• Alexa Pereira

The Many Phases of Lockdown

After almost 4 months of being in lockdown, things just seem to have gone back to normal. Even though I am still working from home and I'm still very slowly going back to my old normal.

Looking back, I have no idea where these 4 months went! Sometimes it feels like it was only yesterday I was told to just work from home. Mostly because I fell like all days are just merging into one, but also because so much has happened in the world during these 4 months, but somehow it still feels like all days merge in one.

During these 4 months, I have noticed I had some good days and some bad ones too. And I think that is absolutely normal. I mean everything changed in a week. One minute it was my 30th birthday and I went for dinner with my closest friends, the next day my mum rings me to say we have to cancel my birthday celebrations with my family 3 days after that.

Though I am super grateful for being healthy, being able to work from home, this lockdown was eventful, to say the least!

So let’s review some lockdown stages.

The Houseparty craze

I'm positive almost everyone went through this. There wasn't anyone I knew that wasn't using Houseparty to chat with their friends or family.

I mostly used it to chat with my family back home and my cousin as it was just easy. Then there were rumours of it hacking your phone and out of the blue, no one else used it anymore. It was a good 2/3 weeks. RIP Houseparty.

The Zoom Pub quizzes

I feel like everyone was super into it too. Family pub quizzes, mates pub quizzes. You‘d log in to Instagram and everyone was sharing a pic of their zoom pub quiz... I mean we get it, you like pub quizzes.

This one I didn’t take part in, as I don’t really go to pub quizzes and this is not a thing back home. I’m actually glad I didn’t, to be honest. But just like Houseparty, one day everyone just stopped. I'm not surprised people eventually got bored of it

Tiger King

Carole Baskin was flooding my twitter timeline-like there was no tomorrow! I actually had to google it when someone messaged me and mentioned her as I had no clue who she was. Next day, everyone was talking about Tiger King and the memes. Omg. The worst is the bloody Tik Tok's I saw so many times that now every time I hear the name Carole Baskin I automatically go “Carole Baskin. Killed her husband, wacked him. Can't convince me that it didn't happen. Fed him to Tigers, they snackin, What's happening. Carole Baskin”

My housemate and I started to watch but we never finished. Am I missing out?

Chanel, the parrot

One morning I woke and went on twitter and it was all over. Jack, who kindly introduced me to the Happy Birthday Miranda” video (my favourite ever) had posted this video he found about a woman from Merseyside who had lost her parrot Chanel. AND IT WAS THE BEST THING I HAD SEEN. I cried watching it. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I just want to say you really missed out.

The best we’re the memes and the Tik Tok's that came out of it. The girls and I even did one ourselves. If you have no clue what I'm on about, you're in for a treat:

The bakers

The first time I managed to find yeast in the supermarket was about 2 weeks ago. Thanks to all the new bakers that lockdown created. During the first month of lockdown, I had someone on my Instagram either making bread loaves or banana bread. I guess this was a good time to get busy and there's nothing most people like more than eating. Which is great. Except for all the rest of us that couldn't do it because there was no flour in the shops. I did try to make some from a ready-made bread flour a couple of weeks ago, and used some for a pizza base, which was incredible! So now I don't feel as much left out.

The BLM movement

Tho I feel like this is a blog post on its own, I couldn't write this post without mention it. Though I wouldn't class this as a stage per se, as there's a lot still going on, this was definitely a wake-up call for the whole world. I won't go into a debate about this, but this was a conversation starter for many people, even though sometimes not the right conversations. However, I'm glad these conversations are finally being taken, and things are happening, even though still slowly. What we saw during those 3 weeks of intense protesting, has definitely put the right mark in history.

BLM protest in Liverpool

There's so many more I could add to the list but I feel like it will be endless. Many things have happened during these last 4 months so it's impossible to cover it all. For me, I actually can't remember much that I have done other than watching some Netflix, buying plants, learning embroidery and cross-stitch, going for nice walks with the girls, and having some lovely themed Saturday nights in, or just waste my days away on twitter and TikTok.

What was your favourite "lockdown phase"? Anything you'd like to share, just pop it down in the comments.

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