#1507 Day 9 of getting there: the surprise letter

You know, there’s more than one way to reach out to someone.

That’s important to keep in mind during this self-isolation period we are ALL collectively going through.

Self-isolation… together. Now that’s a contradiction we didn’t think we’d see, but we are living and breathing it now.

This is kind of my gratitude, but mostly baby girl’s. I’m just living it vicariously through her.

Because she received a letter in the mail today… from her grandparents.

My parents. ♥

It pretty much said, well done on your tooth falling out, sorry we can’t see you in person, but…

Here’s a little something. ;););)

(Shhh!)

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(It WASN’T the slinky)

Not only was it super sweet, but it showed me just how valuable reaching out, non-physically, can be.

There are so many ways to show people we care, and we are about to get a whole lot more imaginative discovering them during this time.

Join me for the ride. 🙂

#1506 Day 8 of getting there: The home/work convenience

Today I am simply grateful for the convenience of work… at home.

I roll out of bed, wash my face, get dressed in my trakkies and my hoodie, and head downstairs to log in.

That’s it. I’m at my work desk.

At first I was truly uncertain as to how it would all go. Working at home, and trying to keep baby girl busy while doing a new job, at that?

It has gone well, amazingly. Sure, some days she will yell at me to come to her, only to show me the urgency of a passing cargo ship.

Really?

Other times she will hug me 16 times, and stand by me while I try my hardest to concentrate.

Other times she will play with puzzles on end.

Watch a movie.

Take a walk in the back yard with Mister F.

I am so grateful for her compliance, as much as I am grateful to use my toilet, eat food from my fridge, and make tea/coffee as many times as I want to.

I think I can get a bit too used to this… 🙂

#1505 Day 7 of getting there: Rebel-ing with doughnuts

Next on my support local list is a place I was absolutely stoked to find out was joining our town, and moving down the road, LITERALLY, back in early 2018.

Rebel Donuts. 

They, along with so many other businesses have been forced to get creative amongst decreasing customer volumes coming through their shop in response to the push for greater social isolation and essential travel only.

So when I saw their call out to spread the message far and wide on doughnut (yes, DOUGHNUT) delivery and pick-up, I was like OH YES.

More exciting was realising that they were also sending out decorating packs, much like the decorating baby girl did during the school holidays last year which I posted about here.

So, guess who got a surprise today, right before coffee/babycino time? Huh, huh?

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I got baby girl the Frozen decorating pack, which includes 2 plain doughhuts, a whole heap of decorations and icing, and instructions on how to make them…

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But we all know kids go and do their own thing anyway, right?

That’s right honey. Pour on ALL the sprinkles.

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I hope these guys get ALL the love and are able to keep doing this delivery thing, because I have an Easter surprise planned for baby girl in a couple of weeks…

Check out the Rebel Donuts facebook page for where they’re delivering to,

OR

their website: http://www.rebeldonuts.com.au

Note: Delivery needs a minimum spend of $20… which is so easy to achieve, to be honest. 😉

Nom nom nom nom nom.

#1504 Day 6 of getting there: Supporting local – Kirks

I feel terrible for all the businesses out there suffering through this uncertain and indefinite period.

I look around the town that I love, and I feel even more sad.

Because it’s these small businesses that make my town, what it is.

Sure, people will flock and spend and visit and book things once this all blows over, but that could be months away… meanwhile, how do these places stay afloat?

Keep employees paid?

Keep paying rent?

Keep making money amidst further lockdowns, bans and imposed isolation to ALL?

I’ve been happy to see many businesses going online, getting creative and thinking of other ways to get their business out to people who can’t get out anymore.

Really if you think about it, this is kind of the best time in history that we could have this kind of pandemic. Because even though we may not be able to get out in public…

We can still get out and about online.

I’ve made a concerted decision lately that I will be one of many out there, to support local business. I don’t want the people who make this beautiful part of the world so unique and great, to go under, and I want to make sure they know they are supported, while also trying to send the really strong and important message…

Buy local. Wherever you are. Support small business. Keep them afloat. And tell your friends about it too.

Which is what I am here to do. 😉

First on one of my many support locals list… Kirks.

Of course, FOOD.

We have been there heaps of times before, (check out my Food Review from a while ago), it is a local favourite on the Esplanade, and no matter what, we seem to gravitate there, again and again.

They recently released a takeaway/delivery menu in the midst of no more in-dining within their restaurant, and I have to say –

WE WERE EXCITED.

Tonight we got a different kind of food delivery!

Instead of your basic pizza, or fish and chips, or drive-through, it was:

Beef Burger

Prawn and Zucchini Risotto

Chicken nuggets and chips (for baby girl – okay kind of takeaway staple!)

and because we got two main meals in there, we were able to get a bottle of wine for $5.

$5!

It’s only the beginning of my loving local and helping local list, so stay tuned…

It’s going to be a big ride. Let’s get ready for the long haul.

And on an aside, it was Zoom night, part 2…

As we caught up with sis and bro-in-law!

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Who said isolated Saturday nights were going to be boring? Like hell they are!

#1503 Day 5 of getting there: ZOOM into the future

Just because there is a pandemic happening at the moment and we have imposed self-isolation all over the world, doesn’t mean we can’t see our people, right?

Enter, ZOOM!

And so many other technologies to help us connect, online.

Zoom is just one of those apps resting on people’s lips at the moment. Others are houseparty, messenger, WhatsApp, and Skype, among so many more.

These apps are allowing us to stay connected with people in our life, without even leaving our house, or risking anyone being infected with ANYTHING.

Therefore, being the change of season, and us girls being due for another catch up… yet not being allowed to, due to afore-mentioned ‘PANDEMIC,’ we turned to technology to give us a lending hand.

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And I’ll say… YAY! It was a success.

And you know what? I think being self-isolated at home, and connecting online, we will see each other more, than if we were to try schedule actual physical meetings in person.

LOL. And all it took for us to see each other more, was for there to be a world crisis…

Who knew?

#1502 Day 4 of getting there: the sun is out and helps us play

I feel fortunate, that although some (okay, MOST) days this week have been trying, in the last couple of days I had more than one thing to be grateful for, and more than one thing to whittle down my gratitude post to.

But today, I will mention two. 😁

The sun helped us play… after my work shift it was a bike ride around the block…

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And it also helped my enthusiasm, turning my basic chicken soup into a super-charged cold-fighting one.

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Gratitude will go to a whole new level of simplicity once this is all over… 🙏

 

#1501 Day 3 of getting there: the new tooth

It’s hard to believe it, but yes…

LIFE DOES GO ON during this coronavirus crisis.

And it’s really good to be reminded of that, as much as possible.

For example, we were happy and excited when baby girl lost her third tooth today!

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Hooray!

Even MORE shocking about the whole event… it happened during dinner time.

She swallowed it.

She didn’t even realise it was gone!

By the time I saw the gap in her gums, and started yelling “spit out your food, spit out your food!”

It was too late!

Baby girl couldn’t care less. She’s more concerned as to whether the tooth fairy will still visit in absence of a tooth near her pillow…

I love having things like this take me to another place, and keep me distracted from all the doom and gloom.

A missing tooth. Huh. Who knew it could hold such power?

(Please tell me my child isn’t the only one who has swallowed a tooth…!)

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