Couch Couture

In my last post on personal hygiene (or rather non-hygiene), I mentioned that I would do a follow up post on quarantine fashion since it seems like the two go hand-in-(please wash your)hand. Because let’s face it, when you’re barely showering, why would you bother putting on clean clothes on a daily basis?

I actually did laundry earlier this week. This was the first time I’d done laundry in almost three weeks. Mind you, I generally average two loads about every 10 days. One load of lights and one load of darks – this doesn’t include sheets and towels which are on a different schedule. So yeah, I finally did laundry and it was only one load. This is due to the fact that I am wearing the same clothes over and over and over again. I’d say I’m averaging 3-4 days per “outfit” (can I call it that?) I do have exceptions – anything worn while running/working out – gets tossed in the laundry after being worn only once. Plus I have a “thing” about wearing socks more than one day in a row. But everything else is fair game to be worn day in and day out. Let me give you a quick rundown on my couch couture:

Three pairs of sweatpants – two are flannel from Uniquo and one pair of ancient Lululemon

Three sweatshirts – one has a rainbow, one is from “Voldemort Day” from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the final one says KALE in the same font that YALE is written in

One snuggly terry zip-up from Uniqlo

That’s pretty much all I’m wearing these days. If I do happen to go out, I might sub out the sweat pants for a pair of running tights but that’s just so I don’t have to change into workout gear later. As far as footwear, here’s a snap of what I wear regardless of whether I go out or stay in:

(Un)Fashionable Footwear

I realized today that I’m actually starting to miss wearing my stylish shoes. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a thing for shoes – and clothes – and bags… I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a clothes horse. Here’s a snap of some of the shoes that I’m sad not to be wearing:

My beloved shoes

It was announced that the shelter-at-home order has been extended through May 3rd here in the Bay Area so it’s going to be at least another month before any of these shoes see the light of day. I’m probably going to need new Uggs soon – mine are starting to look and feel a bit gross from overwear.

The upside to all of these is conserving water and energy by not doing as much laundry – or bathing. Not really sure what the downside is. Well, other than getting Covid-19 and then having to stay home anyway wearing fugly sweats.

In other news, I completed my second 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle! This one took about a day and a half. I did a puzzle swap with my friend Marlene – the swap definitely went in my favor as I got four new puzzles and she got two. This puzzle was of General Mills cereal boxes and was missing a few pieces but I was stoked to get some new puzzles. You can see my handiwork here:

Do you know all of these cereals?

I have to admit that some of these cereals are suspect… I was pleased to see my Halloween faves like Count Chocula and Boo Berry included. But two versions of Fruity Yummy Mummy? I’ve never heard of this. And Fruit Brute? WTF? French Toast Crunch? Berry Lucky Charms? Please enlighten me if you have personal experience with any of these random cereals.

What cracked me up the most about this puzzle was the lone box of Fiber One. This is the only cereal where sugar isn’t in the top three ingredients. Maybe. Bottom line – General Mills seems to make (or made) a lot of really insanely sugary cereals. But that won’t stop me from buying Count Chocula this October, assuming I’m allowed to leave my house by then.

BTW – if you’re trying to figure out exactly how much six feet of space is for social distancing, here’s a handy pictorial provided by my friend Sonja. One zebra – or approximately two Snugs.

Stay healthy and have a good weekend!

To Bathe or Not to Bathe

That really is the question, isn’t it? So it’s Tuesday evening and guess what… I’m back in my robe again. But that’s only because I took a shower a couple of hours ago and it seemed silly to put on clothes. But before I get into today’s topic – personal hygiene – I’d like to close the loop on the previous post regarding the yeast.

I did make a fresh loaf of bread yesterday using my fancy Italian yeast AND this special High Performer flour which is recommended for breads. This flour has maximum gluten so you know it’s gotta be good. Anyway, it was looking a little dicey at first – wasn’t sure how much yeast to use given that it didn’t need to be hydrated in water. Then I had to learn Italian to translate the website. Then I had to convert metric to American. After all of this, the dough doesn’t seem to be rising with the same gusto as last week’s loaf. I’m telling you – it was a rough afternoon and my kitchen was a mess. But when all was said and done, the bread was absolutely frickin’ perfect. And breakfast this morning – green tea and toasted French bread with butter and apricot jam – was just heavenly. Note to Donatella – I may consider local delivery of homemade goodies… stay tuned!

So let’s get to the crux of the biscuit… personal hygiene. I’m going to admit that I’m starting to slip. Well “starting” isn’t really accurate. I’m pretty far down the rabbit hole at this point. As mentioned in my first post, brushing my teeth has become a real chore on days when I don’t leave home. I will at the very least brush before bed and floss too. Now for the record, I’ve never had a cavity in my life so I’m not too worried. On days when I leave home, I will brush my teeth after breakfast as well. It’s really a good thing we’re all keeping our distance from one another.

Showering has also become optional. I took one tonight because I went running and I don’t want to get into bed all sweaty and gross. Yes, even I have limits. But if I hadn’t run, there would have been no need. And even when I do shower, it’s 50/50 as to whether I bother washing my hair. And then when I get out, I don’t comb my hair. I like to think of this as saving good hair product since funds are somewhat limited but really, it’s just laziness. And my hair pretty much looks the same whether I comb it or not. So there.

Shaving and all the other beauty stuff? Snort. Why bother? Part of the reason why I refuse to post any recent pix is because my eyebrows are scary. I am a fan of “threading” which is not something you can do to yourself. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to keep things somewhat in check with tweezers but it’s like trying to hold back the tide with a sieve. I am proud to say that I did cut my fingernails and toenails last week but I did it over the bathtub. And then I forgot to wash them down the drain. Then I took a bath and was trying to figure out what all the weird pokey things were that I was sitting in… Yes yes, I’m a moron. I also made an effort to get my hair colored but my colorist is also at home so the blue is fading and the roots are three inches long. I’m starting to look like a combination Yeti/ Wicked Witch of the West.

But I do have one area where things are always squeaky clean. I am fortunate enough to have a Toto toilet with the built-in bidet. Let me tell you – this thing is awesome. Clean in the front – clean in the back – there’s even a dryer so minimal TP usage to boot. Boom!

So that’s it. Too much information? I feel like honesty is the best policy. Bottom line is if I’m literally sitting around doing nothing, bathing seems like a waste. But I can assure you that if I’m going out, I’ll do my best to clean up… I think my next post will be on quarantine fashion since I feel like these two topics go hand in hand. And speaking of hands, don’t forget to wash yours at least 10 times a day. Maybe 20. If I do end up doing local homemade treat delivery, rest assured that while my hair may not be fabulous, my hands are squeaky clean.

Final note – I streamlined my blog so the most recent post is the first thing you’ll see when you come to the site. No need to click around. You’re welcome.

The Hardest Thing to Find is ???

Welcome to my new quarantine blog! Here in the Bay Area, we’ve been under “shelter at home” orders for almost two weeks. And since jewelry is a non-essential business, I’ve been furloughed (a nice way of saying laid off) from work. The only times I’m allowed to leave home are to go grocery shopping, to see a doctor and to walk Juno. So I’ve got a LOT of time on my hands. And what better way to spend my time than by writing about all the ways I’m spending my waking hours. The dream blog is still in development but includes a dream about driving up a very steep hill, one about baby Yoda and another where I’m screaming at someone.

Okay, it’s just after noon and I’m sitting on my couch wearing sweats, a robe and wool socks. I haven’t showered and haven’t brushed my teeth. So basically a typical Sunday. There’s no chance you’re going to see me looking like this so…*

Right. So now that you’ve stopped imagining me looking like “who did it and ran”, I figured I’d kick off my blog with a few tidbits about the last week…

Of course, we all know that toilet paper is really really really hard to find. I was at Target last week and the TP aisle was completely bare. There was a horde of people standing by the loading doors complaining to an employee that according to the Target website, toilet paper was in stock at the Emeryville location. Some even held up their phones to prove their point. The employee told the horde that everything was on the floor so if there was no TP, that meant they were sold out. Again.

But here’s the thing, the reason I went to Target wasn’t for toilet paper… it was for yeast! And they were completely sold out. And this wasn’t the first place I went. Berkeley Bowl – which is where I shop for groceries – was out of yeast as well. I managed to snag a few packets of quick rise but regular dry active yeast was sold out. I guess everyone decided to bust out their bread makers since flour was also in short supply. Then I went to Market Hall in the hopes that they would have it. Amazingly, they had some in stock. It’s Italian, comes in a can and cost me $5.50. All I can say is this yeast had better be good. I’m going to make a fresh loaf of bread tomorrow and I’ll report back.

Expensive Italian yeast

BTW – Target was also out of Mexican Coke. This was a real bummer as it’s one of my favorite treats. And no, regular Coke is not an adequate substitute. It’s Mexican Coke or nada. Also, I know my friend Scares hasn’t been able to find tofu. If there’s anything random that you’ve been unable to get, let me know!

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen last week. I made a frittata, baked fresh bread, made potato leek soup, baked French macarons and also a batch of lemon squares. Pictures of some of my culinary masterpieces can be found right here, along with the jigsaw puzzle that took me one day to complete (I should have gotten the 5,000 piece puzzle).

A quick note on the first image on the home page. In reading about how Coronavirus has literally ravaged the entire planet, a recurring image kept appearing in my mind – Earth with a “Closed” sign across it. Because that’s basically where we’re at at this stage.

I don’t want to drag this post out too much longer as I really should brush my teeth. My plan for this blog is to post every couple of days and create themes for each post. Topics could include but are not limited to: home fitness, personal hygiene, quarantine fashion, maximizing couch time, creating a manageable schedule, communication, binge watching (pros/cons) and the joys of a good nap. And here’s a picture of Juno doing what he does best…

Bottom line is we’re all in this together, even though we’re six feet apart.

*Here is a picture taken of my nephew Aaron and me just two months ago before seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can clean up nicely, but right now I’m choosing not to!