24.3.20

Quarantine Diaries, Day 7

Tuesday of last week (the night after my last post) the Malaysian government issued a Movement Control Order closing all schools, places of worship, public gatherings, and all non-essential services until March 31.  On Thursday, the government issued another statement saying essentially, “this is serious, please do like we told you and stay home”.  On Sunday they called in the Army to keep order.  Malaysians seem to have a hard time following rules.

So....it’s been awhile since I’ve left the house.  I hear police cars outside making walkers and joggers go home.  The beaches, from what I see, are empty.  Reuben set up his road bike out on our balcony so he can still go on his morning ride.  I thought it would be a good time to start a 30 day Yoga challenge.  Jesse asks to go to the parking lot about 10 times a day to ride his bike.  Ellis is using a play pizza crust as a frisbee, which is one of the few sanctioned things-to-throw in the house. There's a LOT of pent up energy in our house.

Here are some of the things we have done in the past week:

Made sandpaper
Decorated diapers with markers (note: color bleeds onto bed sheets)
Read 400 pages of Curious George
Toured the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, digitally
Made a birthday video for a friend who couldn’t have a party
Overwatered the plants
Made paper mache bowls and plates out of recycled egg cartons
Rearranged two rooms in our house
Started a wall of doodles
Fed the venus fly trap
Caught and relocated two lizards from our house
Learned to cut Ellis's hair with clippers
Learned how to toss a pizza crust
Made two kinds of muffins
Yelled a lot
Laughed a lot

Today Ellis really got into making his own food out of felt.  We now have felt seaweed, felt pepperoni, felt ice, and felt water.  Noodles and butter went on the play kitchen menu tonight, as you can see for yourself below. (Link to the video here.)  The plan is to make felt bowtie noodles in the morning, Ellis's second favorite thing.




Bright spots in my day:

Lunch doodles with Mo Willems (known for the picture book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus) have brought some serious artistic pursuits into our house.   In addition to the drawing tutorials, Mo talks about his writing process, shows us around his home studio and at some original sketches of his books, and answers questions submitted by kids.  These videos are a delight.  We’ve been casual Mo Willems fans for some time, but the fandom has reached the next level.  We have pigeon doodles all over our house.  Ellis also wrote a book called "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Van".

Annie F Downs from the That Sounds Fun podcast has been doing a short daily quarantine podcast  with her friend Eddie who works with the International Justice Mission.  Their conversations are all about nothing and yet they're smart, funny, and and somehow, well worth listening to.  You'll have to search for "TSF Quarantine" to find the episodes, or you can look on this page to find the episodes.

Until next time!

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