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Then there’s this. youtu.be/xGKFVMgjrPc


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To be fair Becky, it snows here in April all the time. It’ll still probably snow a time or two before mid-May. Our weather is bouncy....

Anyway I was watching things and thought you guys might appreciate these parodies too. This is one of my favs. youtu.be/MiJhfyduyS0


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It really was wonderful to see and hear everyone...especially our "newcomer", Kelly!! I was supposed to do one today with some Canal Zone friends, but someone mentioned that Zoom can be hacked and they all backed out. I guess we'll have to switch out on whatsapp. Everyone uses it here (including schools) and I haven't heard of anyone having a problem.

Geez, Judy....snow???

Kelly, I love the view you have. No wonder you and your DH are so happy with it.

Ryan, and I loved your accent!!

Erika, you looked so cute and comfy chatting from bed.

Emme, I was surprised by the size of your yard. It's beautiful!!

Costa Rica has published a stricter stay-at-home policy for Holy Week. Each day from tomorrow through Wednesday only cars ending in certain numbers can drive. And from Thursday through Sunday no one can use their cars (except for the health care workers, grocery store and pharmacy employees or emergencies). And the fine is close to $800. I applaud the president!!



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It was great to see faces and hear voices--we need to do this as often as we possibly can. I'm on my last zoom meeting of the week right now. (I have a happy hour tomorrow, but that's different...).

I am taking tomorrow as a 'vacation day' as I am starting to lose accrued vacation. So, I am trying to come up with ideas to make it a real vacation. One is to stay off email. I have a happy hour with a group of old friends. I'm also going to sleep in, or at least try (I don't do well with that most of the time). I don't get up at the crack of dawn or anything, but I have a hard time making it past 9.


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It was so fun to see you all! Like Ryan mentioned, this situation has actually in some ways pushed us closer together while it has physically pushed us apart. emoticon emoticon emoticon



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I am so looking forward to talking to all of you!


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Ryan, I also wanted to add that we're doing a "dinner party" with my sister and BIL Saturday night. We're also going to find some online games that we can play together, since we usually do game night when we have dinner together. It won't be the same, but we're actually looking forward to it and planning our menus, etc. I like the phrase "compare and despair." We can't compare this period's dinners and seders to other ones we have had. I am grateful that we have internet and phone that allow us to stay connected.

And, speaking of that, talk to you all tomorrow!

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Our quarantine is extended until May 3, with much stricter rules on movement as of yesterday. Our summer classes are also now also going to be online. I was on a deans and directors meeting yesterday and they're talking about pay cuts and "trying to save jobs." I didn't like the word 'trying.' I am not worried for myself -- worst case scenario is I can retire comfortably, but it's not what I want to do. I also want to contribute, in whatever way I can, to helping us get through this.

Reading-wise, I'm into my 14th book, but have abandoned about 3 this week already. I just started *Days of Distraction* by Alexandra Chang -- very "Bay Area" including references to the huge Chinese grocery that's just down the street from us. I like it and am determined to stick with this one.

Becky, sorry to hear about the struggles keeping the school open. I can imagine it's a huge challenge -- it is with 18-22 year olds, I can't imagine it for kids that young.

Ryan, we have a vacation in Hawaii planned for mid-July, which at this point, I'm starting to doubt. We also help organize a music festival/camping trip in June. The decision for that will be made this Sunday, but I know how it's going to go...The crazy thing is I have vacation time I *have* to take because I'm about to lose some of my accrued time. I will have to take some this month, for a *true* staycation.

Erika -- 2 pounds isn't bad! It's a great spot to stop the train, so to speak. Given the major disruptions to routine, it takes time to figure things out again under the new reality.

Hi to Judy! I hope you're enjoying Montana and being away from crazy Florida, although I think there are a few states currently out-crazying Florida for refusing to quarantine. What can these governors be thinking?

In PnP (now with the new name NoBS), we have an April challenge to answer these four questions each day. I don't think I'm sharing anything proprietary by posting them here, and I think they are good ones:

- What is in my control today?
- Who am I connecting to?
- How am I moving today?
- Clean body/clean mind practices (i.e., showering, reading, etc.)

Okay, I need to put together an agenda for today's faculty meeting. I'm going to mute them all and they're just going to have to listen for a change. emoticon

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Models show with aggressive social distancing we’ll see a decline finally in early May.


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Ryan, actually I’m not that much further along. I’m set to finish 14 at some point soon. I read only one book in January after all.

We’re probably looking at May earliest on our order as well. The governor originally said the 13th of this month but I expect it to be extended.


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yes, becky, we are on for tomorrow; 1:00 eastern time. i will call you all.

our governor has extended the stay at home advisory to may 4th. i'm not sure that my sanity will hold for another 5 weeks! thank goodness for modern technology that allows me to interact with friends and family. ethan & i are doing another zoom cooking session tonight but this time we invited the other women in the family. there will be 7 of us cooking together. i'm really looking forward to it. i'm actually having more social interaction than i did before!

i'm not looking forward to passover, which starts next week. we'll have a zoom seder, but it will not be even close to the same. i get lonely & sad just thinking about it. instead of a table of 20 people, we'll be a table of 8 or 9 zoom participants. what is it they're saying?...alone together?

kelly, although i don't come anywhere near to you with reading, i am way ahead of my goal. i had set 30 books, which is roughly a book every week and a half. i'm on my 12th book of 2020 and i will probably finish it today.

becky, the virus is taking a huge toll on small businesses. my hairdresser has only been in her own shop for a little over a year and now she has to be closed for all this time while still having to pay her rent, utilities, and staff. i feel so bad for all the people in that situation. i'm so glad that norm is out of private practice!

emme, my therapist is trying to get me to create a schedule for myself; one that i will carry over when we go back to the real world. i have to admit that i'm not doing very well with that. about all i can say is that i get up and get dressed every day which is a step forward for me. having the zoom classes with the rabbi 3 days a week helps with that.

judy, how are things in montana? i'm so glad that your daughter was able to get you set up with whatsapp. tomorrow's call will be fun.

erika, the annual podiatry conference is in july, and i wouldn't be surprised if it gets canceled.
people come from all over the country and even some international podiatrists. i'm thinking it might be too soon for gatherings of hundreds of people from many countries. it's not too big of a deal for us because this year it's in boston, but i do look forward to it. i'm not canceling our hotel reservations yet.

i hope you all have a great day and we will "meet" tomorrow!

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Actually it was nine but definitely yes! I expect similar numbers in April TBH.

It’s interesting to see what’s happening with schools. I think our publics are all set to remain closed for the school year here. Colleges and universities seem to be doing all online classes (we are gearing up to do that for Spring/Summer semester as well as right now).


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Erika, do you have asthma, too? I know....this makes you not want to go anywhere. I saw where some idiot spring breakers from Texas who went to Mexico came back with covid 19. emoticon I'm kind of wondering where there parents were!! My scale was inching up, too, but I have re-gained some control. I have been walking around our house for warm up and then doing youtube videos/weight lifting or yoga) or old belly dance DVDs. I'd forgotten how hard belly dance is. emoticon

Emme, I can identify with your moment of panic with the refrigerator. Anything "unusual" can set me off into that spiral, but I've been handling it as best as I can.

Kelly, how impressive that you read eight books in March!! Isn't it wonderful to "escape" in a good book?

Ryan, are we on for tomorrow? Since you opened the group, you have to add us into the chat, right? We just hang out with our phones until time?

Judy, how are things with you?

I'm trying to figure out what to do about my school during this crisis. One family already withdrew their daughter and will be putting her in a public school when classes start up again. You can't really have virtual classes with preschoolers. But I've decided to do a half hour program on Zoom daily in April after Holy Week. It will be fun activities....songs, reading books to them, science experiments, English movement games, activities based on our theme (this month it's the five classes of vertebrates). And if the school closings continue in May we will temporarily close the school (it's an option with the Ministry of Trabajo) and not charge our monthly payment. We´ll see what happens.... emoticon

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Well guys so far I am up 2 pounds since being in quarantine. Time to get with the program!!!!! emoticon

I just canceled our planned 25th anniversary trip for June. It does not seem likely that I will be feeling like traveling again by then. In fact, given the nastiness of this virus for people with asthma, I may not be going far from home until after there is a vaccine...which who knows when that will be. Ah well, first world problems, for sure.

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Sounds good to me!!

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Nah - it's a two-hour meeting. I seriously don't need to do anything there, so let's keep the original time for everyone for our WhatsApp meeting.

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emme, would an hour later be better for you on thursday?

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On the plus side I have read nine books in March...I think that's the most I've read in a month since before 2001 at least...


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Lockdown is officially on here until the 13th on April but most things point to not before end of May if not the beginning of June. I really don't expect things to turn around enough in two weeks.....

Really should figure out some sense of routine around here too....the only sure things are taking the dog for walks and taking trash out.


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I've got another meeting at 10 on Thursday, but it's not one that I necessarily need to be fully present for (i.e., I can pull it up and put myself on mute to show I'm there, ha!). So, 95% sure I can join you all.

Here we are at the end of March. I think that March 2020 can go down in the history books as not a shining moment. But, we shall say goodbye to it today and welcome in a new month tomorrow. We are on lockdown for another month officially here. I'm trying really hard to establish a routine -- I joined a monthly challenge from The Daily Stoic. Trying to find "normal" in this sea of "not normal." I'm pretty much boycotting the news except for anything that is meaningful. Colbert started up again last night, so it felt good to bring that back into the nighttime routine.

I thought I'd have all this time for music practice and reading, but it hasn't happened yet. A lot going on work-wise that's requiring my attention. I hope it calms down, but get the sense that it won't. It is what it is, which is pretty much my motto.

I must go down to the office right now, and by "go down" I mean downstairs. I have to deal with a problematic faculty member today who is giving me nothing but trouble. I am trying to apply all my best thoughts to her, but all I'm coming up with is "Stop being a b!tch." I don't think that will fly in an official memo.

Hi to all!

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Ryan you are completely right about CR time.

And Thursday 10am Pacific works for me, it's on my calendar!

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One sounds good to me! I'm working today so shouldn't have to worry about it Thursday.


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erika, i googled Costa rica & got that they are 2 hours behind me, which makes them the same as judy (1 hour behind you?) is that right becky?

assuming i have it right, how does thursday at 1pm boston time sound? that should be 1:00pm for ryan & kelly, 11:00am for judy & becky, 10:00am for erika & emme.

let me know!! this is so exciting!

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How exciting to have a whatsapp chat with all of you soon. Just let me know when and I'll be there!!

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I think the call will need to be done relatively early in the day West coast time because of Becky being 5 hours different from us. So midday Eastern Time?

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Ryan MT is 2 hours earlier than Eastern time. I can't get my voice to work on SP and I am not good at typing.🤔

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I'm flexible except early mornings here, and also busy today, Wed. and Thu from about 6-8 my time (3-5 eastern time)

Update: now Friday from 1 onward is booked

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Well Ryan mine is easy....same as yours, Eastern, we're still east of the Eastern/Central divide.


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erika, thank you for asking. my throat is better & i have no fever. jared still wants me to self-quarantine, though. today would be day 3, since we went for a drive on friday. he also wants me to continue monitoring for any symptoms through the weekend, in case i have a mild case or it is still festering.

it seems that we have everyone on WhatsApp now. if we can pick a time that's convenient for everyone, we can do a video chat. i'm excited for that! i'm not good with time zones, so please help me out with that. i know that emme & erika are 3 hours behind me, but i have no idea about michigan, montana, or costa rica. emoticon

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Yes, I have a number of single friends -- I've been checking in on them more than usual. It is hard for them, and I know a couple who are breaking quarantine a bit (cautiously) because they feel they're losing it. One went out yesterday to a local Italian restaurant, bought a bunch of take out, and then walked it over to the nearby hospital for the staff. Made me cry when I heard that.

Also sobering news--my sister, BIL, and my business partner are all "95% sure" they've had COVID-19. My sister and BIL are past it, my business partner and her husband still have it, though are improving slowly. None could get tested. Both my sister and business partner were traveling well into the news of the spread of the virus. Stay home, stay home, stay home.

I had a moment of panic last night when I thought our refrigerator died. I opened it, and swear that the compressor quit. I was so panicked I couldn't eat dinner. Of course, I checked 20 minutes later and it was fine. I think it just shows how on edge things are...

Okay, enough Debbie Downer. I'm actually doing well and grateful for a (working!) fridge full of food, music lessons that have moved online, payday tomorrow, and life goes on. We are even supposed to finally have a nice day on Wednesday -- going to get some back yard time.

Here's to a good week!

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Ryan, how is your sore throat?

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Kelly, I agree. I've been thinking of all the people I know who live alone, and trying to contact them often. We are the lucky ones, aren't we.

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I think that's the biggest thing. All this big change and very very fast at least for us. We went from normal life with passing conversation about Covid-19 to pretty much everything in our state closing within 4 days and then in less than another week BOOM everything that wasn't deemed essential was closed. From no gatherings of more than 50 permitted on that first day to now no gatherings permitted. Period. I haven't been anywhere other than on walks with the doggo since the 13th and even homebody I am I'll admit I'm already going a little stir crazy. I don't want to imagine what it would be like living alone right now....I don't envy those who do it.


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Emme, so nice to hear from you! Yes, we are also watching some Netflix. We are watching Schitt's Creek, very amusing. I will look into Tiger King. And I can understand people losing their minds...this is such a stressful situation in so many ways. They could maybe handle one major change (like having to do distance learning), but at the same time people are confined to their homes, they're worrying about getting groceries, worrying about getting sick, worrying about losing their savings...and of course those are the lucky ones.

And if you want to do sourdough, you can always use the discarded starter in biscuits, waffles, etc. I agree with Judy that once you get it going, the discard amount drops dramatically. I also am throwing away nothing!

I saw a Twitter post that said, due to the virus, there are now only three days of the week: yesterday, today and tomorrow. emoticon

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Hey all -- sorry for longish silence. Work has been blowing up as our faculty apparently is losing its collective ^%^$#! mind. Spending too much time trying to get people back on track and out of their weird decision-making mode.

Ryan, I'm glad Raina's test was negative, and hope you're feeling better, too. I'm glad you got to do a Zoom date with everyone. We had a Zoom birthday party Thursday night with DH's family--we drank champagne and had a nice time.

Becky, sorry about your brother! DH and I are determined to stay un-injured during this time, as we don't want to go to the doctor or hospital for anything. House rules: no climbing ladders, bike riding, etc.

Erika, congratulations to the kiddos! It's great they have terrific choices and great futures ahead. I'm actually not reading as much as I thought I would -- ugh. I am watching a lot of Netflix. Anyone else hooked on Tiger King? It's great your DF is doing so well in hospice. My father lived *8 years* in hospice. It seemed as soon as he was there, he just got better and better.

Kelly, things are really tight here, too, but we're just taking it a day at a time. I hope you're both well.

Judy, terrific you're fully online again. All the sourdough starter things I see have you start it, toss half after a couple days, feed it, toss more, etc. This is from the King Arthur site, but it's what I find everywhere:

Day 2: [blah blah blah] discard half the starter (4 ounces, about 1/2 cup), and add to the remainder a scant 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, and 1/2 cup cool water (if your house is warm); or lukewarm water (if it's cold).

More keeps getting discarded. I can't waste flour at this point...

Today is a day off from exercise for me, yay. I've been on the treadmill the past 6 days, so a day off won't kill me. I need to pay bills, do laundry (much less of that lately, though) and generally tidy up. I reorganized the kitchen yesterday as we hope the new microwave arrives this week. I needed to find room for it.

I hope you're all enjoying your Sunday. Back to it!

Oh yeah, April challenge: stay healthy, happy, well and connected to others. Let's check in often (as we've been doing).

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raina was sick & finally got tested. thankfully, she was negative. i started having a sore throat on friday night and norm freaked out. he told jared & now jared is hounding me with a milliion questions about how i feel. i'm pretty sure it's just a cold, but i promised to call the doctor tomorrow if i don't feel better. i don't seem to be running a fever, but i can't seem to get warm. the temp in the house is 73 & i've got 5 blankets on & i'm still cold!

friday night ethan & i had a blast with a cooking date on zoom. we cooked the same recipe, step by step, and then we sat down & ate together, me with norm & ethan with his roommate. we're hoping to do it again with more people.



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Erika, it was my goofy brother who fell....not Juan. Juan and I spent hours yesterday watching a baby hummingbird who we think flew from the nest too soon. We first saw him sitting on our telephone line. His mother kept coming to feed him and flying around him. It was windy and he finally flew down and landed in our yard. We locked Charlie inside (he's been known to eat birds) and googled how to help a baby hummingbird. We put kleenex in a little plastic bowl and I caught him and put him in it, but he flew off. (He could fly short distances). He finally ended up sitting on our clothesline with his mother coming and hovering over him. This morning he was gone. I sure hope he's safe!!

I couldn't find you on Whatsapp. I have your phone number in my phone and you should show up when I type your name in, but you don't pop up. Let me know when you've used it so we can connect. Congrats to your kids!!!! It's amazing that they got accepted everywhere. You and your DH passed down your smart genes....and your hard working genes emoticon I'm glad to hear your DF is doing well.

Judy, isn't it nice to see again? I saw a cute video on FB where a woman was trying on glasses at an optical shop. She took down a pair to try and put her glasses in that spot. She wandered on down the wall trying on glasses. Then she realized she had put her glasses on the wall of glasses....and couldn't find them amidst the thousands of frames. I can imagine that happening.

Ryan, I hope all the doctors in your family are safe!!

Kelly, hopefully your DH will be working from home soon.

Emme, everything okay with you guys? Is your DH his stress better?

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I definitely am although I’m working still too.

DH might be working from home soon too. Our restrictions are getting tighter all the time it seems. I hope this over soon for the sake of everyone.


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Oh no. I accidentally posted to the team wall. Luckily it was a very short post. Becky was it your brother who fell? I now have glasses and a working phone which is great. Since I got my glasses at Costco it was easy to call in my order and pick them up a few days later.

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Becky, I liked your post so much. You always write so that I can just picture everything in my mind. So sorry about Juan, tell him to take care!!! Now is not the time to need to go to the hospital. emoticon

Ryan, I downloaded What's App and since I did, other friends keep contacting me via the app! I guess I am going to have to figure out how to use it. emoticon I am thinking so much of your family members on the front line. Do tell us how it is going. emoticon

Kelly and Emme, I know you must be reading so much. Even though I am home, I am still not reading more. Partly it's because I am still spending as much time as usual on work and on cooking for the fam, but also it's because all my reading time is taken up with news and understanding the data on the epidemic. Very interesting for a data geek like I am.

Judy, it is so wonderful to have you safe in MT. I love to hear your more-relaxed voice and to know you are hunkered down with my very-capable sister and her family. It's great that MT requested everyone to shelter-in-place, I think they will be one of the states that comes out better in this situation.

Well, we have had some very good news in the midst of this difficult time. Both my DS (applying for grad school) and my DD (applying for college) have received acceptances from nearly every school they applied to, up to and including the most prestigious schools in the nation. They have some unbelievable choices and I am just thrilled for them. They have both worked so hard. emoticon Now we are just wondering if colleges will actually be starting in the fall or not...DD thinks she might take a gap year if they don't.

With the kids at home for the foreseeable future, we went ahead and got the brakes fixed on our beater car that they drive...looking like we might need it for longer than we thought. Both DH and I will continue to work for the duration, might as well since we can't do anything else! My bootcamp has gone virtual via Zoom. I would be happy to send the invites to anyone who might like to try it, just let me know your email address (don't post it here though because this is not private).

My DF is doing very well. I do still visit him, wearing a mask. I am SO grateful that he is not in the nursing home at this time, since all visits have now been canceled. Also he is at so much lower risk for catching the virus where he is now. He is on hospice, although he is doing so well that I am afraid he will get kicked out! But it has been absolutely great while it lasted. Apparently hospice services in the US are similar to regular old-person services in Germany. Like my DMIL in Germany, my DF now gets a nurse visiting every week or so, all meds are delivered to the house, etc. All paid for 100% by Medicare. It's been wonderful.

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It's pretty quiet around here....I hope everyone is well!! We're still hunkered down and only going out to get food or medicine. My DS is giving virtual classes to his students. We are all waiting until after Holy Week to see if we go back to school. I hope not....the worst is far from over. I think Costa Rica is doing a good job, but like everywhere else there are people who don't follow instructions to stay home. emoticon

Judy, I enjoyed the image of the miners sleeping with their bread dough. How are you doing up in Montana?

Kelly, I'm glad your DH has less contact with people.

Emme, we've been doing the same here....cleaning everything that comes in the house. We ordered some cleaning products and I put the money in a baggie and taped it out on our gate for the woman who came by to pick it up. I takes some ingenuity to survive in these harrowing times. Emme, I saw you reviewed "A Man Called Ove". I loved it!! I don't know what I'd do now if I wasn't hooked up the the Houston public library.

Yum, Erika, the dosas sound delicious!! I have been stress eating, too, and it needs to stop. I dusted off my old belly dance DVDs and did one yesterday. I forgot how hard it was....and how good it feels. It's like yoga in that it stretches and vitalizes your body.

Ryan, I'm surprised you guys haven't gotten a stay at home order yet. It seems absolutely essential now.

I don't know if my DB is going to survive the stay at home lock down. He was pruning some trees and an electric caterpillar fell on his neck and when he brushed it away it rolled down his shirt and into his shorts. He had huge welts all over his back and bottom. Then he was riding his bike around his yard and started playing with his dog by chasing her around. He hit a gutter fell over the handlebars and hit his chest on the corner of the walkway around his house. He has a big gash and is pretty sure he broke a rib. emoticon

I made a broccoli quiche with whole wheat (pat in) crust. It was delicious and lasted a week since no one here likes quiche. We have more broccoli so I think I'm going to make it again but add spinach to it. We had mangos so I made mango bread. Luckily I can't eat it because it has sugar in it, but we hung pieces of it on the gate and called neighbors to come pick it up.







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Emme I do have my phone working again. Happy day!! Now I have my laptop connected too.
About sourdough, I never heard of throwing any away??? I used it for many years and I never fed it in between times either. I just had about a cupful in a jar in the refridgerator and then dumped half of it into the bread mixture and took out added another half cup from the new mix that added to the old half cup and I put back it in the refrigerator until next time. Remember when they called the gold miners "sourdoughs"? they used to sleep with it in freezing weather to keep it alive. I never used a particular one. I would just start a new one on the countertop with some yeast, flour and water for a few days if I moved or needed a new one. In Chicago we bought 100# of bread flour and 100# of rye flour. Crazy.!
Becky I don't remember talking about the pandemic but I think we have known that it was possible for a long time. Absolutely unbelievable that nobody was ready for it. N95 masks were cheap and readily available.

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We also had about a week of just social distancing. Our stay at home order came earlier this week.

So far no one is sick here (my household) thankfully and DH is working with people a lot less (his job has gone to by appointment only and he’s only having to go in three days out of seven).


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Yesterday was my day 14 on stay-at-home, and today is DH's, so unless he starts showing symptoms today, we are most likely in the clear. We still worry a bit about deliveries that come to the house, but we're fairly cautious with wiping things down. We don't touch our mail for a couple days except to toss it in a plastic container by the door, then wash our hands. Probably an excess of caution, but I have seen the graphs that California looks like it is flattening the curve really well, so we need to keep that going. Whatever it takes.

Fortunately, I've also found that just by waiting, all my "nonrefundables" in travel have now been refunded. The last bit was a couple of train tickets in England -- they've been slow to get on board as a country, but finally have. My tickets were refunded this morning.

I hope everyone is bearing up well! I just pre-ordered toilet paper for May, ha!



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Kelly, in CA we started social distancing 2 weeks ago and full "stay-at-home" one week ago. Due to the long incubation time of the virus, you can expect results to come after about 2 weeks, because the cases hitting the hospitals now were infected 2 weeks ago. This time lag makes this virus super-difficult to manage, because folks feel ok but are still out unknowingly infecting people.

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i so wish that our governor would order a shelter- in- place. people here just don't listen to an advisory. went to do a bit of shopping today &tried to figure out why so we stores, like dollar general, were open. it was so nice to be outside & see (from a safe distance) some real people!

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Erika, has CA been doing shelter in place? We just started that here and I’m ready to hear some good news!


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Emme, if you keep the starter in your fridge, you only have to feed it about once a week, that's what I do. I love having the starter, my family calls it my "pet."

Seems like the curve is flattening a bit (rate of increase is dropping) in California? I am such a data geek and really enjoying all of the graphs and charts. Hopefully that trend will continue. Go Gavin Newsom!

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Erika, I was going to make some sourdough starter until I saw how much gets tossed out! I did see recently some recipes of what to do with the sourdough waste--some cracker recipes, for example. I am on the fence. I have enough yeast, fortunately (want me to mail you some?). Dosa sound so good...

Becky, I don't have to worry at all about my asthma because DH does all the worrying for me. :) But, seriously, I am really committed to stopping worry in its tracks. I know what stress does to one's immune system and have decided that worrying is an additional health hazard. So, I read the stoics, do some journaling, keep busy, and hit the treadmill every day.

One change: I just ordered a microwave oven. We haven't had one for years, but I realized yesterday that it would help us save more food and cut down on dishes (reheating in pans instead of just in the leftover dish). It will arrive next week, or so it says. Fingers crossed. Now I have to clear a space for it to live.

Kelly, thanks for sharing your reading list.

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Judy's phone is fixed! Hopefully we will hear more from her here soon.

Becky, Judy has always been an amazing futurist. She also totally predicted the internet, when I was young she would talk about it often.

Emme, so glad to hear you are near the end of your household's 14 days! That certainly takes a load off the mind. Our household is also on day 13. Judy is 14 days since she saw her friend who is now so sick.

And cooking and eating what is there, including all leftovers...this crisis has made me so much more frugal. I'm saving all the veggie peels to make stock, etc. Reminding me so much of my beloved grandmother, who lived through the depression and used/saved absolutely everything. The recipes on my news feed now are so much more practical, instead of gourmet. How to use the rest of your sourdough starter, for instance, instead of pouring it down the drain.

Speaking of sourdough, it appears it is going to be a long time before I can buy more yeast. I did a really good job of buying everything we need, but I forgot yeast. So I am going to be baking even more sourdough than usual!

I did a good job the first week with my eating...I think I was just so upset, I didn't want to eat. But this last week things have fallen to pieces, and I had quite a gain on my weekly weigh-in. Time to get back to basics. One of the problems is a friend brought by two huge containers of dosa batter...OMG my favorite...dosa are sourdough rice/lentil Indian crepes. Very good, but yikes!

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I'm glad to read that everyone here is well. emoticon

Kelly, I usually read just one book at a time, but since I've had my cataract surgery I've been reading one and listening to an audiobook at the same time. Yesterday I worked four hours in the classroom (thank God it's behind our house and I can reach it without breaking curfew) and I listened to "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" as I worked. What an enjoyable window into a different era. I'll have to re-read Huckle Berry Finn, too. I remember enjoying it more than Tom Sawyer.

Emme, I saved your "things I can control" chart. I have moments when I don't worry much and other moments when I'm close to a panic attack. I've been doing on-line yoga classes and meditating to try to control it. How do you not worry about having asthma as a risk factor? I worry about how few ventilators the hospitals have. "Ventiladores" is Spanish for ventilators and it's also the word for fans. I called a good friend who is a nurse in one of my almost panic moments and asked her (who also has asthma) if it would be possible to go in together and buy a "ventilador". She said that she had seven at home that she could lend me as many as I needed. emoticon At least we got a good laugh out of it!! (and they are obviously WAY out of price range.

Erika, I hope your nephew continues to improve. We are doing the same thing with food....using what is available and eating all of the left-overs. Costa Rica is in lock-down. We go out and water our flowers and play with Charlie and wave to neighbors. I think we have a good health system here, and it will hopefully work as well as any can with this threat. Costa Rica is very concerned about the Nicaraguans who have residency here and will go home for Holy Week and then come right back with covid-19. Nicaragua has no program intact and there would be lots of contagious people coming back and overwhelming the hospitals here. I don't think the schools will re-open for a few months. We will have no income, so we will be tightening our belts (hopefully in my case literally as well as figuratively).

Judy, I'm glad you're feeling safer being in Montana. I worry about people's safety in Florida. It looks like the officials haven't been as responsible as they could have been.

Ryan and I have hooked up on Whatsapp. Ryan created a SP chat on Whatsapp for anyone else who downloads it on their phone. Let us know if you do!!

Judy and Erika, it's been a year since you guys came down for our wonderful trip to the Carolina Lodge. Judy, do you remember the day I went for a facial, Erika went to the place for the chocolate tour and you stayed in our cabin to read and relax? When I got back from my facial you and I sat outside on the back porch and you were telling me about the pandemic that was coming. And a year later here we are!! It may be different from the super bug pandemic you were talking about, but we are dealing with a pandemic. emoticon









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I’m on day 10 of only really going out for walks with my pup. DH came home early today, now he’s off until Sunday. He’s been playing lots of Minecraft while I read. I’m being me and reading more than one book at a time. Esoterica by Cristina Salat, House Rules by Jodi Picoult and Elena Vanishing by Elena Dunkle.


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Erika, I'm hope that the nephew & family health improves. Such a stressful time to get sick, no matter what the illness. I hear you on the cooking thing -- we're also eating "smaller" -- just smaller meals and if there are leftovers, they get eaten the next day for lunch or whatever. No wasting food! And, for some reason, I have a silly excess of pancake mix. I don't really even eat pancakes very often. I guess I will now.

Judy, nice to see your name pop up. Does this mean your phone is resolved? I'm happy you're in your Montana Big Sky Bubble, too.

Kelly, it sounds like the job for your DH has worked out. What are you reading? (I need to check into Goodreads)

Becky, how is quarantine life there? I hope all is well and that you can get outside a bit.

Ryan, sending love and hugs to you and the whole family. It must be stressful having so many in the medical field right now.

Things are chugging along here. Work still overwhelms as things change day to day and I have to spend too much time online. Today I get a bit of a break from that, fortunately--no meetings, and one UCLA alumni happy hour early this eve.

Tomorrow marks 14 days since I've interacted with anyone other than DH F2F. Thursday will mark his 14th day. I am absolutely grateful I have someone to share quarantine with, we have enough food, a comfortable house, and a job that continues to pay me. We keep in touch with friends and family online frequently, play music, watch good movies (and a few bad), sleep more, and read more. It's raining today, and that is going to be my only complaint.

--Emme

2020 trips: [England: Canceled], [SoCal: Canceled], Washington State [canceled], Hawaii, New York, Bali


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