Week 2 begins! I couldn’t sleep last night and ended up on the couch watching Ken Burns’ Baseball until the wee hours of the morning. I finally fell asleep at some point around dawn, but then the dog needed to be walked around 6:30. Long story short (too late), I went back to bed and didn’t wake up until 10:30, so we got a very late start to school today. We are running so far behind our schedule that we decided to do the first part of the day in our pjs! It is chaos over here I tell you!!
We’ve already had an emotional meltdown – her’s, not mine this time – but the storm seems to have passed. I’m hopeful the remainder of the day will go OK. Here’s our schedule for the day – but as we started so late, I’m not sure we will get to all of it. If I need to be fired for not meeting expectations, I’m cool with that!
I thought it might be worthwhile to tell my future self that there were things during this social distancing/canceling of everything in the world time that we enjoyed. It is easy for me to dwell in the negative, and so today, I’m going to list a few things that have been making me happy. Things that I wouldn’t be doing if we were on a “normal” schedule. Maybe you will find one or some of them interesting, or maybe I can just look back at the list and be reminded that were good things walking side by side with the bad.
That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs – I have listened to this podcast for a while, but the last couple weeks have been different. Annie is quarantined in her house for 10 days because she was exposed to the CoronaVirus. So, instead of just her normal twice a week episode, she is also doing a 30 minute daily episode. It is funny and touching and real and has been a lovely 30 minutes of my day to check out and listen. Today is Day 9 and she has a plan to go through Saturday of this week for these daily shows.
Imagined Life Podcast – I just discovered this one this week. It has been around for a couple years. This is the description:
What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire – or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are.
Each episode is about 1 hour. I have enjoyed playing detective and seeing how soon I can guess “who I am”! Give it a listen – it is a great distraction when folding laundry or doing dishes.
Each morning, Arden and I pick a station or artist to play on the stereo while we are doing school work. I am very pleased to have made the decision to subscribe to Amazon Music – because the sky’s the limit on what we can choose! Today it is Imagine Dragons. We’ve done Panic At the Disco, Top 40 Radio, Classical, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, etc. I never get to choose, but I’m ok with it. Arden has good taste in music!
Coloring and Painting
I mentioned this yesterday, but I’m enjoying coloring and painting A LOT! Arden has these math worksheets that are color coded and sometimes she even lets me do some of the coloring. I think that is ok, because she has to do the math – and that is really the point! We also have several of those “Grown Up” coloring books. Coloring is a lifesaver for the overactive brain!
Terry got me a subscription for Fab, Fit, Fun for Christmas a couple years ago, and I have kept up with the subscription. If you don’t know what that is, it is a health and beauty subscription service. I get a box full of health and beauty products once a season. A lot of things I would not be likely to purchase for myself, but are really fun to try. They often send different types of face masks or eye masks or scrubs, etc. Because life doesn’t often lend itself to trying everything out – I have a stash of products that I haven’t used. I’ve been doing a different one nearly every day of this isolation. Each day I tend to take a long bath and do a beauty treatment. It is one place where I can be alone with my thoughts and not have to be “up” for Arden. I can cry or pout or listen to whatever music I want. I can read or just stare at the wall. AND my skin has never been so hydrated!!
News of the Day: Global coronavirus cases surpassed 350,000 to date, with more than 15,000 deaths and 90,000 recoveries.
In the United States, there have been more than 35,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 400 deaths.
U.S. Senate leaders are seeking to work out a $1 trillion-plus bill that hopes to ease the impact on the economy. Democrats say they’re not ready to sign off on the package.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the lockdown affecting many Americans is likely to last 10 to 12 weeks. But lockdowns alone aren’t enough to defeat the virus, the WHO’s top emergency expert said Sunday.
It is cloudy and cold today. Rain is in the forecast for nearly everyday this week.
Plan for the Day: Make the school day as much of a success as I can. Arden asked to bake something – so I may pull out some baking ingredients and we will make something. Spaghetti, meatballs, salad and garlic bread for dinner.
See you tomorrow!