A Week In The Life, Vol 13.
Signs of spring!!
This week. WOW. How are you guys doing? Seriously! Please tell me below.
We are doing well here at home and not biting each other’s heads off, surprisingly. I constantly go back and forth between feeling okay and scared out of my mind about the situation. One minute it feels like I’m overreacting and the next I feel like I’m being irresponsible by not watching the news 24/7 to stay up to date and take a moment for all of those who are suffering and putting their lives at risk. I am SO insanely grateful that I can stay safe at home in a comfortable house, still work and still get food.
I can’t even imagine being in the medical field right now. And it blows my mind to see people in my neighborhood still getting together in groups of more-than-their-immediate-family. I drove by a playground the other day that was filled with 10+ kids. WHY?! WHY?! I miss my family so much!
This is just such a crazy time (is there a more-used phrase at the moment?! I think not) – we are living through a historical event right now. I think there is so much fear and panic at times (in me, too) because of the uncertainty.
Things that are helping me right now: escaping through books and reading nonstop (even if I don’t feel like it), cooking for other people when I can (I made chicken romano that went to 4 different houses today), face timing with family and doing a friends zoom happy hour (this was more amazing than I anticipated) and doing some peloton rides with friends too! Also, talking to you guys nonstop on instagram and helping you figure out meals you can make with the ingredients in your house has been wonderful. What is helping you the most?
Thank you!! Here’s a peek into our boring but safe week.
The problem with starting to like the iced coffee I’m making at home is that I literally want to drink iced coffee all day long.
We played TONS of games this week, hungry hungry hippos and connect 4 being the highlights.
We also experimented with orbeez/water beads for the first time!
This was fun!
Emilia loved it.
This is what they turned into! So NEAT. But now… what do we do with them?
One day last week I made french toast with dave’s killer bread, which is our favorite. I worked on my book most of the week and forgot to take a picture of just about every meal that I made.
I did make chocolate dipped clementines on instagram live! Max helped once he realized chocolate was involved.
He has the biggest sweet tooth ever.
It was rainy and gloomy the first half of the week which was SO HARD. But it perked up and actually got super warm.
This photo gives me life. It will forever be my… “meh.” face. Can I turned it into a GIF? And yes, she does look like elton john, haha.
Made sheet pan nachos and margaritas on friday night! This was DELISH and really hit the spot. I have not been drinking at all throughout the week – some nights I would like a glass of wine but I just feel so anxious and that makes it worse. So I’ve skipped. I just drink a huge ice water instead, which oddly enough I adore.
This boy!! He misses school like crazy. He gets it, but not really, you know? I don’t even want to tell him that it could end up being cancelled for the rest of the year.
We took 8am walks in PJs because why not? Honestly thinking of making this into a thing come summer anyway. Days start and end with a walk.
We grilled smoked turkey sausage and peppers! Kind of like this sheet pan meal, but on the grill.
Emilia had her favorite snack plate lunch with the sausage and leftover guac from the night before.
Today I made my house salad and added some hard boiled eggs. Love this SO much, it’s so crunchy and good.
I still haven’t put out our easter decor because I can’t decide if it will make me feel better or worse! But I want to put some out because we will still celebrate at home.
It was still a good week and I think we’ve become used to being home together. It was, dare I say it, actually slightly… easier. I know that sounds crazy!
19 Comments on “A Week In The Life, Vol 13.”
Two things –
1) peloton leaderboard name?
2) where did you get her star sunníes? She does look like Elton John which is who my almost 3 year old daughter says she wants to be for Halloween 😂😂 might as well plan ahead while we’re at home
My friend did a playdate (like a year ago lol) were we made sensory bottles with water beads. Just put them in an plastic bottle with some water and super glue shut! My 2.5 year old still plays with it sometimes. And yes to the zoom nights with wine! Refreshing after not seeing anyone outside of my house for so long
I say decorate for Easter. I saw Easter trees (like Christmas tress) online over the weekend, and wanted to do one SO bad. Being outside was everything this weekend. I still have to work, but anytime I can be home and outside, it calms me somehow. Connect four is the best, nachos sounds so yummy and we all agree with you that being able to go buy a coffee at Starbucks is something we would really love to do right now. Love your quarantine editions, they make me smile. The other term I have heard so much, is social distancing.
Thank you for sharing your life with us. It brings me joy!
Hi! First of all I love reading these posts 🙂 how do you make your iced coffee?
I am working from home, which is an adjustment!
We got a new puppy , to have a buddy for our other dog..so cute, but wears us out. I am going a bit stir crazy..but hanging in there.
Thank you for sharing your life Jessica, love you and your precious family!
We’ve just been staying home – glad that we are able to. We also take a walk every afternoon. Where we live there are golf cart paths (golf course gone) that are so nice to use. We don’t have sidewalks so these are much safer. We also can’t understand why large groups are gathering. There’s a college aged girl 2 houses down who has tons of friends who apparently don’t consider anyone else when all this gathering is taking place. I suppose they think they’re invincible. Stay safe and sane.
I’ve been obsesssively watching The Great British Baking Show. I know I’m late to the party on this one, but my husband and I just started watching it a few weeks ago, and we’ve already gone through four seasons, lol. Even though it’s a competition show, I find it so incredibly soothing. I literally could watch it for hours. And, I have, haha.
So, that gets me through when I feel a bit down and out. I take a lot of walks and chat with friends on the phone while I do, and it’s nice to catch up with everyone. We do a lot of yardwork, when the weather is nice enough, and my zumba teacher does a zoom class twice a week, which is great! I know we all look forward to waving at each other and dancing online, haha.
Also, my peapod grocery delivery came through yesterday with almost all of the stuff we needed. I am beyond grateful!!! We were even able to add on items for both sets of parents and deliver them (safely!), so that was a bonus since our parents need help learning they shouldn’t go out much, lol.
Hang in there!!!! xoxo
What are your go-to recipes for the iced coffee & margartias?
I bought water beads years ago to keep plants watered when I was gone for extended periods. Just put them in something that will hold them for reuse but let the water seep through. (I used old pantyhose!)
My daughter’s daycare puts the water beads into balloons for homemade stress balls.
I am feeling the same way, I want to drink wine, but I am nervous that it will make me more anxious. I work in the health care field (not at a hospital or clinic) but it is still overwhelming. Plus I am working at home (more than full time) with 2 small kids. We try to get out everyday for some fresh air and that helps us all with the stress and anxiety. I try to read, but it gets overwhelming. Having your blog to take a mental break has been great and hearing from others that they are experiencing the same feelings is helpful.
My husband and I had a “date night” last week, after the kids were in bed. . . and I came really close to having my first hang over in a decade. But it *was* a lot of fun to relax for once.
You can save the orbeez!! Just keep them in an airtight container and they will last forever! You can use tongs, cups, spoons, and other items for a fun sensory experience! :)
Your description of going from one emotion to the next basically nails it.
A couple from our church held a virtual wedding on Saturday – they were supposed to have 300.. . . and then everything “normal” got cancelled. A whole bunch of people came out and watched online in their cars, and drove by for the receiving line. They did the main dances out in front of the church so we could all watch. I might have shed a tear – partly happy for them, partly frustrated this is where we are, partly thrilled we can still celebrate them via social media. Our local news station covered it – such a sweet story.
Hi from Akron. I’m here….thats what i can say. same as you some days better than others. my main anxiety right now is waiting to find out what is happening with my job/company. We keep hearing different things. i can keep working from home just fine, but if there is no cash and people are not buying anything ???? Im trying to do lots of workouts/walks since it helps me. and eat semi healthy still. i have definitely upped my drinking LOL. i try to keep it to one drink at night. i find it a good “treat” and just try not to think im developing any bad habits :) my mom always said a glass of wine with dinner doesnt count so im adopting that methodology !
My BF is in healthcare. allow me to get on my soapbox: there are many more people in healthcare than drs and nurses. right now they all deserve equal thanks. my BF is an administrator who has had 1 day off (including weekends) since March 7. Hes on calls all day, is working to input protocols to keep employees safe, trains people on PPE, redeploys staff to areas most in need, is scouring the internet for basic supplies like thermometers, and coming into contact with so many people. some might say hes not directly treating patients…but look at the stats….many healthcare workers are the ones getting infected…they are going to be the patients. soapbox exit.
I’m sorry to rant, it just is very stressful. i know that most people know to run a hospital it takes so many more people than drs and nurses, but those “other” workers also appreciate being called out for their contributions.
to end on a lighter note….my niece turned 4 on monday and told me her new fave color is RAINBOW :)
I’m an essential worker and my anxiety is through the roof. I’m so worried about getting it or accidentally spreading it to my little community by accident, I spend SO much time sanitizing everything. Thank god for my favorite beauty company, their hand lotion is saving me from leather hands.
I’m balancing it out with walking the dogs a lot! Thankfully I live on the beach so I can still find social distancing approved areas.
I’m super mad at people who are being careless at this time, students just got back from spring break and that’s spiking my anxiety even more. And parents who decide to come buy an animal and bring along 50 kids, why?! It’s not that I don’t like the kids, but that wasn’t an essential purchase and kids are little Petri dishes that touch everything! (I say that with love and normally have no issues, but this is Rona❤️)
You can let the water beads dry up and use them again and again!
These are my favorite posts to check-in with each week – so thank you for writing! I am taking things day-by-day and moment-by-moment, making sure to notice all that I have to be grateful for when things feel tough. And question – do you have a favorite brand of turkey sausage to share? Thanks!