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Donal Skehan's ricotta pound cake

Donal Skehan's ricotta pound cake

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Donal Skehan's ricotta pound cake

This year was the year I was going to start getting exercise back on track, sort out the "dad bod" and get going on all the projects that have been hanging over me. Of course, as January landed I was off to a flying start, jiggling away in the gym, making time to read books and meditate, basically all the things that might equate to "#InstaGoals". I was going pretty strong too, until, like everybody else, things started changing pretty quickly thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. With the gym closed (don't start with me Zoom workout aficionados!) and childcare a distant memory, the bikini bod is a long way away.

To be honest, it's the last thing on my mind at the moment. In amongst the unfolding world events, we had been excitedly planning to return to Ireland to spend the rest of the year and beyond at home to be closer to family and friends. We were due to travel at the beginning of May to move to a place in Ireland.

With an ever-changing situation we've now been advised by the Irish consulate here in LA to move home as soon as possible or risk cancelled flights and closed borders. So for the past couple of weeks we have been scrambling to move out of our home here in LA and attempt a transatlantic move with two children and a dog. I could never have imagined it all happening like this and even as I write this there is an uncertainty as to whether we can even travel. As we waved goodbye to a truck full of our life in 36 boxes a couple of days ago, I'm hopeful we won't be stuck in limbo for long and we'll be able to see family (albeit potentially waving through a window) soon. By the time you guys are reading this, we should be safely back in Ireland.