun things to do, it has taken a while to adjust to not being able to find a random place that I’ve never heard of online and then inform The Bloke that that’s where we are going for a day out. Instead, I’m continuing to look at life from a day-to-day perspective and taking pleasure in the seemingly smallest of things but admittedly I find myself grimacing when watching characters in my favourite TV shows standing in groups or hugging each other.
However, to get a change of scenery after being in the house for several months, The Bloke and I decided that we would do something different last week. The beaches and parks have been absolutely jam packed with people, so we got up at ridiculous o’clock and went into the city. Birmingham has loads of absolutely gorgeous areas, and at 7.00am there was almost nobody around (but we did wear PPE just in case). It was nice, but odd – peaceful and quiet, but with a sense of not feeling quite right. We managed to get some shots of various areas – mainly around Gas Street Basin and Brindley Place.
The canals around Brindley Place looked gorgeous:
It was so strange to be able to walk through Brindley Place and Centenary Square and see the water outside the library be completely still – there are usually lots of people running around and enjoying it.
It was a beautiful (albeit rather unusual) way to spend (a very early) morning.
I’ve also been in the extremely lucky position in that I have continued to work solidly, and have been conscious in what I am spending… most of the time. If anything, this has been a stark reminder that all of this could suddenly go away overnight, which after 5 years I have perhaps become a little complacent about. However, I may have treated myself to a new Archer and Olive Dotted Journal, purely because I’ve always wanted to own one.
What about you guys? What has become your new normal?
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