It’s Narelle here. I hope and prayer everything is well in your corner of the world. In recent months we’ve all had to adjust the way we live to facilitate a safe path through the pandemic. I thought I’d share with you today an insight into my life in Australia.
My part-time job is classified as essential work.
It’s business as usual for me and I’m really thankful I have a job. I spend a lot of time driving around Canberra for work, and I’ve been having more lunch breaks in my car because our cafes and restaurants were only open for takeaway (aka. takeout). These restrictions are gradually being eased and physical distancing is our new normal.
I’ve remembered why I’ve never aspired to be a homeschooling parent.
The last few months have been challenging as I’ve juggled work commitments with assisting my teen daughter with her online schooling at home. Part-time schooling, with the majority of study time at home, is now the new normal because a full-time school timetable on campus can’t meet social distancing requirements.
Internet bandwidth is worth gold.
With my husband working from home, my daughter studying from home, and my son mostly at home, we have ongoing family negotiations regarding how we manage and schedule our various online activities.
The cat is the big winner.
Miss Daisy loves having everyone at home. The pampered princess sleeps on top of a bookshelf under a ducted heating vent and laps up all the extra attention at her convenience, lol. Yesterday morning she secured a front row seat near the ipad and watched her daddy play bass guitar in our online church service.
Debilitating migraines have returned.
From mid-March until last weekend it was illegal for me to see Mai, my amazing massage lady who, since October 2019 has helped me to manage my migraine problem. I was Mai’s first client on Saturday morning when she re-opened for business, and I was happy when I woke on Sunday morning without blurry vision and a migraine hovering.
Migraines mean minimal screen time.
Backlit screens, including phones, ipads, computers and television screens are migraine triggers. I’m rarely online or on social media at present, but I’m thankful I can still read ebooks on my Kindle and print books.
Migraines mean my fiction writing and publishing plans remain on hold.
I’m in awe of my writing friends who can continue to write and publish books despite suffering from migraines. The post-migraine brain fog I experience means I have trouble saying the right words, let alone putting together coherent sentences on a page to create stories. I continue to pray for contentment in my current season and wait on His timing to restart my writing schedule.
Attending USA writing conferences is not an option in the foreseeable future.
Australia has fared well in controlling the Covid-19 outbreaks, in large part due to international border closures and strict quarantine rules. Who knows how long our international border will remain closed? I haven’t been to a USA writing conference since ACFW in 2015, and I can’t see myself having the opportunity again until 2022 at the earliest.