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Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday 5ive- March 27, 2020

Welcome to the Friday 5ive, a weekly blog post about five things that caught my attention during the week. Well, it's been another week that seemed to last about a year. Everyone in NYC has been staying inside, and grocery stores now have taped lines on the floor at checkout to keep people socially distanced. Some checkouts have plexiglass between the cashiers and customers as well. Some stores have been limiting the number of people they let in the store at one time. Everyday, a new procedure has been put in place.

1) Our doggie picture of the week is of my son and his girlfriend's dog Otto. While his humans have been staying inside working from home, Otto's dog walker took him and his friends to the nearby ocean for a nice run. Otto is living his best life, as you can see from this Instagram post by his dog walker. Otto is in first place in the race.

2) My husband's family had a Virtual Happy Hour last week on the Zoom app. We had 13 homes, and it was alot of fun, if somewhat chaotic at times with everyone talking at once. It was just like Thanksgiving. It was really good to see everyone's smiling faces and catch up on how everyone is coping working from home.

3) Today I spent 4 hours reorganizing my extensive book collection. My husband had beautiful  custom built bookshelves put in for my Christmas present a few years back, and today I finally got around to reorganizing them- I have my Favorites Shelf, Autographed Books Shelf, and several fiction sub-categories. I have a Memoir Shelf, plus sub-categories there as well. The photo below is just 1/3 of the bookshelf. The apartment isn't big enough for me to empty all the books on the floor. Hi, my name is Diane and I am a biblioholic.

4) Since I'm home, I have been cooking dinner every night. We have had Spanish Rice, Pork Roast with Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes, and with the leftover pork we had pulled pork barbeque with John Legend Macaroni and Cheese and ambrosia salad. I also tried a new recipe, Pizza Pot Pie, that was very tasty and I will be making it again. The link to it is here, it's from TasteMade.
Photo from TasteMade

5) I'm about a quarter of the way through a new book, The Office- the Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Andy Greene. If you are a fan of the show, as most people I know are, this is a fantastic book. He interviews actors, writers, producers, casting director, pretty much anyone who had anything to do with the show. I'll post a full review soon. And if you like The Office, Jenna Fisher (Pam Beesley Halpert) and Angela Kinsley (Angela), host a podcast,  Office Ladies, about the show, that is good too.
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Stay safe and healthy everyone and stay home.

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  1. We've been hunkering down here too but do get out for a walk every day. I had groceries delivered last weekend and will do it again this weekend. I've been doing a great cull of my bookshelves and have stacks for different people and to donate.

  2. You seem to be very resourceful. I was looking for a book this morning and realized that I have no idea how I could rearrange the disordered part of my books. While there are some categories that are together (like 3 bookcases of food books) and the fiction is mostly alphabetical, the rest are chaotic.

    Be Well! ... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  3. The Zoom app is a wonderful thing to keep people connected. It’s going to be a new world with different customs when this thing is over. Let’s hope it gets under control soon.
    Our libraries are closed, as I’m sure yours are too, and i miss going in. Currently buying and reading many digital versions and any book in the house. Your book collection is impressive!

  4. HOw did I iss this post from last week? Ha on the book organization -- I need to do that too. I haven't tried Zoom yet, but it looks like a great app. Pizza pot pie? I'm in!