It’s a couple of years since we were first introduced to Miranda in Clear As A Bell, and with Christmas fast approaching, I thought it was time to catch up and see how she had coped with the challenging times we’ve all experienced recently.
You may recall that her IT business won a tender for the delivery of a hospital management system, and that was where she met Hugh Paterson. There were sparks between the two, but this was forbidden territory – attraction between contractor and client. Miranda had to back off fast.
We had a chat over a cooling spritz, and I caught up with the latest news in her life.
Miranda, How have you coped with the lockdowns that have frozen business activity over the last couple of years?
Miranda: It’s been a mixed bag. Given that IT Health Solutions develops software delivering management solutions to the health industry, the business has been under stress to deliver product around the country, like yesterday.
You must have been busy then.
Miranda: Tell me about it! We’re lucky in that the team can work remotely and that is what we had to do. We started the day with an online meeting, and scheduled others as necessary. I was worried that the isolation might be had for some to them to tolerate. It’s been a big change for some of the party animals amongst us.
But what about you? How did you cope?
Miranda: Well, I missed the office coffee machine; I didn’t realise how much I drank until it wasn’t on tap. Perhaps that was good as it meant that I had to go out and patronise the local cafes that were offering take-away options– fully masked and socially distancing, of course. Sometimes I went the long way round, just to add a few more steps to the daily exercise.
But aren’t you missing something? How did you manage your relationship with Hugh Paterson?
Miranda: Oh—I didn’t realise you knew about that. We haven’t been hiding it, but it’s still not general public information.
I didn’t mean to pry, but did you manage to see each other still during the lockdown?
Miranda: Umm – when we understood that we were likely to be living in enforced separation, we made a split-second decision to move in together. Hugh’s apartment is quite large, as you already know, and given its penthouse position, me moving there was a no-brainer.
Was it difficult both living together and working in the same space?
Miranda: (laughs). There were a few difficult moments, with competing space requirements, but fortunately I was able to use the spare room. My meetings are louder than his! He was also classified as an essential worker, given his role at the hospital, so he often went into his office there.
That must have been a concern with managing exposure to the virus.
Miranda: We set up a routine at the beginning, whereby when he returned from the hospital, he wouldn’t come near me until he had showered and deposited his clothes into the washing machine. I made him clean the surfaces in the lobby and all the areas he touched on entering the apartment.
Smart woman. I’d have done the same.
Miranda: We’re both vaccinated now, but we didn’t have to maintain social distancing with each other, if you know what I mean. (gives saucy wink)
That’s okay—I don’t need the finer details. I read the book and remember the heat rising from the pages a couple of times.
Miranda: (Laughs). That hasn’t changed. We still clash sometimes, but this time, I’ve found a keeper. Thank you for the chat. I’m glad to hear things have worked out so well for you
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