All the news lately has been about how we've hit the official one year mark of living with the pandemic. I found my Instagram post from March 14/20 saying that I was closing the shop in Stratford for a week "out of an abundance of caution"... I remember mainly feeling confused about what was going on and what was coming, but I knew it wasn't going to be good.
The year feels a blur. The strange thing is that I feel like it was a roller coaster of ups and downs, while at the same time days and weeks have blended into each other. I guess the biggest and most obvious event of my last year was deciding to move the shop back to London, and saying goodbye to Stratford and that amazing community. I will always carry a little sadness, but I know that bringing the shop back was the right decision.
I've been thinking about what I'd like to takeaway from this past year, and what comes up for me most is acceptance and patience... and gratitude. Like for so many others it's probably been the most challenging year of my life, but I still have a lovely little shop, a sweet and goofy furry friend, and my family is doing ok.
So to stay focused on things that are positive, something that has really brought me joy this year has been YouTube. My main viewing used to be knitting channels, but lately I've been down a rabbit hole of cooking, music and comedy. Here are a few samples of some that are making me smile:
- The British comedy Hypothetical with James Acaster is a cheeky delight.
- I'm a huge fan of baking shows, and the segments from the Comic Relief Bake Off are super fun.
- Another favourite British comedy is Taskmaster.
- I could watch Pomplamoose videos all day.
- This new Ben Howard video is weird and gorgeous.
- I love everything about Samin Nosrat and this oatmeal looks yummy.
- Dumplings seem to be in vogue at the moment, and I'm ready to give these a go.
Let me know if you check any of these out, and what's making you smile these days.