Week in review: 27 April – 3 May 2020

Another week gone. I finally started working again on Monday, i.e. I feel much much better. At one point I longed more and more to go outside. But until the weekend Rich said that I shouldn’t, just in case I still carried the virus. When I finally stepped outside, it felt amazing. The City has turned green and the air has never been as fresh. Despite there being quite a few people around, the streets are way emptier than ever. That’s probably also because there still aren’t any tourists. It is weird, but also quite nice to be honest.

What else happened this week? Cuomo finally made the decision to close all schools in New York State until summer break. That means that we continue the online teaching from home for the next eight weeks. Or in other words: it looks like I won’t go to school until September. This is also a very strange feeling. On the one hand it is great to save all that commuting time. On the other hand I extremely miss the direct interaction with my students and colleagues. We might have to start the new school year with a giant party (maybe a costume and mask party?!).

Then our internet at home gave up. The first time on Friday for just a few minutes. On Saturday morning it totally stopped working. Thank god for mobile data. As it was the first almost summer day, we didn’t bother too much and took a long walk outside. We walked along the East River down to 14th Street and visited the Union Square Greenmarket. We realized that we now spend a lot less money because most things are closed. So we can easily afford tasty foods on the farmers’ market. Which we did. We bought bread, vegetables, fruits, and alcohol and carried it all 24 blocks home. Unfortunately, the internet still didn’t work when we arrived home. So we had to call the hotline and they send a technician on Sunday morning. Our router was broken (after only 10 months) and replaced.

Oh, and the plus side of no internet was that I got creative on Saturday evening. I crocheted two face masks with monster mouths for us and even sewed a layer of fabric to the inside. That little project gave me much pleasure. Let’s see what else I can come up with in the coming weeks.

|Watched| Avengers: Endgame, Spiderman: Far from Home, Fack ju Göhte, GNTM
|Read| The Art Of Saying NO: How To Stand Your Ground, Reclaim Your Time And Energy, And Refuse To Be Taken For Granted (Without Feeling Guilty!)*, Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch*, Bill of the Black Hand*, The New York Times, Time Magazine*
|Listened to| A Drink with James, Bad on Paper Podcast
|Done| finally started working again, crocheted monster face masks for us, finally went outside again and enjoyed the sunshine, on Saturday we visited Union Square Greenmarket
|Eaten| burger and fries, pasta bake, pizza, bagels, bread with butter and chives
|Drunk| water, coffee, a nutella mocha, cherry coke, tea
|Thought| I don’t care that my 5th graders don’t understand my love for dinosaurs – I at least was thrilled about my lesson that consisted of my PPT with moving dinosaurs plus my voiceover, but was actually about grammar. I really don’t think I can teach a grammar topic with even more enthusiasm.
|Been happy| spring and I am rather well again; oh, and Rich found a used, but still great big carpet on the street so that we finally have two carpets in our big living room
|Laughed| absolutely, there are so many great memes about Coronavirus
|Desired| first to go outside and then to be outside forever
|Bought| possibly maybe a few little somethings from Mango Outlet, delicious local and regional foods on Union Square Greenmarket
|Clicked| I love all three dresses and must be careful to not order too many things online these days: 3 Spring Dresses; and how pretty are these pink lipsticks: A Few Favorite Pink Lip Colors; the next time we’ll order books it will definitely be through this website to support independent bookstores: An Easy Way to Support Independent Bookstores; oh, I just love love love dinosaurs and would love to have (make): Make Your Own Dinosaur Shadow Puppet and Screen

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