The Gratitude Diaries #5

Four weeks ago, I started this series of posts (you can find them all here, if you fancy a read!) to document what I am grateful for each week.

It’s easy, given the circumstances, to focus on the bad things and think there’s not much good. No pub, no seeing family you’re not isolated with, no doing what we did before. I think, though there’s a lot I miss, this crisis has made me realise what I’m thankful for.


This blog was founded on how much I love to bake, among other things. Pre Global Crisis, I didn’t really get much opportunities to bake (aside from odd weekends or for people’s birthdays) but – since this all happened – my mind is whirling with baking recipes and things I want to try. I jumped on the banana bread hype recently with banana and chocolate chip muffins which – after I let them set in the fridge – were delicious! I mostly find baking relaxing (until I mess something up at least, or find myself before a never-ending pile of washing up!) so it’s really helped me feel better.

An endless catalogue of shows to watch

I’m trying to watch less TV but I’ve been loving going out in the garden, browsing whatever catch up TV apps I have, and watching a show. At the minute, aside from making my way through Disney+, I’m loving rewatching The Inbetweeners and getting back into Derry Girls.

Having things to look forward to

I don’t know how things will change after this but I’m comforted by the possibility of things to look forward to. It looks unlikely I’ll be heading to Spain in the summer as planned, but I’m looking forward to going there next year or whenever I get the chance. I booked a few concerts and had a few plays/comedy gigs in mind to go to, but most of them have been rescheduled for a later date. It makes me sad to miss out on them now but, if and when these things happen, I’ll be so ready for them!

Signing up to NetGalley

I’m going through books like I go through chocolate (very fast and eagerly, if you must know!) so I finally took the leap and signed up to NetGalley. I don’t have the first clue how to use it, and I’m not sure if I’ll even get any books I’ve requested, but I’m excited to see what happens.

The possibility of working from home

At first, it didn’t look as though I was working at all. I’d been furloughed and that was all I knew but, it seems, I might just get the chance to work from home. I’m nervous getting back into it all, and I definitely don’t remember my passwords, but I’ll be glad to have some form of normality!

Dry shsmpoo

I’ve been washing my hair less. Not enough that it’s starting to dreadlock but definitely not every other day like I used to. I’m not doing enough and, I’m hoping, giving my hair a bit of a break might be a good thing. Saying that, I’m thankful for the stupid amount of dry shampoo my parents have bought me over the years for birthdays and Christmasses because it’s definitely coming in handy now!

What are you grateful for this week? I’d love to chat in the comments 😊!

If you need someone to chat to, if things feel a bit much (or even if you fancy a chat about anything else!), you can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads.

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