Hi friends ♡
It feels like it’s been an eternity since I shared my last monthly recap post. So much has changed in the world lately because of COVID-19, and I hope you all are staying safe at home. Kyle and I have both been working remotely for the past few weeks, and we have only been venturing outside for groceries or exercise.
Personally, I have found comfort in continuing on with some of my own routines during this time. Each month, these recap posts are some of my favorite posts to write, and I wanted to let you know what I have found helpful during this time.
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Honestly, I’ve been feeling a bit all over the place. We are in uncharted territory right now with the coronavirus, and it has definitely been fueling my anxiety.
Most mornings, I wake up and immediately search online for news related to New York City. Living in such a highly-affected area has been stressful, and I’m trying not to let my thoughts spiral out of control. Kyle and I have both been fortunate enough to work entirely from home during this time, so it has been good to keep our normal Monday-Friday routine as much as possible.
Many of my friends in the restaurant industry are out of jobs and struggling to pay rent. Other people—health care professionals, grocery store workers, and so many others—are at the front lines during this crisis, and they don’t have the ability to stay home. I urge everyone to take this as seriously as possible, and we will get through it together.
And, when all else fails, just jump on as many video calls with your friends and family as possible. Nothing has made me happier recently than seeing my three-year-old nephew use filters better than I can.
Since we’ve been at home so much, Kyle and I have been making the most of it by cooking delicious meals. Granted, he does most of the cooking, but I’ve definitely been enjoying the benefits of it!
In an effort to go out as little as possible, we have also been trying to eat our way through all our food before going grocery shopping. It has forced us to get inventive with our meals, but it has definitely been fun.
Here are some meals that we’ve been loving lately:
- Homemade General Tso’s Tofu — Kyle has started making homemade General Tso’s sauce in bulk, and it has been a game-changer. Add in some tofu, broccoli, and peppers, and you have a delicious meal! I’m thinking of sharing this recipe here on TBA soon, so keep an eye out for that soon.
- Beef Fried Rice — I shared this recipe on the blog last week, and it’s been a staple in our kitchen these past few weeks. It’s so easy to make, and it can feed you for several days! I also love eating leftover fried rice when it’s slightly cold—is anybody else with me, or am I just really that weird?
- Homemade Cinnamon Rolls — With all this extra time at home, I wanted to step up my weekend breakfast game a bit. This past weekend I made these Quick Yeast Cinnamon Rolls, and they turned out soooo good.
With everything going on at the moment, exercise has honestly been keeping me sane. I made a personal pledge to hit 10,000 steps each day, and I’ve been hitting that goal pretty consistently! At the moment, we are still able to go outside for exercise in NYC, but I am always careful to keep my distance from others.
Personally, I find that running helps clear my head when I start to feel more anxious. Most days, I go for a run in Central Park after I finish work, and it really helps me unwind. I had signed up for a half marathon on April 19th, but it has now been cancelled. Regardless, I think I might try running it on my own anyways! I’ll keep you all posted on how that goes.
When I’m out walking or running, I really love listening to podcasts to help the time pass by faster. These have been some of my favorite podcasts lately:
- Pod Save America — I started listening to this podcast a few months ago to stay informed about the 2020 election. Lately, I have enjoyed listening to their coronavirus updates and thoughts on how everything will affect politics in the coming months.
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition — I am a huge fan of Trevor Noah, and I have spent waaaay too many hours watching his YouTube videos. This podcast basically provides the same content as his show, but it’s perfect to listen to while working out.
- The Food Blogger Pro Podcast — I have expressed my love for all things Food Blogger Pro before, but this podcast really helps me step up my blogging game. Last week, they released an episode all about running a business during a pandemic, and I really appreciated all their tips.
So far, 2020 has been the year that I’ve gone back to reading books purely for fun. And I love it.
For the past few years, I have been focusing on reading more self-help and business books. However, I have been feeling a bit burnt out by these types of books lately, so I recently switched to reading more fiction and romance novels.
Here are some books I devoured this month:
- Red, White, & Royal Blue* — I read this entire book on our plane ride down to New Orleans, and I immediately wanted to read it again. It’s heartwarming, unique, and romantic all at the same time!
- The Two Lives of Lydia Bird* — I wasn’t expecting this book to feel the way it did, but I really loved it by the end. It’s a powerful tale about loss, grief, and finding yourself after your life has fallen apart.
- American Royals* — I have to admit I’ve gotten into a bit of a royal kick lately, but I’m not mad about it. This book basically feels like a soap opera, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
- The Unhoneymooners* — This is another one of those books that you can easily read in one sitting! It’s a fast-paced romantic comedy with relatable characters, and I really enjoyed the plot twists.
Spring cleaning, iced coffee with oat milk, spring blossoms, YouTube videos, long runs, saving money, not wearing makeup for days on end, warmer temperatures, and snuggly kittens.