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Lockdown Day 7 & The Upside (2019)

So the world feels like we’ve entered the upside-down but at least one thing never changes, I’m great at making a plan and failing to stick to it. I’ve been stuck under a bit of a grey cloud these past couple of days, but I was determined to journal this crazy situation and so here I am.

Our supermarkets finally have strict measures in place. There is a limit on how many people are allowed in the store at any time, so you now have to queue to get in. There are now sanitising stations for trolleys and baskets too, huzzah!

You know what’s angered me though? I have an unwell family member right now. They used the NHS 111 online service to answer questions about their symptoms and was told yes, they most definitely have Covid-19 symptoms. They were given a reference number. And that was it. They won’t be tested. You what? How on earth can we report daily figures on the number of cases when we aren’t even testing people with symptoms?!

I’m dreading tomorrow. I’ve now been put on furlough so I’m not working, but my husband’s job falls into the grey area of not being an essential business, but not being public-facing, so he has to go to work still. This past week he’s been working shifts to reduce the number of staff in the unit, so 13:30 – 20:30, but for whatever reason, they’re now scrapping that and so he’s working his using 7:30 – 16:30 from tomorrow. It’s so tough keeping a 2-year old entertained at home all day, I really struggle with it, and now I’m losing my partner in crime, my help, and my only chance at conversation all day.

That’s what I’m finding the hardest about the lockdown. It’s so lonely. Plus, once we’ve finally got the little one to bed, I’m so exhausted and full of anxiety I struggle to enjoy a bit of ‘me time’ with a movie before going to bed and starting over again the next day. Urgh.


I’m still enjoying Animal Crossing, that game couldn’t have come at a better time, really. And I finally got around to watching The Upside (2019). I wanted to see it at the cinema, missed my chance and then forgot it even existed. Which is a shame, because it’s a really decent movie! Not the flat-out comedy I was expecting, more of a drama than anything else, but Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston have such good chemistry it was hard not to enjoy.

It has a The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) vibe to it, with elements of Me Before You (2016). Well worth a watch if you haven’t already.

UK Netflix finally got Season 6 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine so that’s what I’m watching whilst I write this, and then who knows. I’m torn between watching Underwater (2020) or digging up an old Domhnall Gleeson movie. I hope you’re all keeping safe and well, wherever you are. We’re all in this together ❤

…and now I have that High School Musical song in my head.

7 thoughts on “Lockdown Day 7 & The Upside (2019)

  1. I haven’t seen The Upside but the film that it is based on is quite good (The Intouchables, I think it is called?).

    My girlfriend has been enjoying Animal Crossing quite a bit as she is stuck working from home until all this blows over. I have played a bit of it myself but it isn’t really a game I can spend hours playing. I’m pretty excited for Persona 5 Royal tho.


  2. I hope everything works out to the best for your family member. As for the movie, not for me. I like the original, The Intouchables, a bit better, but don’t love that one either.


  3. That’s what’s so depressing about all of this. Not every place has tests. My city I believe JUST got them because a few doctors tested positive, but who knows if they’re giving them to the general public. I hope they get well soon.

    These past few days have been the first ones that I’ve actually talked to my neighbors (it’s finally nice outside) so we were basically sitting on opposite ends of our driveway to have a conversation. That was a nice change. We’ll get through this!

    I never saw The Upside, I really liked The Intouchables and never felt the need to watch the remake.


  4. Nine-Nine!! The best comedy on TV, sure to put a smile on your face. I really think we need to set up a blogger Zoom so we can have people to talk to other than co-workers!


  5. The lockdown is being tough on everyone. As a bartender, I haven’t been to work since March 8, and on one hand it’s great because I have more time for Netflix, working out, sleeping more (the night shift was brutal, especially for someone like me who used to wake up at 6 no matter when I went to sleep), etc. But on the other hand, every single day is the same, and, especially, I don’t have an income anymore. Which sucks since both my dad and my brother were also forced to stop working. And it sucks to hear that people with symptoms aren’t even being tested in the UK.

    As for The Upside, I haven’t seen it and I have no intention of doing so because I loved the original French film way too much to let the American remake ruin it for me. I’m glad it worked for you though.


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