6.15.2020

The Quarantine Life

Oh man. My last post was so long ago. The computer was basically hijacked for distance learning. Now it's used for tv time. I'm around my family 24/7. Haven't quite lost my mind yet but I feel a bit freer than two weeks ago - having to schedule time for school, and quiet time and crap.

Baby Chewie is 4. He had a Halloween Racecar Birthday party with family only. He can also now ride a bike with pedals, no training wheels.

I'm sewing masks during this Pandemic to donate. Holy shit, it's seriously like a dystopian novel these days. George Floyd was killed by police and for a week there was riots, police helicopters. We heard the flash bangs at night and sirens were basically non-stop. It's quieted down now that law enforcement has realized they're the assholes (yes, I am a FUCK THE POLICE person, they've literally only been helpful since we've become middle-class and homeowners, and that's not ok at all, they need to stop killing black people). So in any case, our President Cheeto is awful, there's been fires, floods, diseases, etc... I can't wait to vote out the asshole in November. 

Happy Monday. I'm hoping to post more this summer now that distance learning is done and I can hopefully regain control of the computer to do what I want to!





4.21.2020

Serious Sewing

I've sewn close to 75 face masks in the past two weeks. Oy, it seems like more than that some days. In any case, now that face masks are recommended in public, people are needing them more and more. And the government has recommended homemade masks for the general public when buying essentials in stores. This is straight up, the strangest time period to be alive - I'm glad the science is here to back it all up during this pandemic but it's all so counterintuitive because humans are social creatures. I'm an introvert though, so I do miss people - but not as much as I thought I would.

In any case, below are photos of what I've been doing. I switched from regular pleats to pocket pleats because it seems to frame the face better AND it's easier to sew.

At the end of the day we're all going to get sick, it's just spreading out the sickest patients so that we can all be taken care of. There's lots of people out there and we need to normalize wearing masks - other countries that have dealt with pandemics before immediately started wearing masks and are doing much better than the US (with the freaking idiot Orange Cheeto in charge). 

I just hope that we can help protect the elderly and the high risk patients. Covid-19 is a freaking killer of even those who are not at risk. Ugh.

On that note. Here's my week in mask photos. The sunshine this week is going to be amazing and we really need it!








4.13.2020

And Today There's Snow...



Phil got to dig in the pool for a bit on Saturday - and then on Sunday it snowed three inches. Today the kids built a snowman. I think on Friday it's going to be around 50 degrees again. HA!

Hopefully this weather will keep people at home to stay healthy. This shit is getting bananas. I've watched neighbors socializing on purpose in their front yards all week last week - and then take the party into their backyards. Ridiculous!! Hopefully this cold, snowy weather will keep people home. 

4.06.2020

Meal Planning for 3 Weeks

To meal plan for 3 weeks to keep us out of the grocery stores, I decided to turn to my current favorite cookbook - Eat At Home Tonight.

I choose to make tried and true recipes and throwing in some new ones but not too many - I need enough meals to get away with leftovers for lunch the next day, school lunches are available to pick up Monday - Wednesday up at the school, which are free. Tomorrow I'm going to run up to school and grab 3 extra lunches - one for Nana, my mom, and my mom's neighbor that we're delivering a few things to.

So here's my list:

Tacos Al Pastor
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Pulled Beef and greek yogurt pitas
Beefy baked sweet potatoes with cheese
Chipotle steak tacos
Lazy Marinated Chicken
Italian Sausage and peppers on hoagies
Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
Italian Chicken and Parmesan Pasta
Autumn Chicken with Cranberries & Gorgonzola
Magic Chinese Chicken Salad
Bahamian Johnny Cake (serve with Chili OR leftover Chicken Souse from freezer)

More meals that we have ingredients for:
Ramen bowls
Chicken Soup
Chili
Pasta with meat sauce or meatballs
Macaroni & cheese
Fruit smoothies


Meal planning for weeks is kind of tough - Bimmer Man still likes frozen pizza a lot, it makes my stomach hurt and the last time, Baby Chewie refused it and The Monkey only eats the crust. I don't see a point in making it again - unless the kids can make their own pizza because then they will eat ALL of their pieces. But Bimmer Man just likes frozen.

Then I have to remember which meal uses up the fresh ingredients first so there's no waste. And plan for lunches - I love having things already made for lunch OR making specific meals for the adults that you just microwave and eat. I did that last week and it went really smooth. We'll see what happens this week!

Isolation

Because of Coronavirus.

I've been making masks for people because now we are wearing them all out in public - everyone needs to.

I can't believe how awful the President and the Administration has been at their response. I think they realized they had to react because this virus is killing off the elderly, immunocompromised, and anyone with any breathing problems. Even healthy people are on ventilators.

OMG.

So that's our new life.

Isolation.

CJ working in the basement.

And I can't even begin to be so thankful and grateful for living in our house with a backyard with no shared anything.

DAMN. Life is so hard right now.

Last night I dreamt that I saw my friend (that lives close) in a parking lot and I gave her a hug. It's been almost a month with a no-contact and no socialization order. But this is to keep us safe, well, actually it's just to prepare the medical community for the onslaught of sick people, which I don't think a lot of Trumpers understand. WE ARE ALL GOING TO GET SICK. Healthcare providers need to get set with enough beds, ventilators, and isolation units for the peak of this virus so that we don't all die in hospitals WAITING for a bed.

I was seriously panicked for about two weeks, but then we did prepare - and I just ordered three weeks worth of food from Byerly's to be delivered. As long as we can stay home, that's one less person in public to spread the disease.

GAH.


3.05.2020

Another Tooth Down


We're back to losing human teeth around here. HA!!!

The tooth fairy still needs to come, but honestly, I forgot and she hasn't mentioned the tooth fairy so...I'll leave a $1 at her spot and see what happens???

3.03.2020

Spring is on Its Way!


Wool Pom Pom Hat: LL Bean
Waterproof Jacket: Madewell x Penfield
Black Vest: Patagonia
Denim Shirtdress: Old Navy
Green Leggings: Old Navy
Black waterproof booties: TOMS

There is a dog poop swamp in my backyard. There is a dead squirrel that fell from the front tree in the front yard. There is gross mud that the dog wants to roll around in. The gross snow mold is making Baby Chewie cough (I think! It started over a month ago, and that's one of the only things that I think it can be). The grass is NOT green, still brown and dirty.

Damn...I can't wait for spring rain to wash all the crap away!! Bring it on!!