The other morning, things were going as usual, as far as these days go. I was clearing breakfast, Stephane was working in our office, and James was plugging in to his Google Classroom. Then James just stopped, and started crying. I will preface this by saying the kid is not much of a crier. When I distraughtly asked what was going on, he sobbed, “I want to go to school. I hate the corona. School is not supposed to be at home!”And there it was, the truth. This sucks.
I watched some clip of the UK PM, Boris Johnson, the other day where he aggressively shouted at a podium outside of 10 Downing that he was going to “defeat the virus!” Bless his heart. I understand the need for an enemy here, but perhaps that is what is so frustrating. There is no one to blame, and no definitive end to this surreal experience.
So, like my 6 year old, I concur: this sucks. I am trying to shift into “cheer up” mode.
Cartoon by Charles Barsotti for The New Yorker
If cute animals can’t cheer you up, then I am at a loss. We have found some good old fashioned YouTube pet videos do the trick, but a little more on the educational side, the San Diego Zoo has a fantastic website for kids to explore and learn about different animals. Plus, they have a live “zoo cam!”
Mississippi Shrimp and Grits
For the shrimp:
For the grits:
For the shrimp:
Green mole may not be the most photogenic, but it is scrumptious
Mexican Green Mole Shrimp
A first: zoom 5k race
Stephane has really made an effort to take breaks and bring James on little hikes, bike rides, or kayaking. They both need the fresh air and exercise. I have tapped into my competitive nature, and signed up for online challenges and races with my local gym. I need the motivation to get out the door and let off some steam.
We enjoyed Modern Love as a pick me up. I adore the npr/NY Times podcast, so it was fun to see some of the stories be brought to life with an outstanding cast.
Lastly, music is the ultimate cheer up, and Willie Nelson is the ultimate musical character to task with lifting our spirits. The illustrious Texan celebrated his 87th birthday this week, so Texas Monthly cooked up this awesome ranking of Willie’s 143 albums.
As Willie said, “Once you replace all of the negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”
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