lately - social distancing

So after a week of social distancing I am happy to report to say we are all good.

The kids had a week of remote learning. Thank God for the internet, WIFI and Google Classroom. It made the whole process so much easier for the 4th grader and while school work is easier for the Kindergartner.. with so many apps and games but it is much harder to keep him focused and on task. But by the end of the week we had gotten a better hang of the whole situation.. phew.

M has been working from home as well.. we have turned off all alarms.. we have always been morning people so we're up between 8am - 9am.. have breakfast as a family. Before he used to leave just when we were starting to wake up.. with just enough time for a quick good bye. 

Before M used to get home after 7pm.. followed by a quick dinner and bed time.. now he wraps up before 6pm. With the weather warming up M and the boys play outside.. (I sprained my knee so no playing for me) 

With no alarms everyday is a movie night or game night.. 

They kids are also reading (the libraries have also closed - i don't know what we are going to do without the books) We are working on puzzles.. and making crafts..

And while I now have no me time.. unfortunately I am not filling my days with Netflix and books.. It has been an interesting experience. We are not on each others nerves just yet.. we are getting the family time we always talk about but never have time for.

Do not get me wrong I am not taking the virus lightly.. we are just trying to stay sane in confinement. We want nothing more than this horrendous situation done with.. M and I read the news and watch the videos and try not to freak out.. we are trying to make this abnormal situation as normal as possible.

If you are looking for ways to help there are some great charities out there that need all the help they can get. No Kid Hungry and Feeding America are two I like.  

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Recent Reads

The last two books I read happened to have a lot in common. For starters both were based in France. The first, in Paris and the second in Cannes and Monaco. They also had fictional main characters whose lives were intertwined by real historical figures. Hemingway, Proust, Grace Kelly.. the list goes on. And I loved both of them.

The Paris Hours by Alex George

Synopsis - Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians, a glittering crucible of genius. But amidst the dazzling creativity of the city’s most famous citizens, four regular people are each searching for something they’ve lost.Camille was the maid of Marcel Proust, and she has a secret: when she was asked to burn her employer’s notebooks, she saved one for herself. Now she is desperate to find it before her betrayal is revealed. Souren, an Armenian refugee, performs puppet shows for children that are nothing like the fairy tales they expect. Lovesick artist Guillaume is down on his luck and running from a debt he cannot repay—but when Gertrude Stein walks into his studio, he wonders if this is the day everything could change. And Jean-Paul is a journalist who tells other people’s stories, because his own is too painful to tell. When the quartet’s paths finally cross in an unforgettable climax, each discovers if they will find what they are looking for.
Told over the course of a single day in 1927, The Paris Hours takes four ordinary people whose stories, told together, are as extraordinary as the glorious city they inhabit.

Thoughts - I immensely enjoyed this book. It reminded me a bit of a book I read a few years ago called Hunting and Gathering also set in Paris. The book takes place in one day, none of the characters really interact with one another, it was very six degrees of separation. Famous icons filled this book.. many I had to Google.. Each character on their own journey.. with no promise of a happy ending. I'd highly recommend it.

Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Synopsis - Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and glamorous wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique, fending off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy.
James Henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie—like Princess Grace—must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.

Thoughts -  This was a lot lighter than The Paris Hours.. a great vacation/beach read. I had heard of Grace Kelley but didn't really know much about her until I read the book and went down the wikipedia worm hole. But while the story revolves around Ms. Kelly and her marriage the main characters are Sophie the perfumer trying to make it on her own and James the paparazzi looking for something less soul crushing to do. I felt invested in them, rooting for them to succeed. I'd highly recommend this one as well.. 

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Friday Photography

Turkish Spice -Taken in the aromatic and colorful spice bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Read more about our trip to Turkey here.

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One Line a Day

A few years.. actually almost a decade ago I started a 'one line a day' journal. I blogged about it here. I was never much of a journaling kind growing up. But after D was born I wanted to remember everything.. even the small things. Now almost a decade ago I wish I had started it earlier.. remember more about my pregnancy.. remember the early kid free years of marriage. So much so.. that at the start of the year I started journals for the boys.

Currently I fill the journal for them.. else they'd never do it.. 

This one is mine.. I'm about the finish my second journal.. it's so much fun looking back at what we did that day in the past years.

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Copenhagen - A Dutch building lined street in Copenhagen, Denmark.. Read more about our trip to Copenhagen here.

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A Belated Birthday Celebration

M and I both had birthdays in early February.. and while we didn't get a chance to do anything then we made a point to celebrate when we did have the time. We started this tradition a year or two ago.. I met M in New York City when he got off work.. we had dinner at Obao.. which was incredible.

and then went to go see Little Shop of Horrors at the Westside Theater. 

It was a good show.. but we have seen better. I had posted about some of the shows we have seen a few years ago.. you can check it out here

The next morning we had breakfast at The Smith. We caught up with my cousin who moved to the city a few months ago for school. 

It was a beautiful day and we took our time walking back to the bus station.. to head back home. 

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