Blogging means…never having to say, “I’m sorry!”

I am sorry but I just have not been in the mood to blog. Well, it’s time to SNAP OUT OF IT and start writing again. COVID 19 is not going away any time soon and we are living in that new normal that everyone keeps talking about. Well….are you living your life? 

This has been a very difficult time for all of us. For me personally, I feel as if life has been on pause. My focus is on one thing and one thing only – surviving physically and mentally. 

Im so upset when I hear that people refuse to wear masks. Whats the big deal about wearing a mask to protect yourself and others.  Asians have been wearing masks since the 1950’s as a commonplace way of life.  The Japanese feel it is the courteous thing to wear when you have a cold so as not to spread your germs. When Japanese women don’t have the time to put on make up they throw on a mask. In the Philippines, motorcycle and scooter riding is very popular. Drivers will wear a mask to protect themselves from smelly fumes while in traffic. Taiwanese citizens wear masks to protect themselves from cold weather and the effects of pollution in the air.  So wtf , US? Get with the program and start wearing a mask. If you can’t get a medical quality mask there are numerous on line sources….let me list a few really fashionable ones for you: 

https://www.elysasuzanne.com

https://athleta.gap.com

https://ajustmask.com

As for social distancing…..ok I have always been a big hugger and kisser when I greet people. Well, no more….and you know what…I don’t miss it. I don’t want your germs. I have a lot of huggy friends and we love each other dearly but I don’t miss their touch. STOP touching each other. Stay 6 feet away from each other. Do you really know what 6 feet looks like?

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Ok….finally let’s talk parties and social gatherings. I agree I miss this. I love a fun get together as much as anyone else, but for now. I am not doing it. My idea of fun has changed for now and trust me…I WILL BE BACK dancing at your party very soon. Here is a few ways of having fun with just a few people.

Hang out in your back yard or in a park and have a social distance meal. No, I do not wear a mask while eating and in all honesty when I am outside and feel I am far enough from people I don’t wear the mask. However, when I come home I wash my hands, shower and change my clothing. 

Play a game of golf. I dabble in golf and although I am not great I enjoy the challenge of hitting that little ball really dead on and making a nice shot. Golf is the perfect way to spend time with 3 other people and remain socially distant. 

In a previous blog I mentioned playing on line games such as:

https://www.canastaleagueofamerica.com/canasta-app.html

http://www.realmahjongh.com

My daughter who NEVER was into video games got a Nintendo Switch and is obsessed with the game, Animal Crossing. Just in case you are unaware of this new game trend, here’s a great article to get you in the now: 

https://cnn.it/3gHYJdh

Spend your time wisely and try and expand your mind during this time. There are ton of online classes to take now. If you are not interested in learning anything new, well….clean your house….it is cathartic and you cant imagine how much stuff you can repurpose and or donate!

Jane xo 

Socializing with Online Games

When I was a little girl I used to love to play board games with my brother. Monopoly, Life and Clue were my absolute favorites. Fast forward to the 1980’s when I was in college… arcade games such as Pac Man and Frogger were all the rage. I spent many a night drinking beers and using up all my quarters in those machines at my college campus pub.

For the past few years I have been playing Canasta with a group of fabulous women. Canasta is a card game of the rummy family and is usually played in groups of four players using 2 sets of cards. There is a lot of strategy and rules to the game and it definitely keeps my mind active and involved. 

Since we are social distancing, my friends and I have been utilizing an app called CANASTA JUNCTION. We set up a ZOOM meeting and gather together in the privacy of our individual homes, select teams and then create our game on the app. Thank goodness for ZOOM I get to see my friends to talk,  laugh  and catch up on life. Obviously it’s not the same as going over to each others homes but for now it is keeping us all sane. CANASTA JUNCTION is a $10 app and it is well worth the investment. If you cant get your friends to play with you, play with strangers or play against the computer.

I have also been playing Mahjong on www.realmahjongg.com They offer a free trial period and then a monthly subscription. This is not an app; you need an internet connection. It’s a great way to play with friends (you need 4 to play), or play with other like minded gamers. You can also play against the computer. Mahjong is a tile based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty.  It is a game of skill, chance and strategy.  FUN FACT: The first Mahjong sets sold in the US were by Abercrombie and Fitch in the 1920’s. The game became very popular amongst Jewish women in the 1930’s. The game is so popular now….my own millennial daughter plays the game now with men and women of all ages and backgrounds. 

Make yourself a cup of coffee, get your iPad or laptop and start socializing. I long for the day we can play and schmooze in person but until then….thank goodness for online togetherness. 

Stay safe and have fun.

Jane xo 

The Class by Taryn Toomey

As a result of not going to my gym, I have been able to investigate some digital options that I can do while social distancing from the world. 

My daughter suggested The Class by Taryn Toomey. She had attended a few of the classes at their studio at 22 Park Place in Manhattan. Currently there is a 14-day free trial. 

The Class is a full body movement and body weight workout. With the guidance of the instructors and the amazing music you leave a session feeling empowered and toned. Do you sweat? Does your heart race? YES, and YES.  But for me, I love that you also take the time to breathe and recover. 

Have fun by moving…and enjoy the class: https://theclass.com/

Jane xo