My Quarantine Regime

My Quarantine Regime
WORK(out), BAKE, KNIT, READ, WATCH, REPEAT

WORK/WORKOUT:

Ok, truth be told I have yet to workout today. I woke up planning to go first thing and ended up at my desk instead. I plan to hit the Peloton (a generous holiday gift from my mom) as soon as I finish writing this post. I have only been quarantined for two days but I think getting into a routine will be paramount to emotional and physical health. That means keeping it real and making a schedule of sorts. SO, I plan to start everyday moving forward with a workout. I have loved the Peloton app and the intensity of the shorter workouts. So far my favorite “rides” are ones with themed music. This blog post helped me get started with some goodies but I have explored more and definitely enjoy them much more when the music hits home for me.  https://www.mypursestrings.com/fun-favorite-rides-peloton/

BAKE:

My daughter and I have been making this recipe since she was 7….so much fun now that she’s a teen and still loves baking it. We had not made it in a while and decided day one of self-quarantine was a good time to get it going. This is simply the easiest and most delicious toast/sandwich bread ever….like literally EVER. #notglutenfreelife  No-Knead (almost) Sandwich Bread

KNIT:

My 5 month old niece Evie LOVES hand knits and with Spring around the corner I thought a sleeveless cotton top would be perfect. I was looking for something quick and fun and this fit the bill! I used recycled cotton from Lion Brand (http://www.lionbrand.com/re-up-yarn.html ) and some scraps of a beautiful lavender yarn I had in my stash. The free pattern from Tin Can Knits ((https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flax ) is sized for babies through adults and can be done with or without sleeves.

a sleeveless cotton top for Evie

In support of our local knitting stores, I am also planning to join in on this upcoming KAL  (that’s a knit-a-long for those who may not know) at Stars Hollow Yarns https://www.starshollowyarns.com/collections/classes/products/kal-spring-summer-sweater . It starts in April but I think i will order my yarn now and possibly just get started early!

Also considering (to their dismay) getting my kids to join me in a KAL. Loopy Mango in Beacon has some amazing patterns that appeal to stylish and youthful knitters.
https://loopymango.com/

READ: 

I am grateful to have just returned from an incredible trip to Eleuthera and Habrour Island. While cut short, my gratitude for this time away is impossible to quantify. I feel bolstered and inspired and glad that I was able to read a wonderful novel while I was away. As I always do before vacation, I went to Oblong Books in Millerton to get a couple ideas. Their staff is so incredible and I left with two amazing books; Overstory by Richard Powers (https://www.oblongbooks.com/book/9780393356687 ) and A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, by C.A Fletcher (https://www.oblongbooks.com/book/9780316449458 ). According to their staff, both had potential to appeal to all four of our family members which makes packing lighter and potential family book club discussions a possibility.

I was only able to read one, A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World and was enthralled, inspired and moved by the insight and tenacity of the adolescent main character, Griz. I feel it is best to give nothing away and just say it was entertaining and inspiring and worth a read….that is, if you can handle a post-apocalyptic novel right now. I felt it was powerful and thought provoking and am hoping my entire family will read in the coming
weeks.

WATCH:

Here are a few shows I have watched recently with short reviews and in no particular order:

Cheer (Netflix reality show about Cheerleading. Surprised how much I liked it)
Schitt’s Creek (This hilarious, meme-worthy family tale is full of characters you love and lots of LOL moments you will want to watch again and again)
Younger (This is the Darren Starr produced guilty-pleasure brings me back to my youth while appealing to the 40 and over crowd)
Outlander (This show, based on a popular series of books, is currently in its fifth and final season and mixes time travel, romance and historical drama in ways that keep you riveted throughout. Hot guys in kilts and fabulous knitwear….I was smitten from the first and looking forward to this last season for months. Warning: there are some very intimate love scenes peppered throughout but the show is much more than eye candy and romance).
The Outsider (HBO series based on Stephen King novel which just finished up it’s 10th episode last week)
True Detective/Season One (My husband and I recently watched this again after having not seen it since it originally aired in 2014. It was subtle and moving in ways I did not remember. Impressive performances throughout)

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