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My October in a nutshell (2020)

If this isn’t your first time here then you will already know that I approach my monthly wrap up posts with high, low, and standout moment categories. However, as I was thinking back over my October I couldn’t really work out where to put things, I guess because it has been a pretty uneventful month overall. Anyway, rather than miss a month I thought I would just summarise things without putting them under certain headings. I may approach all my wrap up posts in this way going forward because I feel as though it may be a better format. We’ll see. Anyway, keep reading to hear about my October.

So, beginning with work. As expected it was a super quiet month, working in a hotel resembles a ghost town most days now. There were some guests here and there but nothing like the usual numbers. October and November are always quiet months, but what we’ve experienced this year makes previous years almost seem busy. It’s hard to find any motivation to be honest, and it’s made even more difficult when the vast majority of my hours are furloughed. I feel as though I just get in the swing of working only to find myself off for a long stretch again.

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The lockdown in Wales saw the hotel close again completely for two weeks, which again served only to make me feel more out of the loop. It’s great that the furlough scheme is being extended but it does mean that I am likely to only work a couple of short shifts per week, averaging only a third of my usual hours. It sounds great to have extra time at home but the longer it goes on the more of a hit it is financially. With both myself and my partner in the same industry our household income has drastically reduced. Don’t get me wrong, we are fortunate to have jobs and we aren’t struggling, but we had plans that this has greatly affected – mainly the opportunity to secure a mortgage, which is more than a little disappointing. I think sometimes it can feel uncomfortable admitting disappointment because we feel as though we should be looking at the positives or thinking about those worse off. I do agree with this, however, I also think that it’s more than acceptable to feel disappointed when you’ve spent time working towards something only to have those plans sent sideways through no fault of your own.

Life outside of work carried on pretty much as it has all year – with little to report. The lockdown rules have resulted in me feeling the familiar isolation of being unable to travel to see my family. It was particularly disappointing this month because my nephew turned three and I had hoped to go up and give him his present in person (it’s sitting wrapped in my wardrobe at the moment), but that wasn’t to be. He enjoyed his day though and that is what is most important.

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We had a lovely Halloween, I dressed the little one up as a skeleton and whilst she wasn’t the biggest fan of her costume she was soon distracted by a huge pumpkin that she tried in vain to pick up numerous times – she’s nothing if not determined! My stepson came round that evening for a movie night, he wanted to watch IT Chapter Two so we did. Have you seen it? I watched the first instalment in the cinema and really enjoyed it but I must admit I didn’t think much of this one. I just found it lacklustre. It was fun to have some treats to snack on and just chill out though. It’s funny how quickly they change as teenagers though, last year I was sewing lights onto a costume for him to go out trick or treating, and whilst that was obviously cancelled this year I don’t think he would’ve been bothered anyway. They definitely grow up too quickly!

Overall it was a pretty difficult month, my daughter was teething for pretty much all of it so that wasn’t fun. There were lots of tantrums and lots of tears but she seems to be coming out the other side now. It also looks like the majority of her teeth are through now so at least the end is in sight. The ongoing uncertainty with work was a lurking stress as it has been all year, and the travel restrictions were frustrating but I’m trying not to let it all get me down too much.

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There have been positive moments as well, obviously Halloween was fun, and I’m edging closer to reading all the books on my books that I plan on reading this year list…well, except one but I have a separate post on that coming soon so I won’t elaborate here. I also started binge watching The Office US, why it’s taken me so long to get to I have no idea but it’s kept me laughing through this month. I’m on season four and I’m obsessed! I’ve been a fan of Steve Carrell for ages and he doesn’t disappoint in this role. Have you watched it? I’d love to know what you think. I’ve also been watching Ozark, a completely different type of show but also brilliant. It isn’t the sort of thing I usually watch and I wasn’t sure what to expect but somebody I work with recommended it so I thought I’d give it a go, and it’s fascinating so far. I highly recommend both of those if you’re stuck for something to watch.

Lastly, just in case you missed anything, here are the posts that went up this month:

My September in a nutshell (2020)

Tips from writers: Margaret Atwood

A book review: For When I’m Gone (ARC)

Top film picks for the spooky season (part two)

How was your month? I’d love to hear how things are going with you if you fancy sharing. Also what do you think of this style of wrap up, better or worse than usual, or does it not matter either way?

Wishing you the best for November. Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

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Until the next time…Jess x

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23 thoughts on “My October in a nutshell (2020)

  1. As always, I really enjoyed reading your post Jess! πŸ₯° Glad to hear you and your family are okay. But I think it’s completely fine to express feeling flat and disappointed because of the pandemic and lockdowns. As long as we keep things in perspective it’s not healthy to bottle up our feelings all the time. I had a good cathartic cry when all my birthday plans got cancelled then felt better afterwards! πŸ˜‚ X x x

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    1. Thanks Florence! It’s nice to hear people agree so I know I’m not overreacting πŸ˜‚ awww you poor thing! I’m sorry to hear your plans got cancelled, I was lucky enough that my birthday was before the first lockdown, otherwise I’d have been crying too I’m sure! Hope your November is going well so far 😊 xx

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  2. Hi,

    Ghost town hotels ? This must be so hard… We’re sad to lose the holiday we’d looked forward to since April, only a very simple cottage, in the Scottish borders, so not very far away – and visiting family easy … . Good that you aren’t struggling financially, but since last Thursday, we’ve been hit by IT security, problems, ie, our failure to pick up and confirm codes sent by text ! Only an option if we climb hills in the wind, rain, mist, or drive several miles – no unnecessary journeys, long delay in picking up, would they work ?. Lockdown meant that we had to leave the place we found to ‘ WFH’ – because broadband is so poor where we live.. – But we are very lucky to have work…

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    1. It’s getting more frustrating the longer it goes on that’s for sure. I’m sorry to hear your holiday was affected, hope you can reschedule for next year? Oh no! That’s the thing with technology, great when it works but what a nightmare when it doesn’t πŸ˜’ as you say though lucky to have work. Hope this month is going well for you so far 😊

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  3. October wasn’t so bad for me, as I had my birthday and also had a weekend break (to a tier 2 city, before lockdown started). I hope that there won’t be a cycle of lockdowns (or firebreaks of circuit breakers if you want to be euphemistic about them) and that hospitality will be able to bounce back. I watched IT (the 1st film) at Halloween and thought it was kind of bad, I’m easily scared but that film didn’t scare me at all. There was too much CGI. The old TV show of it was better. So I guess I won’t even bother with Chapter 2 πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ah that’s great that you managed to get a trip in before the lockdown started again, we have to take advantage where we can because things are so unpredictable! Yes I agree, a lot of CGI! The films are so long as well that for me it felt like a huge waste of time, if you didn’t enjoy the first instalment then I would definitely recommend avoiding the Chapter 2. Hope your November is going well so far 😊

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  4. I guess we’re all in the same boat now, just chuntering along and attempting to make the best of a situation which seems to have been part of our lives forever. Feelings of disappointment, frustration and other negative emotion is inevitable, we’re human after all. October started out for me as a continuation of the absolute stinker September turned into, but it got a little better, and so far, November hasn’t been too bad in the grand scheme of things. Hang in there, it will get better, and at least you still had some joyful moments.

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    1. Couldn’t have put it better myself! You’re right, these feelings are inevitable and we do just have to stick with it 😊 at least there is still a lot to be grateful for 😊 I’m sorry to hear your month wasn’t great either, at least this month is shaping up to be better, let’s hope it continues 😊

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      1. Thats sounds very familiar 😦 such a worrying time. I read that statistics show that a lot of people are more worried about whether they will keep their job rather than actually catching Covid. Sounds silly but it’s understandable when there’s bills to pay.

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  5. Great post Jess. I always like to read your ‘in a nutshell’ posts. I like that they are so honest. I agree with what you say about being able to admit feeling disappointed. It is better to acknowledge those feelings sometimes rather than feeling under pressure to be constantly positive. I totally get where you are coming from with regards furlough. Let’s hope things start to head in the right direction soon!!
    I really liked this format and I think it suited what you were writing about. I do like the highs, lows and standout moments though. With regards IT I am too much of a wimp. We saw about 3 seconds of it on Gogglebox and now cannot walk past a drain. I hope the teething situation improves for you – sounds like you’re almost there.

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    1. Thanks Laura 😊 I’m glad this one came across ok, I didn’t want to seem like I was just moaning. It is a lot of pressure to put a brave face on all the time isn’t it! Thanks for the feedback, perhaps I’ll switch between the two depending on how the month has gone 😊 haha I know what you mean about walking past drains πŸ˜‚ in my opinion it’s really not worth the time, it is such a long film after all, and yes ultimately just not very good. Hope your month went well and that November has got off to a great start 😊

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      1. I think you got the balance right and you didn’t seem to be moaning! If anything, people in England who have just gone into lockdown will empathise with you and want to know they are not the only ones finding things tough. With regards the film, horror is not normally my thing anyway. We have been binge watching Ashes to Ashes. A police woman gets shot then wakes up in the 1980’s. Have you seen it?

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      2. Thats true, thanks 😊 what genre do you usually go for when you pick a film? I’m always a horror or a comedy…a creature of habit I suppose. I haven’t seen that no but I have heard about it, and I remember wanting to see it because it sounded like such a great premise for a show. How are you finding it?

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      3. Not too set on a particular genre but probably a drama. Enjoying it a lot so far. There is also Life on Mars which is the same idea as Ashes to Ashes but with a bloke who wakes up in the 1970s. Definitely recommend both.

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