Covid-19 Lockdown Day 12: Furloughed

I joined hundreds (or maybe thousands? millions?) of others in the UK who were furloughed by their employers two days ago. Basically, the government will be paying 80% of our salary for two months but nobody knows what’s gonna happen after that. It might be extended, we might be required back to work or [insert worst case scenario here].

I’m still positive about being furloughed specially after hearing so many stories from friends around the world who got the worst end of the deal. The Greek Mister at the moment is still working from home but they also got a 25% salary reduction starting this month. Life’s tough at the moment but we’re keeping a positive spirit.

I think we’re still blessed despite the circumstances, we still have food on the table and roof over our head. We are however very mindful of our spendings because nobody knows until when this will last.

We were supposed to buy a home last month, we’ve actually already made an offer which was rejected as someone else beat us to it. At the time, husband was quite disappointed that we didn’t get it but I was ok with it – in my head, everything happens for a reason and if we didn’t get it, it wasn’t for us or it wasn’t the right time yet. Well as luck would have it, it’s a good thing that we didn’t buy that house because we would have spent our whole savings as a deposit otherwise. At least now, our savings are intact and we’ll have access to it when/if shit hits the fan.

Anyway, so what have I been doing the past few days since being furloughed? The first day was a bit of a blur, I spent most of it on the bed chatting to friends and then transferred to our couch to continue the chat. Didn’t do anything productive whatsoever.

I did find an online ballet class though so I did it on the second day. After the class, I deep-cleaned our bathroom then sat on the couch again to chat with friends. I also watched One Man, Two Guvnors play streamed by National Theatre on youtube – freaking hilarious! Thank goodness there’s a lot of online things to do here in London during these times to keep us sane. Also, I think our apartment will be super clean by the end of this lockdown.

I will start reading books in the coming days and I will try my very best to avoid Facebook for now, for my own mental health. That sh*t is toxic, the things people share on that social media sometimes are highly questionnable. Makes you wonder if they’re in their right mind. I don’t know, I just don’t need negativity and stupidity in my life right now so I’ll avoid it like a plague.

I’ve also been cooking quite a lot these days, here’s my spaghetti with meatballs last night:

spaghetti with meatballs

It was really good, surprisingly! Anyway, take care and wash your damn hands!

Finished: The Decline on Netflix and Ghost In The Burbs podcast. Will start reading: The Woman in The Window.


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  • Reply trainswestcan2espano April 29, 2020 at 03:18

    can I come to dinner next time this is on the menu

  • Reply trainswestcan2espano April 29, 2020 at 03:15

    Actually received ten enveloped mail from the Postie this morning. Have written a thanks APO to the daily Newspaper Editor, to proclaim there are people out there still using the old system.
    One was a bank statement one from the Centrelink-Government agency issuing pensions and welfare. Continuously get cards from people visited overseas even though easier for international to go online. Then there are magazines , and bills – utility accounts in other words. Gave me something to do apart from newspaper Xwords, and creating many words with 9 letters, then weeding the garden.

  • Reply trainswestcan2espano April 29, 2020 at 03:05

    Taking my time, to respond here, but over 200 messages per day coming. I get to click delete on at least half of them by day 3 repeat. Some are spammed. But it doesn’t stop them.
    We in Australia are doing much the same, Government financial packages to employers supplying finance to keep paying employees who are locked down. March 23, we closed all Cafes and Pubs, only take away was allowed and with alcohol restrictions to 2 bottles per day. ? That’s more than I drink in a week.
    Rotary meetings and other organisations are held on Zoom. We have intrastate travel restrictions. For instance residents of Devon cannot drive into Gloucester or Reading and heavens forbid going to London. Still for urgent medical reasons we can drive the 100km into the City. But today we can gather in groups up to ten, provided we maintain the 4metre social separation. Weddings can have only 5 people attend. Funerals are private affairs with promise of a celebration of the life in days to come.

    Keep writing, it releases your energy . Keeps you ‘sane’, less stressed.
    I am re-writing my European Holiday by train. Not in full detail – only highlights and the journey by train, something a rarity here these days. Good luck
    Stay safe, wash those hands.

  • Reply Tanja/The Red Phone Box travels April 8, 2020 at 22:14

    stay safe! online ballet class sounds fun,I wish I had time for that:)
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