So This Is Christmas???
Well what an amazing year we have had, who would have thought last Christmas that we were heading for a pandemic?
I know it would be easy to speak about all the things we have missed but I thought 🤔 let’s take a look at some of the pluses, yes there have been a few
Zoom Skype Teams Messenger to name a couple of online, face-to-face platforms.
Jane and I have transferred all of our university students onto Zoom, which has been a great success. The majority of our students are on the autistic spectrum so meetings on the Internet are much easier than face-to-face
But it’s not just our university students, one of the many hats Jane wears is as a schools governors clerk, they too have moved on to Zoom. Jane has also recently joined the Federation of Small Businesses and is Zooming along to several of their network meetings.
For myself I am seeing my private clients on zoom as well as attending Twilight networking meetings every other Thursday evening https://www.i-nutrition.co.uk/twilight-networking-events/
Another good thing that has been happening is exercise, Just how many adverts have we seen in the last year to join online exercise classes. Not that I’m saying we have participated in any of these because we haven’t. What we have been doing is going out for walks Admittedly we did far more walking during the first lockdown than we have been doing recently but that is because our workload has greatly increased. Not only have I been doing more mentoring, but Jane has been undertaking far more proofreading than ever before
What about actually meeting face-to-face with family and friends, I for one more than ever greatly appreciate those rare occasions. Whether that’s having a socially distanced barbecue in our back garden or unexpectedly meeting old friends while out on a walk
Personally, I also like the new way our doctors surgery is operating. I phone them, the receptionists asks a few questions, then I’m either phoned back to say there’s a prescription sent to the chemist, or that the doctor will phone me, or the doctor will see me, and I’m given an appointment time. I for one hope this system stays in place after the pandemic is over. No more sitting in germ infested waiting rooms.
Some things have not changed though, for instance about every eight weeks Jane and I cook, freeze, and take up to Derbyshire 70+ meals for my old stepdad. We fill his two freezers and normally we would spend the weekend with him. Of course, currently this is not possible under the Covid-19 restrictions. So last Sunday Jane and I did a 12 hour, 600 mile round trip, spending just 45 minutes with him, unloading the car, filling the freezers, and then sitting in his shed while he stood in the doorway of his kitchen chatting to one another through our various facemasks and shields.
With just under two weeks to go before Santa comes to fill our stockings we are busy ordering those last-minute presents off of the Internet. Though very limited I suspect we will meet with a few of our family over this Christmas. So, it just leaves me to say;
Have a very, very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year