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An Arizona hiker had to be rescued by a search-and-rescue team after he got hypothermia from climbing a mountain for free pizza

Wikimedia Commons--the Peaks of Mount Elden

He must have been really hungry.

Have you ever been so dedicated to pizza that you risked hypothermia to hike up a 9,000-foot mountain just for a free pie? It may sound crazy but that’s exactly what one 30-year-old Arizona hiker did.

The Flagstaff pizzeria Pizzicletta offered a free pizza to anyone who could successfully hike up Mount Elden — a 9,031-foot peak — during the 21-day Giro d'Italia bicycle race. An unidentified hiker — who was found by authorities wearing just shorts and a sleeveless shirt — braved snowy conditions to traverse the famously tough terrain, just for that free pizza.

“We never want anyone to risk their life for pizza. It’s certainly not worth it,” Caleb Schiff, owner of Pizzicletta, told the local NBC News syndicate, adding that he had assumed that anyone attempting to undergo the pizza challenge would check the weather conditions before heading out. “In truth, what we really want is people to make great decisions about their health and be active.”

The unidentified hiker had set out early in the morning, despite the snowy conditions, to make the deadline. Luckily, a forest ranger had spotted him before it was too late. The sheriff’s department described the man’s condition as “improving” as of May 11.


A week in Dublin, Ireland on a €70,000 Income

This is my first MD ever - hope it all makes sense but apologies if not as numbers have never been my strong point. I've been working from home with my fiance (B) since the 12th March and we were due to get married in June, we decided last week to move our wedding to 2021 and hopefully life will be a bit more normal by then. Due to the wedding we had been saving both money and holidays for our honeymoon planned for later in the year, we still have our honeymoon booked and guess we won't know if we can go ahead until closer to the time.

In Ireland we've been asked to stay home unless going for necessary supplies and we can exercise to a 2km limit around our home. We're not living within a 2km radius to either of our families and I'm really missing seeing them although I love that they've adapted to video calls. We live in a basement flat and our landlady lives upstairs, she's in her 80s so we're in contact with her more than usual lately as we've been shopping for her.

B & I haven’t combined finances fully yet, more out of laziness than anything else. The plan is to open a joint account and for every payday for us both to transfer in half our paycheques. I've been trying to get an appointment to open up a joint account (has to be done in person) and can't see this being soon due to the backlog. It's on our radar though.

Occupation: Account Manager - Advertising

Section 1: Assets & Debt

Retirement Balance: €10,000 fund spread over a fund I opened up years ago and have kept up. Since starting my job they contribute up to if I match it 7% **CHECK) but I’ve upped this due to the recos.

Savings Accounts: €12,000 in our wedding fund. €4,000 in personal savings. €1,200 in a credit union account as collateral for a loan (should I need it. I have a Revolut vault that rounds up spare change and I'm using this for treats while we're in this situation, when this started I was ordering a lot of things to cheer me up and when it became more clear that this is a situation that may last for months rather than weeks I decided to put some rules in place. At the start of this week I had about €50 in this.

Debt: None, college is technically free in Ireland and I'm really lucky that my parents were able to help me with my expenses during college and I also had a part-time job while I studied. They have also offered to contribute to our wedding even though I stressed that there is no need.

Section 2: Income

My salary: €70,000, plus quarterly bonus of 30% when we hit target (can vary, esp now with the current situation). The last two bonus payments I've recieved I put into our wedding and our honeymoon fund. Going forward I'll be putting these into savings towards a deposit.

My paycheck post deductions - €3,343

Section 3: Monthly Expenses

Rent: €1,900 a month, I pay €1,100 as I get paid more. This is high but we really love our apartment. It's quite new, we have two bathrooms and lots of space. We even have an area outdoors so feel like it's worth paying this much. I've been very grateful for it over the last few weeks.

Electric & Gas: aprox €160-200 a month.

Health Insurance Work pays for.

Cell Phones: Work pays for.

Netflix: €12 (B pays for Amazon Prime)

Now TV: €27.50

Cinema Pass: €20 (currently paused but would allow unlimited movies in a month, we were going to the cinema on average 4 times a month so it was worth it).

Apple Music: €9.99

Internet - €63

Pension - €100

Monday, 20th April:

6.30 am. I wake up, make coffee and watch an episode of Shahs of Sunset while writing in my diary. I started this habit about two weeks into the quarantine and really didn’t think I’d last this long.

8.00am I set up my workspace and log onto work early. I have leftover baked oats at my desk and another coffee. I check my bank balance and see that I’ve been reimbursed for the internet while working from home which is an amazing perk.

9.00am B logs onto his work, we have a dedicated desk space in our apartment which is big enough for both of us to work at. The only time we have a bit of an issue is if we have calls at the same time so one of us volunteers to go into the living room. It’s working well so far.

10.00am I work on a client presentation for Wednesday, clear my inbox and have a banana as snack. I am feeling a little bit off with work right now, the job is more salesy than I thought and with the current events I’m not sure how I feel about it anymore.It feels a bit gross to talk about revenue targets with everything going on. I am keeping my head down and working away but also keeping any eye open in case there’s any internal opportunities to a different role.

11.30am Mail announces that a colleague had a baby, lovely news and I donate €10 towards a gift.

12.50pm Still just beavering away. I’ve got bumper to bumper internal calls over lunch which is lame but manage to get a 10 min break to eat leftover pizza.

14:00pm I’m struggling. I log onto a training call to get some inspiration

4.30pm As I logged on early, I log off and shower. I know logically that it’s most likely hay fever and tiredness but part of me wonders if I’m getting sick. Hoping the shower will help.

5.30pm: Online shop arrives early! The delivery man has left it at our door and I wave to him to let him know we got it. Got meat (for himself), snacks, tinned goods, yogurt, coffee and laundry stuff. We are missing a couple of things like bleach, dishwasher tabs and black beans but it’s not critical (just yet). €85.24

6.00pm I cook some brown rice and heat up leftover chickpea stew and have an early dinner

6.30pm I get a call from nieces who are getting ready for bed and in the space of 5 mins go from chilled to hyper…..sorry sis!

8.00pm I make pizza for fiance, I made the dough yesterday when we had a little pizza party and this is the leftovers from this. We usually do have different meals because he’s a fussy eater but I actually don’t mind. I put on a wash now that we have more laundry supplies and I don’t need to ration them out.

9.00pm We watch a movie chosen by fiance to make up for SATC a few weeks ago. I take a paracetmeol as I’m not feeling great.

11.00pm Hang out the washing and head to bed.

Tuesday, 21st April:

7.00am Woken up by our timed light, have some coffee and do some journaling.

8.00am Still not feeling great and I get dressed in a comfy Jeans and jumper, log on early and eat leftover baked oats at my desk. I have a big client presentation to work on so switch off emails and put my phone away to full focus. Work the morning through stopping for snacks (mainly Pringles).

1.00pm Lunch is two slices of toast with some avocado, hummus and an apple (not together). I resist the urge to clean the kitchen as fiance and I have a deal that he cleans and I cook. I sit in sun outside, and take an internal call outside.

4.00pm Heat up coconut chickpea stew and rice and try to re-focus. Make up some sparkling water from my Sodastream which I got for free and only really got working now, I love it. The early start combined with not feeling well has me struggling and I log off slightly early.

7.30pm I go onto a Podcast Quiz that’s really fun. While on it I make japanese curry which tastes a little bland and I realise I forgot onions. D’Oh.

9.00pm Watch Space Jam and eat some chocolate, head to bed after the film and hope I feel better in the morning.

Wednesday, 22nd April:

7.00am I’m woken up again by light, coffee and journal and trash TV. I’m feeling much better but still a bit delicate. I think this is combination of hay fever and tiredness so I tell B I don't think I have the virus, he reminds me this is the third (3rd) time I've done this.

8.00am I get dressed in the same jeans but a nice top as I have a client presentation this morning. We get our electricity bill which is not as high as I thought it would be seeing as we both work from home now. €80 for my share. I am glad but also I’ve been nagging my fiance about not leaving lights on unnecessarily the last month and feel this doesn't help my case. I move €200 into my savings account as I don't expect to have many more expenses till payday on Friday.

9.30am Forgot about the milkman payment , €7.68 comes out of my account for last week.

11.am I have to present virtually, sweating throughout but think it goes well. I made myself a hacky version of a standing desk as I feel like mentally it’s easier to get into the zone standing for a presentation. This is actually a bit of a practice for myself for tomorrow.

4.30pm It’s been a really busy day, trying to keep up with lots of different projects and realise I forgot to send someone something and beat myself up about it for the rest of the day. I need to work on being better at this, and have attended some courses about doing it. If anyone else has tips please share.

7.00pm I end up working late to finish up the client presentation prep for tomorrow. I have a shower and plait my hair so i get some nice beachy waves for tomorrow.

8.00pm I make pasta bake from leftover pizza sauce, chicken, an old pepper and breadcrumbs. Actually surprisingly really tasty. We watch Terrace house while we eat.

9.30pm I clean up with an episode of Too Hot to Handle. This is awful stuff but perfect for background noise.

10.00pm My sister messages me to say one of favourite authors has a new book that can be preordered on kindle for 99p and it’ll apparently help the writer too. That comes to €1.13. I check my mail and see my order from the pharmacy has been dispatched - shampoo, conditioner and a gas canister for my beloved Sodastream, the money for this was taken from my card last week so no additional charge.

Thursday, 23rd April:

6.30am I wake up from a dream that I’ve been asked to move out and it’s one of those dreams where I need to say to myself “it’s only a dream, it’s only a dream” a couple of times. The usual coffee and reality TV start.

8.00am I make breakfast. I end up burning my bagel but eat it anyway (we’re not wasting anything right now) with egg, avocado and hummus.

9.00am I log on and get straight into it, my first call is with my scariest client call but it goes well and I feel on a high for the rest of the day.

11.00am A team meeting and a last min catch-up for the client session this afternoon.

12.00pm I have a quick lunch of chickpea stew and rice and eat it in the sun. Then I put on some make-up and nice earrings for the video presentation after lunch. It's mad how just putting on lipstick has me feeling like a million bucks.

2.15pm Time for the big client presentation and it’s safe to say my colleague and I nail it. I have a bit more work to do today and I’m starving so I have some more rice but with curry this time.

4.30pm I get a call from a pub to arrange to collect growlers from a beer delivery I got two weeks ago. This should mean I get 4 euro back and I drop in a couple of bags of crisps in with the bottles too to say thanks for collecting.

5.30pm Work for a few more hours then go for a walk with my fiance. We’ve not really been doing this since lockdown came through as I feel like only one of us should be out at a time and I don’t want to stress out other people while we’re out.

6.30pm Home and leftover pasta bake for dinner, watch the latest episode of Westworld. I love this show.

8.00pm I update my spreadsheet that keeps track of our food supplies and what I can make from these. I started doing this when this all kicked off as I’ve not always been great with using what I already have. I generally would buy more things on my way home from work and this isn’t an option anymore. I also do some work on this diary.

9.00pm I read some of my book, actually lovely to read a physical book. Exhausted after the day and I’m asleep at 10.30

Friday, 24th April:

6.30am It’s payday! And also milk delivery day, I bring in our milk order which includes milk for our landlady. We’ll leave it up for her at lunchtime. I have a quick shower without washing my hair as I'm trying to wash it less right now. I put on Nuud natural deodorant which I highly recommend! I was using it before the working from home thing and have to say it's so good. If you're feeling nervous about trying it I think now is a great time.

7.00am Time for some coffee and accounting, I transfer money into our wedding savings account (even though we’ve postponed till next year I’m going to keep adding in my planned savings until next month) - €500. I update my budget spreadsheet, when I do this I usually add in all my planned expenses like dinners out, birthday presents etc. This month and last month I don’t really have anything but I put in for my niece’s birthday to send them both something in May.

8.30am Log onto work with another coffee and a flapjack for breakfast.

10.00am I have my last client call of the week and log all my calls in our internal system. While we’re not officially judged on this, the management team keep an eye on this and feel like especially right now when we’re working from home, this will be looked at.

11.00am I have a feedback session with my manager, I’ve been into this new role for 8 months now and as I mentioned earlier this week it has had its ups and downs. I get some good feedback - positive notes that are nice to hear and constructive notes that I agree with. A really good session overall.

12.30pm Slightly early lunch, I make a coffee with some frothy milk and a bagel with avocado and scrambled egg. I do some online shopping on my lunch break, I order a herbs planter that won’t be delivered till June but looks fun and B is excited to have a project, €20 my share. I saw during the week that one of my favourite Mexican places is delivering cook at home kits but I’m outside their delivery radius. This makes me sad so I decide to order some corn tortillas, salsas, chillis so I can have a taco night at home. They probably won’t be here for another week but hey something to look forward to. €23 Lastly, I decide to order some meat (pork shoulder for tacos, burgers, chicken thighs and rashers) to be delivered next week €38.99

4.00pm I’ve had internal calls all afternoon and my head feels drained after the busy week, I send some follow-ups from the client meeting yesterday and clear my inbox, moving things onto my to-do list for next week.

5.30pm And log off! I put my work laptop away to signify that this is indeed the weekend and to reduce the temptation to work more at the weekend. B is finishing something off so I leave him to it.

6.00pm My friend lives 5 minutes away but they went to her in-laws for a visit about 6 weeks ago and ended up being stuck there. Thoughts and prayers. She asked me to pop round to her house just to make sure all is okay and that it doesn’t look abandoned. It’s a lovely evening and I’m glad for a job outside the house.

6.15pm All is good at the house, noticed that there’s a huge line at the local off-licence but there’s no line at the small supermarket so I pop in to get a few essentials: fancy chopped tomatoes for a pasta sauce, a reduced sausage roll and some chocolate fingers. I am starving this week for some reason, might be stress or I suspect my period is coming early. €6.98

6.30pm B has finished work and is playing Animal Crossing, I feel very betrayed as it was as if we were the only two people who weren’t playing it. He then starts to play Ring Fit, exercise game for the switch. It’s actually surpisingly good! I did it a good bit last week but definitely have been lazier this week due to not feeling great.

7.30pm After dinner of pork chops, rice and vegetables we log onto Xbox live and play games online with one of our mutual friends. We call him and chat for a few hours while having some beers that my sister sent to me for my birthday earlier this month.

10.30pm I’m feeling tired so we log off the call, I watch an episode of Broad City and B plays Animal Crossing.

Total: €588.97

Saturday, 25th April:

7am, I am wide awake even though it’s the weekend. I have a coffee and watch the newest episode of RHOBH while working on this diary.

7,30am I order an ice tray for my fiancé because I put his in the dishwasher and ruined it. He wasn’t even annoyed but I felt bad for it: €25. As I’m almost out of beer I order more for myself and I take the money for this from my savings vault. It comes to €48 which includes delivery - probably won’t be here till next week.

9.00am As B had a stressful day yesterday and I’m feeling great now that big client presentation is over I decide to clean up the kitchen. I make myself avocado toast with black pudding and another coffee, I eat this sitting outside. I call my mum who’s been finding this tough as she can’t see her granddaughters but asks to call me later as she’s off for her morning walk.

10.00am B is up and is calling our landlady to see if she needs anything, she says she’ll leave a shopping list and bag out for us. Vulnerable shopping time is on till after lunchtime so we’ll do it then.

11.30am I’ve decided that Saturday is my kitchen project day and today it’s homemade ravioli. I put on Laura Marling’s new album (I love it) while I make a filling with mushrooms and a small potato - sounds weird but I found it in a vegan cookbook years ago and it makes for a creamy consistency without cream. Plus I need to use up my mushrooms and potatoes. I also make some stewed rhubarb with orange to have in porridge for breakfast over the next few days.

12.30pm I make my pasta dough, I’ve only done this once before and I don’t have a machine to roll but let’s see how this turns out. B volunteers to go to the supermarket by himself to pick up the landlady’s list, I ask him to pick up limes, gran padano cheese, oil spray and courgettes. I give him my card €5.36.

1.00pm I start rolling out my dough, it’s hard to get it as thin as I would like. I cut out circles, add in my filling and seal. I boil these for a few minutes and serve with grated gran padano. As I feared they are a little bit too thick but I’m happy to have spent a few hours on these. I’m not super happy about the mess I have to clean up.

2.30pm Zoom call with some girlfriends, it’s lovely to catch-up even though we have no major news right now. I ask for advice to use up a green pepper (I find them so bitter) and if you have any advice please let me know.

4.00pm Carb coma. I read more of my book (Mad Girl’s Lovesong if anyone is interested) and sit in the sunshine.

6.00pm Start cooking dinner, some leftover pork chops and stuffing for B and beans on toast for me. I have a small ball of leftover pizza dough from last weekend so I bake it in the oven like a little roll. Turns out okay!

7.00pm We watch this week’s drag race and text our mutual friend C throughout, I love Crystal Method so much! I enjoy the guest judges but definitely prefer Rachel Bloom and wish she could be a permanent judge. I cry at the lip sync. Yep, period must be on the way. We follow up with Untucked

8.30pm B has a lads Zoom call, C and I decide to watch Hustlers. I make myself a whiskey sour first that is all whiskey not so much sour and I know this will knock me out for the night. Watch Hustlers while texting C. C started off as B’s friend but slowly we’ve become best friends, I have slight guilt sometimes that I’ve stolen her but B has assured me that he’s happy we get on so well. We drunkenly decide we’re going on a trip to London once this is over. Hustlers is great, I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it’s still great.

11.30pm The whiskey has me crawling to bed, B is still on his Zoom call. I realise my mum never called me back! How dare she.

3.00am I’m woken up by B on his call, I get out of bed and give him a grumpy look. He immediately quietens.

3.30am B comes to bed very apologetic and full of chat and it’s adorable.

Sunday, 26th April

8.00am I wake up and B is sleeping soundly. Coffee and class RHONY while I work on this diary.

10.00am I make scrambled eggs on toast with more coffee. Maybe I also have a cookie after.

I blog for a while. I used to blog a lot when I was unemployed and needed an outlet but once I started working again I got out of the habit. I started doing it since the start of this year and have been really enjoying it. I mainly blog about cooking and testing recipes.

11.00am Debate going for a run but decide cuddles with B will be better. Despite us spending most of our time together I worry about us spending quality time right now. Usually we do that by going out on a date but we need to put a bit more effort in now.

12.30pm I have a shower and go the full hog, washing my hair and shaving. If you can’t tell, standards are low right now lol. Moisturise and sit in my robe.

1.30pm I make a kind of paella for lunch, it's not very authentic but it’s tasty.

2.45pm I settle with my laptop in the sitting room with tea and some chocolate fingers and B logs into his laptop in our kitchen. We’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends every Sunday for the last month. It’s our first time playing this online with our friends rather than in person but I’ve really been enjoying this as a distraction and social outlet.

6.30pm The game has been going on for a while but it’s coming to an end and we’ve been quite successful. I ask B if he wants to get pizza. I have some guilt about ordering a takeaway but honestly feel like a break from cooking would be fantastic. I order a pepperoni pizza and chips to collect €10

7.00pm I walk the five minutes to the pizza place to collect our order, my mum calls me on the way back and I’m caught rotten getting a takeaway. Tell her I’ll call her back after we eat. We watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian while we eat.

7.45pm Call my mum back, also talk to my Dad who shows me the cat asleep on his lap. Adorable.

8.15pm Talk to B about once restrictions ease off if it would be okay for me to head to my parents for a few weeks, we talk it out a bit. While I would love to see them and spend lots of time with them, I don’t feel super comfortable about travelling to see them in case I inadvertently pass the virus onto them. Feel a bit sorry for myself. Watch RHONY to distract myself while B cleans up.

9.30pm I’m very tired after not having a great night’s sleep last night, head to bed with my book.

Weekly Recap:

Entertainment: €1.13

Food & Drink: €225.25

Utilities: €80

Home/Garden: €20

Weekly Total: €361.38

Savings (not sure where to put this?!): €700

Reflections: It is not a surprise to me that most of my spend was towards food, I think this was a big week for that as we got our online delivery and I also put in for a meat order but in reality I am getting a lot of comfort from cooking at this time. It was a really busy week at work and I felt really run down and stressed. I realise that I pretty much did no exercise this week but putting that down to the fact that I was working really long days and not feeling well. This week I'm going to make a better effort to get more exercise as it'll probably help with my stressy feelings.


A week in Dublin, Ireland on a €70,000 Income

This is my first MD ever - hope it all makes sense but apologies if not as numbers have never been my strong point. I've been working from home with my fiance (B) since the 12th March and we were due to get married in June, we decided last week to move our wedding to 2021 and hopefully life will be a bit more normal by then. Due to the wedding we had been saving both money and holidays for our honeymoon planned for later in the year, we still have our honeymoon booked and guess we won't know if we can go ahead until closer to the time.

In Ireland we've been asked to stay home unless going for necessary supplies and we can exercise to a 2km limit around our home. We're not living within a 2km radius to either of our families and I'm really missing seeing them although I love that they've adapted to video calls. We live in a basement flat and our landlady lives upstairs, she's in her 80s so we're in contact with her more than usual lately as we've been shopping for her.

B & I haven’t combined finances fully yet, more out of laziness than anything else. The plan is to open a joint account and for every payday for us both to transfer in half our paycheques. I've been trying to get an appointment to open up a joint account (has to be done in person) and can't see this being soon due to the backlog. It's on our radar though.

Occupation: Account Manager - Advertising

Section 1: Assets & Debt

Retirement Balance: €10,000 fund spread over a fund I opened up years ago and have kept up. Since starting my job they contribute up to if I match it 7% **CHECK) but I’ve upped this due to the recos.

Savings Accounts: €12,000 in our wedding fund. €4,000 in personal savings. €1,200 in a credit union account as collateral for a loan (should I need it. I have a Revolut vault that rounds up spare change and I'm using this for treats while we're in this situation, when this started I was ordering a lot of things to cheer me up and when it became more clear that this is a situation that may last for months rather than weeks I decided to put some rules in place. At the start of this week I had about €50 in this.

Debt: None, college is technically free in Ireland and I'm really lucky that my parents were able to help me with my expenses during college and I also had a part-time job while I studied. They have also offered to contribute to our wedding even though I stressed that there is no need.

Section 2: Income

My salary: €70,000, plus quarterly bonus of 30% when we hit target (can vary, esp now with the current situation). The last two bonus payments I've recieved I put into our wedding and our honeymoon fund. Going forward I'll be putting these into savings towards a deposit.

My paycheck post deductions - €3,343

Section 3: Monthly Expenses

Rent: €1,900 a month, I pay €1,100 as I get paid more. This is high but we really love our apartment. It's quite new, we have two bathrooms and lots of space. We even have an area outdoors so feel like it's worth paying this much. I've been very grateful for it over the last few weeks.

Electric & Gas: aprox €160-200 a month.

Health Insurance Work pays for.

Cell Phones: Work pays for.

Netflix: €12 (B pays for Amazon Prime)

Now TV: €27.50

Cinema Pass: €20 (currently paused but would allow unlimited movies in a month, we were going to the cinema on average 4 times a month so it was worth it).

Apple Music: €9.99

Internet - €63

Pension - €100

Monday, 20th April:

6.30 am. I wake up, make coffee and watch an episode of Shahs of Sunset while writing in my diary. I started this habit about two weeks into the quarantine and really didn’t think I’d last this long.

8.00am I set up my workspace and log onto work early. I have leftover baked oats at my desk and another coffee. I check my bank balance and see that I’ve been reimbursed for the internet while working from home which is an amazing perk.

9.00am B logs onto his work, we have a dedicated desk space in our apartment which is big enough for both of us to work at. The only time we have a bit of an issue is if we have calls at the same time so one of us volunteers to go into the living room. It’s working well so far.

10.00am I work on a client presentation for Wednesday, clear my inbox and have a banana as snack. I am feeling a little bit off with work right now, the job is more salesy than I thought and with the current events I’m not sure how I feel about it anymore.It feels a bit gross to talk about revenue targets with everything going on. I am keeping my head down and working away but also keeping any eye open in case there’s any internal opportunities to a different role.

11.30am Mail announces that a colleague had a baby, lovely news and I donate €10 towards a gift.

12.50pm Still just beavering away. I’ve got bumper to bumper internal calls over lunch which is lame but manage to get a 10 min break to eat leftover pizza.

14:00pm I’m struggling. I log onto a training call to get some inspiration

4.30pm As I logged on early, I log off and shower. I know logically that it’s most likely hay fever and tiredness but part of me wonders if I’m getting sick. Hoping the shower will help.

5.30pm: Online shop arrives early! The delivery man has left it at our door and I wave to him to let him know we got it. Got meat (for himself), snacks, tinned goods, yogurt, coffee and laundry stuff. We are missing a couple of things like bleach, dishwasher tabs and black beans but it’s not critical (just yet). €85.24

6.00pm I cook some brown rice and heat up leftover chickpea stew and have an early dinner

6.30pm I get a call from nieces who are getting ready for bed and in the space of 5 mins go from chilled to hyper…..sorry sis!

8.00pm I make pizza for fiance, I made the dough yesterday when we had a little pizza party and this is the leftovers from this. We usually do have different meals because he’s a fussy eater but I actually don’t mind. I put on a wash now that we have more laundry supplies and I don’t need to ration them out.

9.00pm We watch a movie chosen by fiance to make up for SATC a few weeks ago. I take a paracetmeol as I’m not feeling great.

11.00pm Hang out the washing and head to bed.

Tuesday, 21st April:

7.00am Woken up by our timed light, have some coffee and do some journaling.

8.00am Still not feeling great and I get dressed in a comfy Jeans and jumper, log on early and eat leftover baked oats at my desk. I have a big client presentation to work on so switch off emails and put my phone away to full focus. Work the morning through stopping for snacks (mainly Pringles).

1.00pm Lunch is two slices of toast with some avocado, hummus and an apple (not together). I resist the urge to clean the kitchen as fiance and I have a deal that he cleans and I cook. I sit in sun outside, and take an internal call outside.

4.00pm Heat up coconut chickpea stew and rice and try to re-focus. Make up some sparkling water from my Sodastream which I got for free and only really got working now, I love it. The early start combined with not feeling well has me struggling and I log off slightly early.

7.30pm I go onto a Podcast Quiz that’s really fun. While on it I make japanese curry which tastes a little bland and I realise I forgot onions. D’Oh.

9.00pm Watch Space Jam and eat some chocolate, head to bed after the film and hope I feel better in the morning.

Wednesday, 22nd April:

7.00am I’m woken up again by light, coffee and journal and trash TV. I’m feeling much better but still a bit delicate. I think this is combination of hay fever and tiredness so I tell B I don't think I have the virus, he reminds me this is the third (3rd) time I've done this.

8.00am I get dressed in the same jeans but a nice top as I have a client presentation this morning. We get our electricity bill which is not as high as I thought it would be seeing as we both work from home now. €80 for my share. I am glad but also I’ve been nagging my fiance about not leaving lights on unnecessarily the last month and feel this doesn't help my case. I move €200 into my savings account as I don't expect to have many more expenses till payday on Friday.

9.30am Forgot about the milkman payment , €7.68 comes out of my account for last week.

11.am I have to present virtually, sweating throughout but think it goes well. I made myself a hacky version of a standing desk as I feel like mentally it’s easier to get into the zone standing for a presentation. This is actually a bit of a practice for myself for tomorrow.

4.30pm It’s been a really busy day, trying to keep up with lots of different projects and realise I forgot to send someone something and beat myself up about it for the rest of the day. I need to work on being better at this, and have attended some courses about doing it. If anyone else has tips please share.

7.00pm I end up working late to finish up the client presentation prep for tomorrow. I have a shower and plait my hair so i get some nice beachy waves for tomorrow.

8.00pm I make pasta bake from leftover pizza sauce, chicken, an old pepper and breadcrumbs. Actually surprisingly really tasty. We watch Terrace house while we eat.

9.30pm I clean up with an episode of Too Hot to Handle. This is awful stuff but perfect for background noise.

10.00pm My sister messages me to say one of favourite authors has a new book that can be preordered on kindle for 99p and it’ll apparently help the writer too. That comes to €1.13. I check my mail and see my order from the pharmacy has been dispatched - shampoo, conditioner and a gas canister for my beloved Sodastream, the money for this was taken from my card last week so no additional charge.

Thursday, 23rd April:

6.30am I wake up from a dream that I’ve been asked to move out and it’s one of those dreams where I need to say to myself “it’s only a dream, it’s only a dream” a couple of times. The usual coffee and reality TV start.

8.00am I make breakfast. I end up burning my bagel but eat it anyway (we’re not wasting anything right now) with egg, avocado and hummus.

9.00am I log on and get straight into it, my first call is with my scariest client call but it goes well and I feel on a high for the rest of the day.

11.00am A team meeting and a last min catch-up for the client session this afternoon.

12.00pm I have a quick lunch of chickpea stew and rice and eat it in the sun. Then I put on some make-up and nice earrings for the video presentation after lunch. It's mad how just putting on lipstick has me feeling like a million bucks.

2.15pm Time for the big client presentation and it’s safe to say my colleague and I nail it. I have a bit more work to do today and I’m starving so I have some more rice but with curry this time.

4.30pm I get a call from a pub to arrange to collect growlers from a beer delivery I got two weeks ago. This should mean I get 4 euro back and I drop in a couple of bags of crisps in with the bottles too to say thanks for collecting.

5.30pm Work for a few more hours then go for a walk with my fiance. We’ve not really been doing this since lockdown came through as I feel like only one of us should be out at a time and I don’t want to stress out other people while we’re out.

6.30pm Home and leftover pasta bake for dinner, watch the latest episode of Westworld. I love this show.

8.00pm I update my spreadsheet that keeps track of our food supplies and what I can make from these. I started doing this when this all kicked off as I’ve not always been great with using what I already have. I generally would buy more things on my way home from work and this isn’t an option anymore. I also do some work on this diary.

9.00pm I read some of my book, actually lovely to read a physical book. Exhausted after the day and I’m asleep at 10.30

Friday, 24th April:

6.30am It’s payday! And also milk delivery day, I bring in our milk order which includes milk for our landlady. We’ll leave it up for her at lunchtime. I have a quick shower without washing my hair as I'm trying to wash it less right now. I put on Nuud natural deodorant which I highly recommend! I was using it before the working from home thing and have to say it's so good. If you're feeling nervous about trying it I think now is a great time.

7.00am Time for some coffee and accounting, I transfer money into our wedding savings account (even though we’ve postponed till next year I’m going to keep adding in my planned savings until next month) - €500. I update my budget spreadsheet, when I do this I usually add in all my planned expenses like dinners out, birthday presents etc. This month and last month I don’t really have anything but I put in for my niece’s birthday to send them both something in May.

8.30am Log onto work with another coffee and a flapjack for breakfast.

10.00am I have my last client call of the week and log all my calls in our internal system. While we’re not officially judged on this, the management team keep an eye on this and feel like especially right now when we’re working from home, this will be looked at.

11.00am I have a feedback session with my manager, I’ve been into this new role for 8 months now and as I mentioned earlier this week it has had its ups and downs. I get some good feedback - positive notes that are nice to hear and constructive notes that I agree with. A really good session overall.

12.30pm Slightly early lunch, I make a coffee with some frothy milk and a bagel with avocado and scrambled egg. I do some online shopping on my lunch break, I order a herbs planter that won’t be delivered till June but looks fun and B is excited to have a project, €20 my share. I saw during the week that one of my favourite Mexican places is delivering cook at home kits but I’m outside their delivery radius. This makes me sad so I decide to order some corn tortillas, salsas, chillis so I can have a taco night at home. They probably won’t be here for another week but hey something to look forward to. €23 Lastly, I decide to order some meat (pork shoulder for tacos, burgers, chicken thighs and rashers) to be delivered next week €38.99

4.00pm I’ve had internal calls all afternoon and my head feels drained after the busy week, I send some follow-ups from the client meeting yesterday and clear my inbox, moving things onto my to-do list for next week.

5.30pm And log off! I put my work laptop away to signify that this is indeed the weekend and to reduce the temptation to work more at the weekend. B is finishing something off so I leave him to it.

6.00pm My friend lives 5 minutes away but they went to her in-laws for a visit about 6 weeks ago and ended up being stuck there. Thoughts and prayers. She asked me to pop round to her house just to make sure all is okay and that it doesn’t look abandoned. It’s a lovely evening and I’m glad for a job outside the house.

6.15pm All is good at the house, noticed that there’s a huge line at the local off-licence but there’s no line at the small supermarket so I pop in to get a few essentials: fancy chopped tomatoes for a pasta sauce, a reduced sausage roll and some chocolate fingers. I am starving this week for some reason, might be stress or I suspect my period is coming early. €6.98

6.30pm B has finished work and is playing Animal Crossing, I feel very betrayed as it was as if we were the only two people who weren’t playing it. He then starts to play Ring Fit, exercise game for the switch. It’s actually surpisingly good! I did it a good bit last week but definitely have been lazier this week due to not feeling great.

7.30pm After dinner of pork chops, rice and vegetables we log onto Xbox live and play games online with one of our mutual friends. We call him and chat for a few hours while having some beers that my sister sent to me for my birthday earlier this month.

10.30pm I’m feeling tired so we log off the call, I watch an episode of Broad City and B plays Animal Crossing.

Total: €588.97

Saturday, 25th April:

7am, I am wide awake even though it’s the weekend. I have a coffee and watch the newest episode of RHOBH while working on this diary.

7,30am I order an ice tray for my fiancé because I put his in the dishwasher and ruined it. He wasn’t even annoyed but I felt bad for it: €25. As I’m almost out of beer I order more for myself and I take the money for this from my savings vault. It comes to €48 which includes delivery - probably won’t be here till next week.

9.00am As B had a stressful day yesterday and I’m feeling great now that big client presentation is over I decide to clean up the kitchen. I make myself avocado toast with black pudding and another coffee, I eat this sitting outside. I call my mum who’s been finding this tough as she can’t see her granddaughters but asks to call me later as she’s off for her morning walk.

10.00am B is up and is calling our landlady to see if she needs anything, she says she’ll leave a shopping list and bag out for us. Vulnerable shopping time is on till after lunchtime so we’ll do it then.

11.30am I’ve decided that Saturday is my kitchen project day and today it’s homemade ravioli. I put on Laura Marling’s new album (I love it) while I make a filling with mushrooms and a small potato - sounds weird but I found it in a vegan cookbook years ago and it makes for a creamy consistency without cream. Plus I need to use up my mushrooms and potatoes. I also make some stewed rhubarb with orange to have in porridge for breakfast over the next few days.

12.30pm I make my pasta dough, I’ve only done this once before and I don’t have a machine to roll but let’s see how this turns out. B volunteers to go to the supermarket by himself to pick up the landlady’s list, I ask him to pick up limes, gran padano cheese, oil spray and courgettes. I give him my card €5.36.

1.00pm I start rolling out my dough, it’s hard to get it as thin as I would like. I cut out circles, add in my filling and seal. I boil these for a few minutes and serve with grated gran padano. As I feared they are a little bit too thick but I’m happy to have spent a few hours on these. I’m not super happy about the mess I have to clean up.

2.30pm Zoom call with some girlfriends, it’s lovely to catch-up even though we have no major news right now. I ask for advice to use up a green pepper (I find them so bitter) and if you have any advice please let me know.

4.00pm Carb coma. I read more of my book (Mad Girl’s Lovesong if anyone is interested) and sit in the sunshine.

6.00pm Start cooking dinner, some leftover pork chops and stuffing for B and beans on toast for me. I have a small ball of leftover pizza dough from last weekend so I bake it in the oven like a little roll. Turns out okay!

7.00pm We watch this week’s drag race and text our mutual friend C throughout, I love Crystal Method so much! I enjoy the guest judges but definitely prefer Rachel Bloom and wish she could be a permanent judge. I cry at the lip sync. Yep, period must be on the way. We follow up with Untucked

8.30pm B has a lads Zoom call, C and I decide to watch Hustlers. I make myself a whiskey sour first that is all whiskey not so much sour and I know this will knock me out for the night. Watch Hustlers while texting C. C started off as B’s friend but slowly we’ve become best friends, I have slight guilt sometimes that I’ve stolen her but B has assured me that he’s happy we get on so well. We drunkenly decide we’re going on a trip to London once this is over. Hustlers is great, I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it’s still great.

11.30pm The whiskey has me crawling to bed, B is still on his Zoom call. I realise my mum never called me back! How dare she.

3.00am I’m woken up by B on his call, I get out of bed and give him a grumpy look. He immediately quietens.

3.30am B comes to bed very apologetic and full of chat and it’s adorable.

Sunday, 26th April

8.00am I wake up and B is sleeping soundly. Coffee and class RHONY while I work on this diary.

10.00am I make scrambled eggs on toast with more coffee. Maybe I also have a cookie after.

I blog for a while. I used to blog a lot when I was unemployed and needed an outlet but once I started working again I got out of the habit. I started doing it since the start of this year and have been really enjoying it. I mainly blog about cooking and testing recipes.

11.00am Debate going for a run but decide cuddles with B will be better. Despite us spending most of our time together I worry about us spending quality time right now. Usually we do that by going out on a date but we need to put a bit more effort in now.

12.30pm I have a shower and go the full hog, washing my hair and shaving. If you can’t tell, standards are low right now lol. Moisturise and sit in my robe.

1.30pm I make a kind of paella for lunch, it's not very authentic but it’s tasty.

2.45pm I settle with my laptop in the sitting room with tea and some chocolate fingers and B logs into his laptop in our kitchen. We’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends every Sunday for the last month. It’s our first time playing this online with our friends rather than in person but I’ve really been enjoying this as a distraction and social outlet.

6.30pm The game has been going on for a while but it’s coming to an end and we’ve been quite successful. I ask B if he wants to get pizza. I have some guilt about ordering a takeaway but honestly feel like a break from cooking would be fantastic. I order a pepperoni pizza and chips to collect €10

7.00pm I walk the five minutes to the pizza place to collect our order, my mum calls me on the way back and I’m caught rotten getting a takeaway. Tell her I’ll call her back after we eat. We watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian while we eat.

7.45pm Call my mum back, also talk to my Dad who shows me the cat asleep on his lap. Adorable.

8.15pm Talk to B about once restrictions ease off if it would be okay for me to head to my parents for a few weeks, we talk it out a bit. While I would love to see them and spend lots of time with them, I don’t feel super comfortable about travelling to see them in case I inadvertently pass the virus onto them. Feel a bit sorry for myself. Watch RHONY to distract myself while B cleans up.

9.30pm I’m very tired after not having a great night’s sleep last night, head to bed with my book.

Weekly Recap:

Entertainment: €1.13

Food & Drink: €225.25

Utilities: €80

Home/Garden: €20

Weekly Total: €361.38

Savings (not sure where to put this?!): €700

Reflections: It is not a surprise to me that most of my spend was towards food, I think this was a big week for that as we got our online delivery and I also put in for a meat order but in reality I am getting a lot of comfort from cooking at this time. It was a really busy week at work and I felt really run down and stressed. I realise that I pretty much did no exercise this week but putting that down to the fact that I was working really long days and not feeling well. This week I'm going to make a better effort to get more exercise as it'll probably help with my stressy feelings.


A week in Dublin, Ireland on a €70,000 Income

This is my first MD ever - hope it all makes sense but apologies if not as numbers have never been my strong point. I've been working from home with my fiance (B) since the 12th March and we were due to get married in June, we decided last week to move our wedding to 2021 and hopefully life will be a bit more normal by then. Due to the wedding we had been saving both money and holidays for our honeymoon planned for later in the year, we still have our honeymoon booked and guess we won't know if we can go ahead until closer to the time.

In Ireland we've been asked to stay home unless going for necessary supplies and we can exercise to a 2km limit around our home. We're not living within a 2km radius to either of our families and I'm really missing seeing them although I love that they've adapted to video calls. We live in a basement flat and our landlady lives upstairs, she's in her 80s so we're in contact with her more than usual lately as we've been shopping for her.

B & I haven’t combined finances fully yet, more out of laziness than anything else. The plan is to open a joint account and for every payday for us both to transfer in half our paycheques. I've been trying to get an appointment to open up a joint account (has to be done in person) and can't see this being soon due to the backlog. It's on our radar though.

Occupation: Account Manager - Advertising

Section 1: Assets & Debt

Retirement Balance: €10,000 fund spread over a fund I opened up years ago and have kept up. Since starting my job they contribute up to if I match it 7% **CHECK) but I’ve upped this due to the recos.

Savings Accounts: €12,000 in our wedding fund. €4,000 in personal savings. €1,200 in a credit union account as collateral for a loan (should I need it. I have a Revolut vault that rounds up spare change and I'm using this for treats while we're in this situation, when this started I was ordering a lot of things to cheer me up and when it became more clear that this is a situation that may last for months rather than weeks I decided to put some rules in place. At the start of this week I had about €50 in this.

Debt: None, college is technically free in Ireland and I'm really lucky that my parents were able to help me with my expenses during college and I also had a part-time job while I studied. They have also offered to contribute to our wedding even though I stressed that there is no need.

Section 2: Income

My salary: €70,000, plus quarterly bonus of 30% when we hit target (can vary, esp now with the current situation). The last two bonus payments I've recieved I put into our wedding and our honeymoon fund. Going forward I'll be putting these into savings towards a deposit.

My paycheck post deductions - €3,343

Section 3: Monthly Expenses

Rent: €1,900 a month, I pay €1,100 as I get paid more. This is high but we really love our apartment. It's quite new, we have two bathrooms and lots of space. We even have an area outdoors so feel like it's worth paying this much. I've been very grateful for it over the last few weeks.

Electric & Gas: aprox €160-200 a month.

Health Insurance Work pays for.

Cell Phones: Work pays for.

Netflix: €12 (B pays for Amazon Prime)

Now TV: €27.50

Cinema Pass: €20 (currently paused but would allow unlimited movies in a month, we were going to the cinema on average 4 times a month so it was worth it).

Apple Music: €9.99

Internet - €63

Pension - €100

Monday, 20th April:

6.30 am. I wake up, make coffee and watch an episode of Shahs of Sunset while writing in my diary. I started this habit about two weeks into the quarantine and really didn’t think I’d last this long.

8.00am I set up my workspace and log onto work early. I have leftover baked oats at my desk and another coffee. I check my bank balance and see that I’ve been reimbursed for the internet while working from home which is an amazing perk.

9.00am B logs onto his work, we have a dedicated desk space in our apartment which is big enough for both of us to work at. The only time we have a bit of an issue is if we have calls at the same time so one of us volunteers to go into the living room. It’s working well so far.

10.00am I work on a client presentation for Wednesday, clear my inbox and have a banana as snack. I am feeling a little bit off with work right now, the job is more salesy than I thought and with the current events I’m not sure how I feel about it anymore.It feels a bit gross to talk about revenue targets with everything going on. I am keeping my head down and working away but also keeping any eye open in case there’s any internal opportunities to a different role.

11.30am Mail announces that a colleague had a baby, lovely news and I donate €10 towards a gift.

12.50pm Still just beavering away. I’ve got bumper to bumper internal calls over lunch which is lame but manage to get a 10 min break to eat leftover pizza.

14:00pm I’m struggling. I log onto a training call to get some inspiration

4.30pm As I logged on early, I log off and shower. I know logically that it’s most likely hay fever and tiredness but part of me wonders if I’m getting sick. Hoping the shower will help.

5.30pm: Online shop arrives early! The delivery man has left it at our door and I wave to him to let him know we got it. Got meat (for himself), snacks, tinned goods, yogurt, coffee and laundry stuff. We are missing a couple of things like bleach, dishwasher tabs and black beans but it’s not critical (just yet). €85.24

6.00pm I cook some brown rice and heat up leftover chickpea stew and have an early dinner

6.30pm I get a call from nieces who are getting ready for bed and in the space of 5 mins go from chilled to hyper…..sorry sis!

8.00pm I make pizza for fiance, I made the dough yesterday when we had a little pizza party and this is the leftovers from this. We usually do have different meals because he’s a fussy eater but I actually don’t mind. I put on a wash now that we have more laundry supplies and I don’t need to ration them out.

9.00pm We watch a movie chosen by fiance to make up for SATC a few weeks ago. I take a paracetmeol as I’m not feeling great.

11.00pm Hang out the washing and head to bed.

Tuesday, 21st April:

7.00am Woken up by our timed light, have some coffee and do some journaling.

8.00am Still not feeling great and I get dressed in a comfy Jeans and jumper, log on early and eat leftover baked oats at my desk. I have a big client presentation to work on so switch off emails and put my phone away to full focus. Work the morning through stopping for snacks (mainly Pringles).

1.00pm Lunch is two slices of toast with some avocado, hummus and an apple (not together). I resist the urge to clean the kitchen as fiance and I have a deal that he cleans and I cook. I sit in sun outside, and take an internal call outside.

4.00pm Heat up coconut chickpea stew and rice and try to re-focus. Make up some sparkling water from my Sodastream which I got for free and only really got working now, I love it. The early start combined with not feeling well has me struggling and I log off slightly early.

7.30pm I go onto a Podcast Quiz that’s really fun. While on it I make japanese curry which tastes a little bland and I realise I forgot onions. D’Oh.

9.00pm Watch Space Jam and eat some chocolate, head to bed after the film and hope I feel better in the morning.

Wednesday, 22nd April:

7.00am I’m woken up again by light, coffee and journal and trash TV. I’m feeling much better but still a bit delicate. I think this is combination of hay fever and tiredness so I tell B I don't think I have the virus, he reminds me this is the third (3rd) time I've done this.

8.00am I get dressed in the same jeans but a nice top as I have a client presentation this morning. We get our electricity bill which is not as high as I thought it would be seeing as we both work from home now. €80 for my share. I am glad but also I’ve been nagging my fiance about not leaving lights on unnecessarily the last month and feel this doesn't help my case. I move €200 into my savings account as I don't expect to have many more expenses till payday on Friday.

9.30am Forgot about the milkman payment , €7.68 comes out of my account for last week.

11.am I have to present virtually, sweating throughout but think it goes well. I made myself a hacky version of a standing desk as I feel like mentally it’s easier to get into the zone standing for a presentation. This is actually a bit of a practice for myself for tomorrow.

4.30pm It’s been a really busy day, trying to keep up with lots of different projects and realise I forgot to send someone something and beat myself up about it for the rest of the day. I need to work on being better at this, and have attended some courses about doing it. If anyone else has tips please share.

7.00pm I end up working late to finish up the client presentation prep for tomorrow. I have a shower and plait my hair so i get some nice beachy waves for tomorrow.

8.00pm I make pasta bake from leftover pizza sauce, chicken, an old pepper and breadcrumbs. Actually surprisingly really tasty. We watch Terrace house while we eat.

9.30pm I clean up with an episode of Too Hot to Handle. This is awful stuff but perfect for background noise.

10.00pm My sister messages me to say one of favourite authors has a new book that can be preordered on kindle for 99p and it’ll apparently help the writer too. That comes to €1.13. I check my mail and see my order from the pharmacy has been dispatched - shampoo, conditioner and a gas canister for my beloved Sodastream, the money for this was taken from my card last week so no additional charge.

Thursday, 23rd April:

6.30am I wake up from a dream that I’ve been asked to move out and it’s one of those dreams where I need to say to myself “it’s only a dream, it’s only a dream” a couple of times. The usual coffee and reality TV start.

8.00am I make breakfast. I end up burning my bagel but eat it anyway (we’re not wasting anything right now) with egg, avocado and hummus.

9.00am I log on and get straight into it, my first call is with my scariest client call but it goes well and I feel on a high for the rest of the day.

11.00am A team meeting and a last min catch-up for the client session this afternoon.

12.00pm I have a quick lunch of chickpea stew and rice and eat it in the sun. Then I put on some make-up and nice earrings for the video presentation after lunch. It's mad how just putting on lipstick has me feeling like a million bucks.

2.15pm Time for the big client presentation and it’s safe to say my colleague and I nail it. I have a bit more work to do today and I’m starving so I have some more rice but with curry this time.

4.30pm I get a call from a pub to arrange to collect growlers from a beer delivery I got two weeks ago. This should mean I get 4 euro back and I drop in a couple of bags of crisps in with the bottles too to say thanks for collecting.

5.30pm Work for a few more hours then go for a walk with my fiance. We’ve not really been doing this since lockdown came through as I feel like only one of us should be out at a time and I don’t want to stress out other people while we’re out.

6.30pm Home and leftover pasta bake for dinner, watch the latest episode of Westworld. I love this show.

8.00pm I update my spreadsheet that keeps track of our food supplies and what I can make from these. I started doing this when this all kicked off as I’ve not always been great with using what I already have. I generally would buy more things on my way home from work and this isn’t an option anymore. I also do some work on this diary.

9.00pm I read some of my book, actually lovely to read a physical book. Exhausted after the day and I’m asleep at 10.30

Friday, 24th April:

6.30am It’s payday! And also milk delivery day, I bring in our milk order which includes milk for our landlady. We’ll leave it up for her at lunchtime. I have a quick shower without washing my hair as I'm trying to wash it less right now. I put on Nuud natural deodorant which I highly recommend! I was using it before the working from home thing and have to say it's so good. If you're feeling nervous about trying it I think now is a great time.

7.00am Time for some coffee and accounting, I transfer money into our wedding savings account (even though we’ve postponed till next year I’m going to keep adding in my planned savings until next month) - €500. I update my budget spreadsheet, when I do this I usually add in all my planned expenses like dinners out, birthday presents etc. This month and last month I don’t really have anything but I put in for my niece’s birthday to send them both something in May.

8.30am Log onto work with another coffee and a flapjack for breakfast.

10.00am I have my last client call of the week and log all my calls in our internal system. While we’re not officially judged on this, the management team keep an eye on this and feel like especially right now when we’re working from home, this will be looked at.

11.00am I have a feedback session with my manager, I’ve been into this new role for 8 months now and as I mentioned earlier this week it has had its ups and downs. I get some good feedback - positive notes that are nice to hear and constructive notes that I agree with. A really good session overall.

12.30pm Slightly early lunch, I make a coffee with some frothy milk and a bagel with avocado and scrambled egg. I do some online shopping on my lunch break, I order a herbs planter that won’t be delivered till June but looks fun and B is excited to have a project, €20 my share. I saw during the week that one of my favourite Mexican places is delivering cook at home kits but I’m outside their delivery radius. This makes me sad so I decide to order some corn tortillas, salsas, chillis so I can have a taco night at home. They probably won’t be here for another week but hey something to look forward to. €23 Lastly, I decide to order some meat (pork shoulder for tacos, burgers, chicken thighs and rashers) to be delivered next week €38.99

4.00pm I’ve had internal calls all afternoon and my head feels drained after the busy week, I send some follow-ups from the client meeting yesterday and clear my inbox, moving things onto my to-do list for next week.

5.30pm And log off! I put my work laptop away to signify that this is indeed the weekend and to reduce the temptation to work more at the weekend. B is finishing something off so I leave him to it.

6.00pm My friend lives 5 minutes away but they went to her in-laws for a visit about 6 weeks ago and ended up being stuck there. Thoughts and prayers. She asked me to pop round to her house just to make sure all is okay and that it doesn’t look abandoned. It’s a lovely evening and I’m glad for a job outside the house.

6.15pm All is good at the house, noticed that there’s a huge line at the local off-licence but there’s no line at the small supermarket so I pop in to get a few essentials: fancy chopped tomatoes for a pasta sauce, a reduced sausage roll and some chocolate fingers. I am starving this week for some reason, might be stress or I suspect my period is coming early. €6.98

6.30pm B has finished work and is playing Animal Crossing, I feel very betrayed as it was as if we were the only two people who weren’t playing it. He then starts to play Ring Fit, exercise game for the switch. It’s actually surpisingly good! I did it a good bit last week but definitely have been lazier this week due to not feeling great.

7.30pm After dinner of pork chops, rice and vegetables we log onto Xbox live and play games online with one of our mutual friends. We call him and chat for a few hours while having some beers that my sister sent to me for my birthday earlier this month.

10.30pm I’m feeling tired so we log off the call, I watch an episode of Broad City and B plays Animal Crossing.

Total: €588.97

Saturday, 25th April:

7am, I am wide awake even though it’s the weekend. I have a coffee and watch the newest episode of RHOBH while working on this diary.

7,30am I order an ice tray for my fiancé because I put his in the dishwasher and ruined it. He wasn’t even annoyed but I felt bad for it: €25. As I’m almost out of beer I order more for myself and I take the money for this from my savings vault. It comes to €48 which includes delivery - probably won’t be here till next week.

9.00am As B had a stressful day yesterday and I’m feeling great now that big client presentation is over I decide to clean up the kitchen. I make myself avocado toast with black pudding and another coffee, I eat this sitting outside. I call my mum who’s been finding this tough as she can’t see her granddaughters but asks to call me later as she’s off for her morning walk.

10.00am B is up and is calling our landlady to see if she needs anything, she says she’ll leave a shopping list and bag out for us. Vulnerable shopping time is on till after lunchtime so we’ll do it then.

11.30am I’ve decided that Saturday is my kitchen project day and today it’s homemade ravioli. I put on Laura Marling’s new album (I love it) while I make a filling with mushrooms and a small potato - sounds weird but I found it in a vegan cookbook years ago and it makes for a creamy consistency without cream. Plus I need to use up my mushrooms and potatoes. I also make some stewed rhubarb with orange to have in porridge for breakfast over the next few days.

12.30pm I make my pasta dough, I’ve only done this once before and I don’t have a machine to roll but let’s see how this turns out. B volunteers to go to the supermarket by himself to pick up the landlady’s list, I ask him to pick up limes, gran padano cheese, oil spray and courgettes. I give him my card €5.36.

1.00pm I start rolling out my dough, it’s hard to get it as thin as I would like. I cut out circles, add in my filling and seal. I boil these for a few minutes and serve with grated gran padano. As I feared they are a little bit too thick but I’m happy to have spent a few hours on these. I’m not super happy about the mess I have to clean up.

2.30pm Zoom call with some girlfriends, it’s lovely to catch-up even though we have no major news right now. I ask for advice to use up a green pepper (I find them so bitter) and if you have any advice please let me know.

4.00pm Carb coma. I read more of my book (Mad Girl’s Lovesong if anyone is interested) and sit in the sunshine.

6.00pm Start cooking dinner, some leftover pork chops and stuffing for B and beans on toast for me. I have a small ball of leftover pizza dough from last weekend so I bake it in the oven like a little roll. Turns out okay!

7.00pm We watch this week’s drag race and text our mutual friend C throughout, I love Crystal Method so much! I enjoy the guest judges but definitely prefer Rachel Bloom and wish she could be a permanent judge. I cry at the lip sync. Yep, period must be on the way. We follow up with Untucked

8.30pm B has a lads Zoom call, C and I decide to watch Hustlers. I make myself a whiskey sour first that is all whiskey not so much sour and I know this will knock me out for the night. Watch Hustlers while texting C. C started off as B’s friend but slowly we’ve become best friends, I have slight guilt sometimes that I’ve stolen her but B has assured me that he’s happy we get on so well. We drunkenly decide we’re going on a trip to London once this is over. Hustlers is great, I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it’s still great.

11.30pm The whiskey has me crawling to bed, B is still on his Zoom call. I realise my mum never called me back! How dare she.

3.00am I’m woken up by B on his call, I get out of bed and give him a grumpy look. He immediately quietens.

3.30am B comes to bed very apologetic and full of chat and it’s adorable.

Sunday, 26th April

8.00am I wake up and B is sleeping soundly. Coffee and class RHONY while I work on this diary.

10.00am I make scrambled eggs on toast with more coffee. Maybe I also have a cookie after.

I blog for a while. I used to blog a lot when I was unemployed and needed an outlet but once I started working again I got out of the habit. I started doing it since the start of this year and have been really enjoying it. I mainly blog about cooking and testing recipes.

11.00am Debate going for a run but decide cuddles with B will be better. Despite us spending most of our time together I worry about us spending quality time right now. Usually we do that by going out on a date but we need to put a bit more effort in now.

12.30pm I have a shower and go the full hog, washing my hair and shaving. If you can’t tell, standards are low right now lol. Moisturise and sit in my robe.

1.30pm I make a kind of paella for lunch, it's not very authentic but it’s tasty.

2.45pm I settle with my laptop in the sitting room with tea and some chocolate fingers and B logs into his laptop in our kitchen. We’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends every Sunday for the last month. It’s our first time playing this online with our friends rather than in person but I’ve really been enjoying this as a distraction and social outlet.

6.30pm The game has been going on for a while but it’s coming to an end and we’ve been quite successful. I ask B if he wants to get pizza. I have some guilt about ordering a takeaway but honestly feel like a break from cooking would be fantastic. I order a pepperoni pizza and chips to collect €10

7.00pm I walk the five minutes to the pizza place to collect our order, my mum calls me on the way back and I’m caught rotten getting a takeaway. Tell her I’ll call her back after we eat. We watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian while we eat.

7.45pm Call my mum back, also talk to my Dad who shows me the cat asleep on his lap. Adorable.

8.15pm Talk to B about once restrictions ease off if it would be okay for me to head to my parents for a few weeks, we talk it out a bit. While I would love to see them and spend lots of time with them, I don’t feel super comfortable about travelling to see them in case I inadvertently pass the virus onto them. Feel a bit sorry for myself. Watch RHONY to distract myself while B cleans up.

9.30pm I’m very tired after not having a great night’s sleep last night, head to bed with my book.

Weekly Recap:

Entertainment: €1.13

Food & Drink: €225.25

Utilities: €80

Home/Garden: €20

Weekly Total: €361.38

Savings (not sure where to put this?!): €700

Reflections: It is not a surprise to me that most of my spend was towards food, I think this was a big week for that as we got our online delivery and I also put in for a meat order but in reality I am getting a lot of comfort from cooking at this time. It was a really busy week at work and I felt really run down and stressed. I realise that I pretty much did no exercise this week but putting that down to the fact that I was working really long days and not feeling well. This week I'm going to make a better effort to get more exercise as it'll probably help with my stressy feelings.


A week in Dublin, Ireland on a €70,000 Income

This is my first MD ever - hope it all makes sense but apologies if not as numbers have never been my strong point. I've been working from home with my fiance (B) since the 12th March and we were due to get married in June, we decided last week to move our wedding to 2021 and hopefully life will be a bit more normal by then. Due to the wedding we had been saving both money and holidays for our honeymoon planned for later in the year, we still have our honeymoon booked and guess we won't know if we can go ahead until closer to the time.

In Ireland we've been asked to stay home unless going for necessary supplies and we can exercise to a 2km limit around our home. We're not living within a 2km radius to either of our families and I'm really missing seeing them although I love that they've adapted to video calls. We live in a basement flat and our landlady lives upstairs, she's in her 80s so we're in contact with her more than usual lately as we've been shopping for her.

B & I haven’t combined finances fully yet, more out of laziness than anything else. The plan is to open a joint account and for every payday for us both to transfer in half our paycheques. I've been trying to get an appointment to open up a joint account (has to be done in person) and can't see this being soon due to the backlog. It's on our radar though.

Occupation: Account Manager - Advertising

Section 1: Assets & Debt

Retirement Balance: €10,000 fund spread over a fund I opened up years ago and have kept up. Since starting my job they contribute up to if I match it 7% **CHECK) but I’ve upped this due to the recos.

Savings Accounts: €12,000 in our wedding fund. €4,000 in personal savings. €1,200 in a credit union account as collateral for a loan (should I need it. I have a Revolut vault that rounds up spare change and I'm using this for treats while we're in this situation, when this started I was ordering a lot of things to cheer me up and when it became more clear that this is a situation that may last for months rather than weeks I decided to put some rules in place. At the start of this week I had about €50 in this.

Debt: None, college is technically free in Ireland and I'm really lucky that my parents were able to help me with my expenses during college and I also had a part-time job while I studied. They have also offered to contribute to our wedding even though I stressed that there is no need.

Section 2: Income

My salary: €70,000, plus quarterly bonus of 30% when we hit target (can vary, esp now with the current situation). The last two bonus payments I've recieved I put into our wedding and our honeymoon fund. Going forward I'll be putting these into savings towards a deposit.

My paycheck post deductions - €3,343

Section 3: Monthly Expenses

Rent: €1,900 a month, I pay €1,100 as I get paid more. This is high but we really love our apartment. It's quite new, we have two bathrooms and lots of space. We even have an area outdoors so feel like it's worth paying this much. I've been very grateful for it over the last few weeks.

Electric & Gas: aprox €160-200 a month.

Health Insurance Work pays for.

Cell Phones: Work pays for.

Netflix: €12 (B pays for Amazon Prime)

Now TV: €27.50

Cinema Pass: €20 (currently paused but would allow unlimited movies in a month, we were going to the cinema on average 4 times a month so it was worth it).

Apple Music: €9.99

Internet - €63

Pension - €100

Monday, 20th April:

6.30 am. I wake up, make coffee and watch an episode of Shahs of Sunset while writing in my diary. I started this habit about two weeks into the quarantine and really didn’t think I’d last this long.

8.00am I set up my workspace and log onto work early. I have leftover baked oats at my desk and another coffee. I check my bank balance and see that I’ve been reimbursed for the internet while working from home which is an amazing perk.

9.00am B logs onto his work, we have a dedicated desk space in our apartment which is big enough for both of us to work at. The only time we have a bit of an issue is if we have calls at the same time so one of us volunteers to go into the living room. It’s working well so far.

10.00am I work on a client presentation for Wednesday, clear my inbox and have a banana as snack. I am feeling a little bit off with work right now, the job is more salesy than I thought and with the current events I’m not sure how I feel about it anymore.It feels a bit gross to talk about revenue targets with everything going on. I am keeping my head down and working away but also keeping any eye open in case there’s any internal opportunities to a different role.

11.30am Mail announces that a colleague had a baby, lovely news and I donate €10 towards a gift.

12.50pm Still just beavering away. I’ve got bumper to bumper internal calls over lunch which is lame but manage to get a 10 min break to eat leftover pizza.

14:00pm I’m struggling. I log onto a training call to get some inspiration

4.30pm As I logged on early, I log off and shower. I know logically that it’s most likely hay fever and tiredness but part of me wonders if I’m getting sick. Hoping the shower will help.

5.30pm: Online shop arrives early! The delivery man has left it at our door and I wave to him to let him know we got it. Got meat (for himself), snacks, tinned goods, yogurt, coffee and laundry stuff. We are missing a couple of things like bleach, dishwasher tabs and black beans but it’s not critical (just yet). €85.24

6.00pm I cook some brown rice and heat up leftover chickpea stew and have an early dinner

6.30pm I get a call from nieces who are getting ready for bed and in the space of 5 mins go from chilled to hyper…..sorry sis!

8.00pm I make pizza for fiance, I made the dough yesterday when we had a little pizza party and this is the leftovers from this. We usually do have different meals because he’s a fussy eater but I actually don’t mind. I put on a wash now that we have more laundry supplies and I don’t need to ration them out.

9.00pm We watch a movie chosen by fiance to make up for SATC a few weeks ago. I take a paracetmeol as I’m not feeling great.

11.00pm Hang out the washing and head to bed.

Tuesday, 21st April:

7.00am Woken up by our timed light, have some coffee and do some journaling.

8.00am Still not feeling great and I get dressed in a comfy Jeans and jumper, log on early and eat leftover baked oats at my desk. I have a big client presentation to work on so switch off emails and put my phone away to full focus. Work the morning through stopping for snacks (mainly Pringles).

1.00pm Lunch is two slices of toast with some avocado, hummus and an apple (not together). I resist the urge to clean the kitchen as fiance and I have a deal that he cleans and I cook. I sit in sun outside, and take an internal call outside.

4.00pm Heat up coconut chickpea stew and rice and try to re-focus. Make up some sparkling water from my Sodastream which I got for free and only really got working now, I love it. The early start combined with not feeling well has me struggling and I log off slightly early.

7.30pm I go onto a Podcast Quiz that’s really fun. While on it I make japanese curry which tastes a little bland and I realise I forgot onions. D’Oh.

9.00pm Watch Space Jam and eat some chocolate, head to bed after the film and hope I feel better in the morning.

Wednesday, 22nd April:

7.00am I’m woken up again by light, coffee and journal and trash TV. I’m feeling much better but still a bit delicate. I think this is combination of hay fever and tiredness so I tell B I don't think I have the virus, he reminds me this is the third (3rd) time I've done this.

8.00am I get dressed in the same jeans but a nice top as I have a client presentation this morning. We get our electricity bill which is not as high as I thought it would be seeing as we both work from home now. €80 for my share. I am glad but also I’ve been nagging my fiance about not leaving lights on unnecessarily the last month and feel this doesn't help my case. I move €200 into my savings account as I don't expect to have many more expenses till payday on Friday.

9.30am Forgot about the milkman payment , €7.68 comes out of my account for last week.

11.am I have to present virtually, sweating throughout but think it goes well. I made myself a hacky version of a standing desk as I feel like mentally it’s easier to get into the zone standing for a presentation. This is actually a bit of a practice for myself for tomorrow.

4.30pm It’s been a really busy day, trying to keep up with lots of different projects and realise I forgot to send someone something and beat myself up about it for the rest of the day. I need to work on being better at this, and have attended some courses about doing it. If anyone else has tips please share.

7.00pm I end up working late to finish up the client presentation prep for tomorrow. I have a shower and plait my hair so i get some nice beachy waves for tomorrow.

8.00pm I make pasta bake from leftover pizza sauce, chicken, an old pepper and breadcrumbs. Actually surprisingly really tasty. We watch Terrace house while we eat.

9.30pm I clean up with an episode of Too Hot to Handle. This is awful stuff but perfect for background noise.

10.00pm My sister messages me to say one of favourite authors has a new book that can be preordered on kindle for 99p and it’ll apparently help the writer too. That comes to €1.13. I check my mail and see my order from the pharmacy has been dispatched - shampoo, conditioner and a gas canister for my beloved Sodastream, the money for this was taken from my card last week so no additional charge.

Thursday, 23rd April:

6.30am I wake up from a dream that I’ve been asked to move out and it’s one of those dreams where I need to say to myself “it’s only a dream, it’s only a dream” a couple of times. The usual coffee and reality TV start.

8.00am I make breakfast. I end up burning my bagel but eat it anyway (we’re not wasting anything right now) with egg, avocado and hummus.

9.00am I log on and get straight into it, my first call is with my scariest client call but it goes well and I feel on a high for the rest of the day.

11.00am A team meeting and a last min catch-up for the client session this afternoon.

12.00pm I have a quick lunch of chickpea stew and rice and eat it in the sun. Then I put on some make-up and nice earrings for the video presentation after lunch. It's mad how just putting on lipstick has me feeling like a million bucks.

2.15pm Time for the big client presentation and it’s safe to say my colleague and I nail it. I have a bit more work to do today and I’m starving so I have some more rice but with curry this time.

4.30pm I get a call from a pub to arrange to collect growlers from a beer delivery I got two weeks ago. This should mean I get 4 euro back and I drop in a couple of bags of crisps in with the bottles too to say thanks for collecting.

5.30pm Work for a few more hours then go for a walk with my fiance. We’ve not really been doing this since lockdown came through as I feel like only one of us should be out at a time and I don’t want to stress out other people while we’re out.

6.30pm Home and leftover pasta bake for dinner, watch the latest episode of Westworld. I love this show.

8.00pm I update my spreadsheet that keeps track of our food supplies and what I can make from these. I started doing this when this all kicked off as I’ve not always been great with using what I already have. I generally would buy more things on my way home from work and this isn’t an option anymore. I also do some work on this diary.

9.00pm I read some of my book, actually lovely to read a physical book. Exhausted after the day and I’m asleep at 10.30

Friday, 24th April:

6.30am It’s payday! And also milk delivery day, I bring in our milk order which includes milk for our landlady. We’ll leave it up for her at lunchtime. I have a quick shower without washing my hair as I'm trying to wash it less right now. I put on Nuud natural deodorant which I highly recommend! I was using it before the working from home thing and have to say it's so good. If you're feeling nervous about trying it I think now is a great time.

7.00am Time for some coffee and accounting, I transfer money into our wedding savings account (even though we’ve postponed till next year I’m going to keep adding in my planned savings until next month) - €500. I update my budget spreadsheet, when I do this I usually add in all my planned expenses like dinners out, birthday presents etc. This month and last month I don’t really have anything but I put in for my niece’s birthday to send them both something in May.

8.30am Log onto work with another coffee and a flapjack for breakfast.

10.00am I have my last client call of the week and log all my calls in our internal system. While we’re not officially judged on this, the management team keep an eye on this and feel like especially right now when we’re working from home, this will be looked at.

11.00am I have a feedback session with my manager, I’ve been into this new role for 8 months now and as I mentioned earlier this week it has had its ups and downs. I get some good feedback - positive notes that are nice to hear and constructive notes that I agree with. A really good session overall.

12.30pm Slightly early lunch, I make a coffee with some frothy milk and a bagel with avocado and scrambled egg. I do some online shopping on my lunch break, I order a herbs planter that won’t be delivered till June but looks fun and B is excited to have a project, €20 my share. I saw during the week that one of my favourite Mexican places is delivering cook at home kits but I’m outside their delivery radius. This makes me sad so I decide to order some corn tortillas, salsas, chillis so I can have a taco night at home. They probably won’t be here for another week but hey something to look forward to. €23 Lastly, I decide to order some meat (pork shoulder for tacos, burgers, chicken thighs and rashers) to be delivered next week €38.99

4.00pm I’ve had internal calls all afternoon and my head feels drained after the busy week, I send some follow-ups from the client meeting yesterday and clear my inbox, moving things onto my to-do list for next week.

5.30pm And log off! I put my work laptop away to signify that this is indeed the weekend and to reduce the temptation to work more at the weekend. B is finishing something off so I leave him to it.

6.00pm My friend lives 5 minutes away but they went to her in-laws for a visit about 6 weeks ago and ended up being stuck there. Thoughts and prayers. She asked me to pop round to her house just to make sure all is okay and that it doesn’t look abandoned. It’s a lovely evening and I’m glad for a job outside the house.

6.15pm All is good at the house, noticed that there’s a huge line at the local off-licence but there’s no line at the small supermarket so I pop in to get a few essentials: fancy chopped tomatoes for a pasta sauce, a reduced sausage roll and some chocolate fingers. I am starving this week for some reason, might be stress or I suspect my period is coming early. €6.98

6.30pm B has finished work and is playing Animal Crossing, I feel very betrayed as it was as if we were the only two people who weren’t playing it. He then starts to play Ring Fit, exercise game for the switch. It’s actually surpisingly good! I did it a good bit last week but definitely have been lazier this week due to not feeling great.

7.30pm After dinner of pork chops, rice and vegetables we log onto Xbox live and play games online with one of our mutual friends. We call him and chat for a few hours while having some beers that my sister sent to me for my birthday earlier this month.

10.30pm I’m feeling tired so we log off the call, I watch an episode of Broad City and B plays Animal Crossing.

Total: €588.97

Saturday, 25th April:

7am, I am wide awake even though it’s the weekend. I have a coffee and watch the newest episode of RHOBH while working on this diary.

7,30am I order an ice tray for my fiancé because I put his in the dishwasher and ruined it. He wasn’t even annoyed but I felt bad for it: €25. As I’m almost out of beer I order more for myself and I take the money for this from my savings vault. It comes to €48 which includes delivery - probably won’t be here till next week.

9.00am As B had a stressful day yesterday and I’m feeling great now that big client presentation is over I decide to clean up the kitchen. I make myself avocado toast with black pudding and another coffee, I eat this sitting outside. I call my mum who’s been finding this tough as she can’t see her granddaughters but asks to call me later as she’s off for her morning walk.

10.00am B is up and is calling our landlady to see if she needs anything, she says she’ll leave a shopping list and bag out for us. Vulnerable shopping time is on till after lunchtime so we’ll do it then.

11.30am I’ve decided that Saturday is my kitchen project day and today it’s homemade ravioli. I put on Laura Marling’s new album (I love it) while I make a filling with mushrooms and a small potato - sounds weird but I found it in a vegan cookbook years ago and it makes for a creamy consistency without cream. Plus I need to use up my mushrooms and potatoes. I also make some stewed rhubarb with orange to have in porridge for breakfast over the next few days.

12.30pm I make my pasta dough, I’ve only done this once before and I don’t have a machine to roll but let’s see how this turns out. B volunteers to go to the supermarket by himself to pick up the landlady’s list, I ask him to pick up limes, gran padano cheese, oil spray and courgettes. I give him my card €5.36.

1.00pm I start rolling out my dough, it’s hard to get it as thin as I would like. I cut out circles, add in my filling and seal. I boil these for a few minutes and serve with grated gran padano. As I feared they are a little bit too thick but I’m happy to have spent a few hours on these. I’m not super happy about the mess I have to clean up.

2.30pm Zoom call with some girlfriends, it’s lovely to catch-up even though we have no major news right now. I ask for advice to use up a green pepper (I find them so bitter) and if you have any advice please let me know.

4.00pm Carb coma. I read more of my book (Mad Girl’s Lovesong if anyone is interested) and sit in the sunshine.

6.00pm Start cooking dinner, some leftover pork chops and stuffing for B and beans on toast for me. I have a small ball of leftover pizza dough from last weekend so I bake it in the oven like a little roll. Turns out okay!

7.00pm We watch this week’s drag race and text our mutual friend C throughout, I love Crystal Method so much! I enjoy the guest judges but definitely prefer Rachel Bloom and wish she could be a permanent judge. I cry at the lip sync. Yep, period must be on the way. We follow up with Untucked

8.30pm B has a lads Zoom call, C and I decide to watch Hustlers. I make myself a whiskey sour first that is all whiskey not so much sour and I know this will knock me out for the night. Watch Hustlers while texting C. C started off as B’s friend but slowly we’ve become best friends, I have slight guilt sometimes that I’ve stolen her but B has assured me that he’s happy we get on so well. We drunkenly decide we’re going on a trip to London once this is over. Hustlers is great, I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it’s still great.

11.30pm The whiskey has me crawling to bed, B is still on his Zoom call. I realise my mum never called me back! How dare she.

3.00am I’m woken up by B on his call, I get out of bed and give him a grumpy look. He immediately quietens.

3.30am B comes to bed very apologetic and full of chat and it’s adorable.

Sunday, 26th April

8.00am I wake up and B is sleeping soundly. Coffee and class RHONY while I work on this diary.

10.00am I make scrambled eggs on toast with more coffee. Maybe I also have a cookie after.

I blog for a while. I used to blog a lot when I was unemployed and needed an outlet but once I started working again I got out of the habit. I started doing it since the start of this year and have been really enjoying it. I mainly blog about cooking and testing recipes.

11.00am Debate going for a run but decide cuddles with B will be better. Despite us spending most of our time together I worry about us spending quality time right now. Usually we do that by going out on a date but we need to put a bit more effort in now.

12.30pm I have a shower and go the full hog, washing my hair and shaving. If you can’t tell, standards are low right now lol. Moisturise and sit in my robe.

1.30pm I make a kind of paella for lunch, it's not very authentic but it’s tasty.

2.45pm I settle with my laptop in the sitting room with tea and some chocolate fingers and B logs into his laptop in our kitchen. We’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends every Sunday for the last month. It’s our first time playing this online with our friends rather than in person but I’ve really been enjoying this as a distraction and social outlet.

6.30pm The game has been going on for a while but it’s coming to an end and we’ve been quite successful. I ask B if he wants to get pizza. I have some guilt about ordering a takeaway but honestly feel like a break from cooking would be fantastic. I order a pepperoni pizza and chips to collect €10

7.00pm I walk the five minutes to the pizza place to collect our order, my mum calls me on the way back and I’m caught rotten getting a takeaway. Tell her I’ll call her back after we eat. We watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian while we eat.

7.45pm Call my mum back, also talk to my Dad who shows me the cat asleep on his lap. Adorable.

8.15pm Talk to B about once restrictions ease off if it would be okay for me to head to my parents for a few weeks, we talk it out a bit. While I would love to see them and spend lots of time with them, I don’t feel super comfortable about travelling to see them in case I inadvertently pass the virus onto them. Feel a bit sorry for myself. Watch RHONY to distract myself while B cleans up.

9.30pm I’m very tired after not having a great night’s sleep last night, head to bed with my book.

Weekly Recap:

Entertainment: €1.13

Food & Drink: €225.25

Utilities: €80

Home/Garden: €20

Weekly Total: €361.38

Savings (not sure where to put this?!): €700

Reflections: It is not a surprise to me that most of my spend was towards food, I think this was a big week for that as we got our online delivery and I also put in for a meat order but in reality I am getting a lot of comfort from cooking at this time. It was a really busy week at work and I felt really run down and stressed. I realise that I pretty much did no exercise this week but putting that down to the fact that I was working really long days and not feeling well. This week I'm going to make a better effort to get more exercise as it'll probably help with my stressy feelings.


A week in Dublin, Ireland on a €70,000 Income

This is my first MD ever - hope it all makes sense but apologies if not as numbers have never been my strong point. I've been working from home with my fiance (B) since the 12th March and we were due to get married in June, we decided last week to move our wedding to 2021 and hopefully life will be a bit more normal by then. Due to the wedding we had been saving both money and holidays for our honeymoon planned for later in the year, we still have our honeymoon booked and guess we won't know if we can go ahead until closer to the time.

In Ireland we've been asked to stay home unless going for necessary supplies and we can exercise to a 2km limit around our home. We're not living within a 2km radius to either of our families and I'm really missing seeing them although I love that they've adapted to video calls. We live in a basement flat and our landlady lives upstairs, she's in her 80s so we're in contact with her more than usual lately as we've been shopping for her.

B & I haven’t combined finances fully yet, more out of laziness than anything else. The plan is to open a joint account and for every payday for us both to transfer in half our paycheques. I've been trying to get an appointment to open up a joint account (has to be done in person) and can't see this being soon due to the backlog. It's on our radar though.

Occupation: Account Manager - Advertising

Section 1: Assets & Debt

Retirement Balance: €10,000 fund spread over a fund I opened up years ago and have kept up. Since starting my job they contribute up to if I match it 7% **CHECK) but I’ve upped this due to the recos.

Savings Accounts: €12,000 in our wedding fund. €4,000 in personal savings. €1,200 in a credit union account as collateral for a loan (should I need it. I have a Revolut vault that rounds up spare change and I'm using this for treats while we're in this situation, when this started I was ordering a lot of things to cheer me up and when it became more clear that this is a situation that may last for months rather than weeks I decided to put some rules in place. At the start of this week I had about €50 in this.

Debt: None, college is technically free in Ireland and I'm really lucky that my parents were able to help me with my expenses during college and I also had a part-time job while I studied. They have also offered to contribute to our wedding even though I stressed that there is no need.

Section 2: Income

My salary: €70,000, plus quarterly bonus of 30% when we hit target (can vary, esp now with the current situation). The last two bonus payments I've recieved I put into our wedding and our honeymoon fund. Going forward I'll be putting these into savings towards a deposit.

My paycheck post deductions - €3,343

Section 3: Monthly Expenses

Rent: €1,900 a month, I pay €1,100 as I get paid more. This is high but we really love our apartment. It's quite new, we have two bathrooms and lots of space. We even have an area outdoors so feel like it's worth paying this much. I've been very grateful for it over the last few weeks.

Electric & Gas: aprox €160-200 a month.

Health Insurance Work pays for.

Cell Phones: Work pays for.

Netflix: €12 (B pays for Amazon Prime)

Now TV: €27.50

Cinema Pass: €20 (currently paused but would allow unlimited movies in a month, we were going to the cinema on average 4 times a month so it was worth it).

Apple Music: €9.99

Internet - €63

Pension - €100

Monday, 20th April:

6.30 am. I wake up, make coffee and watch an episode of Shahs of Sunset while writing in my diary. I started this habit about two weeks into the quarantine and really didn’t think I’d last this long.

8.00am I set up my workspace and log onto work early. I have leftover baked oats at my desk and another coffee. I check my bank balance and see that I’ve been reimbursed for the internet while working from home which is an amazing perk.

9.00am B logs onto his work, we have a dedicated desk space in our apartment which is big enough for both of us to work at. The only time we have a bit of an issue is if we have calls at the same time so one of us volunteers to go into the living room. It’s working well so far.

10.00am I work on a client presentation for Wednesday, clear my inbox and have a banana as snack. I am feeling a little bit off with work right now, the job is more salesy than I thought and with the current events I’m not sure how I feel about it anymore.It feels a bit gross to talk about revenue targets with everything going on. I am keeping my head down and working away but also keeping any eye open in case there’s any internal opportunities to a different role.

11.30am Mail announces that a colleague had a baby, lovely news and I donate €10 towards a gift.

12.50pm Still just beavering away. I’ve got bumper to bumper internal calls over lunch which is lame but manage to get a 10 min break to eat leftover pizza.

14:00pm I’m struggling. I log onto a training call to get some inspiration

4.30pm As I logged on early, I log off and shower. I know logically that it’s most likely hay fever and tiredness but part of me wonders if I’m getting sick. Hoping the shower will help.

5.30pm: Online shop arrives early! The delivery man has left it at our door and I wave to him to let him know we got it. Got meat (for himself), snacks, tinned goods, yogurt, coffee and laundry stuff. We are missing a couple of things like bleach, dishwasher tabs and black beans but it’s not critical (just yet). €85.24

6.00pm I cook some brown rice and heat up leftover chickpea stew and have an early dinner

6.30pm I get a call from nieces who are getting ready for bed and in the space of 5 mins go from chilled to hyper…..sorry sis!

8.00pm I make pizza for fiance, I made the dough yesterday when we had a little pizza party and this is the leftovers from this. We usually do have different meals because he’s a fussy eater but I actually don’t mind. I put on a wash now that we have more laundry supplies and I don’t need to ration them out.

9.00pm We watch a movie chosen by fiance to make up for SATC a few weeks ago. I take a paracetmeol as I’m not feeling great.

11.00pm Hang out the washing and head to bed.

Tuesday, 21st April:

7.00am Woken up by our timed light, have some coffee and do some journaling.

8.00am Still not feeling great and I get dressed in a comfy Jeans and jumper, log on early and eat leftover baked oats at my desk. I have a big client presentation to work on so switch off emails and put my phone away to full focus. Work the morning through stopping for snacks (mainly Pringles).

1.00pm Lunch is two slices of toast with some avocado, hummus and an apple (not together). I resist the urge to clean the kitchen as fiance and I have a deal that he cleans and I cook. I sit in sun outside, and take an internal call outside.

4.00pm Heat up coconut chickpea stew and rice and try to re-focus. Make up some sparkling water from my Sodastream which I got for free and only really got working now, I love it. The early start combined with not feeling well has me struggling and I log off slightly early.

7.30pm I go onto a Podcast Quiz that’s really fun. While on it I make japanese curry which tastes a little bland and I realise I forgot onions. D’Oh.

9.00pm Watch Space Jam and eat some chocolate, head to bed after the film and hope I feel better in the morning.

Wednesday, 22nd April:

7.00am I’m woken up again by light, coffee and journal and trash TV. I’m feeling much better but still a bit delicate. I think this is combination of hay fever and tiredness so I tell B I don't think I have the virus, he reminds me this is the third (3rd) time I've done this.

8.00am I get dressed in the same jeans but a nice top as I have a client presentation this morning. We get our electricity bill which is not as high as I thought it would be seeing as we both work from home now. €80 for my share. I am glad but also I’ve been nagging my fiance about not leaving lights on unnecessarily the last month and feel this doesn't help my case. I move €200 into my savings account as I don't expect to have many more expenses till payday on Friday.

9.30am Forgot about the milkman payment , €7.68 comes out of my account for last week.

11.am I have to present virtually, sweating throughout but think it goes well. I made myself a hacky version of a standing desk as I feel like mentally it’s easier to get into the zone standing for a presentation. This is actually a bit of a practice for myself for tomorrow.

4.30pm It’s been a really busy day, trying to keep up with lots of different projects and realise I forgot to send someone something and beat myself up about it for the rest of the day. I need to work on being better at this, and have attended some courses about doing it. If anyone else has tips please share.

7.00pm I end up working late to finish up the client presentation prep for tomorrow. I have a shower and plait my hair so i get some nice beachy waves for tomorrow.

8.00pm I make pasta bake from leftover pizza sauce, chicken, an old pepper and breadcrumbs. Actually surprisingly really tasty. We watch Terrace house while we eat.

9.30pm I clean up with an episode of Too Hot to Handle. This is awful stuff but perfect for background noise.

10.00pm My sister messages me to say one of favourite authors has a new book that can be preordered on kindle for 99p and it’ll apparently help the writer too. That comes to €1.13. I check my mail and see my order from the pharmacy has been dispatched - shampoo, conditioner and a gas canister for my beloved Sodastream, the money for this was taken from my card last week so no additional charge.

Thursday, 23rd April:

6.30am I wake up from a dream that I’ve been asked to move out and it’s one of those dreams where I need to say to myself “it’s only a dream, it’s only a dream” a couple of times. The usual coffee and reality TV start.

8.00am I make breakfast. I end up burning my bagel but eat it anyway (we’re not wasting anything right now) with egg, avocado and hummus.

9.00am I log on and get straight into it, my first call is with my scariest client call but it goes well and I feel on a high for the rest of the day.

11.00am A team meeting and a last min catch-up for the client session this afternoon.

12.00pm I have a quick lunch of chickpea stew and rice and eat it in the sun. Then I put on some make-up and nice earrings for the video presentation after lunch. It's mad how just putting on lipstick has me feeling like a million bucks.

2.15pm Time for the big client presentation and it’s safe to say my colleague and I nail it. I have a bit more work to do today and I’m starving so I have some more rice but with curry this time.

4.30pm I get a call from a pub to arrange to collect growlers from a beer delivery I got two weeks ago. This should mean I get 4 euro back and I drop in a couple of bags of crisps in with the bottles too to say thanks for collecting.

5.30pm Work for a few more hours then go for a walk with my fiance. We’ve not really been doing this since lockdown came through as I feel like only one of us should be out at a time and I don’t want to stress out other people while we’re out.

6.30pm Home and leftover pasta bake for dinner, watch the latest episode of Westworld. I love this show.

8.00pm I update my spreadsheet that keeps track of our food supplies and what I can make from these. I started doing this when this all kicked off as I’ve not always been great with using what I already have. I generally would buy more things on my way home from work and this isn’t an option anymore. I also do some work on this diary.

9.00pm I read some of my book, actually lovely to read a physical book. Exhausted after the day and I’m asleep at 10.30

Friday, 24th April:

6.30am It’s payday! And also milk delivery day, I bring in our milk order which includes milk for our landlady. We’ll leave it up for her at lunchtime. I have a quick shower without washing my hair as I'm trying to wash it less right now. I put on Nuud natural deodorant which I highly recommend! I was using it before the working from home thing and have to say it's so good. If you're feeling nervous about trying it I think now is a great time.

7.00am Time for some coffee and accounting, I transfer money into our wedding savings account (even though we’ve postponed till next year I’m going to keep adding in my planned savings until next month) - €500. I update my budget spreadsheet, when I do this I usually add in all my planned expenses like dinners out, birthday presents etc. This month and last month I don’t really have anything but I put in for my niece’s birthday to send them both something in May.

8.30am Log onto work with another coffee and a flapjack for breakfast.

10.00am I have my last client call of the week and log all my calls in our internal system. While we’re not officially judged on this, the management team keep an eye on this and feel like especially right now when we’re working from home, this will be looked at.

11.00am I have a feedback session with my manager, I’ve been into this new role for 8 months now and as I mentioned earlier this week it has had its ups and downs. I get some good feedback - positive notes that are nice to hear and constructive notes that I agree with. A really good session overall.

12.30pm Slightly early lunch, I make a coffee with some frothy milk and a bagel with avocado and scrambled egg. I do some online shopping on my lunch break, I order a herbs planter that won’t be delivered till June but looks fun and B is excited to have a project, €20 my share. I saw during the week that one of my favourite Mexican places is delivering cook at home kits but I’m outside their delivery radius. This makes me sad so I decide to order some corn tortillas, salsas, chillis so I can have a taco night at home. They probably won’t be here for another week but hey something to look forward to. €23 Lastly, I decide to order some meat (pork shoulder for tacos, burgers, chicken thighs and rashers) to be delivered next week €38.99

4.00pm I’ve had internal calls all afternoon and my head feels drained after the busy week, I send some follow-ups from the client meeting yesterday and clear my inbox, moving things onto my to-do list for next week.

5.30pm And log off! I put my work laptop away to signify that this is indeed the weekend and to reduce the temptation to work more at the weekend. B is finishing something off so I leave him to it.

6.00pm My friend lives 5 minutes away but they went to her in-laws for a visit about 6 weeks ago and ended up being stuck there. Thoughts and prayers. She asked me to pop round to her house just to make sure all is okay and that it doesn’t look abandoned. It’s a lovely evening and I’m glad for a job outside the house.

6.15pm All is good at the house, noticed that there’s a huge line at the local off-licence but there’s no line at the small supermarket so I pop in to get a few essentials: fancy chopped tomatoes for a pasta sauce, a reduced sausage roll and some chocolate fingers. I am starving this week for some reason, might be stress or I suspect my period is coming early. €6.98

6.30pm B has finished work and is playing Animal Crossing, I feel very betrayed as it was as if we were the only two people who weren’t playing it. He then starts to play Ring Fit, exercise game for the switch. It’s actually surpisingly good! I did it a good bit last week but definitely have been lazier this week due to not feeling great.

7.30pm After dinner of pork chops, rice and vegetables we log onto Xbox live and play games online with one of our mutual friends. We call him and chat for a few hours while having some beers that my sister sent to me for my birthday earlier this month.

10.30pm I’m feeling tired so we log off the call, I watch an episode of Broad City and B plays Animal Crossing.

Total: €588.97

Saturday, 25th April:

7am, I am wide awake even though it’s the weekend. I have a coffee and watch the newest episode of RHOBH while working on this diary.

7,30am I order an ice tray for my fiancé because I put his in the dishwasher and ruined it. He wasn’t even annoyed but I felt bad for it: €25. As I’m almost out of beer I order more for myself and I take the money for this from my savings vault. It comes to €48 which includes delivery - probably won’t be here till next week.

9.00am As B had a stressful day yesterday and I’m feeling great now that big client presentation is over I decide to clean up the kitchen. I make myself avocado toast with black pudding and another coffee, I eat this sitting outside. I call my mum who’s been finding this tough as she can’t see her granddaughters but asks to call me later as she’s off for her morning walk.

10.00am B is up and is calling our landlady to see if she needs anything, she says she’ll leave a shopping list and bag out for us. Vulnerable shopping time is on till after lunchtime so we’ll do it then.

11.30am I’ve decided that Saturday is my kitchen project day and today it’s homemade ravioli. I put on Laura Marling’s new album (I love it) while I make a filling with mushrooms and a small potato - sounds weird but I found it in a vegan cookbook years ago and it makes for a creamy consistency without cream. Plus I need to use up my mushrooms and potatoes. I also make some stewed rhubarb with orange to have in porridge for breakfast over the next few days.

12.30pm I make my pasta dough, I’ve only done this once before and I don’t have a machine to roll but let’s see how this turns out. B volunteers to go to the supermarket by himself to pick up the landlady’s list, I ask him to pick up limes, gran padano cheese, oil spray and courgettes. I give him my card €5.36.

1.00pm I start rolling out my dough, it’s hard to get it as thin as I would like. I cut out circles, add in my filling and seal. I boil these for a few minutes and serve with grated gran padano. As I feared they are a little bit too thick but I’m happy to have spent a few hours on these. I’m not super happy about the mess I have to clean up.

2.30pm Zoom call with some girlfriends, it’s lovely to catch-up even though we have no major news right now. I ask for advice to use up a green pepper (I find them so bitter) and if you have any advice please let me know.

4.00pm Carb coma. I read more of my book (Mad Girl’s Lovesong if anyone is interested) and sit in the sunshine.

6.00pm Start cooking dinner, some leftover pork chops and stuffing for B and beans on toast for me. I have a small ball of leftover pizza dough from last weekend so I bake it in the oven like a little roll. Turns out okay!

7.00pm We watch this week’s drag race and text our mutual friend C throughout, I love Crystal Method so much! I enjoy the guest judges but definitely prefer Rachel Bloom and wish she could be a permanent judge. I cry at the lip sync. Yep, period must be on the way. We follow up with Untucked

8.30pm B has a lads Zoom call, C and I decide to watch Hustlers. I make myself a whiskey sour first that is all whiskey not so much sour and I know this will knock me out for the night. Watch Hustlers while texting C. C started off as B’s friend but slowly we’ve become best friends, I have slight guilt sometimes that I’ve stolen her but B has assured me that he’s happy we get on so well. We drunkenly decide we’re going on a trip to London once this is over. Hustlers is great, I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it’s still great.

11.30pm The whiskey has me crawling to bed, B is still on his Zoom call. I realise my mum never called me back! How dare she.

3.00am I’m woken up by B on his call, I get out of bed and give him a grumpy look. He immediately quietens.

3.30am B comes to bed very apologetic and full of chat and it’s adorable.

Sunday, 26th April

8.00am I wake up and B is sleeping soundly. Coffee and class RHONY while I work on this diary.

10.00am I make scrambled eggs on toast with more coffee. Maybe I also have a cookie after.

I blog for a while. I used to blog a lot when I was unemployed and needed an outlet but once I started working again I got out of the habit. I started doing it since the start of this year and have been really enjoying it. I mainly blog about cooking and testing recipes.

11.00am Debate going for a run but decide cuddles with B will be better. Despite us spending most of our time together I worry about us spending quality time right now. Usually we do that by going out on a date but we need to put a bit more effort in now.

12.30pm I have a shower and go the full hog, washing my hair and shaving. If you can’t tell, standards are low right now lol. Moisturise and sit in my robe.

1.30pm I make a kind of paella for lunch, it's not very authentic but it’s tasty.

2.45pm I settle with my laptop in the sitting room with tea and some chocolate fingers and B logs into his laptop in our kitchen. We’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends every Sunday for the last month. It’s our first time playing this online with our friends rather than in person but I’ve really been enjoying this as a distraction and social outlet.

6.30pm The game has been going on for a while but it’s coming to an end and we’ve been quite successful. I ask B if he wants to get pizza. I have some guilt about ordering a takeaway but honestly feel like a break from cooking would be fantastic. I order a pepperoni pizza and chips to collect €10

7.00pm I walk the five minutes to the pizza place to collect our order, my mum calls me on the way back and I’m caught rotten getting a takeaway. Tell her I’ll call her back after we eat. We watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian while we eat.

7.45pm Call my mum back, also talk to my Dad who shows me the cat asleep on his lap. Adorable.

8.15pm Talk to B about once restrictions ease off if it would be okay for me to head to my parents for a few weeks, we talk it out a bit. While I would love to see them and spend lots of time with them, I don’t feel super comfortable about travelling to see them in case I inadvertently pass the virus onto them. Feel a bit sorry for myself. Watch RHONY to distract myself while B cleans up.

9.30pm I’m very tired after not having a great night’s sleep last night, head to bed with my book.

Weekly Recap:

Entertainment: €1.13

Food & Drink: €225.25

Utilities: €80

Home/Garden: €20

Weekly Total: €361.38

Savings (not sure where to put this?!): €700

Reflections: It is not a surprise to me that most of my spend was towards food, I think this was a big week for that as we got our online delivery and I also put in for a meat order but in reality I am getting a lot of comfort from cooking at this time. It was a really busy week at work and I felt really run down and stressed. I realise that I pretty much did no exercise this week but putting that down to the fact that I was working really long days and not feeling well. This week I'm going to make a better effort to get more exercise as it'll probably help with my stressy feelings.


A week in Dublin, Ireland on a €70,000 Income

This is my first MD ever - hope it all makes sense but apologies if not as numbers have never been my strong point. I've been working from home with my fiance (B) since the 12th March and we were due to get married in June, we decided last week to move our wedding to 2021 and hopefully life will be a bit more normal by then. Due to the wedding we had been saving both money and holidays for our honeymoon planned for later in the year, we still have our honeymoon booked and guess we won't know if we can go ahead until closer to the time.

In Ireland we've been asked to stay home unless going for necessary supplies and we can exercise to a 2km limit around our home. We're not living within a 2km radius to either of our families and I'm really missing seeing them although I love that they've adapted to video calls. We live in a basement flat and our landlady lives upstairs, she's in her 80s so we're in contact with her more than usual lately as we've been shopping for her.

B & I haven’t combined finances fully yet, more out of laziness than anything else. The plan is to open a joint account and for every payday for us both to transfer in half our paycheques. I've been trying to get an appointment to open up a joint account (has to be done in person) and can't see this being soon due to the backlog. It's on our radar though.

Occupation: Account Manager - Advertising

Section 1: Assets & Debt

Retirement Balance: €10,000 fund spread over a fund I opened up years ago and have kept up. Since starting my job they contribute up to if I match it 7% **CHECK) but I’ve upped this due to the recos.

Savings Accounts: €12,000 in our wedding fund. €4,000 in personal savings. €1,200 in a credit union account as collateral for a loan (should I need it. I have a Revolut vault that rounds up spare change and I'm using this for treats while we're in this situation, when this started I was ordering a lot of things to cheer me up and when it became more clear that this is a situation that may last for months rather than weeks I decided to put some rules in place. At the start of this week I had about €50 in this.

Debt: None, college is technically free in Ireland and I'm really lucky that my parents were able to help me with my expenses during college and I also had a part-time job while I studied. They have also offered to contribute to our wedding even though I stressed that there is no need.

Section 2: Income

My salary: €70,000, plus quarterly bonus of 30% when we hit target (can vary, esp now with the current situation). The last two bonus payments I've recieved I put into our wedding and our honeymoon fund. Going forward I'll be putting these into savings towards a deposit.

My paycheck post deductions - €3,343

Section 3: Monthly Expenses

Rent: €1,900 a month, I pay €1,100 as I get paid more. This is high but we really love our apartment. It's quite new, we have two bathrooms and lots of space. We even have an area outdoors so feel like it's worth paying this much. I've been very grateful for it over the last few weeks.

Electric & Gas: aprox €160-200 a month.

Health Insurance Work pays for.

Cell Phones: Work pays for.

Netflix: €12 (B pays for Amazon Prime)

Now TV: €27.50

Cinema Pass: €20 (currently paused but would allow unlimited movies in a month, we were going to the cinema on average 4 times a month so it was worth it).

Apple Music: €9.99

Internet - €63

Pension - €100

Monday, 20th April:

6.30 am. I wake up, make coffee and watch an episode of Shahs of Sunset while writing in my diary. I started this habit about two weeks into the quarantine and really didn’t think I’d last this long.

8.00am I set up my workspace and log onto work early. I have leftover baked oats at my desk and another coffee. I check my bank balance and see that I’ve been reimbursed for the internet while working from home which is an amazing perk.

9.00am B logs onto his work, we have a dedicated desk space in our apartment which is big enough for both of us to work at. The only time we have a bit of an issue is if we have calls at the same time so one of us volunteers to go into the living room. It’s working well so far.

10.00am I work on a client presentation for Wednesday, clear my inbox and have a banana as snack. I am feeling a little bit off with work right now, the job is more salesy than I thought and with the current events I’m not sure how I feel about it anymore.It feels a bit gross to talk about revenue targets with everything going on. I am keeping my head down and working away but also keeping any eye open in case there’s any internal opportunities to a different role.

11.30am Mail announces that a colleague had a baby, lovely news and I donate €10 towards a gift.

12.50pm Still just beavering away. I’ve got bumper to bumper internal calls over lunch which is lame but manage to get a 10 min break to eat leftover pizza.

14:00pm I’m struggling. I log onto a training call to get some inspiration

4.30pm As I logged on early, I log off and shower. I know logically that it’s most likely hay fever and tiredness but part of me wonders if I’m getting sick. Hoping the shower will help.

5.30pm: Online shop arrives early! The delivery man has left it at our door and I wave to him to let him know we got it. Got meat (for himself), snacks, tinned goods, yogurt, coffee and laundry stuff. We are missing a couple of things like bleach, dishwasher tabs and black beans but it’s not critical (just yet). €85.24

6.00pm I cook some brown rice and heat up leftover chickpea stew and have an early dinner

6.30pm I get a call from nieces who are getting ready for bed and in the space of 5 mins go from chilled to hyper…..sorry sis!

8.00pm I make pizza for fiance, I made the dough yesterday when we had a little pizza party and this is the leftovers from this. We usually do have different meals because he’s a fussy eater but I actually don’t mind. I put on a wash now that we have more laundry supplies and I don’t need to ration them out.

9.00pm We watch a movie chosen by fiance to make up for SATC a few weeks ago. I take a paracetmeol as I’m not feeling great.

11.00pm Hang out the washing and head to bed.

Tuesday, 21st April:

7.00am Woken up by our timed light, have some coffee and do some journaling.

8.00am Still not feeling great and I get dressed in a comfy Jeans and jumper, log on early and eat leftover baked oats at my desk. I have a big client presentation to work on so switch off emails and put my phone away to full focus. Work the morning through stopping for snacks (mainly Pringles).

1.00pm Lunch is two slices of toast with some avocado, hummus and an apple (not together). I resist the urge to clean the kitchen as fiance and I have a deal that he cleans and I cook. I sit in sun outside, and take an internal call outside.

4.00pm Heat up coconut chickpea stew and rice and try to re-focus. Make up some sparkling water from my Sodastream which I got for free and only really got working now, I love it. The early start combined with not feeling well has me struggling and I log off slightly early.

7.30pm I go onto a Podcast Quiz that’s really fun. While on it I make japanese curry which tastes a little bland and I realise I forgot onions. D’Oh.

9.00pm Watch Space Jam and eat some chocolate, head to bed after the film and hope I feel better in the morning.

Wednesday, 22nd April:

7.00am I’m woken up again by light, coffee and journal and trash TV. I’m feeling much better but still a bit delicate. I think this is combination of hay fever and tiredness so I tell B I don't think I have the virus, he reminds me this is the third (3rd) time I've done this.

8.00am I get dressed in the same jeans but a nice top as I have a client presentation this morning. We get our electricity bill which is not as high as I thought it would be seeing as we both work from home now. €80 for my share. I am glad but also I’ve been nagging my fiance about not leaving lights on unnecessarily the last month and feel this doesn't help my case. I move €200 into my savings account as I don't expect to have many more expenses till payday on Friday.

9.30am Forgot about the milkman payment , €7.68 comes out of my account for last week.

11.am I have to present virtually, sweating throughout but think it goes well. I made myself a hacky version of a standing desk as I feel like mentally it’s easier to get into the zone standing for a presentation. This is actually a bit of a practice for myself for tomorrow.

4.30pm It’s been a really busy day, trying to keep up with lots of different projects and realise I forgot to send someone something and beat myself up about it for the rest of the day. I need to work on being better at this, and have attended some courses about doing it. If anyone else has tips please share.

7.00pm I end up working late to finish up the client presentation prep for tomorrow. I have a shower and plait my hair so i get some nice beachy waves for tomorrow.

8.00pm I make pasta bake from leftover pizza sauce, chicken, an old pepper and breadcrumbs. Actually surprisingly really tasty. We watch Terrace house while we eat.

9.30pm I clean up with an episode of Too Hot to Handle. This is awful stuff but perfect for background noise.

10.00pm My sister messages me to say one of favourite authors has a new book that can be preordered on kindle for 99p and it’ll apparently help the writer too. That comes to €1.13. I check my mail and see my order from the pharmacy has been dispatched - shampoo, conditioner and a gas canister for my beloved Sodastream, the money for this was taken from my card last week so no additional charge.

Thursday, 23rd April:

6.30am I wake up from a dream that I’ve been asked to move out and it’s one of those dreams where I need to say to myself “it’s only a dream, it’s only a dream” a couple of times. The usual coffee and reality TV start.

8.00am I make breakfast. I end up burning my bagel but eat it anyway (we’re not wasting anything right now) with egg, avocado and hummus.

9.00am I log on and get straight into it, my first call is with my scariest client call but it goes well and I feel on a high for the rest of the day.

11.00am A team meeting and a last min catch-up for the client session this afternoon.

12.00pm I have a quick lunch of chickpea stew and rice and eat it in the sun. Then I put on some make-up and nice earrings for the video presentation after lunch. It's mad how just putting on lipstick has me feeling like a million bucks.

2.15pm Time for the big client presentation and it’s safe to say my colleague and I nail it. I have a bit more work to do today and I’m starving so I have some more rice but with curry this time.

4.30pm I get a call from a pub to arrange to collect growlers from a beer delivery I got two weeks ago. This should mean I get 4 euro back and I drop in a couple of bags of crisps in with the bottles too to say thanks for collecting.

5.30pm Work for a few more hours then go for a walk with my fiance. We’ve not really been doing this since lockdown came through as I feel like only one of us should be out at a time and I don’t want to stress out other people while we’re out.

6.30pm Home and leftover pasta bake for dinner, watch the latest episode of Westworld. I love this show.

8.00pm I update my spreadsheet that keeps track of our food supplies and what I can make from these. I started doing this when this all kicked off as I’ve not always been great with using what I already have. I generally would buy more things on my way home from work and this isn’t an option anymore. I also do some work on this diary.

9.00pm I read some of my book, actually lovely to read a physical book. Exhausted after the day and I’m asleep at 10.30

Friday, 24th April:

6.30am It’s payday! And also milk delivery day, I bring in our milk order which includes milk for our landlady. We’ll leave it up for her at lunchtime. I have a quick shower without washing my hair as I'm trying to wash it less right now. I put on Nuud natural deodorant which I highly recommend! I was using it before the working from home thing and have to say it's so good. If you're feeling nervous about trying it I think now is a great time.

7.00am Time for some coffee and accounting, I transfer money into our wedding savings account (even though we’ve postponed till next year I’m going to keep adding in my planned savings until next month) - €500. I update my budget spreadsheet, when I do this I usually add in all my planned expenses like dinners out, birthday presents etc. This month and last month I don’t really have anything but I put in for my niece’s birthday to send them both something in May.

8.30am Log onto work with another coffee and a flapjack for breakfast.

10.00am I have my last client call of the week and log all my calls in our internal system. While we’re not officially judged on this, the management team keep an eye on this and feel like especially right now when we’re working from home, this will be looked at.

11.00am I have a feedback session with my manager, I’ve been into this new role for 8 months now and as I mentioned earlier this week it has had its ups and downs. I get some good feedback - positive notes that are nice to hear and constructive notes that I agree with. A really good session overall.

12.30pm Slightly early lunch, I make a coffee with some frothy milk and a bagel with avocado and scrambled egg. I do some online shopping on my lunch break, I order a herbs planter that won’t be delivered till June but looks fun and B is excited to have a project, €20 my share. I saw during the week that one of my favourite Mexican places is delivering cook at home kits but I’m outside their delivery radius. This makes me sad so I decide to order some corn tortillas, salsas, chillis so I can have a taco night at home. They probably won’t be here for another week but hey something to look forward to. €23 Lastly, I decide to order some meat (pork shoulder for tacos, burgers, chicken thighs and rashers) to be delivered next week €38.99

4.00pm I’ve had internal calls all afternoon and my head feels drained after the busy week, I send some follow-ups from the client meeting yesterday and clear my inbox, moving things onto my to-do list for next week.

5.30pm And log off! I put my work laptop away to signify that this is indeed the weekend and to reduce the temptation to work more at the weekend. B is finishing something off so I leave him to it.

6.00pm My friend lives 5 minutes away but they went to her in-laws for a visit about 6 weeks ago and ended up being stuck there. Thoughts and prayers. She asked me to pop round to her house just to make sure all is okay and that it doesn’t look abandoned. It’s a lovely evening and I’m glad for a job outside the house.

6.15pm All is good at the house, noticed that there’s a huge line at the local off-licence but there’s no line at the small supermarket so I pop in to get a few essentials: fancy chopped tomatoes for a pasta sauce, a reduced sausage roll and some chocolate fingers. I am starving this week for some reason, might be stress or I suspect my period is coming early. €6.98

6.30pm B has finished work and is playing Animal Crossing, I feel very betrayed as it was as if we were the only two people who weren’t playing it. He then starts to play Ring Fit, exercise game for the switch. It’s actually surpisingly good! I did it a good bit last week but definitely have been lazier this week due to not feeling great.

7.30pm After dinner of pork chops, rice and vegetables we log onto Xbox live and play games online with one of our mutual friends. We call him and chat for a few hours while having some beers that my sister sent to me for my birthday earlier this month.

10.30pm I’m feeling tired so we log off the call, I watch an episode of Broad City and B plays Animal Crossing.

Total: €588.97

Saturday, 25th April:

7am, I am wide awake even though it’s the weekend. I have a coffee and watch the newest episode of RHOBH while working on this diary.

7,30am I order an ice tray for my fiancé because I put his in the dishwasher and ruined it. He wasn’t even annoyed but I felt bad for it: €25. As I’m almost out of beer I order more for myself and I take the money for this from my savings vault. It comes to €48 which includes delivery - probably won’t be here till next week.

9.00am As B had a stressful day yesterday and I’m feeling great now that big client presentation is over I decide to clean up the kitchen. I make myself avocado toast with black pudding and another coffee, I eat this sitting outside. I call my mum who’s been finding this tough as she can’t see her granddaughters but asks to call me later as she’s off for her morning walk.

10.00am B is up and is calling our landlady to see if she needs anything, she says she’ll leave a shopping list and bag out for us. Vulnerable shopping time is on till after lunchtime so we’ll do it then.

11.30am I’ve decided that Saturday is my kitchen project day and today it’s homemade ravioli. I put on Laura Marling’s new album (I love it) while I make a filling with mushrooms and a small potato - sounds weird but I found it in a vegan cookbook years ago and it makes for a creamy consistency without cream. Plus I need to use up my mushrooms and potatoes. I also make some stewed rhubarb with orange to have in porridge for breakfast over the next few days.

12.30pm I make my pasta dough, I’ve only done this once before and I don’t have a machine to roll but let’s see how this turns out. B volunteers to go to the supermarket by himself to pick up the landlady’s list, I ask him to pick up limes, gran padano cheese, oil spray and courgettes. I give him my card €5.36.

1.00pm I start rolling out my dough, it’s hard to get it as thin as I would like. I cut out circles, add in my filling and seal. I boil these for a few minutes and serve with grated gran padano. As I feared they are a little bit too thick but I’m happy to have spent a few hours on these. I’m not super happy about the mess I have to clean up.

2.30pm Zoom call with some girlfriends, it’s lovely to catch-up even though we have no major news right now. I ask for advice to use up a green pepper (I find them so bitter) and if you have any advice please let me know.

4.00pm Carb coma. I read more of my book (Mad Girl’s Lovesong if anyone is interested) and sit in the sunshine.

6.00pm Start cooking dinner, some leftover pork chops and stuffing for B and beans on toast for me. I have a small ball of leftover pizza dough from last weekend so I bake it in the oven like a little roll. Turns out okay!

7.00pm We watch this week’s drag race and text our mutual friend C throughout, I love Crystal Method so much! I enjoy the guest judges but definitely prefer Rachel Bloom and wish she could be a permanent judge. I cry at the lip sync. Yep, period must be on the way. We follow up with Untucked

8.30pm B has a lads Zoom call, C and I decide to watch Hustlers. I make myself a whiskey sour first that is all whiskey not so much sour and I know this will knock me out for the night. Watch Hustlers while texting C. C started off as B’s friend but slowly we’ve become best friends, I have slight guilt sometimes that I’ve stolen her but B has assured me that he’s happy we get on so well. We drunkenly decide we’re going on a trip to London once this is over. Hustlers is great, I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it’s still great.

11.30pm The whiskey has me crawling to bed, B is still on his Zoom call. I realise my mum never called me back! How dare she.

3.00am I’m woken up by B on his call, I get out of bed and give him a grumpy look. He immediately quietens.

3.30am B comes to bed very apologetic and full of chat and it’s adorable.

Sunday, 26th April

8.00am I wake up and B is sleeping soundly. Coffee and class RHONY while I work on this diary.

10.00am I make scrambled eggs on toast with more coffee. Maybe I also have a cookie after.

I blog for a while. I used to blog a lot when I was unemployed and needed an outlet but once I started working again I got out of the habit. I started doing it since the start of this year and have been really enjoying it. I mainly blog about cooking and testing recipes.

11.00am Debate going for a run but decide cuddles with B will be better. Despite us spending most of our time together I worry about us spending quality time right now. Usually we do that by going out on a date but we need to put a bit more effort in now.

12.30pm I have a shower and go the full hog, washing my hair and shaving. If you can’t tell, standards are low right now lol. Moisturise and sit in my robe.

1.30pm I make a kind of paella for lunch, it's not very authentic but it’s tasty.

2.45pm I settle with my laptop in the sitting room with tea and some chocolate fingers and B logs into his laptop in our kitchen. We’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends every Sunday for the last month. It’s our first time playing this online with our friends rather than in person but I’ve really been enjoying this as a distraction and social outlet.

6.30pm The game has been going on for a while but it’s coming to an end and we’ve been quite successful. I ask B if he wants to get pizza. I have some guilt about ordering a takeaway but honestly feel like a break from cooking would be fantastic. I order a pepperoni pizza and chips to collect €10

7.00pm I walk the five minutes to the pizza place to collect our order, my mum calls me on the way back and I’m caught rotten getting a takeaway. Tell her I’ll call her back after we eat. We watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian while we eat.

7.45pm Call my mum back, also talk to my Dad who shows me the cat asleep on his lap. Adorable.

8.15pm Talk to B about once restrictions ease off if it would be okay for me to head to my parents for a few weeks, we talk it out a bit. While I would love to see them and spend lots of time with them, I don’t feel super comfortable about travelling to see them in case I inadvertently pass the virus onto them. Feel a bit sorry for myself. Watch RHONY to distract myself while B cleans up.

9.30pm I’m very tired after not having a great night’s sleep last night, head to bed with my book.

Weekly Recap:

Entertainment: €1.13

Food & Drink: €225.25

Utilities: €80

Home/Garden: €20

Weekly Total: €361.38

Savings (not sure where to put this?!): €700

Reflections: It is not a surprise to me that most of my spend was towards food, I think this was a big week for that as we got our online delivery and I also put in for a meat order but in reality I am getting a lot of comfort from cooking at this time. It was a really busy week at work and I felt really run down and stressed. I realise that I pretty much did no exercise this week but putting that down to the fact that I was working really long days and not feeling well. This week I'm going to make a better effort to get more exercise as it'll probably help with my stressy feelings.


A week in Dublin, Ireland on a €70,000 Income

This is my first MD ever - hope it all makes sense but apologies if not as numbers have never been my strong point. I've been working from home with my fiance (B) since the 12th March and we were due to get married in June, we decided last week to move our wedding to 2021 and hopefully life will be a bit more normal by then. Due to the wedding we had been saving both money and holidays for our honeymoon planned for later in the year, we still have our honeymoon booked and guess we won't know if we can go ahead until closer to the time.

In Ireland we've been asked to stay home unless going for necessary supplies and we can exercise to a 2km limit around our home. We're not living within a 2km radius to either of our families and I'm really missing seeing them although I love that they've adapted to video calls. We live in a basement flat and our landlady lives upstairs, she's in her 80s so we're in contact with her more than usual lately as we've been shopping for her.

B & I haven’t combined finances fully yet, more out of laziness than anything else. The plan is to open a joint account and for every payday for us both to transfer in half our paycheques. I've been trying to get an appointment to open up a joint account (has to be done in person) and can't see this being soon due to the backlog. It's on our radar though.

Occupation: Account Manager - Advertising

Section 1: Assets & Debt

Retirement Balance: €10,000 fund spread over a fund I opened up years ago and have kept up. Since starting my job they contribute up to if I match it 7% **CHECK) but I’ve upped this due to the recos.

Savings Accounts: €12,000 in our wedding fund. €4,000 in personal savings. €1,200 in a credit union account as collateral for a loan (should I need it. I have a Revolut vault that rounds up spare change and I'm using this for treats while we're in this situation, when this started I was ordering a lot of things to cheer me up and when it became more clear that this is a situation that may last for months rather than weeks I decided to put some rules in place. At the start of this week I had about €50 in this.

Debt: None, college is technically free in Ireland and I'm really lucky that my parents were able to help me with my expenses during college and I also had a part-time job while I studied. They have also offered to contribute to our wedding even though I stressed that there is no need.

Section 2: Income

My salary: €70,000, plus quarterly bonus of 30% when we hit target (can vary, esp now with the current situation). The last two bonus payments I've recieved I put into our wedding and our honeymoon fund. Going forward I'll be putting these into savings towards a deposit.

My paycheck post deductions - €3,343

Section 3: Monthly Expenses

Rent: €1,900 a month, I pay €1,100 as I get paid more. This is high but we really love our apartment. It's quite new, we have two bathrooms and lots of space. We even have an area outdoors so feel like it's worth paying this much. I've been very grateful for it over the last few weeks.

Electric & Gas: aprox €160-200 a month.

Health Insurance Work pays for.

Cell Phones: Work pays for.

Netflix: €12 (B pays for Amazon Prime)

Now TV: €27.50

Cinema Pass: €20 (currently paused but would allow unlimited movies in a month, we were going to the cinema on average 4 times a month so it was worth it).

Apple Music: €9.99

Internet - €63

Pension - €100

Monday, 20th April:

6.30 am. I wake up, make coffee and watch an episode of Shahs of Sunset while writing in my diary. I started this habit about two weeks into the quarantine and really didn’t think I’d last this long.

8.00am I set up my workspace and log onto work early. I have leftover baked oats at my desk and another coffee. I check my bank balance and see that I’ve been reimbursed for the internet while working from home which is an amazing perk.

9.00am B logs onto his work, we have a dedicated desk space in our apartment which is big enough for both of us to work at. The only time we have a bit of an issue is if we have calls at the same time so one of us volunteers to go into the living room. It’s working well so far.

10.00am I work on a client presentation for Wednesday, clear my inbox and have a banana as snack. I am feeling a little bit off with work right now, the job is more salesy than I thought and with the current events I’m not sure how I feel about it anymore.It feels a bit gross to talk about revenue targets with everything going on. I am keeping my head down and working away but also keeping any eye open in case there’s any internal opportunities to a different role.

11.30am Mail announces that a colleague had a baby, lovely news and I donate €10 towards a gift.

12.50pm Still just beavering away. I’ve got bumper to bumper internal calls over lunch which is lame but manage to get a 10 min break to eat leftover pizza.

14:00pm I’m struggling. I log onto a training call to get some inspiration

4.30pm As I logged on early, I log off and shower. I know logically that it’s most likely hay fever and tiredness but part of me wonders if I’m getting sick. Hoping the shower will help.

5.30pm: Online shop arrives early! The delivery man has left it at our door and I wave to him to let him know we got it. Got meat (for himself), snacks, tinned goods, yogurt, coffee and laundry stuff. We are missing a couple of things like bleach, dishwasher tabs and black beans but it’s not critical (just yet). €85.24

6.00pm I cook some brown rice and heat up leftover chickpea stew and have an early dinner

6.30pm I get a call from nieces who are getting ready for bed and in the space of 5 mins go from chilled to hyper…..sorry sis!

8.00pm I make pizza for fiance, I made the dough yesterday when we had a little pizza party and this is the leftovers from this. We usually do have different meals because he’s a fussy eater but I actually don’t mind. I put on a wash now that we have more laundry supplies and I don’t need to ration them out.

9.00pm We watch a movie chosen by fiance to make up for SATC a few weeks ago. I take a paracetmeol as I’m not feeling great.

11.00pm Hang out the washing and head to bed.

Tuesday, 21st April:

7.00am Woken up by our timed light, have some coffee and do some journaling.

8.00am Still not feeling great and I get dressed in a comfy Jeans and jumper, log on early and eat leftover baked oats at my desk. I have a big client presentation to work on so switch off emails and put my phone away to full focus. Work the morning through stopping for snacks (mainly Pringles).

1.00pm Lunch is two slices of toast with some avocado, hummus and an apple (not together). I resist the urge to clean the kitchen as fiance and I have a deal that he cleans and I cook. I sit in sun outside, and take an internal call outside.

4.00pm Heat up coconut chickpea stew and rice and try to re-focus. Make up some sparkling water from my Sodastream which I got for free and only really got working now, I love it. The early start combined with not feeling well has me struggling and I log off slightly early.

7.30pm I go onto a Podcast Quiz that’s really fun. While on it I make japanese curry which tastes a little bland and I realise I forgot onions. D’Oh.

9.00pm Watch Space Jam and eat some chocolate, head to bed after the film and hope I feel better in the morning.

Wednesday, 22nd April:

7.00am I’m woken up again by light, coffee and journal and trash TV. I’m feeling much better but still a bit delicate. I think this is combination of hay fever and tiredness so I tell B I don't think I have the virus, he reminds me this is the third (3rd) time I've done this.

8.00am I get dressed in the same jeans but a nice top as I have a client presentation this morning. We get our electricity bill which is not as high as I thought it would be seeing as we both work from home now. €80 for my share. I am glad but also I’ve been nagging my fiance about not leaving lights on unnecessarily the last month and feel this doesn't help my case. I move €200 into my savings account as I don't expect to have many more expenses till payday on Friday.

9.30am Forgot about the milkman payment , €7.68 comes out of my account for last week.

11.am I have to present virtually, sweating throughout but think it goes well. I made myself a hacky version of a standing desk as I feel like mentally it’s easier to get into the zone standing for a presentation. This is actually a bit of a practice for myself for tomorrow.

4.30pm It’s been a really busy day, trying to keep up with lots of different projects and realise I forgot to send someone something and beat myself up about it for the rest of the day. I need to work on being better at this, and have attended some courses about doing it. If anyone else has tips please share.

7.00pm I end up working late to finish up the client presentation prep for tomorrow. I have a shower and plait my hair so i get some nice beachy waves for tomorrow.

8.00pm I make pasta bake from leftover pizza sauce, chicken, an old pepper and breadcrumbs. Actually surprisingly really tasty. We watch Terrace house while we eat.

9.30pm I clean up with an episode of Too Hot to Handle. This is awful stuff but perfect for background noise.

10.00pm My sister messages me to say one of favourite authors has a new book that can be preordered on kindle for 99p and it’ll apparently help the writer too. That comes to €1.13. I check my mail and see my order from the pharmacy has been dispatched - shampoo, conditioner and a gas canister for my beloved Sodastream, the money for this was taken from my card last week so no additional charge.

Thursday, 23rd April:

6.30am I wake up from a dream that I’ve been asked to move out and it’s one of those dreams where I need to say to myself “it’s only a dream, it’s only a dream” a couple of times. The usual coffee and reality TV start.

8.00am I make breakfast. I end up burning my bagel but eat it anyway (we’re not wasting anything right now) with egg, avocado and hummus.

9.00am I log on and get straight into it, my first call is with my scariest client call but it goes well and I feel on a high for the rest of the day.

11.00am A team meeting and a last min catch-up for the client session this afternoon.

12.00pm I have a quick lunch of chickpea stew and rice and eat it in the sun. Then I put on some make-up and nice earrings for the video presentation after lunch. It's mad how just putting on lipstick has me feeling like a million bucks.

2.15pm Time for the big client presentation and it’s safe to say my colleague and I nail it. I have a bit more work to do today and I’m starving so I have some more rice but with curry this time.

4.30pm I get a call from a pub to arrange to collect growlers from a beer delivery I got two weeks ago. This should mean I get 4 euro back and I drop in a couple of bags of crisps in with the bottles too to say thanks for collecting.

5.30pm Work for a few more hours then go for a walk with my fiance. We’ve not really been doing this since lockdown came through as I feel like only one of us should be out at a time and I don’t want to stress out other people while we’re out.

6.30pm Home and leftover pasta bake for dinner, watch the latest episode of Westworld. I love this show.

8.00pm I update my spreadsheet that keeps track of our food supplies and what I can make from these. I started doing this when this all kicked off as I’ve not always been great with using what I already have. I generally would buy more things on my way home from work and this isn’t an option anymore. I also do some work on this diary.

9.00pm I read some of my book, actually lovely to read a physical book. Exhausted after the day and I’m asleep at 10.30

Friday, 24th April:

6.30am It’s payday! And also milk delivery day, I bring in our milk order which includes milk for our landlady. We’ll leave it up for her at lunchtime. I have a quick shower without washing my hair as I'm trying to wash it less right now. I put on Nuud natural deodorant which I highly recommend! I was using it before the working from home thing and have to say it's so good. If you're feeling nervous about trying it I think now is a great time.

7.00am Time for some coffee and accounting, I transfer money into our wedding savings account (even though we’ve postponed till next year I’m going to keep adding in my planned savings until next month) - €500. I update my budget spreadsheet, when I do this I usually add in all my planned expenses like dinners out, birthday presents etc. This month and last month I don’t really have anything but I put in for my niece’s birthday to send them both something in May.

8.30am Log onto work with another coffee and a flapjack for breakfast.

10.00am I have my last client call of the week and log all my calls in our internal system. While we’re not officially judged on this, the management team keep an eye on this and feel like especially right now when we’re working from home, this will be looked at.

11.00am I have a feedback session with my manager, I’ve been into this new role for 8 months now and as I mentioned earlier this week it has had its ups and downs. I get some good feedback - positive notes that are nice to hear and constructive notes that I agree with. A really good session overall.

12.30pm Slightly early lunch, I make a coffee with some frothy milk and a bagel with avocado and scrambled egg. I do some online shopping on my lunch break, I order a herbs planter that won’t be delivered till June but looks fun and B is excited to have a project, €20 my share. I saw during the week that one of my favourite Mexican places is delivering cook at home kits but I’m outside their delivery radius. This makes me sad so I decide to order some corn tortillas, salsas, chillis so I can have a taco night at home. They probably won’t be here for another week but hey something to look forward to. €23 Lastly, I decide to order some meat (pork shoulder for tacos, burgers, chicken thighs and rashers) to be delivered next week €38.99

4.00pm I’ve had internal calls all afternoon and my head feels drained after the busy week, I send some follow-ups from the client meeting yesterday and clear my inbox, moving things onto my to-do list for next week.

5.30pm And log off! I put my work laptop away to signify that this is indeed the weekend and to reduce the temptation to work more at the weekend. B is finishing something off so I leave him to it.

6.00pm My friend lives 5 minutes away but they went to her in-laws for a visit about 6 weeks ago and ended up being stuck there. Thoughts and prayers. She asked me to pop round to her house just to make sure all is okay and that it doesn’t look abandoned. It’s a lovely evening and I’m glad for a job outside the house.

6.15pm All is good at the house, noticed that there’s a huge line at the local off-licence but there’s no line at the small supermarket so I pop in to get a few essentials: fancy chopped tomatoes for a pasta sauce, a reduced sausage roll and some chocolate fingers. I am starving this week for some reason, might be stress or I suspect my period is coming early. €6.98

6.30pm B has finished work and is playing Animal Crossing, I feel very betrayed as it was as if we were the only two people who weren’t playing it. He then starts to play Ring Fit, exercise game for the switch. It’s actually surpisingly good! I did it a good bit last week but definitely have been lazier this week due to not feeling great.

7.30pm After dinner of pork chops, rice and vegetables we log onto Xbox live and play games online with one of our mutual friends. We call him and chat for a few hours while having some beers that my sister sent to me for my birthday earlier this month.

10.30pm I’m feeling tired so we log off the call, I watch an episode of Broad City and B plays Animal Crossing.

Total: €588.97

Saturday, 25th April:

7am, I am wide awake even though it’s the weekend. I have a coffee and watch the newest episode of RHOBH while working on this diary.

7,30am I order an ice tray for my fiancé because I put his in the dishwasher and ruined it. He wasn’t even annoyed but I felt bad for it: €25. As I’m almost out of beer I order more for myself and I take the money for this from my savings vault. It comes to €48 which includes delivery - probably won’t be here till next week.

9.00am As B had a stressful day yesterday and I’m feeling great now that big client presentation is over I decide to clean up the kitchen. I make myself avocado toast with black pudding and another coffee, I eat this sitting outside. I call my mum who’s been finding this tough as she can’t see her granddaughters but asks to call me later as she’s off for her morning walk.

10.00am B is up and is calling our landlady to see if she needs anything, she says she’ll leave a shopping list and bag out for us. Vulnerable shopping time is on till after lunchtime so we’ll do it then.

11.30am I’ve decided that Saturday is my kitchen project day and today it’s homemade ravioli. I put on Laura Marling’s new album (I love it) while I make a filling with mushrooms and a small potato - sounds weird but I found it in a vegan cookbook years ago and it makes for a creamy consistency without cream. Plus I need to use up my mushrooms and potatoes. I also make some stewed rhubarb with orange to have in porridge for breakfast over the next few days.

12.30pm I make my pasta dough, I’ve only done this once before and I don’t have a machine to roll but let’s see how this turns out. B volunteers to go to the supermarket by himself to pick up the landlady’s list, I ask him to pick up limes, gran padano cheese, oil spray and courgettes. I give him my card €5.36.

1.00pm I start rolling out my dough, it’s hard to get it as thin as I would like. I cut out circles, add in my filling and seal. I boil these for a few minutes and serve with grated gran padano. As I feared they are a little bit too thick but I’m happy to have spent a few hours on these. I’m not super happy about the mess I have to clean up.

2.30pm Zoom call with some girlfriends, it’s lovely to catch-up even though we have no major news right now. I ask for advice to use up a green pepper (I find them so bitter) and if you have any advice please let me know.

4.00pm Carb coma. I read more of my book (Mad Girl’s Lovesong if anyone is interested) and sit in the sunshine.

6.00pm Start cooking dinner, some leftover pork chops and stuffing for B and beans on toast for me. I have a small ball of leftover pizza dough from last weekend so I bake it in the oven like a little roll. Turns out okay!

7.00pm We watch this week’s drag race and text our mutual friend C throughout, I love Crystal Method so much! I enjoy the guest judges but definitely prefer Rachel Bloom and wish she could be a permanent judge. I cry at the lip sync. Yep, period must be on the way. We follow up with Untucked

8.30pm B has a lads Zoom call, C and I decide to watch Hustlers. I make myself a whiskey sour first that is all whiskey not so much sour and I know this will knock me out for the night. Watch Hustlers while texting C. C started off as B’s friend but slowly we’ve become best friends, I have slight guilt sometimes that I’ve stolen her but B has assured me that he’s happy we get on so well. We drunkenly decide we’re going on a trip to London once this is over. Hustlers is great, I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it’s still great.

11.30pm The whiskey has me crawling to bed, B is still on his Zoom call. I realise my mum never called me back! How dare she.

3.00am I’m woken up by B on his call, I get out of bed and give him a grumpy look. He immediately quietens.

3.30am B comes to bed very apologetic and full of chat and it’s adorable.

Sunday, 26th April

8.00am I wake up and B is sleeping soundly. Coffee and class RHONY while I work on this diary.

10.00am I make scrambled eggs on toast with more coffee. Maybe I also have a cookie after.

I blog for a while. I used to blog a lot when I was unemployed and needed an outlet but once I started working again I got out of the habit. I started doing it since the start of this year and have been really enjoying it. I mainly blog about cooking and testing recipes.

11.00am Debate going for a run but decide cuddles with B will be better. Despite us spending most of our time together I worry about us spending quality time right now. Usually we do that by going out on a date but we need to put a bit more effort in now.

12.30pm I have a shower and go the full hog, washing my hair and shaving. If you can’t tell, standards are low right now lol. Moisturise and sit in my robe.

1.30pm I make a kind of paella for lunch, it's not very authentic but it’s tasty.

2.45pm I settle with my laptop in the sitting room with tea and some chocolate fingers and B logs into his laptop in our kitchen. We’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends every Sunday for the last month. It’s our first time playing this online with our friends rather than in person but I’ve really been enjoying this as a distraction and social outlet.

6.30pm The game has been going on for a while but it’s coming to an end and we’ve been quite successful. I ask B if he wants to get pizza. I have some guilt about ordering a takeaway but honestly feel like a break from cooking would be fantastic. I order a pepperoni pizza and chips to collect €10

7.00pm I walk the five minutes to the pizza place to collect our order, my mum calls me on the way back and I’m caught rotten getting a takeaway. Tell her I’ll call her back after we eat. We watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian while we eat.

7.45pm Call my mum back, also talk to my Dad who shows me the cat asleep on his lap. Adorable.

8.15pm Talk to B about once restrictions ease off if it would be okay for me to head to my parents for a few weeks, we talk it out a bit. While I would love to see them and spend lots of time with them, I don’t feel super comfortable about travelling to see them in case I inadvertently pass the virus onto them. Feel a bit sorry for myself. Watch RHONY to distract myself while B cleans up.

9.30pm I’m very tired after not having a great night’s sleep last night, head to bed with my book.

Weekly Recap:

Entertainment: €1.13

Food & Drink: €225.25

Utilities: €80

Home/Garden: €20

Weekly Total: €361.38

Savings (not sure where to put this?!): €700

Reflections: It is not a surprise to me that most of my spend was towards food, I think this was a big week for that as we got our online delivery and I also put in for a meat order but in reality I am getting a lot of comfort from cooking at this time. It was a really busy week at work and I felt really run down and stressed. I realise that I pretty much did no exercise this week but putting that down to the fact that I was working really long days and not feeling well. This week I'm going to make a better effort to get more exercise as it'll probably help with my stressy feelings.


A week in Dublin, Ireland on a €70,000 Income

This is my first MD ever - hope it all makes sense but apologies if not as numbers have never been my strong point. I've been working from home with my fiance (B) since the 12th March and we were due to get married in June, we decided last week to move our wedding to 2021 and hopefully life will be a bit more normal by then. Due to the wedding we had been saving both money and holidays for our honeymoon planned for later in the year, we still have our honeymoon booked and guess we won't know if we can go ahead until closer to the time.

In Ireland we've been asked to stay home unless going for necessary supplies and we can exercise to a 2km limit around our home. We're not living within a 2km radius to either of our families and I'm really missing seeing them although I love that they've adapted to video calls. We live in a basement flat and our landlady lives upstairs, she's in her 80s so we're in contact with her more than usual lately as we've been shopping for her.

B & I haven’t combined finances fully yet, more out of laziness than anything else. The plan is to open a joint account and for every payday for us both to transfer in half our paycheques. I've been trying to get an appointment to open up a joint account (has to be done in person) and can't see this being soon due to the backlog. It's on our radar though.

Occupation: Account Manager - Advertising

Section 1: Assets & Debt

Retirement Balance: €10,000 fund spread over a fund I opened up years ago and have kept up. Since starting my job they contribute up to if I match it 7% **CHECK) but I’ve upped this due to the recos.

Savings Accounts: €12,000 in our wedding fund. €4,000 in personal savings. €1,200 in a credit union account as collateral for a loan (should I need it. I have a Revolut vault that rounds up spare change and I'm using this for treats while we're in this situation, when this started I was ordering a lot of things to cheer me up and when it became more clear that this is a situation that may last for months rather than weeks I decided to put some rules in place. At the start of this week I had about €50 in this.

Debt: None, college is technically free in Ireland and I'm really lucky that my parents were able to help me with my expenses during college and I also had a part-time job while I studied. They have also offered to contribute to our wedding even though I stressed that there is no need.

Section 2: Income

My salary: €70,000, plus quarterly bonus of 30% when we hit target (can vary, esp now with the current situation). The last two bonus payments I've recieved I put into our wedding and our honeymoon fund. Going forward I'll be putting these into savings towards a deposit.

My paycheck post deductions - €3,343

Section 3: Monthly Expenses

Rent: €1,900 a month, I pay €1,100 as I get paid more. This is high but we really love our apartment. It's quite new, we have two bathrooms and lots of space. We even have an area outdoors so feel like it's worth paying this much. I've been very grateful for it over the last few weeks.

Electric & Gas: aprox €160-200 a month.

Health Insurance Work pays for.

Cell Phones: Work pays for.

Netflix: €12 (B pays for Amazon Prime)

Now TV: €27.50

Cinema Pass: €20 (currently paused but would allow unlimited movies in a month, we were going to the cinema on average 4 times a month so it was worth it).

Apple Music: €9.99

Internet - €63

Pension - €100

Monday, 20th April:

6.30 am. I wake up, make coffee and watch an episode of Shahs of Sunset while writing in my diary. I started this habit about two weeks into the quarantine and really didn’t think I’d last this long.

8.00am I set up my workspace and log onto work early. I have leftover baked oats at my desk and another coffee. I check my bank balance and see that I’ve been reimbursed for the internet while working from home which is an amazing perk.

9.00am B logs onto his work, we have a dedicated desk space in our apartment which is big enough for both of us to work at. The only time we have a bit of an issue is if we have calls at the same time so one of us volunteers to go into the living room. It’s working well so far.

10.00am I work on a client presentation for Wednesday, clear my inbox and have a banana as snack. I am feeling a little bit off with work right now, the job is more salesy than I thought and with the current events I’m not sure how I feel about it anymore.It feels a bit gross to talk about revenue targets with everything going on. I am keeping my head down and working away but also keeping any eye open in case there’s any internal opportunities to a different role.

11.30am Mail announces that a colleague had a baby, lovely news and I donate €10 towards a gift.

12.50pm Still just beavering away. I’ve got bumper to bumper internal calls over lunch which is lame but manage to get a 10 min break to eat leftover pizza.

14:00pm I’m struggling. I log onto a training call to get some inspiration

4.30pm As I logged on early, I log off and shower. I know logically that it’s most likely hay fever and tiredness but part of me wonders if I’m getting sick. Hoping the shower will help.

5.30pm: Online shop arrives early! The delivery man has left it at our door and I wave to him to let him know we got it. Got meat (for himself), snacks, tinned goods, yogurt, coffee and laundry stuff. We are missing a couple of things like bleach, dishwasher tabs and black beans but it’s not critical (just yet). €85.24

6.00pm I cook some brown rice and heat up leftover chickpea stew and have an early dinner

6.30pm I get a call from nieces who are getting ready for bed and in the space of 5 mins go from chilled to hyper…..sorry sis!

8.00pm I make pizza for fiance, I made the dough yesterday when we had a little pizza party and this is the leftovers from this. We usually do have different meals because he’s a fussy eater but I actually don’t mind. I put on a wash now that we have more laundry supplies and I don’t need to ration them out.

9.00pm We watch a movie chosen by fiance to make up for SATC a few weeks ago. I take a paracetmeol as I’m not feeling great.

11.00pm Hang out the washing and head to bed.

Tuesday, 21st April:

7.00am Woken up by our timed light, have some coffee and do some journaling.

8.00am Still not feeling great and I get dressed in a comfy Jeans and jumper, log on early and eat leftover baked oats at my desk. I have a big client presentation to work on so switch off emails and put my phone away to full focus. Work the morning through stopping for snacks (mainly Pringles).

1.00pm Lunch is two slices of toast with some avocado, hummus and an apple (not together). I resist the urge to clean the kitchen as fiance and I have a deal that he cleans and I cook. I sit in sun outside, and take an internal call outside.

4.00pm Heat up coconut chickpea stew and rice and try to re-focus. Make up some sparkling water from my Sodastream which I got for free and only really got working now, I love it. The early start combined with not feeling well has me struggling and I log off slightly early.

7.30pm I go onto a Podcast Quiz that’s really fun. While on it I make japanese curry which tastes a little bland and I realise I forgot onions. D’Oh.

9.00pm Watch Space Jam and eat some chocolate, head to bed after the film and hope I feel better in the morning.

Wednesday, 22nd April:

7.00am I’m woken up again by light, coffee and journal and trash TV. I’m feeling much better but still a bit delicate. I think this is combination of hay fever and tiredness so I tell B I don't think I have the virus, he reminds me this is the third (3rd) time I've done this.

8.00am I get dressed in the same jeans but a nice top as I have a client presentation this morning. We get our electricity bill which is not as high as I thought it would be seeing as we both work from home now. €80 for my share. I am glad but also I’ve been nagging my fiance about not leaving lights on unnecessarily the last month and feel this doesn't help my case. I move €200 into my savings account as I don't expect to have many more expenses till payday on Friday.

9.30am Forgot about the milkman payment , €7.68 comes out of my account for last week.

11.am I have to present virtually, sweating throughout but think it goes well. I made myself a hacky version of a standing desk as I feel like mentally it’s easier to get into the zone standing for a presentation. This is actually a bit of a practice for myself for tomorrow.

4.30pm It’s been a really busy day, trying to keep up with lots of different projects and realise I forgot to send someone something and beat myself up about it for the rest of the day. I need to work on being better at this, and have attended some courses about doing it. If anyone else has tips please share.

7.00pm I end up working late to finish up the client presentation prep for tomorrow. I have a shower and plait my hair so i get some nice beachy waves for tomorrow.

8.00pm I make pasta bake from leftover pizza sauce, chicken, an old pepper and breadcrumbs. Actually surprisingly really tasty. We watch Terrace house while we eat.

9.30pm I clean up with an episode of Too Hot to Handle. This is awful stuff but perfect for background noise.

10.00pm My sister messages me to say one of favourite authors has a new book that can be preordered on kindle for 99p and it’ll apparently help the writer too. That comes to €1.13. I check my mail and see my order from the pharmacy has been dispatched - shampoo, conditioner and a gas canister for my beloved Sodastream, the money for this was taken from my card last week so no additional charge.

Thursday, 23rd April:

6.30am I wake up from a dream that I’ve been asked to move out and it’s one of those dreams where I need to say to myself “it’s only a dream, it’s only a dream” a couple of times. The usual coffee and reality TV start.

8.00am I make breakfast. I end up burning my bagel but eat it anyway (we’re not wasting anything right now) with egg, avocado and hummus.

9.00am I log on and get straight into it, my first call is with my scariest client call but it goes well and I feel on a high for the rest of the day.

11.00am A team meeting and a last min catch-up for the client session this afternoon.

12.00pm I have a quick lunch of chickpea stew and rice and eat it in the sun. Then I put on some make-up and nice earrings for the video presentation after lunch. It's mad how just putting on lipstick has me feeling like a million bucks.

2.15pm Time for the big client presentation and it’s safe to say my colleague and I nail it. I have a bit more work to do today and I’m starving so I have some more rice but with curry this time.

4.30pm I get a call from a pub to arrange to collect growlers from a beer delivery I got two weeks ago. This should mean I get 4 euro back and I drop in a couple of bags of crisps in with the bottles too to say thanks for collecting.

5.30pm Work for a few more hours then go for a walk with my fiance. We’ve not really been doing this since lockdown came through as I feel like only one of us should be out at a time and I don’t want to stress out other people while we’re out.

6.30pm Home and leftover pasta bake for dinner, watch the latest episode of Westworld. I love this show.

8.00pm I update my spreadsheet that keeps track of our food supplies and what I can make from these. I started doing this when this all kicked off as I’ve not always been great with using what I already have. I generally would buy more things on my way home from work and this isn’t an option anymore. I also do some work on this diary.

9.00pm I read some of my book, actually lovely to read a physical book. Exhausted after the day and I’m asleep at 10.30

Friday, 24th April:

6.30am It’s payday! And also milk delivery day, I bring in our milk order which includes milk for our landlady. We’ll leave it up for her at lunchtime. I have a quick shower without washing my hair as I'm trying to wash it less right now. I put on Nuud natural deodorant which I highly recommend! I was using it before the working from home thing and have to say it's so good. If you're feeling nervous about trying it I think now is a great time.

7.00am Time for some coffee and accounting, I transfer money into our wedding savings account (even though we’ve postponed till next year I’m going to keep adding in my planned savings until next month) - €500. I update my budget spreadsheet, when I do this I usually add in all my planned expenses like dinners out, birthday presents etc. This month and last month I don’t really have anything but I put in for my niece’s birthday to send them both something in May.

8.30am Log onto work with another coffee and a flapjack for breakfast.

10.00am I have my last client call of the week and log all my calls in our internal system. While we’re not officially judged on this, the management team keep an eye on this and feel like especially right now when we’re working from home, this will be looked at.

11.00am I have a feedback session with my manager, I’ve been into this new role for 8 months now and as I mentioned earlier this week it has had its ups and downs. I get some good feedback - positive notes that are nice to hear and constructive notes that I agree with. A really good session overall.

12.30pm Slightly early lunch, I make a coffee with some frothy milk and a bagel with avocado and scrambled egg. I do some online shopping on my lunch break, I order a herbs planter that won’t be delivered till June but looks fun and B is excited to have a project, €20 my share. I saw during the week that one of my favourite Mexican places is delivering cook at home kits but I’m outside their delivery radius. This makes me sad so I decide to order some corn tortillas, salsas, chillis so I can have a taco night at home. They probably won’t be here for another week but hey something to look forward to. €23 Lastly, I decide to order some meat (pork shoulder for tacos, burgers, chicken thighs and rashers) to be delivered next week €38.99

4.00pm I’ve had internal calls all afternoon and my head feels drained after the busy week, I send some follow-ups from the client meeting yesterday and clear my inbox, moving things onto my to-do list for next week.

5.30pm And log off! I put my work laptop away to signify that this is indeed the weekend and to reduce the temptation to work more at the weekend. B is finishing something off so I leave him to it.

6.00pm My friend lives 5 minutes away but they went to her in-laws for a visit about 6 weeks ago and ended up being stuck there. Thoughts and prayers. She asked me to pop round to her house just to make sure all is okay and that it doesn’t look abandoned. It’s a lovely evening and I’m glad for a job outside the house.

6.15pm All is good at the house, noticed that there’s a huge line at the local off-licence but there’s no line at the small supermarket so I pop in to get a few essentials: fancy chopped tomatoes for a pasta sauce, a reduced sausage roll and some chocolate fingers. I am starving this week for some reason, might be stress or I suspect my period is coming early. €6.98

6.30pm B has finished work and is playing Animal Crossing, I feel very betrayed as it was as if we were the only two people who weren’t playing it. He then starts to play Ring Fit, exercise game for the switch. It’s actually surpisingly good! I did it a good bit last week but definitely have been lazier this week due to not feeling great.

7.30pm After dinner of pork chops, rice and vegetables we log onto Xbox live and play games online with one of our mutual friends. We call him and chat for a few hours while having some beers that my sister sent to me for my birthday earlier this month.

10.30pm I’m feeling tired so we log off the call, I watch an episode of Broad City and B plays Animal Crossing.

Total: €588.97

Saturday, 25th April:

7am, I am wide awake even though it’s the weekend. I have a coffee and watch the newest episode of RHOBH while working on this diary.

7,30am I order an ice tray for my fiancé because I put his in the dishwasher and ruined it. He wasn’t even annoyed but I felt bad for it: €25. As I’m almost out of beer I order more for myself and I take the money for this from my savings vault. It comes to €48 which includes delivery - probably won’t be here till next week.

9.00am As B had a stressful day yesterday and I’m feeling great now that big client presentation is over I decide to clean up the kitchen. I make myself avocado toast with black pudding and another coffee, I eat this sitting outside. I call my mum who’s been finding this tough as she can’t see her granddaughters but asks to call me later as she’s off for her morning walk.

10.00am B is up and is calling our landlady to see if she needs anything, she says she’ll leave a shopping list and bag out for us. Vulnerable shopping time is on till after lunchtime so we’ll do it then.

11.30am I’ve decided that Saturday is my kitchen project day and today it’s homemade ravioli. I put on Laura Marling’s new album (I love it) while I make a filling with mushrooms and a small potato - sounds weird but I found it in a vegan cookbook years ago and it makes for a creamy consistency without cream. Plus I need to use up my mushrooms and potatoes. I also make some stewed rhubarb with orange to have in porridge for breakfast over the next few days.

12.30pm I make my pasta dough, I’ve only done this once before and I don’t have a machine to roll but let’s see how this turns out. B volunteers to go to the supermarket by himself to pick up the landlady’s list, I ask him to pick up limes, gran padano cheese, oil spray and courgettes. I give him my card €5.36.

1.00pm I start rolling out my dough, it’s hard to get it as thin as I would like. I cut out circles, add in my filling and seal. I boil these for a few minutes and serve with grated gran padano. As I feared they are a little bit too thick but I’m happy to have spent a few hours on these. I’m not super happy about the mess I have to clean up.

2.30pm Zoom call with some girlfriends, it’s lovely to catch-up even though we have no major news right now. I ask for advice to use up a green pepper (I find them so bitter) and if you have any advice please let me know.

4.00pm Carb coma. I read more of my book (Mad Girl’s Lovesong if anyone is interested) and sit in the sunshine.

6.00pm Start cooking dinner, some leftover pork chops and stuffing for B and beans on toast for me. I have a small ball of leftover pizza dough from last weekend so I bake it in the oven like a little roll. Turns out okay!

7.00pm We watch this week’s drag race and text our mutual friend C throughout, I love Crystal Method so much! I enjoy the guest judges but definitely prefer Rachel Bloom and wish she could be a permanent judge. I cry at the lip sync. Yep, period must be on the way. We follow up with Untucked

8.30pm B has a lads Zoom call, C and I decide to watch Hustlers. I make myself a whiskey sour first that is all whiskey not so much sour and I know this will knock me out for the night. Watch Hustlers while texting C. C started off as B’s friend but slowly we’ve become best friends, I have slight guilt sometimes that I’ve stolen her but B has assured me that he’s happy we get on so well. We drunkenly decide we’re going on a trip to London once this is over. Hustlers is great, I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it’s still great.

11.30pm The whiskey has me crawling to bed, B is still on his Zoom call. I realise my mum never called me back! How dare she.

3.00am I’m woken up by B on his call, I get out of bed and give him a grumpy look. He immediately quietens.

3.30am B comes to bed very apologetic and full of chat and it’s adorable.

Sunday, 26th April

8.00am I wake up and B is sleeping soundly. Coffee and class RHONY while I work on this diary.

10.00am I make scrambled eggs on toast with more coffee. Maybe I also have a cookie after.

I blog for a while. I used to blog a lot when I was unemployed and needed an outlet but once I started working again I got out of the habit. I started doing it since the start of this year and have been really enjoying it. I mainly blog about cooking and testing recipes.

11.00am Debate going for a run but decide cuddles with B will be better. Despite us spending most of our time together I worry about us spending quality time right now. Usually we do that by going out on a date but we need to put a bit more effort in now.

12.30pm I have a shower and go the full hog, washing my hair and shaving. If you can’t tell, standards are low right now lol. Moisturise and sit in my robe.

1.30pm I make a kind of paella for lunch, it's not very authentic but it’s tasty.

2.45pm I settle with my laptop in the sitting room with tea and some chocolate fingers and B logs into his laptop in our kitchen. We’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends every Sunday for the last month. It’s our first time playing this online with our friends rather than in person but I’ve really been enjoying this as a distraction and social outlet.

6.30pm The game has been going on for a while but it’s coming to an end and we’ve been quite successful. I ask B if he wants to get pizza. I have some guilt about ordering a takeaway but honestly feel like a break from cooking would be fantastic. I order a pepperoni pizza and chips to collect €10

7.00pm I walk the five minutes to the pizza place to collect our order, my mum calls me on the way back and I’m caught rotten getting a takeaway. Tell her I’ll call her back after we eat. We watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian while we eat.

7.45pm Call my mum back, also talk to my Dad who shows me the cat asleep on his lap. Adorable.

8.15pm Talk to B about once restrictions ease off if it would be okay for me to head to my parents for a few weeks, we talk it out a bit. While I would love to see them and spend lots of time with them, I don’t feel super comfortable about travelling to see them in case I inadvertently pass the virus onto them. Feel a bit sorry for myself. Watch RHONY to distract myself while B cleans up.

9.30pm I’m very tired after not having a great night’s sleep last night, head to bed with my book.

Weekly Recap:

Entertainment: €1.13

Food & Drink: €225.25

Utilities: €80

Home/Garden: €20

Weekly Total: €361.38

Savings (not sure where to put this?!): €700

Reflections: It is not a surprise to me that most of my spend was towards food, I think this was a big week for that as we got our online delivery and I also put in for a meat order but in reality I am getting a lot of comfort from cooking at this time. It was a really busy week at work and I felt really run down and stressed. I realise that I pretty much did no exercise this week but putting that down to the fact that I was working really long days and not feeling well. This week I'm going to make a better effort to get more exercise as it'll probably help with my stressy feelings.


A week in Dublin, Ireland on a €70,000 Income

This is my first MD ever - hope it all makes sense but apologies if not as numbers have never been my strong point. I've been working from home with my fiance (B) since the 12th March and we were due to get married in June, we decided last week to move our wedding to 2021 and hopefully life will be a bit more normal by then. Due to the wedding we had been saving both money and holidays for our honeymoon planned for later in the year, we still have our honeymoon booked and guess we won't know if we can go ahead until closer to the time.

In Ireland we've been asked to stay home unless going for necessary supplies and we can exercise to a 2km limit around our home. We're not living within a 2km radius to either of our families and I'm really missing seeing them although I love that they've adapted to video calls. We live in a basement flat and our landlady lives upstairs, she's in her 80s so we're in contact with her more than usual lately as we've been shopping for her.

B & I haven’t combined finances fully yet, more out of laziness than anything else. The plan is to open a joint account and for every payday for us both to transfer in half our paycheques. I've been trying to get an appointment to open up a joint account (has to be done in person) and can't see this being soon due to the backlog. It's on our radar though.

Occupation: Account Manager - Advertising

Section 1: Assets & Debt

Retirement Balance: €10,000 fund spread over a fund I opened up years ago and have kept up. Since starting my job they contribute up to if I match it 7% **CHECK) but I’ve upped this due to the recos.

Savings Accounts: €12,000 in our wedding fund. €4,000 in personal savings. €1,200 in a credit union account as collateral for a loan (should I need it. I have a Revolut vault that rounds up spare change and I'm using this for treats while we're in this situation, when this started I was ordering a lot of things to cheer me up and when it became more clear that this is a situation that may last for months rather than weeks I decided to put some rules in place. At the start of this week I had about €50 in this.

Debt: None, college is technically free in Ireland and I'm really lucky that my parents were able to help me with my expenses during college and I also had a part-time job while I studied. They have also offered to contribute to our wedding even though I stressed that there is no need.

Section 2: Income

My salary: €70,000, plus quarterly bonus of 30% when we hit target (can vary, esp now with the current situation). The last two bonus payments I've recieved I put into our wedding and our honeymoon fund. Going forward I'll be putting these into savings towards a deposit.

My paycheck post deductions - €3,343

Section 3: Monthly Expenses

Rent: €1,900 a month, I pay €1,100 as I get paid more. This is high but we really love our apartment. It's quite new, we have two bathrooms and lots of space. We even have an area outdoors so feel like it's worth paying this much. I've been very grateful for it over the last few weeks.

Electric & Gas: aprox €160-200 a month.

Health Insurance Work pays for.

Cell Phones: Work pays for.

Netflix: €12 (B pays for Amazon Prime)

Now TV: €27.50

Cinema Pass: €20 (currently paused but would allow unlimited movies in a month, we were going to the cinema on average 4 times a month so it was worth it).

Apple Music: €9.99

Internet - €63

Pension - €100

Monday, 20th April:

6.30 am. I wake up, make coffee and watch an episode of Shahs of Sunset while writing in my diary. I started this habit about two weeks into the quarantine and really didn’t think I’d last this long.

8.00am I set up my workspace and log onto work early. I have leftover baked oats at my desk and another coffee. I check my bank balance and see that I’ve been reimbursed for the internet while working from home which is an amazing perk.

9.00am B logs onto his work, we have a dedicated desk space in our apartment which is big enough for both of us to work at. The only time we have a bit of an issue is if we have calls at the same time so one of us volunteers to go into the living room. It’s working well so far.

10.00am I work on a client presentation for Wednesday, clear my inbox and have a banana as snack. I am feeling a little bit off with work right now, the job is more salesy than I thought and with the current events I’m not sure how I feel about it anymore.It feels a bit gross to talk about revenue targets with everything going on. I am keeping my head down and working away but also keeping any eye open in case there’s any internal opportunities to a different role.

11.30am Mail announces that a colleague had a baby, lovely news and I donate €10 towards a gift.

12.50pm Still just beavering away. I’ve got bumper to bumper internal calls over lunch which is lame but manage to get a 10 min break to eat leftover pizza.

14:00pm I’m struggling. I log onto a training call to get some inspiration

4.30pm As I logged on early, I log off and shower. I know logically that it’s most likely hay fever and tiredness but part of me wonders if I’m getting sick. Hoping the shower will help.

5.30pm: Online shop arrives early! The delivery man has left it at our door and I wave to him to let him know we got it. Got meat (for himself), snacks, tinned goods, yogurt, coffee and laundry stuff. We are missing a couple of things like bleach, dishwasher tabs and black beans but it’s not critical (just yet). €85.24

6.00pm I cook some brown rice and heat up leftover chickpea stew and have an early dinner

6.30pm I get a call from nieces who are getting ready for bed and in the space of 5 mins go from chilled to hyper…..sorry sis!

8.00pm I make pizza for fiance, I made the dough yesterday when we had a little pizza party and this is the leftovers from this. We usually do have different meals because he’s a fussy eater but I actually don’t mind. I put on a wash now that we have more laundry supplies and I don’t need to ration them out.

9.00pm We watch a movie chosen by fiance to make up for SATC a few weeks ago. I take a paracetmeol as I’m not feeling great.

11.00pm Hang out the washing and head to bed.

Tuesday, 21st April:

7.00am Woken up by our timed light, have some coffee and do some journaling.

8.00am Still not feeling great and I get dressed in a comfy Jeans and jumper, log on early and eat leftover baked oats at my desk. I have a big client presentation to work on so switch off emails and put my phone away to full focus. Work the morning through stopping for snacks (mainly Pringles).

1.00pm Lunch is two slices of toast with some avocado, hummus and an apple (not together). I resist the urge to clean the kitchen as fiance and I have a deal that he cleans and I cook. I sit in sun outside, and take an internal call outside.

4.00pm Heat up coconut chickpea stew and rice and try to re-focus. Make up some sparkling water from my Sodastream which I got for free and only really got working now, I love it. The early start combined with not feeling well has me struggling and I log off slightly early.

7.30pm I go onto a Podcast Quiz that’s really fun. While on it I make japanese curry which tastes a little bland and I realise I forgot onions. D’Oh.

9.00pm Watch Space Jam and eat some chocolate, head to bed after the film and hope I feel better in the morning.

Wednesday, 22nd April:

7.00am I’m woken up again by light, coffee and journal and trash TV. I’m feeling much better but still a bit delicate. I think this is combination of hay fever and tiredness so I tell B I don't think I have the virus, he reminds me this is the third (3rd) time I've done this.

8.00am I get dressed in the same jeans but a nice top as I have a client presentation this morning. We get our electricity bill which is not as high as I thought it would be seeing as we both work from home now. €80 for my share. I am glad but also I’ve been nagging my fiance about not leaving lights on unnecessarily the last month and feel this doesn't help my case. I move €200 into my savings account as I don't expect to have many more expenses till payday on Friday.

9.30am Forgot about the milkman payment , €7.68 comes out of my account for last week.

11.am I have to present virtually, sweating throughout but think it goes well. I made myself a hacky version of a standing desk as I feel like mentally it’s easier to get into the zone standing for a presentation. This is actually a bit of a practice for myself for tomorrow.

4.30pm It’s been a really busy day, trying to keep up with lots of different projects and realise I forgot to send someone something and beat myself up about it for the rest of the day. I need to work on being better at this, and have attended some courses about doing it. If anyone else has tips please share.

7.00pm I end up working late to finish up the client presentation prep for tomorrow. I have a shower and plait my hair so i get some nice beachy waves for tomorrow.

8.00pm I make pasta bake from leftover pizza sauce, chicken, an old pepper and breadcrumbs. Actually surprisingly really tasty. We watch Terrace house while we eat.

9.30pm I clean up with an episode of Too Hot to Handle. This is awful stuff but perfect for background noise.

10.00pm My sister messages me to say one of favourite authors has a new book that can be preordered on kindle for 99p and it’ll apparently help the writer too. That comes to €1.13. I check my mail and see my order from the pharmacy has been dispatched - shampoo, conditioner and a gas canister for my beloved Sodastream, the money for this was taken from my card last week so no additional charge.

Thursday, 23rd April:

6.30am I wake up from a dream that I’ve been asked to move out and it’s one of those dreams where I need to say to myself “it’s only a dream, it’s only a dream” a couple of times. The usual coffee and reality TV start.

8.00am I make breakfast. I end up burning my bagel but eat it anyway (we’re not wasting anything right now) with egg, avocado and hummus.

9.00am I log on and get straight into it, my first call is with my scariest client call but it goes well and I feel on a high for the rest of the day.

11.00am A team meeting and a last min catch-up for the client session this afternoon.

12.00pm I have a quick lunch of chickpea stew and rice and eat it in the sun. Then I put on some make-up and nice earrings for the video presentation after lunch. It's mad how just putting on lipstick has me feeling like a million bucks.

2.15pm Time for the big client presentation and it’s safe to say my colleague and I nail it. I have a bit more work to do today and I’m starving so I have some more rice but with curry this time.

4.30pm I get a call from a pub to arrange to collect growlers from a beer delivery I got two weeks ago. This should mean I get 4 euro back and I drop in a couple of bags of crisps in with the bottles too to say thanks for collecting.

5.30pm Work for a few more hours then go for a walk with my fiance. We’ve not really been doing this since lockdown came through as I feel like only one of us should be out at a time and I don’t want to stress out other people while we’re out.

6.30pm Home and leftover pasta bake for dinner, watch the latest episode of Westworld. I love this show.

8.00pm I update my spreadsheet that keeps track of our food supplies and what I can make from these. I started doing this when this all kicked off as I’ve not always been great with using what I already have. I generally would buy more things on my way home from work and this isn’t an option anymore. I also do some work on this diary.

9.00pm I read some of my book, actually lovely to read a physical book. Exhausted after the day and I’m asleep at 10.30

Friday, 24th April:

6.30am It’s payday! And also milk delivery day, I bring in our milk order which includes milk for our landlady. We’ll leave it up for her at lunchtime. I have a quick shower without washing my hair as I'm trying to wash it less right now. I put on Nuud natural deodorant which I highly recommend! I was using it before the working from home thing and have to say it's so good. If you're feeling nervous about trying it I think now is a great time.

7.00am Time for some coffee and accounting, I transfer money into our wedding savings account (even though we’ve postponed till next year I’m going to keep adding in my planned savings until next month) - €500. I update my budget spreadsheet, when I do this I usually add in all my planned expenses like dinners out, birthday presents etc. This month and last month I don’t really have anything but I put in for my niece’s birthday to send them both something in May.

8.30am Log onto work with another coffee and a flapjack for breakfast.

10.00am I have my last client call of the week and log all my calls in our internal system. While we’re not officially judged on this, the management team keep an eye on this and feel like especially right now when we’re working from home, this will be looked at.

11.00am I have a feedback session with my manager, I’ve been into this new role for 8 months now and as I mentioned earlier this week it has had its ups and downs. I get some good feedback - positive notes that are nice to hear and constructive notes that I agree with. A really good session overall.

12.30pm Slightly early lunch, I make a coffee with some frothy milk and a bagel with avocado and scrambled egg. I do some online shopping on my lunch break, I order a herbs planter that won’t be delivered till June but looks fun and B is excited to have a project, €20 my share. I saw during the week that one of my favourite Mexican places is delivering cook at home kits but I’m outside their delivery radius. This makes me sad so I decide to order some corn tortillas, salsas, chillis so I can have a taco night at home. They probably won’t be here for another week but hey something to look forward to. €23 Lastly, I decide to order some meat (pork shoulder for tacos, burgers, chicken thighs and rashers) to be delivered next week €38.99

4.00pm I’ve had internal calls all afternoon and my head feels drained after the busy week, I send some follow-ups from the client meeting yesterday and clear my inbox, moving things onto my to-do list for next week.

5.30pm And log off! I put my work laptop away to signify that this is indeed the weekend and to reduce the temptation to work more at the weekend. B is finishing something off so I leave him to it.

6.00pm My friend lives 5 minutes away but they went to her in-laws for a visit about 6 weeks ago and ended up being stuck there. Thoughts and prayers. She asked me to pop round to her house just to make sure all is okay and that it doesn’t look abandoned. It’s a lovely evening and I’m glad for a job outside the house.

6.15pm All is good at the house, noticed that there’s a huge line at the local off-licence but there’s no line at the small supermarket so I pop in to get a few essentials: fancy chopped tomatoes for a pasta sauce, a reduced sausage roll and some chocolate fingers. I am starving this week for some reason, might be stress or I suspect my period is coming early. €6.98

6.30pm B has finished work and is playing Animal Crossing, I feel very betrayed as it was as if we were the only two people who weren’t playing it. He then starts to play Ring Fit, exercise game for the switch. It’s actually surpisingly good! I did it a good bit last week but definitely have been lazier this week due to not feeling great.

7.30pm After dinner of pork chops, rice and vegetables we log onto Xbox live and play games online with one of our mutual friends. We call him and chat for a few hours while having some beers that my sister sent to me for my birthday earlier this month.

10.30pm I’m feeling tired so we log off the call, I watch an episode of Broad City and B plays Animal Crossing.

Total: €588.97

Saturday, 25th April:

7am, I am wide awake even though it’s the weekend. I have a coffee and watch the newest episode of RHOBH while working on this diary.

7,30am I order an ice tray for my fiancé because I put his in the dishwasher and ruined it. He wasn’t even annoyed but I felt bad for it: €25. As I’m almost out of beer I order more for myself and I take the money for this from my savings vault. It comes to €48 which includes delivery - probably won’t be here till next week.

9.00am As B had a stressful day yesterday and I’m feeling great now that big client presentation is over I decide to clean up the kitchen. I make myself avocado toast with black pudding and another coffee, I eat this sitting outside. I call my mum who’s been finding this tough as she can’t see her granddaughters but asks to call me later as she’s off for her morning walk.

10.00am B is up and is calling our landlady to see if she needs anything, she says she’ll leave a shopping list and bag out for us. Vulnerable shopping time is on till after lunchtime so we’ll do it then.

11.30am I’ve decided that Saturday is my kitchen project day and today it’s homemade ravioli. I put on Laura Marling’s new album (I love it) while I make a filling with mushrooms and a small potato - sounds weird but I found it in a vegan cookbook years ago and it makes for a creamy consistency without cream. Plus I need to use up my mushrooms and potatoes. I also make some stewed rhubarb with orange to have in porridge for breakfast over the next few days.

12.30pm I make my pasta dough, I’ve only done this once before and I don’t have a machine to roll but let’s see how this turns out. B volunteers to go to the supermarket by himself to pick up the landlady’s list, I ask him to pick up limes, gran padano cheese, oil spray and courgettes. I give him my card €5.36.

1.00pm I start rolling out my dough, it’s hard to get it as thin as I would like. I cut out circles, add in my filling and seal. I boil these for a few minutes and serve with grated gran padano. As I feared they are a little bit too thick but I’m happy to have spent a few hours on these. I’m not super happy about the mess I have to clean up.

2.30pm Zoom call with some girlfriends, it’s lovely to catch-up even though we have no major news right now. I ask for advice to use up a green pepper (I find them so bitter) and if you have any advice please let me know.

4.00pm Carb coma. I read more of my book (Mad Girl’s Lovesong if anyone is interested) and sit in the sunshine.

6.00pm Start cooking dinner, some leftover pork chops and stuffing for B and beans on toast for me. I have a small ball of leftover pizza dough from last weekend so I bake it in the oven like a little roll. Turns out okay!

7.00pm We watch this week’s drag race and text our mutual friend C throughout, I love Crystal Method so much! I enjoy the guest judges but definitely prefer Rachel Bloom and wish she could be a permanent judge. I cry at the lip sync. Yep, period must be on the way. We follow up with Untucked

8.30pm B has a lads Zoom call, C and I decide to watch Hustlers. I make myself a whiskey sour first that is all whiskey not so much sour and I know this will knock me out for the night. Watch Hustlers while texting C. C started off as B’s friend but slowly we’ve become best friends, I have slight guilt sometimes that I’ve stolen her but B has assured me that he’s happy we get on so well. We drunkenly decide we’re going on a trip to London once this is over. Hustlers is great, I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it’s still great.

11.30pm The whiskey has me crawling to bed, B is still on his Zoom call. I realise my mum never called me back! How dare she.

3.00am I’m woken up by B on his call, I get out of bed and give him a grumpy look. He immediately quietens.

3.30am B comes to bed very apologetic and full of chat and it’s adorable.

Sunday, 26th April

8.00am I wake up and B is sleeping soundly. Coffee and class RHONY while I work on this diary.

10.00am I make scrambled eggs on toast with more coffee. Maybe I also have a cookie after.

I blog for a while. I used to blog a lot when I was unemployed and needed an outlet but once I started working again I got out of the habit. I started doing it since the start of this year and have been really enjoying it. I mainly blog about cooking and testing recipes.

11.00am Debate going for a run but decide cuddles with B will be better. Despite us spending most of our time together I worry about us spending quality time right now. Usually we do that by going out on a date but we need to put a bit more effort in now.

12.30pm I have a shower and go the full hog, washing my hair and shaving. If you can’t tell, standards are low right now lol. Moisturise and sit in my robe.

1.30pm I make a kind of paella for lunch, it's not very authentic but it’s tasty.

2.45pm I settle with my laptop in the sitting room with tea and some chocolate fingers and B logs into his laptop in our kitchen. We’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends every Sunday for the last month. It’s our first time playing this online with our friends rather than in person but I’ve really been enjoying this as a distraction and social outlet.

6.30pm The game has been going on for a while but it’s coming to an end and we’ve been quite successful. I ask B if he wants to get pizza. I have some guilt about ordering a takeaway but honestly feel like a break from cooking would be fantastic. I order a pepperoni pizza and chips to collect €10

7.00pm I walk the five minutes to the pizza place to collect our order, my mum calls me on the way back and I’m caught rotten getting a takeaway. Tell her I’ll call her back after we eat. We watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian while we eat.

7.45pm Call my mum back, also talk to my Dad who shows me the cat asleep on his lap. Adorable.

8.15pm Talk to B about once restrictions ease off if it would be okay for me to head to my parents for a few weeks, we talk it out a bit. While I would love to see them and spend lots of time with them, I don’t feel super comfortable about travelling to see them in case I inadvertently pass the virus onto them. Feel a bit sorry for myself. Watch RHONY to distract myself while B cleans up.

9.30pm I’m very tired after not having a great night’s sleep last night, head to bed with my book.

Weekly Recap:

Entertainment: €1.13

Food & Drink: €225.25

Utilities: €80

Home/Garden: €20

Weekly Total: €361.38

Savings (not sure where to put this?!): €700

Reflections: It is not a surprise to me that most of my spend was towards food, I think this was a big week for that as we got our online delivery and I also put in for a meat order but in reality I am getting a lot of comfort from cooking at this time. It was a really busy week at work and I felt really run down and stressed. I realise that I pretty much did no exercise this week but putting that down to the fact that I was working really long days and not feeling well. This week I'm going to make a better effort to get more exercise as it'll probably help with my stressy feelings.


A week in Dublin, Ireland on a €70,000 Income

This is my first MD ever - hope it all makes sense but apologies if not as numbers have never been my strong point. I've been working from home with my fiance (B) since the 12th March and we were due to get married in June, we decided last week to move our wedding to 2021 and hopefully life will be a bit more normal by then. Due to the wedding we had been saving both money and holidays for our honeymoon planned for later in the year, we still have our honeymoon booked and guess we won't know if we can go ahead until closer to the time.

In Ireland we've been asked to stay home unless going for necessary supplies and we can exercise to a 2km limit around our home. We're not living within a 2km radius to either of our families and I'm really missing seeing them although I love that they've adapted to video calls. We live in a basement flat and our landlady lives upstairs, she's in her 80s so we're in contact with her more than usual lately as we've been shopping for her.

B & I haven’t combined finances fully yet, more out of laziness than anything else. The plan is to open a joint account and for every payday for us both to transfer in half our paycheques. I've been trying to get an appointment to open up a joint account (has to be done in person) and can't see this being soon due to the backlog. It's on our radar though.

Occupation: Account Manager - Advertising

Section 1: Assets & Debt

Retirement Balance: €10,000 fund spread over a fund I opened up years ago and have kept up. Since starting my job they contribute up to if I match it 7% **CHECK) but I’ve upped this due to the recos.

Savings Accounts: €12,000 in our wedding fund. €4,000 in personal savings. €1,200 in a credit union account as collateral for a loan (should I need it. I have a Revolut vault that rounds up spare change and I'm using this for treats while we're in this situation, when this started I was ordering a lot of things to cheer me up and when it became more clear that this is a situation that may last for months rather than weeks I decided to put some rules in place. At the start of this week I had about €50 in this.

Debt: None, college is technically free in Ireland and I'm really lucky that my parents were able to help me with my expenses during college and I also had a part-time job while I studied. They have also offered to contribute to our wedding even though I stressed that there is no need.

Section 2: Income

My salary: €70,000, plus quarterly bonus of 30% when we hit target (can vary, esp now with the current situation). The last two bonus payments I've recieved I put into our wedding and our honeymoon fund. Going forward I'll be putting these into savings towards a deposit.

My paycheck post deductions - €3,343

Section 3: Monthly Expenses

Rent: €1,900 a month, I pay €1,100 as I get paid more. This is high but we really love our apartment. It's quite new, we have two bathrooms and lots of space. We even have an area outdoors so feel like it's worth paying this much. I've been very grateful for it over the last few weeks.

Electric & Gas: aprox €160-200 a month.

Health Insurance Work pays for.

Cell Phones: Work pays for.

Netflix: €12 (B pays for Amazon Prime)

Now TV: €27.50

Cinema Pass: €20 (currently paused but would allow unlimited movies in a month, we were going to the cinema on average 4 times a month so it was worth it).

Apple Music: €9.99

Internet - €63

Pension - €100

Monday, 20th April:

6.30 am. I wake up, make coffee and watch an episode of Shahs of Sunset while writing in my diary. I started this habit about two weeks into the quarantine and really didn’t think I’d last this long.

8.00am I set up my workspace and log onto work early. I have leftover baked oats at my desk and another coffee. I check my bank balance and see that I’ve been reimbursed for the internet while working from home which is an amazing perk.

9.00am B logs onto his work, we have a dedicated desk space in our apartment which is big enough for both of us to work at. The only time we have a bit of an issue is if we have calls at the same time so one of us volunteers to go into the living room. It’s working well so far.

10.00am I work on a client presentation for Wednesday, clear my inbox and have a banana as snack. I am feeling a little bit off with work right now, the job is more salesy than I thought and with the current events I’m not sure how I feel about it anymore.It feels a bit gross to talk about revenue targets with everything going on. I am keeping my head down and working away but also keeping any eye open in case there’s any internal opportunities to a different role.

11.30am Mail announces that a colleague had a baby, lovely news and I donate €10 towards a gift.

12.50pm Still just beavering away. I’ve got bumper to bumper internal calls over lunch which is lame but manage to get a 10 min break to eat leftover pizza.

14:00pm I’m struggling. I log onto a training call to get some inspiration

4.30pm As I logged on early, I log off and shower. I know logically that it’s most likely hay fever and tiredness but part of me wonders if I’m getting sick. Hoping the shower will help.

5.30pm: Online shop arrives early! The delivery man has left it at our door and I wave to him to let him know we got it. Got meat (for himself), snacks, tinned goods, yogurt, coffee and laundry stuff. We are missing a couple of things like bleach, dishwasher tabs and black beans but it’s not critical (just yet). €85.24

6.00pm I cook some brown rice and heat up leftover chickpea stew and have an early dinner

6.30pm I get a call from nieces who are getting ready for bed and in the space of 5 mins go from chilled to hyper…..sorry sis!

8.00pm I make pizza for fiance, I made the dough yesterday when we had a little pizza party and this is the leftovers from this. We usually do have different meals because he’s a fussy eater but I actually don’t mind. I put on a wash now that we have more laundry supplies and I don’t need to ration them out.

9.00pm We watch a movie chosen by fiance to make up for SATC a few weeks ago. I take a paracetmeol as I’m not feeling great.

11.00pm Hang out the washing and head to bed.

Tuesday, 21st April:

7.00am Woken up by our timed light, have some coffee and do some journaling.

8.00am Still not feeling great and I get dressed in a comfy Jeans and jumper, log on early and eat leftover baked oats at my desk. I have a big client presentation to work on so switch off emails and put my phone away to full focus. Work the morning through stopping for snacks (mainly Pringles).

1.00pm Lunch is two slices of toast with some avocado, hummus and an apple (not together). I resist the urge to clean the kitchen as fiance and I have a deal that he cleans and I cook. I sit in sun outside, and take an internal call outside.

4.00pm Heat up coconut chickpea stew and rice and try to re-focus. Make up some sparkling water from my Sodastream which I got for free and only really got working now, I love it. The early start combined with not feeling well has me struggling and I log off slightly early.

7.30pm I go onto a Podcast Quiz that’s really fun. While on it I make japanese curry which tastes a little bland and I realise I forgot onions. D’Oh.

9.00pm Watch Space Jam and eat some chocolate, head to bed after the film and hope I feel better in the morning.

Wednesday, 22nd April:

7.00am I’m woken up again by light, coffee and journal and trash TV. I’m feeling much better but still a bit delicate. I think this is combination of hay fever and tiredness so I tell B I don't think I have the virus, he reminds me this is the third (3rd) time I've done this.

8.00am I get dressed in the same jeans but a nice top as I have a client presentation this morning. We get our electricity bill which is not as high as I thought it would be seeing as we both work from home now. €80 for my share. I am glad but also I’ve been nagging my fiance about not leaving lights on unnecessarily the last month and feel this doesn't help my case. I move €200 into my savings account as I don't expect to have many more expenses till payday on Friday.

9.30am Forgot about the milkman payment , €7.68 comes out of my account for last week.

11.am I have to present virtually, sweating throughout but think it goes well. I made myself a hacky version of a standing desk as I feel like mentally it’s easier to get into the zone standing for a presentation. This is actually a bit of a practice for myself for tomorrow.

4.30pm It’s been a really busy day, trying to keep up with lots of different projects and realise I forgot to send someone something and beat myself up about it for the rest of the day. I need to work on being better at this, and have attended some courses about doing it. If anyone else has tips please share.

7.00pm I end up working late to finish up the client presentation prep for tomorrow. I have a shower and plait my hair so i get some nice beachy waves for tomorrow.

8.00pm I make pasta bake from leftover pizza sauce, chicken, an old pepper and breadcrumbs. Actually surprisingly really tasty. We watch Terrace house while we eat.

9.30pm I clean up with an episode of Too Hot to Handle. This is awful stuff but perfect for background noise.

10.00pm My sister messages me to say one of favourite authors has a new book that can be preordered on kindle for 99p and it’ll apparently help the writer too. That comes to €1.13. I check my mail and see my order from the pharmacy has been dispatched - shampoo, conditioner and a gas canister for my beloved Sodastream, the money for this was taken from my card last week so no additional charge.

Thursday, 23rd April:

6.30am I wake up from a dream that I’ve been asked to move out and it’s one of those dreams where I need to say to myself “it’s only a dream, it’s only a dream” a couple of times. The usual coffee and reality TV start.

8.00am I make breakfast. I end up burning my bagel but eat it anyway (we’re not wasting anything right now) with egg, avocado and hummus.

9.00am I log on and get straight into it, my first call is with my scariest client call but it goes well and I feel on a high for the rest of the day.

11.00am A team meeting and a last min catch-up for the client session this afternoon.

12.00pm I have a quick lunch of chickpea stew and rice and eat it in the sun. Then I put on some make-up and nice earrings for the video presentation after lunch. It's mad how just putting on lipstick has me feeling like a million bucks.

2.15pm Time for the big client presentation and it’s safe to say my colleague and I nail it. I have a bit more work to do today and I’m starving so I have some more rice but with curry this time.

4.30pm I get a call from a pub to arrange to collect growlers from a beer delivery I got two weeks ago. This should mean I get 4 euro back and I drop in a couple of bags of crisps in with the bottles too to say thanks for collecting.

5.30pm Work for a few more hours then go for a walk with my fiance. We’ve not really been doing this since lockdown came through as I feel like only one of us should be out at a time and I don’t want to stress out other people while we’re out.

6.30pm Home and leftover pasta bake for dinner, watch the latest episode of Westworld. I love this show.

8.00pm I update my spreadsheet that keeps track of our food supplies and what I can make from these. I started doing this when this all kicked off as I’ve not always been great with using what I already have. I generally would buy more things on my way home from work and this isn’t an option anymore. I also do some work on this diary.

9.00pm I read some of my book, actually lovely to read a physical book. Exhausted after the day and I’m asleep at 10.30

Friday, 24th April:

6.30am It’s payday! And also milk delivery day, I bring in our milk order which includes milk for our landlady. We’ll leave it up for her at lunchtime. I have a quick shower without washing my hair as I'm trying to wash it less right now. I put on Nuud natural deodorant which I highly recommend! I was using it before the working from home thing and have to say it's so good. If you're feeling nervous about trying it I think now is a great time.

7.00am Time for some coffee and accounting, I transfer money into our wedding savings account (even though we’ve postponed till next year I’m going to keep adding in my planned savings until next month) - €500. I update my budget spreadsheet, when I do this I usually add in all my planned expenses like dinners out, birthday presents etc. This month and last month I don’t really have anything but I put in for my niece’s birthday to send them both something in May.

8.30am Log onto work with another coffee and a flapjack for breakfast.

10.00am I have my last client call of the week and log all my calls in our internal system. While we’re not officially judged on this, the management team keep an eye on this and feel like especially right now when we’re working from home, this will be looked at.

11.00am I have a feedback session with my manager, I’ve been into this new role for 8 months now and as I mentioned earlier this week it has had its ups and downs. I get some good feedback - positive notes that are nice to hear and constructive notes that I agree with. A really good session overall.

12.30pm Slightly early lunch, I make a coffee with some frothy milk and a bagel with avocado and scrambled egg. I do some online shopping on my lunch break, I order a herbs planter that won’t be delivered till June but looks fun and B is excited to have a project, €20 my share. I saw during the week that one of my favourite Mexican places is delivering cook at home kits but I’m outside their delivery radius. This makes me sad so I decide to order some corn tortillas, salsas, chillis so I can have a taco night at home. They probably won’t be here for another week but hey something to look forward to. €23 Lastly, I decide to order some meat (pork shoulder for tacos, burgers, chicken thighs and rashers) to be delivered next week €38.99

4.00pm I’ve had internal calls all afternoon and my head feels drained after the busy week, I send some follow-ups from the client meeting yesterday and clear my inbox, moving things onto my to-do list for next week.

5.30pm And log off! I put my work laptop away to signify that this is indeed the weekend and to reduce the temptation to work more at the weekend. B is finishing something off so I leave him to it.

6.00pm My friend lives 5 minutes away but they went to her in-laws for a visit about 6 weeks ago and ended up being stuck there. Thoughts and prayers. She asked me to pop round to her house just to make sure all is okay and that it doesn’t look abandoned. It’s a lovely evening and I’m glad for a job outside the house.

6.15pm All is good at the house, noticed that there’s a huge line at the local off-licence but there’s no line at the small supermarket so I pop in to get a few essentials: fancy chopped tomatoes for a pasta sauce, a reduced sausage roll and some chocolate fingers. I am starving this week for some reason, might be stress or I suspect my period is coming early. €6.98

6.30pm B has finished work and is playing Animal Crossing, I feel very betrayed as it was as if we were the only two people who weren’t playing it. He then starts to play Ring Fit, exercise game for the switch. It’s actually surpisingly good! I did it a good bit last week but definitely have been lazier this week due to not feeling great.

7.30pm After dinner of pork chops, rice and vegetables we log onto Xbox live and play games online with one of our mutual friends. We call him and chat for a few hours while having some beers that my sister sent to me for my birthday earlier this month.

10.30pm I’m feeling tired so we log off the call, I watch an episode of Broad City and B plays Animal Crossing.

Total: €588.97

Saturday, 25th April:

7am, I am wide awake even though it’s the weekend. I have a coffee and watch the newest episode of RHOBH while working on this diary.

7,30am I order an ice tray for my fiancé because I put his in the dishwasher and ruined it. He wasn’t even annoyed but I felt bad for it: €25. As I’m almost out of beer I order more for myself and I take the money for this from my savings vault. It comes to €48 which includes delivery - probably won’t be here till next week.

9.00am As B had a stressful day yesterday and I’m feeling great now that big client presentation is over I decide to clean up the kitchen. I make myself avocado toast with black pudding and another coffee, I eat this sitting outside. I call my mum who’s been finding this tough as she can’t see her granddaughters but asks to call me later as she’s off for her morning walk.

10.00am B is up and is calling our landlady to see if she needs anything, she says she’ll leave a shopping list and bag out for us. Vulnerable shopping time is on till after lunchtime so we’ll do it then.

11.30am I’ve decided that Saturday is my kitchen project day and today it’s homemade ravioli. I put on Laura Marling’s new album (I love it) while I make a filling with mushrooms and a small potato - sounds weird but I found it in a vegan cookbook years ago and it makes for a creamy consistency without cream. Plus I need to use up my mushrooms and potatoes. I also make some stewed rhubarb with orange to have in porridge for breakfast over the next few days.

12.30pm I make my pasta dough, I’ve only done this once before and I don’t have a machine to roll but let’s see how this turns out. B volunteers to go to the supermarket by himself to pick up the landlady’s list, I ask him to pick up limes, gran padano cheese, oil spray and courgettes. I give him my card €5.36.

1.00pm I start rolling out my dough, it’s hard to get it as thin as I would like. I cut out circles, add in my filling and seal. I boil these for a few minutes and serve with grated gran padano. As I feared they are a little bit too thick but I’m happy to have spent a few hours on these. I’m not super happy about the mess I have to clean up.

2.30pm Zoom call with some girlfriends, it’s lovely to catch-up even though we have no major news right now. I ask for advice to use up a green pepper (I find them so bitter) and if you have any advice please let me know.

4.00pm Carb coma. I read more of my book (Mad Girl’s Lovesong if anyone is interested) and sit in the sunshine.

6.00pm Start cooking dinner, some leftover pork chops and stuffing for B and beans on toast for me. I have a small ball of leftover pizza dough from last weekend so I bake it in the oven like a little roll. Turns out okay!

7.00pm We watch this week’s drag race and text our mutual friend C throughout, I love Crystal Method so much! I enjoy the guest judges but definitely prefer Rachel Bloom and wish she could be a permanent judge. I cry at the lip sync. Yep, period must be on the way. We follow up with Untucked

8.30pm B has a lads Zoom call, C and I decide to watch Hustlers. I make myself a whiskey sour first that is all whiskey not so much sour and I know this will knock me out for the night. Watch Hustlers while texting C. C started off as B’s friend but slowly we’ve become best friends, I have slight guilt sometimes that I’ve stolen her but B has assured me that he’s happy we get on so well. We drunkenly decide we’re going on a trip to London once this is over. Hustlers is great, I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it’s still great.

11.30pm The whiskey has me crawling to bed, B is still on his Zoom call. I realise my mum never called me back! How dare she.

3.00am I’m woken up by B on his call, I get out of bed and give him a grumpy look. He immediately quietens.

3.30am B comes to bed very apologetic and full of chat and it’s adorable.

Sunday, 26th April

8.00am I wake up and B is sleeping soundly. Coffee and class RHONY while I work on this diary.

10.00am I make scrambled eggs on toast with more coffee. Maybe I also have a cookie after.

I blog for a while. I used to blog a lot when I was unemployed and needed an outlet but once I started working again I got out of the habit. I started doing it since the start of this year and have been really enjoying it. I mainly blog about cooking and testing recipes.

11.00am Debate going for a run but decide cuddles with B will be better. Despite us spending most of our time together I worry about us spending quality time right now. Usually we do that by going out on a date but we need to put a bit more effort in now.

12.30pm I have a shower and go the full hog, washing my hair and shaving. If you can’t tell, standards are low right now lol. Moisturise and sit in my robe.

1.30pm I make a kind of paella for lunch, it's not very authentic but it’s tasty.

2.45pm I settle with my laptop in the sitting room with tea and some chocolate fingers and B logs into his laptop in our kitchen. We’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with a group of friends every Sunday for the last month. It’s our first time playing this online with our friends rather than in person but I’ve really been enjoying this as a distraction and social outlet.

6.30pm The game has been going on for a while but it’s coming to an end and we’ve been quite successful. I ask B if he wants to get pizza. I have some guilt about ordering a takeaway but honestly feel like a break from cooking would be fantastic. I order a pepperoni pizza and chips to collect €10

7.00pm I walk the five minutes to the pizza place to collect our order, my mum calls me on the way back and I’m caught rotten getting a takeaway. Tell her I’ll call her back after we eat. We watch the latest episode of The Mandalorian while we eat.

7.45pm Call my mum back, also talk to my Dad who shows me the cat asleep on his lap. Adorable.

8.15pm Talk to B about once restrictions ease off if it would be okay for me to head to my parents for a few weeks, we talk it out a bit. While I would love to see them and spend lots of time with them, I don’t feel super comfortable about travelling to see them in case I inadvertently pass the virus onto them. Feel a bit sorry for myself. Watch RHONY to distract myself while B cleans up.

9.30pm I’m very tired after not having a great night’s sleep last night, head to bed with my book.

Weekly Recap:

Entertainment: €1.13

Food & Drink: €225.25

Utilities: €80

Home/Garden: €20

Weekly Total: €361.38

Savings (not sure where to put this?!): €700

Reflections: It is not a surprise to me that most of my spend was towards food, I think this was a big week for that as we got our online delivery and I also put in for a meat order but in reality I am getting a lot of comfort from cooking at this time. It was a really busy week at work and I felt really run down and stressed. I realise that I pretty much did no exercise this week but putting that down to the fact that I was working really long days and not feeling well. This week I'm going to make a better effort to get more exercise as it'll probably help with my stressy feelings.


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