Saturday, 25 April 2020

24HRS WITH... LAUREN DEWAR, PERSONAL ASSISTANT & YOUTUBER



Date: 3rd April 2020


Why have you chosen to write about today?

I’ve often written off a day (particularly a bad one), and have never took the time to reflect on what I’ve done in a day, good or bad, and what i could have done differently. Today, i decided to reflect.


Good morning! Good morning. :)


What time did you wake up?

My first alarm went off at 6am, but i woke up and got out of bed at 7:45am.


Why did you wake up at that time?

I usually try and get up at 7am - at the very latest - 7:30am, but i couldn’t get to sleep till 2am last night through overthinking. Overthinking continued through to the morning and i struggled to get up any earlier.


Did you have a dream?

I did. I vaguely remember being in someone’s house but it was actually a shopping centre, and I was in the middle of a house party, but the party was a load of people dancing in a musical….


Do you think today will be 'good' or 'bad' day? (use your own definition of these words to answer the question):

No, I don’t think it’s going to be a good day. The overthinking from the night before stemmed from my ability at work over the past couple of days. As things are getting more strenuous in regards to our current Covid-19 climate, i think today will be just as difficult as it has been over the last couple of weeks.


What are the first three things you do after waking up?

In general, I spend a short time in the ladies’ room, I get dressed, and I’ll drink the cup of coffee Darren makes for me.


Do you eat breakfast? If yes, what did you have?

I don’t often eat breakfast as i don’t have much time between waking up and heading off to work. Recently, as I’ve been on-and-off working from home, I’ve made time for the odd bacon sandwich.


What would be your perfect breakfast?

Pancakes with ice cream...


Is there anything that you have to do today but don't particularly want to?

Quite a lot. There’s some aspects of my job that i’m really struggling to manage at the moment, which is causing me a lot of anxiety.


List five things that you do between 9am and noon:

1. Greet my staff, and say hello to other hospital workers.

2. Check in on my manager, and have a little catch-up with her.

3. Go through and start ticking off my to-do list.

4. Dial into a conference call daily.

5. Start to think about my lunch, and how it’ll only be another 3-4 hours until i get to go home.


Did you eat lunch? If yes, what did you eat?

Today, i had an egg and spring onion sandwich (the spring onion was just the ticket) in white bread (complimentary from the hospital during the Covid climate), a Crunchie chocolate bar and a can of Diet Iron Bru.


What would be your perfect lunch?

Something very meaty, like salami, parma ham, and maybe some cheese. Probably a Mediterranean lunch. With olives....


List five things that you have done, said, thought, or that have happened between noon and 5pm:

1. Ticked off about 75% of today’s to-do list.

2. Wished my manager and my staff a good and safe weekend.

3. Enjoyed spending half an hour in my car singing songs on the way home. This always puts me in a better mood. (You can usually tell I’m really upset about something when i don’t sing along to songs on the car radio…).

4. Admired the progress Darren has made in the kitchen/dining room, as it’s been playing on my mind recently that we need to get more renovation work started in the house.

5. Enjoyed half an hour on the sofa cuddling my dog.


Do you eat dinner/tea? If yes, at what time?

I always eat tea. It’s normally a later tea, maybe around 8pm.


What do you eat?

Today, i made and enjoyed a prawn and pea pasta with garlic bread. We’re struggling to utilise the very few ingredients we have in the house at the moment into a meal, so i cooked the pasta in a carbonara sauce, which was surprisingly nice with the prawns… don’t judge.


What would be your perfect dinner?

I always enjoy a chippy tea. Such a comforting meal, and always something I get excited for if I know I’m going to be having one.


What do you do with your evening (5-8pm)?

I love to do a bit of cleaning in the house. For some reason, the kitchen always seems to accumulate mess, and so I’ll spend about 20-30 minutes cleaning the kitchen. I’ll then jump on my laptop and watch a bit of Youtube. I know i shouldn’t, and it can be quite a toxic thing to get into doing, but i really enjoy seeing “how the other half live”. Daily vlogs are high up on the list of videos to watch.


Goodnight!


Do you have a 'get-ready-for-bed' routine? If so, what is it?

Not particularly. When it’s time to go to bed, i let the dogs outside for them to do their “business”, i’ll poor myself a glass of water and make sure i have some needles for my insulin pens, then head upstairs to get dressed into nightwear, and wash my face. I’ve recently rediscovered my Lush Sleep moisturiser which i put around my nose and chest, and for some reason, this seems to help steady my blood sugars through the night - plus, it smells incredible. I’ll check my blood sugars, and give myself insulin as necessary, and then enjoy my time in bed.


What time do you go to sleep?

It depends on what’s on my mind that night. I try and go to bed around 10:30pm, but probably don’t go to sleep until around 11:30pm.


Is this when you want to go to bed? Or is it influenced by what you're doing the following day?

This is usually the time I want to go to bed. I like to spend a little time in bed, enjoying how comfy i am tucked under the duvet.


Do you share your bed?

I do, with Darren.


Which position do you tend to sleep in? e.g. foetus, starfish etc.:

I like to sleep on my right-hand side.


Reflection


What was your favourite part of your day?

Walking into the house after work, to be greeted by my two dogs who were excited to see me.


What was your least favourite?

The anticipation of what lies ahead at work, just after I woke up this morning. Caused a lot of anxiety heading into work today.


Did anything happen today that you'd like to change or re-do?

Not overthink the day ahead, as the day wasn’t as bad as I had initially thought it would be.


Did you 'learn' anything today? (use your own definition of this word to answer the question):

 I’m learning today, and the past few days that i can’t do anything about or change what i don’t have control of. Work is rapidly changing during the Covid-19 climate, and it’s all new territory for everyone.


Are you looking forward to tomorrow?

It’s Saturday tomorrow, I always look forward to a lie-in with the other-half, and a cuppa in bed to set me up for the day (and to not worry about work for a couple of days).


What do you have planned?

Tomorrow, I’d like to do some more painting in the kitchen, and then get started painting the dining room. I’d like to order some cabinet door handles, and this will motivate me to get the cabinet doors painted in time.


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