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Five Things That Made Me Smile This Month

Well, life has been a shit storm lately. My parents decided to self-quarantine the family due to the infamous COVID-19 two weeks before the rest of the world caught up. My two additional weeks are really starting to pile up on me, I wouldn’t call it cabin fever… but an unfortunate chain of events have occurred. I mean, I don't blame my parents. I do fall in the 3% of people who could be greatly impacted by the virus. That being said, I've decided to write about five things that have made me smile this month. Not gonna lie, I am plucking flower petals here.

Well, life has been a shit storm lately. My parents decided to self-quarantine the family due to the infamous COVID-19 two weeks before the rest of the world caught up. My two additional weeks are really starting to pile up on me, I wouldn’t call it cabin fever… but an unfortunate chain of events have occured. I mean, I don't blame my parents. I do fall in the 3% of people who could be greatly impacted by the virus. That being said, I've decided to write about five things that have made me smile this month. Not gonna lie, I am plucking flower petals here. are really starting to pile up on me, I wouldn’t call it cabin fever… but an unfortunate chain of events have occured. I mean, I don't blame my parents. I do fall in the 3% of people who could be greatly impacted by the virus. That being said, I've decided to write about five things that have made me smile this month. Not gonna lie, I am plucking flower petals here.

1.) I pulled off a vegan/vegetarian brunch

A week before the self-induced quarantine began, I got my friends together for a farewell

brunch. Let the record show, all of my friends are either vegetarian or vegan -- except for yours truly. So little old me decided to just keep it simple, I decided two days before that I was just going to buy two bottles of champagne and a liter of orange juice, order some vegan pancakes from our favorite plant-based place, Fox & Fig (Shoutout! I truly think the mac and cheese should be back on the menu though.) I made the mistake of telling my mother my lazy, carefree plan and she was not about it. She yelled out my full name, followed by, "How dare you invite people over and not have a feast!" Those weren't the actual words, but I summed up a two-hour one-sided debate in that sentence. This lead us to the supermarket where we spent a half-hour to an hour looking for vegan/vegetarian products. Every 15 minutes I had to explain to my mother what veganism is. I took a risk on some Annie's cinnamon buns because they said organic on them and for some reason I thought maybe that implied vegan? So I bought them and they were just what I needed. As I was making them, I read the label and it said maybe milk? Which made me wonder, maybe? It felt like the wrapper was giving me a choice. And I chose to believe that no animals were harmed in the making of these cinnamon buns. In other words, it was a triumph.

2.) I’m getting reaaaaaaaal close to Lily

I’m glad I did my brunch with my girls because little did I know that was going to be one of the last times I would see them for a while. I’ve been forced to reduce my staff to zero. It’s just me, my parents, and Lily. Lily is my senile 19-year-old teacup Yorkie with an attitude. She’s blind and probably deaf. The quality time that I have spent with her has been like none other. I’ve been so bored, I’ve literally counted how many times she bumps her head into walls. The number is 165 times and counting. I’ve come to the conclusion that she envisions me as a giant Roomba, but I don’t take it to heart, because I see her as a tiny Roomba. She is the epitome of perseverance because even though she’s blind, she never stops moving. This is why I took it upon myself to figure out why she never stops -- I mean I have nothing but time now. This is when I discovered Lily’s favorite game: it’s called the Pee Inside So Dad Steps On It Game. She spends 85% of her day sniffing the floor, in my mind (and I know I’m right) she is tracking dad’s scent in order to strategically pee on his most frequent route. Dad is started catching on, but she’s too far ahead in the game. I’m rooting for Lily.

3.) I’ve been playing board games with my parents

I’ve realized that both me and my dad are really competitive. We’ve never really been a board game type of family, unless we were visiting our grandmother in which case, Monopoly and Clue have officially been banned from that household. Nonetheless, Mom has decided that a good way to detach from social media is by playing board games. Obviously, my mom spends the previous nights memorizing all of the instructions to board games that she picked on Amazon herself. So if you ask me, she always has a leg up. Meanwhile, my dad and I try to keep up and for some reason, we simultaneously try to pick up on Mom’s explanation of the rules thinking she’s already cheating. This leads to my dad and I playing the game as two professional skeptics, always accusing each other of cheating. We are so infatuated with throwing each other off that Mom always wins.

4.) My self-imposed rules have been flying out the window

I’ve realized that both I and my dad are really competitive. We’ve never really been a board game type of family unless we were visiting our grandmother in which case, Monopoly and Clue have officially been banned from that household. Nonetheless, Mom has decided that a good way to detach from social media is by playing board games. Obviously, my mom spends the previous nights memorizing all of the instructions to board games that she picked on Amazon herself. So if you ask me, she always has a leg up. Meanwhile, my dad and I try to keep up and for some reason, we simultaneously try to pick up on Mom’s explanation of the rules thinking she’s already cheating. This leads to my dad and I playing the game as two professional skeptics, always accusing each other of cheating. We are so infatuated with throwing each other off that Mom always wins.r looking for vegan/vegetarian products. Every 15 minutes I had to explain to my mother what veganism is. I took a risk on some Annie's cinnamon buns because they said organic on them and for some reason I thought maybe that implied vegan? So I bought them and they were just what I needed. As I was making them, I read the label and it said maybe milk? Which made me wonder, maybe? It felt like the wrapper was giving me a choice. And I chose to believe that no animals were harmed in the making of these cinnamon buns. In other words, it was a triumph.be Julia wasn’t gonna be able to understand me through the bad internet connection, but no. Everything is running smoothly and we have just finished an amazing blog post.

5.) Figuring out that virtual dictation is an option

I’ve realized that both I and my dad are really competitive. We’ve never really been a board game type of family unless we were visiting our grandmother in which case, Monopoly and Clue have officially been banned from that household. Nonetheless, Mom has decided that a good way to detach from social media is by playing board games. Obviously, my mom spends the previous nights memorizing all of the instructions to board games that she picked on Amazon herself. So if you ask me, she always has a leg up. Meanwhile, my dad and I try to keep up and for some reason, we simultaneously try to pick up on Mom’s explanation of the rules thinking she’s already cheating. This leads to my dad and I playing the game as two professional skeptics, always accusing each other of cheating. We are so infatuated with throwing each other off that Mom always wins.r looking for vegan/vegetarian products. Every 15 minutes I had to explain to my mother what veganism is. I took a risk on some Annie's cinnamon buns because they said organic on them and for some reason I thought maybe that implied vegan? So I bought them and they were just what I needed. As I was making them, I read the label and it said maybe milk? Which made me wonder, maybe? It felt like the wrapper was giving me a choice. And I chose to believe that no animals were harmed in the making of these cinnamon buns. In other words, it was a triumph.be Julia wasn’t gonna be able to understand me through bad internet connection, but no. Everything is running smoothly and we have just finished an amazing blog post.

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