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I realized after hitting send on my blog post last week that I had forgotten so many small things that had happened that I wanted to remember. So last Wednesday, I made a bit of a list of things I wanted to remember doing during the pandemic:

  1. dropped off groceries to family in self-quarantine

  2. participated in a video chat birthday party for a niece

  3. monthly book group switched to a weekly video chat

  4. video “morning meeting” from the school principal, where he suggested making anagrams from the word “gratitude”, which the kids really found exciting and spent several hours working on using scrabble letters (voluntarily)

  5. getting home cooked food South Indian food delivered from my mom

Last night, the school emailed us a more concrete plan for homeschool, and the plan is a bit less relaxed than ours, (we had been taking Wednesdays off from school!) so we’ll see how that goes! The kids have been doing piano lessons over video chat, which has been going surprisingly well, and this week their bharatnatayam class is going to try video chat. I’m curious to see how that will work.

This Saturday, I attended Kweli Journal’s Color of Children’s Literature Conference. This was originally supposed to take place in NYC, but they switched to a virtual conference. I was a bit skeptical about how it would work, but they did an excellent job making the switch. The conference was incredibly inspiring, and am eager to get writing! I’m hoping now that the kids have assigned school work I’ll get to some more writing time in.

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Since Fridays are clean-the-house days, I’m generally too tired to post, so I’m switching to Monday. It has been tough writing. Some days I open the screen and think, “What is the point of this?” But other days, I realize how much I love to read, and how I have always loved to read and write. I also see how much my kids need things to read, and so I keep going.

After a few outside nature walks that were just too busy, we have decided not to venture to parks, etc, but to stick with our neighborhood, which hasn’t been too busy. (Anyway, many of the parks and things are closed now! Massachusetts has had a stay-at-home recommendation since last week.) Yesterday, my legs felt like they needed to do something, so I went out for a walk even though it was rainy. No one else was out walking, so I didn’t have to worry about crowds!

Here’s what I posted to instagram:


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Rainy day walk through the neighborhood. The air was clean and crisp. No one else was around as I waded through puddles in my orange paisley rainboots.

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Our “homeschooling” schedule started off fairly consistent, but is slowly becoming a little less regular. This is because I am discovering that my natural going-to-bed time seems to be about 1am and my wake time seems to be about 10am, which unfortunately isn’t great for the rest of the family! I may have to give in and wake up earlier and go to bed earlier like I used to, but it’s hard since I’ve been feeling better with this schedule.

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Fun with stuffies!!!

Another journal-type blog post!

It has been one whole week since school closed and homeschooling is going okay. We have a bit of a routine now, which I think is helpful for everyone. The kids mostly seem to be doing okay. The 4th grader has occasionally been moody and tearful (so have I!), and she is missing her friends. Still, they are both currently doing surprisingly well, all things considering. I guess we’ll see how next week goes.

My writing has been slow, mostly because the news has been hard to process, and I worry a lot for people I know who are at high risk due to the virus. Still, at least I have been writing and reading, which is good.

As far as homeschooling, our plan of doing 2 subjects per day has been great so far. We have a schedule, but we don’t stick too closely to it. Occasionally, when the kids are having a lot of fun during recess playing outside or playing with their toys, I just let them play rather than sticking strictly to the schedule. I don’t think I’ll blog much about what we have done specifically (if any friends are interested feel free to email!) because there are so many posts about that these days.

A “map” of our backyard by my 1st grader that we did for social studies (a requested activity!)

On Wednesday, we went on a “field trip” which meant we went out biking on the Minuteman bike trail. The day was beautiful and sunny, and just a little bit cool which was perfect. I was surprised though by just HOW many people were out walking and biking on the narrow trail. The trail also winds past several fields and a playground. There were kids playing sports, piling on top of each other, and there were kids playing on the playground as usual. It was a bit disconcerting–people were acting as if it were a normal weekend day, and not a weekday when people have been asked to stay home and stay safe.

Anyway, today was a chores day, so I’m exhausted from cleaning the house top to bottom (with the kids’ help) and now the kids are doing a piano lesson over FaceTime.

That’s it from me today. Take care!

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