Wow guys. Things are crazy. Like, on the large scale, there’s a crazy pandemic that’s changing the world in so many ways. And on the smaller scale, I feel really conflicted. I have so much time but I don’t feel like doing anything with it. I think I swing back and forth on this pendulum where one side is underreacting to all of this, and the other is overreacting; I want to wash my hands 100 times and never leave the house and maybe wear rubber gloves, and then I’m so annoyed for how big a deal everyone is making, and yes, mom, I just washed my hands!
Happy Monday! I hope everyone is doing well! I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I felt like something was missing from my content lately, and I wanted to get back into the swing of things (so that there’s some normal even though everything is crazy right now). While I definitely could wear pajamas all day (and I did for days 1+2), I would rather I was wearing something a little bit more presentable if say, my teacher were to video call me unexpectedly during the day (that happened...and I’m glad I got dressed that day!). I think it’s on the nicer end of what I’ve been wearing lately, but I am really feeling a need to not feel gross—something Carly said about a week ago that really resonated with me.
So glad it’s Friday! (We made it through a whole week of online school!! How?!) There are so many good movies out right now, and I think it’s rather convenient that we’re all at home (ahem.). I love to snuggle up on the couch with popcorn and a blanket to watch a movie. Right now, historical movies are what I’m looking for (I have zero idea why??) and I’m glad there are a few of those out. No matter what your type of movie is, I’m sure there’s something out there for you right now.
I’m so excited it’s spring! I’m really going to break out all seersucker, shorts, white jeans, and Jack Rogers. To celebrate the start of spring, I’ve pulled together a lot of great J. Crew Factory finds to wear right now. (Even while social distancing, I’m trying to wear what I normally would. At least here, we can still go on bike rides, walks, hikes, etc—so long as we’re 6 feet away from everyone.)
I love J. Crew Factory. The deals are always so good, and sometimes, I think their inventory is better than J. Crew’s. Here’s what *spring*ing up right now (pun 100% intended).
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Wednesday! I can’t believe I’m only on my third day of online school! It already feels very natural, like I’ve been doing it my whole life. Today, I’m doing the first in a new series that I hope to do every other week (ish) about the Racing Rules of Sailing. While these are sailing-related and might not be the most exciting for those of you who don’t sail, I hope you’ll stick around and skim them anyway, as I’m trying to make these pretty easy to understand.
Yesterday was our (Reed and I) first day of online school. It went pretty well, even with: the freezing temperatures in our classroom (and a broken heater); many, many google hangout calls and texts about various things; Reed losing focus and watching TED Ed; and well, that’s just the beginning. I think that it will get easier as this goes on, and I have a feeling that this whole thing will become second nature eventually. One thing I wasn’t expecting was how much I’m missing my friends and teachers. I’m seeing my friends on FaceTime and Hangouts, but it’s not the same as face-to-face (and now that we’re on official quarantine…). Teachers, on the other hand, are hidden behind their websites, Google Classrooms, and lesson plans, and I miss seeing them and hearing their voices.
If you saw Saturday’s post, you know I mentioned that my school is shut down due to Coronavirus. However, as a public school we have to have 180 days of school (or “school”) so to prevent taking from our summer, we are doing our classes online for the next 2+ weeks. Today is my first day doing this, and I thought I’d share how I’m doing this, how it’s working for me, and my thoughts on all of this.
Normally, I’d have a Weekend Reading post for you all today, but since I just did that for the week, I decided to write out about something instead:
We have a little detached (but fully finished) shed in our backyard that we call the Tiki Hut. It’s probably a little bigger than 10ft x 10ft, but it’s a great little space. Yesterday, our school announced that due to the coronavirus, our campus would be closed for two weeks starting Monday. We’ll still have classes online, but there will be less hours in our school day and our lessons will be far more asynchronous. (This means though, that I will have more time to post throughout the weeks!) I decided to turn the Tiki Hut into a little classroom for Reed (my 10 year old brother) and myself. We had all of the furniture (there’s actually nothing new in the space!), so I just cleaned and reorganized. I think it will really make our online schooling way easier to do.
This weekend was a little crazy on my end, and it translated . My mom produces the school play at our elementary school, and it’s a huge thing. There are almost 200 kids in the show (split between two casts), and right now everything is Bel Aire Play oriented in my house. This week is performance week, and there’s lights, costumes, makeup, mics, sets, the whole shebang. Katelyn and I are working backstage, and we have to be there for the whole thing! I also had sailing on Sunday and a teacher work day (no school) on Monday. Despite the craziness, it was great and honestly I really did need a break from all of the craziness at school (ahhhhhh! So much homework and so many assignments!).As I’m super busy this week (still so much work!) here’s some stuff to look at this week.
Happy Friday! Today, along with being my favorite day of the week, is my friend Mary’s birthday. I’ve known Mary for a really like a reallllyyyyy long time long time, and I’m super excited to share that she’s guest posting today! I absolutely love the idea of different voices on Books, Boats, and Bows, and I hope she can post again in the future. That said, Mary *is kinda crazy.*