This ia a post of few things that I did in the pandemic period that I had not done ever before in my life. Yes, I am also taking the tag that many blog writers had taken this blogathon.
1. Given a haircut for the partner-This one seems to be in many of our lists. I was so glad when the salons reopened.
2. Stayed for two week at mom’s place-
To be honest, after marriage except for the pregnancy stay, I had not done a long stay at parents place at all. This one was entirely due to lockdown restrictions and was one memorable stay.
3. Taught kiddo-I had always delegated kiddo’s schooling to the partner and the school. Now I have to sit with him in an online class and follow up teach him.. Kiddo refuses school and school work. So imagine my plight. I now teach him in 5-10 minutes bursts whenever he is in a good mood after play.
4. Become confident as a cook- Cooking is learning based on observation and experience. Though I do not have a lot of experience in the kitchen , I had whipped up a couple of really good dishes during the honey moon period of the lockdown.
5. Supervised construction work- We bought a house during the pandemic because of the real estate price fall. Had it been non lockdown period, either dad or FIL would have supervised any minor construction work. We had extended out balcony a little bit and we needed a roof for it. I am proud that I got somebody to do it at a reasonable price within a short period and supervised the whole work. The roof was a savior during the period of heavy rains that came along with the Nivar cyclone.
6. Bought something huge without discussing with the partner- This was when I bought Bubbles. The partner is not a big fan of pets reared in captivity. I wanted to teach kiddo about caring for others. Generally we discuss, argue and then we both come to a consensus. This time however with the house purchase , we had quite a few disagreements and lengthy negotiations before getting every single item from curtains to chowki. Probably I reached a tipping point by then and I simply got Bubbles.
7. Grew a tree – I had now become diligent about taking care of the balcony pots. Around March 2020, I tried growing chillies, brinjal and tomatoes from the same pot multiple times. Every time it failed. An unknown sapling sprouted in the pot and it was the sole hope for my gardening pursuits. By October 2020, it grew with a hardy stem that my mom vouched that it is a tree and not a plant. Then we moved to our new place and as I realised that the pot was too small for this one, I transplanted it to the apartment gardens. It has grown up much better now. One of the realisations while growing a tree is observing how giving a tree is . Even while it was a sapling, ants would group around it. When it growing up now, it is the favourite spot for garden lizards and crickets. Google lens now tells me that this will grow up to be a ‘Vasantha Rani ‘ tree..hmmm..fingers crossed.
8. Did a video post of self – My job made me do quite a bit of digital marketing through fb and linkedin. Again for the job, I had to do a 1 minute video of myself for a post. After some 20-30 takes , I could finally create that post..Pooh!! Acting before the camera is not at all easy.
9. Created a poster for environmental activism – The flexibility that the pandemic brings in to explore other interests apart from the job is awesome. I also truly enjoy managing my own time. Around Christmas holidays I designed an art campaign poster to Save Pulicat from Adani Port expansion.
10 – Did my own bio-enzyme cleaner – I took up a workshop for creating home made cleaners. I did one batch of rice enzyme and citrus enzymes. However not so happy with the results. Probably sustainability is a long journey for me .