Hi guys, hope you’re all well! For me, the days have been melting into each other recently, but they’ve had a nice aura of that classic summer chill about them. You know the type you reminisce on during the dreary winters?
I wanted to document a Wednesday like this just before Eid-ul-Adha where we had a few errands to run. Enjoy!
Good morning! 11:00 is a very tame wake-up time by my standards; me and sleep have a very complicated relationship. I woke up and went on my phone, catching up on social media, messages and news. I know this is something people tend to try and avoid, but I really enjoy this time because I feel so chill.
During the weekdays, my dad doesn’t normally work so we all have breakfast together and spend ages downstairs, discussing all sorts of things afterwards. These frequent ‘conferences’ are a huge highlight of summer, because during the year, everyone is busy with their own stuff and it’s rare for us to have breakfast together.
I came back upstairs and prayed because I knew we were planning on going out later. I also do my AM skincare routine after I pray.
I had some time to kill before we left so I read some of the articles that I had bookmarked already. On this day, I was reading about the book/concept of Deep Work by Cal Newport and made a note to buy the book so I could find out more about it in detail.
Our first stop was IKEA. I’ve been planning on rearranging my room a little bit before uni starts again, so I needed to check out some stuff and make final decisions about what I liked and wanted. My mum was also looking for a few things for the house, because let’s be real, IKEA has the most exciting selection of stuff – I don’t know what it is about homeware shopping that gets me so hyped.
After IKEA, we had to go get some general groceries in preparation for Eid, which was two days after this day. We also bought Pakistani mangoes, which are my favourite fruit in the whole world, and nothing makes me happier than a box of mangoes.
Although not in the original itinerary, my parents were eager to get food, so we ended up eating out at a restaurant, which felt so strange since restaurants have been closed for dining-in since March. I had salmon tagliatelle which really hit the spot.
We got home around 8pm, after which I prayed and tried to do some learning. Recently I’ve been working through a British Sign Language course that my friend introduced me to, and I’ve really been enjoying it. I’m not too far into it but I feel like I’ve already learned so much.
I really needed to wash my hair on this evening so I went for a super late shower. It felt so strange, like it was winter again, because I usually shower much earlier, but this was a nice change. It helped me to slow down my evening significantly, and it felt so chill to wind down with a shower.
I came out the shower and wasted a good 15 minutes chatting to my brothers and going on my phone.
I prayed and got myself set up to watch YouTube for hours on end (I wish I was joking). Recently I’ve been loving watching food/recipe videos on YouTube, especially baking stuff because I’ve been trying to find inspiration for something new to try. I also learned a few more signs for my BSL course, and practised all the ones I’d already learned.
Midnight hit and I got into bed to really chill and read for a few hours. I’ve been using an app that connects to my local library to find and read eBooks on, which has been so much fun because it’s been nice to access such a huge range of books for once.
This next day was going to be the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar, which people normally fast on. As a result, we all got up and had a bit of food in the interest of fasting. No-one was particularly hungry, but we figured it would make sense to eat now because we wouldn’t be able to eat until sunset that day.
I came back up and brushed my teeth, before praying at half 3.
After praying, I did my night routine, and prepared myself to go to sleep. I always write in my journal every night, outlining my day and any thoughts and feelings I had during the day. Since I started doing this, I realised how useful it is to look back on this at the end of the week, to see what I’d learned and how my mood had been throughout. I ended up sleeping pretty soon after I got into bed.
And that was my day! A pretty generic day in my life, except for the fact that I normally work out in the early afternoon and do a bit more real work during the day. All this stuff was kind of replaced by the time we spent out, which is fine because those were pretty important tasks to get done too.
I hope you’ve been having a nice summer and spending time with people safely and responsibly.