Corona Diary #3

Week 5 is over, and it was probably the easiest so far. Despite having both a vicious cough AND a stomach bug, I felt more content this week than I have since we began sheltering at home. I'm not exactly sure why that would be, but I hope it continues.

It's official - the kids will not return to school this year. Rory cheered while Camden blinked back a tear and did his best not to scream. He is really struggling without the daily social interaction although he does have several areas of connection via phones, FortNite, and Zoom. I know it's not the same, and I'm reading that teenagers in general are struggling with the loss of their interaction with friends.

We had a lovely Good Friday service quietly at home. The kids and I had communion while Brian led the service online. I also enjoyed Easter although we didn't dress up, cook a ham, or even take a picture. Our most exciting moment came Easter evening as we watched Little Women. Rory was crafting on the floor and suddenly burst into a cross between screaming, crying, and laughing at the sight of a mouse running across the floor in front of her. Thankfully, Brian caught the mouse the next morning so now we don't have to move.

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My new computer is up and running and I am very, very slowly relearning Lightroom. There are so many updates since I last used it 2 years ago that it is like using a brand new program. Also. I had 2700 photos to upload from the last 24 months. Yes, 2700, which is just ridiculous. Here's one of the first photos I uploaded - from December 2018. I can't believe how much they've all changed since then!

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Here's what we're reading/watching/cooking:
  • Songland returned this week and was just as delightful as season 1.
  • Camden declared Little Women to be in his top 5 movies because it is a piece of art. And I completely agree. Not sure when I've enjoyed a movie as much as that one.
  • I'm about halfway through my first Ken Follett book - Fall of Giants - and I am interested to continue the series.
  • I made chicken parm from scratch for the first time ever and it's going into the regular dinner rotation.
  • Rory baked a lemon pound cake with glaze all on her own this week, and it was delicious. Pound cake is Brian's favorite and anything lemon is Camden's.
  • We're tackling brownies with oreo cookies inside for our weekend treat.
  • I signed up for the Book of the Month club and can't wait for my first book to arrive. Click this link to get your first month for $5 (and I'll receive a free book if you do).
  • Camden and I are VERY eagerly awaiting The Last Dance documentary on ESPN. I cannot even say how excited I am for this. I grew up near Chicago in the Michael Jordan glory days. Brian and I watched the Bulls win one of their championships on our honeymoon so this is right up my alley and I can't wait to share it with Camden.
Bring on Week #6!





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