Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #9

Fionnuala was out early this morning to the supermarket where she picked up our pre ordered shop at the ‘click & collect’ point outside the store. Lots of treats including pizza for lunch. The kids have been crying out for a ‘games day’ so the Monopoly board will be coming out afterwards. Hopefully, the five of us can complete the game without coming to blows or anyone going into a massive sulk.

I’m heading out for a four mile run before that, my daily exercise. I’ve lost a tonne of fitness over the last month so am determined to use the enforced break from work to build it up again and lose some of the weight which has crept back on. It has been frustrating not being able to run and I’m slightly anxious about hitting the roads again, but I’ve plenty of time now to gradually claw back my fitness and rack up the miles.

I’m currently reading ‘Sharp Objects’ by Gillian Flynn. I struggle to sleep unless I read at bedtime and this has been a brilliant book so far. I’m nearly 3/4 through it and will probably go straight into ‘Gone Girl’ after that. I’m also looking forward to starting the third book in the ‘Dublin Murder Squad’ series by Tana French. The first two books in the six book series were excellent. More reading time is another silver lining to the pandemic.

As for my own writing? Well, I should be finished the third edit of ‘A New Jerusalem’ by the weekend, averaging eight chapters a day. I’m very pleased with how it has turned out and excited with where it might lead. ‘Skelly’s Square’ continues to be bought on Amazon and downloaded on Kindle Unlimited. Looks like I’m not the only one picking up a book at the minute. Keep safe everyone and stay at home if you can.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

20 thoughts on “Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #9

  1. Love reading your post, it’s good to see someone else being positive when there’s so much negativity around right now. I’ll be playing Monopoly with my family later too 🙂

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  2. I’d recommend the game of Bananagrams if you can get hold of it. Hours of fun! Or the game of Pandemic. (I kid you not). You play as team to save the world from, well, you know, various diseases. It seems there are quite a few of these ‘team games’ on the market right now, where you all try to win together. At least it avoids the sulks (unless you all keep losing I suppose) and any aggressive ‘monopolistic’ behaviour. 😊 Stay safe and enjoy those pizzas!! 😋

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  3. Oh I tried Gone Girl but wimped out, my friend made me watch the film and I found it excellent but rather disturbing to watch. Pizza and monopoly sounds perfect! Thank you for your amazing blog.

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  4. I really enjoyed Gone Girl. I need to read Sharp Objects… only I have gotten LESS reading time because work takes longer to do everything remotely and I have lost all of my audio book time in the car. We have played a lot more Cribbage lately though. A family Monopoly date sounds fun. I’m glad you are all staying well.

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  5. In Michigan, we are still under a stay at home order until April 13th that may be extended through the 30th. I’m ok with that. We need to beat this thing together. I’m getting my steps in every day, but I’m snacking more, too. This is a hazard of being home, but a lot less hazardous than COVID19.

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  6. In Michigan, we are still under a stay at home order until April 13th that may be extended through the 30th. I’m ok with that. We need to beat this thing together. I’m getting my steps in every day, but I’m snacking more, too. This is a hazard of being home, but a lot less hazardous than COVID19. Love the blog. Stay safe.

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  7. I ordered your book for a friend of mine, who can’t go to the library anymore. Shipping wasn’t available until the middle of April, but I just got notice that she will get it sooner! I’m excited for her. 😀

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  8. Another great post. I have been slowly editing my book. It feels like it is going to take forever to get to the finish line. Do you have any tips to stay motivated? Thank you for the support in advance.

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