Today, it snowed here. It was the nice fluffy sort, too - although it was turning into slush upon landing. I was battling my way through washing mountain when I noticed Potter standing looking out the window at the snow. We live in an old terraced house and the windows are the perfect height for the dogs - they love people watching when folks walk by.
I opened the window and Harmony joined us. For a good ten minutes, we watched the snow fall in the street - the dogs standing and me on my knees - eventually acting as a lean-post for Potter, who often feels that holding his own body weight is below him.
Usually, I’d be too busy scrapping with the washing to stop for a few moments and just notice.
This got me thinking about how we’ve lost so many of our sources of joy during lockdown - spending time with friends and family, going out for food, having a drink at the pub or a fresh Barista-made flat white, trips to the cinema, taking a summer holiday… I could go on. And how, in a mission to stay sane, we must create our own spaces of solace at home. That’s where the idea for this week’s (less-inflammatory-than-last-week’s) newsletter comes in.
Earlier in the week, I tweeted asking for people to share some mundane things that they’ve been enjoying during the never-ending lockdown #3. If I’m honest, I’ve been in a fettle all week - for non-Geordies, a “fettle” is the mood equivalent of meh.
But when the responses to my tweet started rolling in, I found the corners of my mouth attempting to defy the gravity of depression. So, here I am sharing the joy in the mundane.
I had a lot more responses than I expected, so I can’t share them all, but here are some highlights:
And my personal favourite from the lovely guys at Feast & Fables:
📚 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass - Total trash, total escapism
📺 It’s A Sin - Russell T. Davies is back with this devastating story about a group of friends in London during the AIDs epidemic. This is one of the most beautiful and saddening things I’ve ever seen.
🎙 James Acaster on How to Fail with Elizabeth Day - A glimpse behind the curtain of James’ whimsical on-stage persona.
Also, Louis’ podcast is over for another series - in this week's finale, he chats to his cousin, Hollywood actor Justin Theroux.
♟ Playing chess has become somewhat of an addiction in this house, we’ve got The Queen’s Gambit to thank for that!
That’s all from me this week - see you next Wednesday for more of the same!
Enjoyed this? You might like these past issues:
27 January: No, you can’t
20 January: I’ll be happy when
13 January: Why you’re tired all the time
6 January: Just keep going
23 December: A book recommendation for every mood
16 December: Burnout might not be what you think it is
9 December: Whatever happened to ‘be kind?’
2 December: The best briefs are anything but
25 November: Welcome to the busy-ness Olympics
4 November: Lockdown Part II: Here's my manifesto 📜
28 October: Why business owners don't talk about depression