Sartorial Saturday…On a Tuesday?–Mary Blair March

Here we are, at the end of another Mary Blair March. I think we can all agree that we’ll be glad to see this horrible month come to an end, but at least the fashion was good, even if I was all dressed up with no place to go for most of March! Here’s a look back at the outfits I put together this year:

I began and ended the month with my favorite Mary Blair piece from Pinup Girl Clothing: The planes print Harley swing dress. I think my favorite outfit, though, was the Animal Crossing themed one I wore on New Horizons release day. I also made a point to wear my lime green shrug as much as possible, because I think it pairs with my different Mary Blair pieces in a way that really displays the spirt of her color theory. Each of these items always brings a smile to my face, which was something I really needed this month, but I’m hopeful that next Mary Blair March will see me wearing them to some of my favorite locations that aren’t my home!

Chalk Art

We spent some time outside today, making some chalk art for the sidewalk in front of our house. Here’s a look at a few of my contributions (I never claimed to be an artist!):

I hope they brighten someone’s day!

2019-20 School Year–Week Twenty-Eight

So, we were back to school this week following a week of spring break, but let’s face it, nothing is normal anymore, so we just did the best we could. First things first…my classroom now has five students, with Moose joining us for distance learning! That’s the one nice thing about this whole mess!

So, our school days have been a little different (we can’t go play tennis right now, but we did take a long walk around our neighborhood every day this week, both for exercise and to get out of the house), and we didn’t get quite as much done as we probably should have, but given that it was the week following a “vacation,” I think we did ok!

Turkey and Bunny graphed sine and cosine waves in pre-calculus. They started a very timely new chapter in health…one on infections. In physics, they began a chapter on mirrors…the ray tracing has met with mixed reactions. I think we finished learning about Reconstruction in US history, but I’m honestly not sure. Oh, and they read about the bubonic plague in world history, and I’m sorry, but it’s just too soon.

Ladybug worked with various forms of metric to English conversions in pre-algebra this week…weight, volume, and temperature were all included. She also started a new chapter in science, one that focuses on energy. We continued reading The Phantom Tollbooth. She wrote a temporal comparison about the Great Chicago Fire for writing.

Chickadee continued to work with multiplication facts in math. She read a new book called Mouse Tales. In science, she learned about Jupiter’s red spot, rings, and moons. She also got to do distance-learning catechesis for the first time!

And in related news…Turkey and Bunny received their SAT scores today. I won’t share the actual numbers, because they’re not mine to share, but I will say that they both scored above the mental goal that I had set for them, and I’m very proud of how well they did!

I don’t know exactly what next week will look like. I know we won’t be going anywhere, and I hope we’ll get everything done that we should, but I’m also learning to be flexible, and adjust my expectations and schedule as necessary!

Chickadee Thursday

Both of today’s photos are from yesterday…they’re a good snapshot of how we’re living our life right now.

We take a walk everyday, both for exercise, and to make sure we get out of the house. I think this might be Chickadee’s favorite part of the day!

She also got to do distance catechesis for the first time yesterday. Other than the fact that she was very distracted by the sight of herself on camera, I think it went well.

Life has changed quickly, but Chickadee is doing a good job of adapting!

Quote of the Day

These lines from “The Next Right Thing,” a song from Frozen 2, seem especially appropriate right now.

“I won’t look too far ahead
It’s too much for me to take
But break it down to this next breath
This next step
This next choice is one that I can make.”

It’s Great to be Eight!

Time for another birthday, self-isolation (family-isolation?) style! Hey, at least the last one was less than a week ago…this hasn’t been going on that long (yet)!

Today is Chickadee’s eighth birthday…I can’t even believe it! It was kind of a strange birthday, starting with church live-streamed into our living room, plus an unexpected snow shower. And of course she opened presents this morning, too…she got a lot of fun stuff, and I’d like to play with it all, too!

Since we couldn’t do the things Chickadee wanted to do on her birthday (particularly going to the zoo), we spent the day watching some of her favorite movies and TV shows…both Frozens, Harry Potter, The Lego Movie, and Sailor Moon. And of course we couldn’t go out to dinner, so Chickadee asked me to make a family favorite: breakfast for dinner. She picked breakfast sandwiches on bagels, which is a real treat!

For her birthday cake, Chickadee chose sticky toffee pudding instead of the elephant-shaped cake I’ve made for the last few years (that hurt my heart a little!), with homemade caramel sauce and whipped cream. We all really enjoyed it!

So that’s another birthday celebrated in a very unusual fashion. At this point, I’m wondering to myself how many other family birthdays/special occasions will fall under the shadow of current events. One thing is for sure…we certainly know how to celebrate at home!

Quote of the Day

This quote from Deep Space Nine is a little too on the nose right now, and without context, could easily be about current events:

“I hope you’re right, Commander. I really do. But until we determine the source, we have to follow standard containment procedures and isolate all members of the senior staff.” William Sadler as Sloan in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Christmas in March

Today was like Christmas in March, because today was the long-awaited day when Animal Crossing: New Horizons finally came out, and I was ready for it!

I’ve had a great time playing this game all day. My island started out with two villagers, Rocket and Antonio, and while the two of them aren’t my personal favorites, I’m looking forward to seeing who else will move in (I hope Roald shows up sooner rather than later!). I’ve also really enjoyed all of the new elements to the game, and I can’t wait to see what I unlock next!

Don’t think the irony of this timing is lost on me. While I’ve been looking forward to my “Christmas in March” for months, suddenly, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Our local radio station is playing a week of Christmas music, I hear the Hallmark channel is showing Christmas movies, and Anheuser-Busch has even turned the Christmas lights back on at their brewery in St. Louis. What can I say? We all “need a little Christmas” right now…mine just came in the form of Animal Crossing!