Random Quarantine Thoughts

An old-fashioned bullet post.

Harry's Bar

  • I’m thinking about making a Bellini this weekend. A few years back, we crossed off one of my life’s bucket list items by going to Harry’s Bar in Venice and sampling this treat. It seemed extravagant at the time, but I’m so very glad we did it anyway. (The kids were given virgin versions, don’t worry.) I’ve thought about our Venice visit a lot during this quarantine. It seems impossible that once we gallivanted around a foreign crowded city, stayed in an AirBnB next to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and flew in a plane with circulated air for 14 hours. What a miracle modern travel was. 😦


  • “This Too Shall Pass.”  History shows humans have dealt with plagues before, and have survived. It’s helpful to remember the larger picture.
  • While I continue to pursue the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (Level Two is hard! So many planks!) my husband and kids are visiting the local driving range, which is allowed under the current rules. But by appointment only.
  • I’ve been revisiting older movies I enjoyed in the past. In Her Shoes and Father of the Bride have both held up well. Basically, I can only manage entertainment with really low stakes. Whether someone will or won’t get married is about all I can handle right now.
  • But I’m still having a really hard time reading books of any kind. 😦
  • I enjoyed the Fug Girls’ retrospectives of the gowns Elle Fanning and Aishwarya Rai have worn at Cannes. Here are my favorites: Elle, Aishwarya
  • I’ve been wrestling with the dynamics of how individualism in the US goes too far for years. Jonathan Franzen covered this better than most years ago with Freedom. Since COVID-19, I’ve seen individualism arguments run amok on both the left and right. I’ve seen liberal friends go absolutely bananas over the shelter-in-place order restrictions. And I’m also seeing people being shamed by the right who — for many very valid reasons — can’t take care of their health like many of us can. I side more on the Leslie Knope side of the spectrum (I support bans on enormous sodas) as opposed to the Ron Swanson side (see below), in terms of the collective vs. the individual in many circumstances related to health. Very few of us are Gretchen Rubin Upholders — those lucky and rare personalities that have the kind of innate willpower it takes in this world to make the right choices. (Rubin, for example, swore off sugar years ago. I could NEVER do such a thing!) Anyway, this article spells out my concerns better than I could express.

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Sorry, Ron. But I disagree!

  • I’ll end on a more positive note. My kids are writing letters to seniors who are alone and isolated during this time. It’s nice to see them contributing in this way. If you’re interested in doing the same, go here.




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3 responses to “Random Quarantine Thoughts

  1. Mel

    I love that idea of writing to seniors. What a great idea.

    I don’t really drink — I’m like a one-drink-per-year kind of person — but the pictures of your bellinis made me write down: “Try a bellini.” This is the same to-do list where I added “Try a Tom Collins” a few days ago. What is happening to me? Every alcoholic drink looks so good.

  2. About 20 years ago, some friends were in town from Vancouver & we arranged to meet them for dinner at a restaurant that was about a 20-minute walk away from where dh & I worked. It was August and a very HOT day, & we got there first. The waitress asked us if we’d like a drink while we waited for them to arrive — we normally don’t drink much, but we said YES & she recommended the house specialty, which was a frozen Bellini. Needless to say, it really hit the spot! 😉

  3. Sigh….travel. Your Venice moment looks wonderful. (We were supposed to visit Italy later this month.)

    I’m an Upholder too. Though like you, I can’t imagine giving up sugar.

    Cheers 🥃🍸

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