Day 14 – Book

Today I learned what a book-spine poem was..

At first, I wanted to gather all the books I’ve recently read and pile them together. But then I thought, why not just snap a picture of the ones that are already on my bed-side table. And so that’s what I did.

These are the books that I am currently reading. And if you are wondering -yes, I do go back and forth between different books at the same time. Is that weird? Please, someone, tell me I’m not alone in this.. 

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It’s like hitting pause while watching Netflix when you need to use the washroom or grab another drink. I do the same with books. I read a chapter, take a break, read another chapter from a different book and so on. I sometimes read two chapters from the same book, but you get the point. 

I honestly don’t know why I do this, even though I know how and when it started.

Peterborough, ON – that’s where I attended University. It all started because I didn’t want to stop reading the books that I read for pleasure only because I had to go through different readings to complete my assignments. So, I guess for me, this was a way of balancing school work and reading for pleasure.

Interestingly enough, I have made it a habit.

Cheers,

Day 12 – Light

Light – like the one that Liz found in every place, she visited in the movie Eat, Pray, Love.

As social distancing continues and we all have to stay at home, I decided to enjoy one of my favourite movies today -Eat, Pray, Love.

I watched it today while enjoying a glass of Chilean Chardonnay. I like the story of the movie because it really shows that there is always, somehow light at the end of the tunnel, and happiness at the end of every movie… that’s usually how it goes.

The different people Liz finds during her journey were like a shine of light for her stay. They helped her understand what was going on in the city as well as in her life during that specific moment. In Italy for example, she started eating carelessly not thinking about the calories she was indulging but about the pleasure that comes with eating a meal that she really enjoys.

To me, this movie really is about LIVING. Living in the moment and living for what you really enjoy doing. For Liz is writing and traveling, but what is it for you? 

And if there is anything else I learned from this movie, is the concept of “Dolce Far Niente.” It’s an Italian saying that basically means the sweetness of doing nothing. Not just nothing, but is the feeling that one gets from being idle, with yourself in one place.

I think all of us should really think about this Italian saying and find the pleasure of doing nothing while being at home, quarantined. Who knows how long this is going to last anyway?

 

 

Day 10 – Orchestrate

To be honest, nothing came to mind when I saw the word orchestrate. 

The only thing I thought of was this music video and song that it is always in the back of my mind.

Maybe because there is an orchestra in it?

Anyways, whatever the reason is .. I think you all should listen to this beautiful masterpiece of music.

Good night,

Tote

 

Day 6 – Hands

Thanks to my hands I’m typing this. 

Are we talking about the fingers in my hand? or like, the whole concept of hands? the movement? The way my skin is right now..currently, dry. Washing too many dishes nowadays, and don’t really feel like using the dishwasher either.. sorry hands!

Just grabbed my phone, somebody texted me on WhatsApp, using my thumbs to type. What is the strongest finger in our hands? I wonder..

My head is itchy, or is it my hair? I haven’t washed it in maybe 3 days. That reminds me, last time I washed my hair some of it got stuck in my broken nail. Nails – what are they anyway and why did someone decide we have to file them?

So many questions, yet I can’t even bother to google any of them?

Good night!

 

Day 5 – Dish

I’m surprised I don’t have that many pictures of food on my camera roll. 

As soon as I saw today’s word, I thought – this is going to be easy to write and put together, but guess what? It was not… 

Everyone I’m friends with knows how much I love cooking, and of course eating. I don’t have as many pictures of me eating, that wouldn’t be pleasant, as much as I have pictures of the different food I cook and eat every day.

Social Media has taken over my life, especially Instagram, and it does not allow me to keep track of my cooking because by posting on Insta Stories the videos and pictures can only be seen for 24 hours. Yes, you can get to them through the archives, but that is not the point! 

I should probably start a cooking blog, or take pictures of what I cook with my digital camera instead of my phone. Now, that is an idea! What do you think? 

And on that note – here are some pictures of what I’ve cooked recently.

p.s: feel free to check out my Instagram story where I post what I eat every day. 
https://www.instagram.com/maritote/

 

Day 3 – Song

I tried, I really did!

How hard can it be to create a playlist when you are stuck at home? Not that hard – I thought to myself. Which is why I decided to do it.

But guess what? It is not as easy as it seems. I was in between conference calls, making lunch, you know, the usual. My mind was all over the place.playlist

I was also listening to music and trying to figure out the “perfect” playlist for when working from home because I wanted to create one myself. There are thousands of playlists out there, it can’t be that hard to create one, can’t it?

And I did.. I did create a playlist on Spotify called WFH – Challenge mix. It is 1h 15min long.  Not enough for a whole day at home, I know! Feel free to listen to it and let me know what you think. I need some sort of feedback if I want to keep working on it.

And hey, I’ll keep working on it .. We will be stuck at home for a while anyway.

 

Day 2 – Open

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This picture was taken last Friday, March 27th, 2020 from my balcony, probably around 7 p.m. I live on the 6th floor. I don’t remember it being windy, but it was probably around 12 degrees.

The clear evening skies and double digits temperature remind us that summer is approaching.

Stepping out to my balcony during quarantine and social distancing makes me feel a sense of privilege.

It is unclear from the picture, but I am able to see different apartment buildings and I wonder if there are more people like me -stuck at home, sipping on some wine and enjoying the outdoors from the comfort of their balcony.

I really do hope this does not last for too long, or else I will be taking more pictures like this, especially during Friday nights. And even if I don’t, I will be drinking wine anyways.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Joke

Today’s word makes me think of the first time I went to an improv show.

Before all of this quarantine craziness, I was at a friend’s place where we were eating, drinking, trying to play some board games and chatting about common interests and the boredom of our routines. Of course, I started thinking about going back to writing, which took me a while by the way… and that’s when one of my friends mentioned that I should probably explore something different or do something I have never done. He then went on to tell me about a coworker who organized and participated in an improv/stand-up comedy show.

He started by telling me that it was at a bar with a backroom, so yay beer!

He then went on to tell me about the structure of the show and how it worked, but to be honest, I did not care so much about it all but, beer…

The show was also on a Thursday night, 10pm to be exact! But then again, who cares?
Thursday = Friday Junior, so why not?

Don’t be thinking this was a professional stand-up comedy show. Not at all!

It was an amateur show organized by people who just really enjoy doing this in their free time.

Anyways, we made it to the show only to realize that I was feeling out of place. But then again, that was the whole purpose of going – to explore and to learn something new that night.

Did I learn something from it? Not really. But I came out of the there thinking – these people really have the balls to do this.

Would I do it or would I be able to stand in front of people and start singing and making jokes?

I don’t think so.

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I will be doing the Daily Writing Prompts this month.  That if you are all wondering where I got my inspiration from.

Cheers.