Having now been in some form of lockdown for the best part of 6 months – under fairly strict conditions of 5km travel limit, overnight curfew, and few reasons to leave the house – it’s no wonder that usual distinctions of life have disintegrated. Work is entirely virtual, which, for a teacher, is a very strange reality. We are nearing the end of three weeks holiday, which does not at all feel like a holiday. Each day runs into the next, without much to distinguish one from the other. Days come and go in equal measures of frustration and ennui. I saw a tweet about how difficult it is for people living in VIC, Australia, to tell others what it’s like living under this sort of lockdown for so long, and I definitely feel it. It’s ironic that there is so much time, and yet it’s a challenge to get things done. It’s amazing how much you can fit into a day when you’re busy! I miss the old hustle and bustle of moving from one space to the next in a day, cramming an hour of reading or writing in, squeezing a podcast in on the journey to or from work. Yet, I’m sure I’ll complain about being busy when we get to a so-called “COVID-normal”.
So, a few things that have helped to make lockdown a little more interesting:
- The new album is in its final stages and I’m in the process of signing off each song. Exciting that it will be released in the next month.
- The Women as Church Conference, now to be held online at the end of October.
- A new review of my book, which was a pleasant surprise and a reminder to keep writing.
- New music and podcasts. Here’s the playlist of women’s music that is a work in progress with some old friends.
- Online gatherings. Different friends, groups, and organisations.
- Running. Lots of running.
- And tons of reading. For the first time ever, I am ahead of schedule with the reading challenge of goodreads! Feminist and queer theology and theory – breaking boundaries in our (patriarchal) thinking. The Hogarth Shakespeare series. Other classics we had in the house.
- Oh and sunrises at my desk as I settle in to read.
Hopefully more fun to be had soon!