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Pandemic-fatigue | Weekly Snapshot

It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

Father's Day and Yummy Breakfasts | This Week's Five

1. Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads out there. This is the husband's first as a father, of course, and Shreya I got him a Fitbit to replace the old Flex that has been giving him a lot of trouble lately. I love that the newer Fitbits show the step count (and more stats) right on the screen of the gadget itself.

2. The Storm

We had a big bad storm hit our area on Thursday night. The news had been warning about it all day but I confess not to have taken it seriously. We get thunderstorms often and sure, they do sound scary when they happen and also move our grill from one place to another in the back deck, but they have never done more damage than out the power for a while. However, this was the worst storm I had ever seen/heard. In retrospect, I realized that we should have headed straight to the basement but that thought didn't hit me then. I woke up in the morning to see a huge white rectangular something in our front yard. I figured it was some board that belonged to a neighbor but when I went to check the backyard, I saw a whole fence section ripped out.



We managed to put it back together later but it took a lot of work to align it perfectly.

3. Reading to the Babe

Shreya has finally been showing interest in books and this mom cannot be any happier. I love how she brings the book over to someone and snuggles close to sit on the person's lap and then watches the book with so much rapt attention that it's just adorable. Her favorite book right now is a farm animals book, with us making animal sounds and she grinning and laughing. She also loves Sandra Boynton's books, of which I am a big fan too!

4. This breakfast

Lately, I have been adding coconut milk to a lot of dishes. We do traditionally add it to many Indian dishes, but I recently discovered breakfast recipes that use this ingredient and I have been taking full advantage of that. This morning, I made this amazing too-good-to-be-real Chia pudding parfait.



Chia seeds in coconut milk is just heaven. Mm, I could eat it every day. But this parfait was even better - it has all my favorite foods - almond flour, apples, almond butter, coconut milk, nuts, and chia seeds.

5. Toni Morrison

I finally finished my first Toni Morrison book - God Help the Child. She is one of the authors I have been intimidated by her for a long time but now I can finally say that I have read one of her books and am looking forward to more. Although I was somewhat underwhelmed by the book itself, it is certainly ambitious in its ideas and I can see how she can be a challenging author to read.


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