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What does this Single Woman living Alone do During Isolation?

Let’s talk about Saturdays and Sundays when I don’t have to work online which helps time to fly…

I like schedules and keep to a loose one on both these days. I often stay up pretty late Friday nights and sleep in until 9:30 or so on Saturdays. I make some tea because I need this every morning to start moving. Then, I call home and talk to my dad and other family members religiously on Saturday mornings. We can catch up and talk about our stuff leisurely given our time difference.

We chat for a good while which means I am good and ready to eat after that, so I will make something like a smoothie followed up by a full on meal: sautéed veggies, brown rice with beans and avocado on the side. This is my ideal meal since I am mostly into eating plant based or pescatarian on occasion. Yum!

Next, I do my laundry while I delve into the scriptures and meditate on what I read. I have me some worship time at my own pace.

I will text friends throughout the day and may even have a live call with one of them, if we are both feeling this. For some reason texting is so much easier than talking on the phone. I have no idea why this is.

Sooner than later I go on my computer to spend hours on Twitter. It provides laughter, knowledge, drama and everything it has to draw me in and keep me scrolling. It is my number one app and I only use it on my computer, so that I can sit and enjoy it on a bigger screen. As a Jamaican living abroad, I like to see things trending at home and by following the right people I am more than able to do this. The Jamaican GIFs are undefeated. I follow people for financial info, current affairs, the news, teaching/topics in education, Christian inspiration and other things I can’t remember now. My feed is diverse and I follow and have followers from every continent. I like to know what is going on on the African continent, so I follow people from a range of countries. I learn so much and have many opportunities to LOL, tear up, shake my head in wonder/disbelief and so on.

After I have scrolled Twitter enough or it refuses to load anymore (keeping it real), I head on over to YouTube to see if there is anything I feel like watching. I am into people who post plant based meals these days, so I watch a few of those and get some ideas. I enjoy watching some people in the debt free community, family bloggers, worship channels and house hunting/renovation type videos. In the midst of all this watching and scrolling, I would have unloaded the washing machine and put my clothes to dry.

I may or may not cook again or make a salad, pop some corn and do a bit of prep for my classes. I wind down around 11 and head to bed by 12ish.

Come Sunday I am up at around 8 (I make my body do a practice run for Monday morning). I may lounge in bed on my phone before getting up to make my tea, read scriptures, meditate and pray.

Since I often do intermittent fasting, I don’t eat until around 11 or 12. What do I do until then you ask? Well, I run the vacuum, wipe my floors, pick out my clothes for the week (yes, I have a casual work from home uniform), text family and/or friends, do some exercises (I forgot to mention this above in my Saturday routine) and think about what I will make for lunch/dinner.

Throughout the days when I am home I try to do a number of reps where I stretch, do squats, leg lifts, run on the spot, do the butterfly, make up dances and do stuff to move my body. Yes, I balance being a couch potato with moving often throughout the day.

Ok, back to Sunday, at around 11:30, I start cooking, maybe its pasta, or brown rice, or sweet potatoes or quinoa (these are my bases) with a combination of veggies seasoned very well and a hint of cayenne thrown in. Yum! I eat and watch something on YouTube which may end up being an hour of video after video. I then talk to myself about getting offline and stretch out on my couch with a book. If it is a page turner, I will read until I finish it, even it is in the wee hours of the morning. Well, if I think it’s a page turner I will start it early enough to finish by 10pm. I still need to be alert to teach online the following day.

I forgot to say that I often go for walks in the nights at around 9 or 10 pm when most people are inside. I walk for about an hour to stretch my legs and get some more exercise. I have times when I stay in for days without going outside though. Like today is Monday and I have not gone outside since last Thursday. No, I am not bored or lonely. Growing up in an environment where we stayed at home mostly, makes this just right for me. When we were free to go and come without this poison in the air, I would still stay home some weekends. I would come home Friday evening and not go out again until Monday morning. I find this very refreshing actually.

I am on the cusp of getting an oven to spice up my culinary creations. Haha stoves don’t come with built in ovens in this country. They have fancy microwave ovens that work like other ovens. I want to get into baking veggies and my own desserts like carrot cake, banana cake, biscuits and so on. I feel like I don’t have enough space for it though, so it’s sitting in my Amazon basket until I make a decision. You would think I am tired of cooking for just me. Nope, I actually enjoy having a hot meal for lunch. Since I don’t microwave meals I don’t do this at work. I meal prep, cook and eat the same dish or dishes for three days then make something else. This means I don’t feel like I am cooking all the time. I also like overnight oatmeal jazzed up with nuts and coconut chips. This is often lunch with a smoothie.

Anyway I have gone off on a tangent. Let me end this here and I hope I have given you some ideas to enjoy the time you have at home. I sure am making the best of it.

Meal Prepping Weekly as an act of Self-care

Who looks forward to coming home after a long day of work, to stand over pots cooking dinner? Certainly not me.

Since, I am all about spending responsibly and living debt free, I do not eat out on a whim most times. To take care of the basic need I have to full my belly after a long day of work, I meal prep. It is so satisfying coming home, knowing that there is a complete meal in the fridge. I actually, want to eat what is there 9 times out of 10 and don’t get tempted to buy something on the go. This is good for my savings and health in the long run.

Meal prepping is an act of self-care in my book. I can warm my meal quickly, eat and unwind for longer. I am able to eliminate cooking a meal after work which may be time consuming and just plain tiring. As a teacher, I am on my feet a lot, so I don’t want to be on my feet cooking dinner after work too.

Meal prepping takes some reflection though. I try to have two options and vary them from week to week, so I don’t get tired of eating the same thing. For example, this week I am having oxtail and vegetables as one option and lentil stew with quinoa as another option.

I do my prep on the weekend and portion out the servings in individual containers. I also give myself one evening to buy something on the go. There are many great options for meals here in Japan, around the train station where I live. I can get sushi, fish and rice, Chinese and a bunch of other options. I budget for this because I believe in having freedom in my budget.

As an act of self-care, I meal prep on the weekend when I am off from work. This is because I have more time to chop, marinate, steam, stew, boil and do whatever is required to make what I feel like having. A key step in this process is deciding what I will make and getting the necessary ingredients. I live alone so this isn’t very demanding. I dedicate 2-3 hours meal prepping so that I can have my evenings off.

I am able to sit and browse YouTube for longer, read a book, blog or do whatever else I want to do, that relaxes me. It’s now a apart of my routine, since I have been doing this for years. There is no going back for me. My evenings are far less rushed thanks to meal prepping on the weekend.