Urgh, here we are, it’s July. All the shops are opening and you can all go to the pub. We’ve not been out yet, even though we technically can for certain things, we’re both still too scared to be honest. Going out and about for a lot of people can be done in a relatively low risk way and fair play to them, but during this last week of July I’ve started seeing people going abroad and putting cute poolside pics up on Instagram and I feel like I must be high or something because there’s still a pandemic happening, right?
And all the time more changes are being made, restrictions are being lifted at both a Scottish and a UK level. A few weeks after the general population, shielders can now meet people indoors, we could first go to beer gardens followed swiftly by being allowed inside pubs. Yeah, no thanks, for July I’m going to continue staying indoors and obsessing over my houseplants.
Out of the two of us, it ended up being Andrew who attempted a proper trip outside first. He needed to take his books back to the University library as they were recalled and it was an awful experience, he came back pretty shaken up as it was just way too busy out there. With most of the pubs, restaurants, and bars seating people outside it’s incredibly hard to keep the required 2 meter distance from drunk people milling about on the roads and pavements when you’re just trying to get from A to B.
I am not doing well. At all. I never went out much, I know; but now I’m not going out at all. This is hard and I have been suffering.
But still, we’re really trying to find some positives in amongst all the negativity. I have taken advantage of the Scottish government’s fantastic My World of Work scheme, via Skills Development Scotland, who worked with me to look at the skills I already have and use them as a jumping off point to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. Now I have applied for a college course so I can take the first step and I’m hoping with everything I have that I’ll get this chance. We’re also trying to fit in adopting a cat, having visits from both of our parents, and getting a car during the next month or so before we get put back in shielding this autumn.
As July has been coming to a close, we’ve made sure to continue with our support of some of our favourite local businesses. A final lockdown order from 71 Brewing needed to be made, and we picked up some incredible bao buns from The Bach. I still haven’t cut my hair, I absolutely know I’m going to get it so wrong but I still don’t feel right about going to a hairdressers even though they’re open.
So, at the time of publishing this post there are only 3 days of shielding to go and then thats it, we are out. Our 136 days of self-isolation will be over. Andrew did get sent a letter on on the 27th with guidance on what happens for us now, but mentally next month will be us getting to grips with being out in society, and we both recognise that we have to push ourselves to do it otherwise we’ll seriously never leave the house again. Whilst the global COVID-19 pandemic is not over, next month our shielding will be, and after one more update to round off what will be six months of Coronavirus Diaries, I feel I’ll have reached the end of these updates. Catch you next time.