Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
Alice Dryden

Meme of the Times

1. Are you an essential worker?

Technically - I'm a civil servant - but I don't have a letter, and I get to work from home. I'm not directly involved with coronavirus content but many of my colleagues are, and they are all working very hard to get the correct information out there, in a format everyone can understand.

2. How many drinks have you had since the quarantine started?

More than usual, TBH, just because I've had the opportunity (spending evenings at home, not having to drive anywhere). I allowed day drinking to creep in over the Easter weekend, because, as my flatmate said, was I going somewhere? but I'm not dissolute enough to do that on a work day, tempting though it sometimes is.

3. If you have kids... are they driving you nuts?

I am grateful and a bit guilty that I'm not having to juggle childcare/homeschooling with work, like so many of my colleagues. (I am always delighted when other people's children make an appearance on video calls, though I prefer cats and dogs.)

4. What new hobby have you taken up during this?

I bought an external microphone for my computer to practise voice work, with a view to getting involved in more podcasts and perhaps reading my own and other people's stories. I've also got back into cross stitch and Airfix modelling.

5. How many grocery runs have you done?

I try to keep it to once a week, and go to ALDI. This is partly because I hear they're treating their staff especially well, partly to give the bike a run, and partly because there is never not a queue round the block for the local Sainsburys. If there's something essential I can't get, I'll dive into a corner shop. For some reason I feel it's safer to spend half an hour going round a supermarket than to pop in and out of a number of smaller shops until I have everything.

6. What are you spending your stimulus cheque on?

We don't get those but I am saving a considerable amount of money this month due to not travelling, going to the theatre/cinema/pub, eating out etc. My big stupid self-indulgent purchase has been a framed print of the Timothy Dalton stamp from the Royal Mail's James Bond range. I love it and it cheers me up.

7. Do you have any special occasions that you will miss during this quarantine?

My partner's birthday. The new Bond film. Long weekend in the Netherlands next week. Furry convention. A couple of airshows I was looking forward to have been cancelled. But of course none of that matters if I get through this without losing anyone close to me.

8. Are you keeping your housework done?

That implies I did any in the first place. I have been taking out the recycling a lot as it seems to get full more quickly, possibly due to both of us ordering stuff online.

9. What movies have you watched during this quarantine?

I've been trying to catch up on some classics from my watchlist, but I'm also revisiting favourites like Team America: World Police for comfort and larffs.

A lot of Bond, mostly as watchalongs on Twitter or with friends over a messenger app.

On Wednesday night I set my alarm for 2AM so I could watch a film in the company of Twitter friends in the US - I do this occasionally if there's something tempting on the menu. This time it was a 1971 western called Something Big, starring Dean Martin and Honor Blackman and shown as a tribute to the latter. It wasn't very good: "Well, that was a movie with Honor Blackman in it," concluded our host.

Another small investment into my home comforts has been a CD/DVD drive for my computer, because Apple decided some years ago that these were no longer necessary, so I can watch stuff if the TV is in use for crossing animals.

10. What are you streaming with?

Netflix and BFI Player.

11. 9 months from now is there any chance of you having a baby?

Can you order that online? Then no.

12. What's your go-to quarantine meal?

Pasta, same as my go-to non-quarantine meal. Rice and Stuff, a student classic. Various sorts of tinned fish. A really good thing to have around, I've found, is a chorizo ring, because it keeps for ages and adds interest to otherwise slightly dull meals.

13. Is this whole situation making you paranoid?

Yes. I'm always a bit germ-wary and I catch myself holding my breath as I walk past people on the pavement, which I'm sure is daft and does no good.

14. Has your internet gone out on you during this time?

It's struggled a bit under two adults at home 24/7, both of whom are usually doing one or more of working, on a video call with work, on a video call with friends, looking at cat pictures, streaming TV, playing Animal Crossing. And once I got a bit fed up in a meeting and left it, pretending I'd lost my connection.

15. What month do you predict this all ends?

I'm saying May. Hope springs eternal.

16. First thing you’re gonna do when you get off quarantine?

Get my hair cut.

17. Where do you wish you were right now?

Out on my bike, somewhere near the sea.

18. What free-from-quarantine activity are you missing the most?

Just nipping into the supermarket because I fancy a custard tart or something. Also charity shops. And pub.

19. Have you run out of toilet paper and hand sanitiser?

Just before lockdown I visited a friend as his Tesco order was arriving, and he kindly donated 3 loo rolls. Since then we've managed to find stocks.

20. Do you have enough food to last a month?

Technically, I guess, but I need to go out once a week at least for milk. I have not needed to buy alcohol (just tonic water).
Tags: books, films, james bond

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