So, here we are. In a place that none of us ever thought we would be. I teach each year about the Influeneza of 1918 and I always thought the idea of pandemic was a thing of the past. Guess I was wrong. While I am fully committed to quarantining and flattening the curve, I hope to update you all on simple things that have brought sunshine to my day. I do not want to belittle what is actually happening in the world- trust me, I am taking this much more seriously than most; but I want to share how I am coping with the long days ahead.
Every morning (in an attempt for normalcy) o begin my day with a workout. We have been experiencing some crazy rainstorms, so if it looks not-too-bad I head outside. With the time off from work, I have amped my workouts up to 1-2 hours of cardio a day. Whether it is a run, a brisk walk, or a trainer ride on my bike, this time puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day.
Greg and I have taken it upon ourselves to offer some alternative education for Tay during this time. One thing we have been doing, is watching a family documentary a night. We ordered Disney+ when we realized we would be off from school, and so far we have viewed two amazing documentaries. Honeyland was a film I had heard about during awards season and follows a bee keeper who lives in the isolated mountains of Northern Macedonia. This film is excellent! Last night we watched the Africa documentary The Flood which is also amazing. This might be my favorite type of learning yet!
Each day, Tay and I do “art class” in the form of coloring from a Mandala coloring book. I know it seems silly, but it is calming and gives us a great time to sit and chat. You don’t need a book to do this- you can find so many designs online for free and just print them out!
I deeply hope you all are staying safe and staying at home! Expect more of these silly updates in the coming weeks- I hope you find something that will bring a smile to your face, or something to do for a few hours!!!