CV19 LOCKDOWN WEEK 4.
Continuing with the luxury version of lockdown, and a flicker of light for next week.
Saturday 4 April – Friday 10 April.
The Austrian government rolled out a plan this week, one of which in theory sounds great. There is going to be a staggered opening of well, everything. Small shops, meaning those of less than 400 square meters, will reopen on the 14th of April. Next Tuesday. Our business falls into that category. All the bigger stores, and the HAIRDRESSERS will reopen on the 1st of May. Which is really the second because the first is a national holiday. The fact that we have just had four weeks of some kind of forced holiday plays no role. A holiday is a holiday I guess. Restaurants and hotels are expected to be reopened in the middle of May, although I don´t know quite how that will pan out yet. No public events until at least the end of June. I have no doubt there will some kind of second wave of CV19, but with the continuing mandatory wearing of masks in supermarkets and stores, and with the lockdown rules staying in place until the end of April, I hope it will be a handleable amount. I mean this virus is not gonna suddenly disappear in a puff of smoke, so we are going to have to learn to live with it. Gotta get back to a life boys and girls.
I have been shopping with a mask. Have had to remember to wipe off my lipstick before I put it on as my lips stick to the material. Which was pretty funny the first time I wore it. Breathing through my nose steamed my glasses up and trying to breath through my mouth whilst my lips were glued to the mask? Honestly. By the time I got to the checkout I thought I was gonna pass out. Glasses totally foggy – the checkout lady, (I know all of them) took one look at me and started laughing. And then I started to laugh and we both ended up in tears. Seriously, gonna take some time to get used to this shit. I have coloured cotton masks at the moment, but have ordered a couple of black ones. Will have to color coordinate with my outfits if they are gonna become a basic, so black it is. There is technique to wearing them and I am getting better at it.
The highlight of the week was finally getting a date as to when the hairdressers would reopen. (This would not be a CQ post if I did not mention hair obvs.). My stylists, (yes I have two actually) messaged me at the butt-crack of dawn on Wednesday morning. What time would I like my appointment on the day that they open? 07:30 thank you very much. So I will be leaving my growing out buzz cut until then, so we can put a style back into it more easily. Whooohoooo. Priorities.
Meanwhile I have been doing my workouts and bike rides. No walking. I have actually slowed myself down a little and have spent several afternoon on the balcony, reading and lying in the sun. That has been good for me. Also watched all the Bourne movies, as did my cat. Looking forward to Killing Eve III starting next week.
So the shop will be open next week, which is brilliant. It is high season for the bike part and we have most of our turnover in these couple of months, so it is kind of crucial. Full on cookie production will not start until the restaurants re-open, although there will always be some in the shop. I am hoping I might have time to clean the windows in the apartment.
We are going to visit Oma and Opa for lunch on Easter Sunday. They will eat first, inside, and then Oma will feed us at the table out in the garden, just as she does with the birds. As fit and active as the are, they are both in their eighties and who knows what next year will bring. No way we are not dropping in for a socially distanced schnitzel.
LOCKDOWN PERFUMES OF WEEK 4.
Vero’s NAJA. Lutens La Fille de Berlin. Hermès Galop. Malle’s Superstitious and Rose & Cuir. NVC Mohur. Chanel N°19 Parfum.
Peace out. This too shall pass.
“Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me, other times I can barely see, lately it occurs to me, what a long strange trip it’s been.” Truckin’. The Grateful Dead.