Chai And A Chat #82 #ChaiAndAChat #CoronaDiaries Week 6

Week six completed of this #newnormal we have all been living in. How are you coping? Are they talking about relaxing Lockdown where you are? Here, there is talk, but nothing concrete. We still have to wait until next week, for the PM and his cronies to give us the next stage of #coronagate.

Anyway, I digress! Have you got your drink ready?

Oh, I don’t know… the days are all blurring into one another, aren’t they?

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Truth. Keep smiling 🙂 #motivation

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  • On Monday, I completed a course about Special Educational Needs provisions within school. That was really interesting, and the information will really help me along the way, once we get back to normality.
  • On Tuesday, after the usual morning grocery shop, I came home, and bingewatched Four More Shots Please, on Amazon Prime. If you haven’t heard of it, it is basically an Indian-style Sex in the City, based in Mumbai, and there were two seasons, so I watched a whole season in one day!
  • On Wednesday, Lil Princess wanted to watch another new series that had started, on Netflix, Never Have I Ever. It was something on my radar too, as it’s about an American Indian girl, and her dilemmas of being a young American girl, with the Indian ideals behind her. We watched it together and laughed, and related with many parts of it, and it provided the opportunity for plenty of chats too, about various subjects. A good one!
  • On Thursday, I was meant to have been going into school, but due to a couple of days where there were no children coming in, the rota got changed around, so I did pop in for a short while, to pass some books on to my head teacher, but then I came home, and was in bed the rest of the day, with a God-awful migraine! I took the time to rest up, but I hold my hand up. I also ended up watching the second season of Four More Shots Please! I really enjoyed it.
  • Other things… well. I managed to do another couple of modules on the writing course, so there are 5 left, I think. And I accessed the first two theory modules of the Calligraphy course I signed up to, I submitted my assessments, so am just waiting to get the results. What else? Oh, I watched a free webinar for newbies to the Scrivener software, and my mind was blown! There are so many features on that software. I have signed up for a course to get more to grips with that too!
  • And what of my dear WIP? Book two is definitely coming along slow and steady… I’ve had some more lovely reviews for Marriage Unarranged, and was amazed to see I had reached 50 ratings on Goodreads! And nearly 40 reviews on Amazon. Enough to make me know I have to get more written. So I got my story board made. If you have been following me for a while, you’ll know I did something similar for my first book baby, when I needed structure. So the board came out, as did the Post-Its and the coloured chalk pens.
  • And my writing nook is developing nicely too! I have signed up for Story A Day In May, and I couldn’t believe that I wrote a short story that was over five thousand words long on Friday, and another at two and a half thousand on Saturday! Having my little space makes a huge difference!
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Day 5 of #DIYMFAInstagramChallenge by @diymfa Where the magic happens! Well, I have never had a dedicated writing space before. We have a small house, and what used to be a small study was converted into a bedroom for one of the children when they were too old to share! Since then, I have either balanced my laptop on my lap, on my bed or the sofa or transferred to the dining table for heavy-duty writing. However, during this time of uncertainty, the whole family is at home. That means Hubby Dearest has commandeered the dining room for his work office space as he writes from home. It left me with little choice but to do something, so I have set up my own new writing space, with a fold-away desk. I can sit here to do my planning for school as well as while the hours away writing. I have my storyboard ahead of me, craft books within reach, and plenty of stationery and notebooks to keep me going. The lamp is for the evenings and headphones for when I want to block the world out! And I even have a new office chair so I can sit comfortably for hours! I've been in it for nearly four hours today already! I'm loving my little space… It makes me all the more determined to have my own study when we finally move house (when we find our new dream home, that is!) #writer #author #authorgram #writingcommunity #buttinseat #myworkspace #wherethemagichappens #writing #booktwo #diymfa #mywritingspace

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  • I’ve been reading, and enjoying the downtime I do have too. Sonu Singh comes regularly for cuddles, though I think I may have to start fighting him for use of my chair as he has realised it feels rather nice with my fleecy Purple throw on it!

So, it doesn’t feel like I did all that much, but I did, didn’t I?

I still didn’t record stories… maybe this week…

But I am in school teaching today, and I know I’ll be in tomorrow, looking at some paperwork we need to get onto the website for the parents of new starters for Seeptember. Usually we do home visits, but that won’t be likely to happen this year. Other than that, it will be online learning, for school and my own personal development, and reading, writing, cooking, cleaning… the norms for this #newnormal of ours!

How has your week been?

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  1. Rae Longest
    May 09, 2020 @ 22:34:16

    II am getting to this almost a week late and my cup is empty. So is my brain. I had a virtual visit with my family doctor Thurs. which resulted in a test for the virus (They don’t tell you on TV that it hurts!), a z pac, which has me feeling awful and with a case of diarrhea. Plus, I have quarantined myself more than I had before. I will be glad when the weekend passes.
    Happy Mother’s Day, btw, Ritu. You are definitely one of the best mothers around from what I read in your blog. You deserve some special attention!

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  2. Jennie
    May 06, 2020 @ 02:33:23

    Sounds like you had a busy and a good week, except for the migraine. I’m so glad you and your daughter watched a show together and talked. That’s a big deal. I promise it will come back to you in a great conversation when she’s an adult. I wish I had time to binge watch anything. School work and expectations are incredible. But I made time to watch a movie, first one since March. Yahoo!!

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  3. H.R.R. Gorman
    May 05, 2020 @ 10:27:25

    Congrats on all the reviews! I’d love to see some calligraphy work sometime soon!

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  4. bookstopen
    May 05, 2020 @ 02:24:15

    Hi Ritu (it’s Barb from Book Club Mom) – it’s great to hear how you are doing. Sounds like you’re making some good progress with your next book! That’s great 🙂 We are also watching a lot of shows and I am working part-time from home. Taking walks and getting some weeding done outside. I don’t know how long this will go, but I don’t think we’re close to returning to our old ways. Take care 🙂

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  5. thereluctantpoet
    May 05, 2020 @ 01:26:02

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

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  6. Erika
    May 04, 2020 @ 20:24:27

    Yes, relaxing over here. Shops are open again, cosmetics. hairdressers, massages, all open again when even with strict hygiene orders. Concerns me and my self-employment too. But not a problem at all, it is all doable. Our economic chamber hands boxes of masks for free to those companies who are in such a direct touch with their clients. I got my box today. That’s really cool!

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  7. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    May 04, 2020 @ 19:09:31

    A very productive week Ritu, sorry you had a migraine but thankfully you are better now.. Great job on the writing and look forward to showcasing the new book in due course. xxhugsx

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  8. OIKOS™-Publishing
    May 04, 2020 @ 17:38:59

    Seems you ha another interesting week, Sis! Never before read about your fascination for Netflix series. This working space is fantastic. Think i should make similar too. More handwritten schedules could bring more motivation, and less distraction? 😉 Keep on, staying calm and well. Michael

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  9. johnrieber
    May 04, 2020 @ 17:12:22

    Another busy busy week in the midst of a quarantine…it seems that cooking, cleaning and writing are what I do while I wait for my TV project to go back into production…

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  10. potatosandwich
    May 04, 2020 @ 16:08:52

    Another WHAM BAAM week and loving that working space.
    On the subject of Four More Shots Please…..me and my better half watched Season one last week. It’s an interesting watch, the two things that put me off a little, was the excessive use of profanity and too many of ‘those’ scenes. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t won’t say NO (he he) but it reminds of ‘Sacred Games’ where the director learn a new swear word and those, I’ll stick that in every other sentence.
    ….BTW – just started Season Two last night!!!

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  11. dearanonymousfriend
    May 04, 2020 @ 15:58:08

    I feel like a slug each time I read about your week. Well done you! I have been busy with re-doing our master bedroom. Moving things out, prepping the walls, which took much longer than I had thought, and then actually getting my color, a beautiful lilac onto my walls. This week I will do the trim, was going to do a pale gray, but have decided to stick with white, it looks lovely in the morning light, and then I will tackle the furniture, painting it gray. Hopefully the room will be together this week, until then, we are guests in our guest room. Have a great week. Oh yeh, we are opening up here in South Carollina. The graduations will be modified for the local high schools, and no beauty salons are open (rats!), but this week outdoor dining can happen, so we are starting to see some return. Have a great week. Cathi

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  12. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    May 04, 2020 @ 15:14:42

    I’m so impressed with your story-writing! I took a writing class on Saturday, over Zoom, that was very generative, with lots of interesting prompts, so I got some good ideas, techniques, and inspiration out of that. I’m also in an online book club through FB. And, last week I watched an old friend from grad school, who is now a counselor, do a little talk on managing through the grief and stress brought on by this COVID-induced isolation. I usually don’t like all the online stuff, but now that I have no choice, I’m leaning in to it! Since much of my freelance work has fallen off, I need to use the little bit of extra time I have this week to get back to my WIP!

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  13. John W. Howell
    May 04, 2020 @ 14:49:19

    Yes you did a lot.

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  14. willowdot21
    May 04, 2020 @ 12:51:16

    You have done loads Sis as always 💜💜💜

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  15. englishwithkirsty
    May 04, 2020 @ 09:50:13

    Having a dedicated space for working or writing definitely helps. Thanks for the Netflix recommendations! I’m fortunate and can still work from home. We have to stay at home a bit longer anyway due to health issues, so there won’t be much difference for us, even if restrictions are relaxed / but in a general sense I’m ok with that too. I’ve had a couple of friends hit quite hard by the virus and I don’t want to rush back into things too soon.

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  16. TanGental
    May 04, 2020 @ 08:36:49

    Shame about the migraine but at least you are busy absorbing and generating culture.

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  17. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    May 04, 2020 @ 08:17:40

    Hi Ritu, keeping busy! Me too, trying my best with this new normal. Nice Amazon prime and Netflix ideas the girls and I are always up for suggestions! I’m making good writing progress on various projects glad to hear you are too. Stay safe and well. Marje x

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