Stress is the real enemy

Dear internet,

I guess this is as good a time as any to find out whether that horrendous cold we all had in january was covid-19 or something else entirely.

It has long been my experience than worrying never helped anything and in fact often makes things worse by dulling the senses and weakening the immune system.

So if it isn’t a concrete thing I can do to improve my situation,  such as a “no pangolins in the swimming pool” policy, then I just don’t think about it.

Also, new rule: absolutely no bats in the house, no exceptions. Please remove them from your cape and place them gently on the roost in the hallway. thank u.*

yours,

Daya

*I once lived in a building with a bat colony in the attic. the bats would swoop out at night and dive toward your face, because that’s where the mosquitos congregated. The soft flap flap of their wings right next to your ear was a little bit creepy, but thank goodness something was eating the mosquitos. because they were sure eating me.

Quarantine Meals Rankings 13

 Dear internet,

Here’s a little meal I whipped up with random foods I found around my house. Grilled octopus and deep fried hake. 7/10, fish could have been fresher.

grilled octopus and fried fish
Fried and grilled seafood delight

LOL I wish. Fresh seafood, forget about it, DC shut down the seafood market because people were not being responsible about social distancing.

yours,

Daya

Coronavirus Safer-at-Home Meals Ranking 6

Dear internet,

This is one of my favorite meals, Salmon & Potatoes. Slice up some potatoes, layer them in a pan on top of an olive oil coated pan. Put salmon fillets and lemon slices on top. Cover saucepan and cook on stove top until fish is flakey and potatoes are cooked through. The potatoes on the bottom get all golden brown and the salmon fat makes the potatoes dreamy. 10+/10.

yours,

Daya

salmon and potatoes
Supposedly it is wild Alaskan salmon

Laundry rituals

Dear internet,

So I finally ventured downstairs to do laundry.

I was sort of worried there would be lots of people doing lots of laundry. But no. Just one other machine was occupied.*

I washed my four loads of laundry, trying not to let the laundry basket touch the floor. I know, it’s stupid. I probably can’t catch covid-19 from the floor. Still it felt important to not let the basket touch the floor, to not let a single sock drop, for fear I’d bring the plague back to my apartment, to il Bambino.

I pushed the elevator buttons with my elbow and washed my hands thoroughly. Little rituals to feel safe. Who even knows if they work?

yours,

Daya

*I know, if you are reading this from Europe, you are probably sucking in your teeth with shock at the concept of shared laundry. So unsanitary! So gross! How could anyone be expected to share the machine à  laver le linge?! But this is life in these United States.

a very quiet Monday morning

Dear internet,

It’s a very quiet Monday morning.

I didn’t wake up until 8 am, and that was just because the garbage trucks were out, beeping and backing up.

Thank goodness there are still garbage trucks in DC.

The mayor of DC had to cut off the streets around the Tidal Basin because people were not socially distancing. Probably for the best. The blossoms are an elbow-to-elbow event most years. That said, there must be a Texan in DC who could come up with a great plan to have people drive through the blooms.

This is a photo from a February before Covid-19. Can anyone guess where it was taken? It was taken at 3 pm on a weekday.

The garden cafe at the NGA scuplture garden
Where was I?
Hover over the picture for the answer!

yours,

Daya