This is Oddbod and the City – My Lagos Adventure
The summer holidays are finally upon us and as much as I hated online school, having the little one at home with literally nothing to do has come with its own share of anxiety.
She had taken to staying up all night and sleeping all day, like some sort of mafia kingpin (or Nigerian politician), so I have had to explain the whole circadian rhythm situation to her.
I laid out “the body heals at night at the cellular level” argument and how nobody is trying to get sick and visit a hospital in these pandemic times and when that didn’t get the desired effect, I told her it would stunt her growth!
Clearly, I have totally lost control of that situation.
This is Oddbod and the City – My Lagos Adventure.
The Skin Journey Continues…
One thing three-and-a-bit months of not being able to participate in my usual routine has taught me is that my twice-a-month laser facial treatments have been working super hard. I really did not appreciate how hard until five weeks into lockdown, when my skin began an alarming downward spiral. Adult onset acne is no joke, people. I spent zoom parties with my hand artfully draped over my chin because I cannot begin to explain what was growing down there.
There aren’t enough words in my English lexicon to express my relief when I got the message that my beloved aestheticians, Airesthetics, had been cleared to open. A few treatments later, my skin is already improving in leaps and bounds.
It is amazing how much the state of your skin affects your state of mind.
Does anybody else break up the monotony of working from home by running errands? These days, going to the shops for food is now a special outing.
Anyway, I had decided to treat myself to a cappuccino, which I realised I had not had in over three months. So, I masked up and took a little trip down to the Flower Shop Café for a little take out action.
I am really impressed with the effort some businesses are taking to keep their staff and customers safe. In addition to the usual hand sanitiser, temperature checks and social distancing floor stickers that we are becoming accustomed to, I noticed what looked like a little steam machine which sanitised me as I walked in.
As usual, I had to so some snooping because truth be told we had been looking for solutions for our workspace but those airport-grade, full-person sanitiser units come in at a jaw-dropping million-naira amount.
A company called HNL Synergy Trade Consulting (firstname.lastname@example.org) is bringing them in, and they are relatively affordable at around ₦300,000 per machine. You fill them up with water and a special disinfectant solution that it turns into a mist to sanitise the air and surfaces.
If, like me, you are starting to worry about the health implications of all these new chemicals we have had to introduce into our lives, you may be comforted (as I was) to know that the disinfectant solution in this case is food grade safe and odourless.
I will definitely be pitching this to my boss as a great additional safety feature at our workplace and as the economy opens up, I imagine this will become our new normal.
No Summer Blockbuster Season
It seems petty to be complaining about this considering BUT SERIOUSLY! As a movie lover, I cannot tell you how irritated I am getting with the daily announcements from Hollywood that all the movies I was looking forward to have been postponed. I get that with cinemas being closed, the movie makers are more than miffed at the potential loss of revenue that releasing their blood sweat and tears at this time would cause, but with cities like Barcelona announcing they are going back into lockdown, it’s probably safe to say at this point: JUST STREAM US THE GOODS!
Currently making me happy on my DStv catchup please turn your attention to the new seasons of SWAT, FBI and NCIS: Los Angeles.
Is anybody else watching Mark Ruffalo’s Emmy-winning role in the HBO miniseries, I Know This Much Is True?
Mesmerising, compelling and moving. Well worth a watch.
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