My phone is filled with pictures of Dalgona Coffee, yoga poses, home gardens, and innumerable food photos. And these don’t even belong to me but to my family and friends who are trying to survive the lockdown period. I don’t mind these quarantine trends and challenges. It’s not an easy time for the world and these mild indulgences can actually be good for us.
My sister, who is currently involved in building a Coronavirus testing center, has flooded our family group with every single fancy dish that she could come up with. While my brother, who is currently in Syria as a part of the UN force, shared his lockdown stock – which mostly consisted of Coffee and chocolate. When will this boy grow up!! My parents have been sharing pictures of the produce from the vegetable garden and gorgeous flowers that have bloomed this season. I am extremely proud of my friends who have seriously started a fitness routine and share their progress pictures with me on WhatsApp.
I myself recently took up #1000RepsChallenge and completed 2 rounds of it All you need to do is a bunch of exercises 1000 times. After the first attempt, I had to wait for a few days until I found my limbs again. 😛
I got to see a lot of my friends on Facebook try their hands at drawing and I am pretty impressed by the result. My lockdown art is a Zentangle pattern that I drew over a period of several nights – Floral Zentangle Inspired Pattern
I also get to utilize the evening travel time to do full-body workouts and practice yoga. Sometimes, during lunch breaks, I try to get some sun in this cold weather. That’s the only time I get to see daylight during work-days.
Talking about work, we have been playing a lot of games on Zoom call on Friday evenings. I hosted a game that I customized for my team – derived from Pictionary and Drawful, where I gave super weird and funny prompts like Death by donuts, Dead Rabbit queue, Stinky Diaper, Dinosaur wearing a tie etc. It was hilarious to watch my colleague draw these prompts and even more funny was to listen to others trying to figure out the prompt.
Can’t talk about the lockdown without talking about food? Not a day passes by when my social media feed doesn’t show homemade bread or cake or samosa. Once I had to scroll past pages of samosas and pani-puris while my tummy grumbled in hunger.
Since my mother-in-law is here, Aai and I often cook traditional Marathi dishes like Besan, Shengolya, Kaddu Bonda, Chivda, Thalipeeth, etc. My favorite is Kachori and Sabudana Vada. I am glad I am getting to explore so many varieties of food. Also, under her guidance, I am less likely to get involved in the kitchen disasters. 😛
My husband made the famous Dalgona coffee – the Korean drink that has taken TikTok and Instagram by storm. We didn’t beat the mix by hand but used an electric mixer to prepare the frothy mix of coffee, milk, and sugar. It did look pretty, but can’t say the same about the taste. 😛
He also built a deck on our front porch along with his Dad. I am actually surprised that he pulled it off. Both of them had spent many weeks doing calculations and watching youtube tutorials to finalize the measurements and the machines they would need to get the work done.
The next challenge that I am planning to take up is the Pyramid challenge by Kayla Itsines. It is going to be a killer no doubt. 😀
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