Days are too short

Day 6 Quarantine Seriously - I've been properly back at work since yesterday and the days are flying by. Tomorrow will mark the half way mark of quarantine and I was just taking a break a minute ago lamenting that my crochet rate has declined dramatically. The banter in my group has also quietened down … Continue reading Days are too short

No life without laughter

Quarantine Day 5. This may seem strange to see but today I've spent quite a few moments laughing until I have tears in my eyes and I'm unable to speak coherently. The reason? My Shanghai Quarantine wechat group. Or as they call themselves Sha QuaranTEAM. Never mind stoicism or resilience or being prepared for the … Continue reading No life without laughter

The Time

Time stretches endlessly when you're in confinement, and unlike say prisoners, there is no fixed schedule for anything. Unless you count our pavlovian response when we hear the rustling on the corridor that signals the twice daily temperature checks or the thrice daily deposit of our plastic containers with the rations for the meals. Work … Continue reading The Time

The suck line – choice or tatty towels?

D2. One of the things that has made coming back a little easier have been the many lovely positive messages from my colleagues. I wasn't sure what to write about today yet, when someone sent me this: "hope you are all settled in QT hotel. Is there a lot of restrictions? I hope you get … Continue reading The suck line – choice or tatty towels?

Channeling my inner PollyAnna / stoic

Today marks the first day of my 14+7 quarantine in Shanghai before I can return to Beijing. Unlike last year's 4 star hotel, I didn't strike lucky on the hotel jackpot this time, so I'm just focusing on what is good: the room is cleanno carpet (so no icky marks, hairs and other debris)nice viewAirconditioningkettle … Continue reading Channeling my inner PollyAnna / stoic