Quote of the Day

In this quote, Hawkeye is talking about what he wants to do after the Korean War is over, but following yet another night where I barely slept, it pretty much sums up how I feel about my plans once this time of global pandemic has passed, especially the part about going to Europe (or anywhere for that matter!):

“I’d like to take six to seven months and become unconscious. Just sleep… not do anything, not go anyplace…not have anything asked of me. Then I’d like to go to Europe and sleep there for a year.” Alan Alda as Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H

Sartorial Saturday–Masking in Style

It’s been what…four, almost five months since I started masking every time I leave the house (which still isn’t often to begin with!)? I’ve decided to have fun with it. We have a whole bunch of masks in solids and patterns (the patterned masks are from Old Navy…they have lots of great options!), and I enjoy choosing one to go with my outfit when I do go out. It’s just another form of accessorizing, and I like to do it in style!

How do you like to incorporate masks into your look?

First Day of High School

Moose started his freshmen year of high school this morning! It’s not the way we had planned, as his campus moved to distance-learning for at least the first few weeks of the school year (only after we had already made the decision for him to learn from home for at least the first semester, though), but he’s still officially a high school student!

The First Day of School 2020

We were up bright and early this morning to begin our 13th year of homeschooling!

For once, we all started school on the same day in the same place, as Moose started his freshman year of high school today via distance-learning. Turkey and Bunny are, of course, seniors this year, Ladybug is in eighth grade, and Chickadee is in third. The motto for the day was:

“I cannot be everywhere at once, people
I’m in dire need of assistance.”

As always, I had schultüte waiting for the Fab Five when the bell rang:

Our other favorite first-day-of-school tradition is building a Lego set…this time, the skyline of Dubai. I especially love the Burj Al Arab.

We all had Animal Crossing shirts this year…even me!

This year is going to be different from any we’ve had before, and I imagine it will be challenging, but we’re going to take things one day at a time and try not to look too far into the future, while learning as much as we can!

The Summer of 2020

Here we are, at the last weekend of a very strange summer break. When I look back on the summer of 2020, I hope I won’t remember it for never getting to leave the house, or for all of the bad things that kept happening in the world.. Because even if this summer has been different, and not what I wanted it to be, there have been good moments. So I hope I (and the Fab Five) remember it for:

  • Our virtual vacation to Chicago.
  • Baking different variations of our favorite cookies with Bunny after church every Sunday.
  • Early morning snuggles with Chickadee (the early-riser of the Fab Five).
  • Seeing the joy the Fab Five got out of playing with The Child.
  • Watching Hamilton (and listening to the soundtrack) over and over again, sometimes with accompanying singing and dancing.
  • Playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons seemingly endlessly.
  • Taking sunset walks with Ladybug.
  • Spending extra time cooking special meals.
  • Watching every Pixar movie, and picking our favorites.
  • Listening to Christmas music whenever we felt like it, simply because it brightened our day.
  • Binge-watching TV shows (Everybody Loves Raymond was a family favorite, and we also enjoyed The King of Queens) and laughing together.
  • Making waffles for lunch (and sometimes dinner, but never breakfast!) many days.
  • Sharing late-night Reese’s peanut butter bars with Turkey and Bunny while we watched The Golden Girls.
  • Even later-night M*A*S*H marathons with Turkey and Moose.

I’m sure there are other things that have been hallmarks of our vacation, but these are the big ones, the happy moments I want to remember, instead of the craziness of the world around us.

Waffle Summer

If there’s anything that defines this summer beyond the “Summer of Hamilton,” it’s “Waffle Summer.” When I rearranged our summer school plans from Tokyo 2020 to cooking, the first thing I wanted to tackle was making waffles. They were such a big hit that we kept making them…every kind we could come up with. Plain waffles, cinnamon, chocolate (topped with ice cream for dessert!), pumpkin, lemon-poppyseed, savory cheese and bacon (topped with fried eggs), cinnamon roll, banana, tropical, gingerbread, blueberry, potato, and buttermilk all made an appearance.

The waffle madness even made an appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

It’s been a delicious summer!

Quote of the Day

I don’t think anything could sum up the summer of 2020 better:

“That might sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most.” Jordan Nagai as Russell in Up

Tasty Tuesday–Cooking Through a Pandemic, the Fifth Month

Another month or so has passed, so it’s time to look at back at what I’ve been cooking:

And baking:

Since school will not be returning as planned (Moose’s school district has joined the others in the area in beginning the school year remotely), I think I’ll continue this for at least one more month, or until life is “back to normal” (whatever that means) around here. At any rate, it’s kind of fun to have a record of the things we’ve been cooking and baking, and helps me plan meals for the future!

Quote of the Day

I know Tony Stark was talking about very different circumstances, but this quote from Avengers: Endgame certainly applies to our COVID-19 world:

“I hope families are reunited, I hope we get it back and something like a normal version of the planet has been restored, if there ever was such a thing.” Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame

Animal Crossing Summer

So this has been a weird summer, right? I don’t know about you, but we didn’t go on any trips, didn’t do any of our normal fun summer activities, and to be honest, we barely left the house. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had a fun summer virtually, though, thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons…I got to do lots of fun summer things in the game!

My animal neighbors threw me a very fun birthday party:

I went swimming in the ocean:

I visited an aquarium with a friend:

I went star gazing:

I had an all-penguin slumber party:

I enjoyed an outdoor workout with some of my animal friends:

I had a picnic on the beach:

I saw a beautiful fireworks display:

I went fishing:

I participated in a fashion show:

I went to an art gallery with a neighbor:

I attended an outdoor concert:

I spent some time in a tea garden:

I visited friends:

And neighbors:

It certainly hasn’t been the summer I planned or even wanted, but I made the best of it, and I had a lot of in-game fun!