Essie nail polish in Ballet Slippers. I’ve told you before about my commitment to getting my nails done. I’ve had a gel manicure nonstop for about five years, and I love it. Since nail salons are, of course, closed for the time being, I grabbed a bottle of nail polish about a month and a half ago at the grocery store. The color is very subtle and I slap on 2 or 3 coats once or twice a week. It definitely doesn’t look professional, but it is a little thing that makes me feel a lot more put together.
Hinote Greetings! My friend Sabrina (whom you’ve read about) is an incredibly talented singer and had the brilliant idea to partner with some other professional musicians to send electronic virtual greeting cards to people. Last week I sent Mark L.O.V.E. for our anniversary, and the school board also sent “Simply the Best” to our awesome board secretary for Administrative Professionals’ Day last week. Find her on Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Mother’s Day is just around the corner, hint hint.)
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for more than a year, and although my friend Heidi raved about how much she loved it, I couldn’t commit to reading a 400+ page book. Quarantine changed all that and I devoured this book in less than a week. It is the saga of a multi-generational family in Japan and it is enthralling. I stayed up way too late for many nights because I couldn’t put it down.
Sardine rice bowls for lunch. Hear me out! If you like canned tuna fish, you will probably like sardines. They are tasty, inexpensive, and so incredibly healthy for you. For lunch I’ve been filling a bowl with a little scoop of brown rice, the skinless boneless sardines in olive oil that I get from Costco, finely chopped vegetables that I have in the fridge, a dressing of sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and ginger, and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Carbs, protein, healthy fats, and although Mark swears that it smells horrible and tries to make me eat outside, I gobble it up and have to force myself to eat something else for lunch every other day.
Baking and cooking projects. As you know, I’ve been making tons of cookies, cakes, and cinnamon rolls. I’ve also made several loaves of challah and focaccia and have issued a self challenge to pick one chef/cookbook each week and plan our dinners around that source. So far I’ve done Chrissy Teigen, Allison Roman, and am now focusing on Samin Nosrat. If you want more details, follow me on Instagram and get ready for a large amount of food nerdiness.
What’s keeping you sane, entertained, well-fed, or otherwise happy during this hard time? How are you holding up?