Having gone through two nationwide lockdowns/restrictions and currently experiencing Ireland’s lockdown 3.0 (with no definite end in site), there are a few things that have helped me through this past year. Wherever you’re reading this, I hope you enjoy learning about the little things that have put some colour in my life during these odd times.
Experminting in the kitchen
I’ve always enjoyed cooking, though sometimes the end result can be hit or miss. There have been creations I’ve always wanted to try out but have never gotten around to doing. Take vegetable lasagne from scratch, turns out it’s quite easy once you have a lot of time on your hands. I used a recipe from BBC Good Foods, which has turned into my go to website when I want to try something new.
A Coffee a Day
During the first lockdown the little act of enjoyment I probably missed the most was going to a coffee shop and getting a caffeine fix. The fear of going into another lockdown came over me during the summer and I decided to buy myself a home coffee maker, so I’d be ready with some home comfort if the time came. I didn’t want to invest in getting a proper machine with a grinder and steam wand (though I would love to be that fancy one day), but neither did I want to get a more inexpensive regular coffee maker that could only make americanos. After some looking I found a happy middle ground and bought a moka pot (€20 ish) and an electric milk frother (€30 ish), and it was one of the best things I did. Making my coffee at home has a lovely ritual to it and it helped break up the long winter days. Though I am turning middle age at a frightening rate during this pandemic, and my new favorite thing to do is enjoy a coffee with a warm scone and the weekend newspaper.
Just Keep (walking)
It’s been years since I’ve lived at home for an extended period of time, and since moving home I’ve had more time than ever with our family dog. After so many years of not being a consistent presence in her life it’s been heart warming to re-bond with her. Like everyone else on this planet I’ve been doing more walking lately, but having the company of my four legged friend has made the ambles feel a lot more rewarding. She’s going to be 14 years old (!) this year and my mom jokes that she’s kept me sane during this past year, but she’s not wrong. She’s kept me company for all the ridiculous amount of walks I’ve been on, and watching her excitement whenever she sees me never fails to warm my heart.