Thursday Moda #210: Currently, May 2020.
We have reached 8 weeks of staying home/staying inside and entered the 9th week already. ALL OF OUR LIVES HAVE CHANGED. We are now in May and when 2020 first started, I wouldn't predict what is happening now, in a million years. May is my favorite month of the year because it is also the one that feels the most like Spring. It is also my birthday month (several members of my family have May birthdays too) and today is CINCO de MAYO. I had plans to celebrate this very special milestone birthday including CINCO de MAYO with a little vacation/trip in Chicago, Illinois, but life had different plans. However it's ok, I am home safe and healthy and get to spend 24 hours a day (most times) with my beautiful daughter. But speaking of May, our tough governor Gretchen Whitmor - which has become a national sensation during this Pandemic and has made world news - has our stay-at-home order till MAY 15th and our state of Michigan is under a state of emergency order until May 28th. Honestly I agree with her, because even if our numbers are improving, there has been an increase of cases in West Michigan and Up North. Now let's catch up with Anne for her monthly "currently" feature. This is what I am currently up to.
making: homework interesting for my girl. These are tough times for every parent and teacher. If I am being honest, getting children to sit down, do homework and actually focus is hard. With VIVIAN I have difficulties getting her to do enough writing. The reading, math - which she loves, art, social studies and such she does all right, she does it at a good time limit and she focuses on those, but she doesn't care so much to write down words or sentences or small paragraphs, however as a first grader while she is still learning to read, write and spell, writing is indeed a big important part of her learning. Every day I am trying to find creative ways for her to sit down and write, sometimes I struggle. If you have children between ages 5-8, any tips on how you can get them to write and read more?! =)
missing: Hmm, normal things we took for granted before, like seeing family+friends, going to the library, the mall, going out in general. But I'm especially miss going out for lunch or dinner, or at a coffee place and sit inside a cafe. I miss normal interaction with people, being social, going out with friends, seeing family members, all of that.
learning: Tips and tricks on how to be a better writer and perhaps start my freelance writing career. It is my passion and something I love to do, so maybe I have a career in this. I am teaching myself more about SEO, different writing strategies, copywriting, rules about writing, etc. I have invested some money into this 'new gig' too and I hope it works out for me.
loving: All of the good well wishes and beautiful birthday wishes I received on my phone, text messages, phone calls, via social media, a few birthday e-cards, and here on the blog too. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE! During these tough times of the pandemic it is important to be close, stay positive and send well wishes to all the people who love and love us. At least we have technology, online resources, Zoom and Google Meet. We also have apps like Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber. Staying connected to our loved ones is easier than ever before.
reading: In the middle of an Albanian book (novel) from a great Albanian writer. These days we are also reading a lot of children's books, from Vivian's own library at home but even online books from ABC Mousse.
Since this is my birthday week I wanted to recap some earlier/older birthday outfits. Today I am focusing on the outfits/dresses I wore for my birthday on the years I was in TIRANA, ALBANIA and the first years of me being a mom.
7 years ago.
This was my first birthday as a mom and mere days later I also celebrated my first Mother's Day, back in 2013. A chubby 3.5 month old Vivian matched mommy's hot pink shirtdress by bebe, in her own velvet jumper dress and adorable pink polka-dot tights. I have no makeup on but I still look great because becoming a new mom gives you so much happiness and you glow! And of course, since I had a baby around I had to wear flat sandals, no heels with a newborn.
6 years ago.
Loving this monochromatic black/white/beige look. I mixed prints in both my dress (houndstooth), clutch (windowpane) and pumps (snakeskin) and it worked. Those shoes are gorgeous and so comfortable too, love the cone heels. I added some beaded bracelets and a long silver necklace, both from White House Black Market and my natural curls were created overnight.
5 years ago.
Celebrating my 35th in a dress I had just bought - I love the print-mixing of leopard, paisley and chain print -and the gold patent leather belt that shows off the slimmest part of my waist. This dress looked great with a faux snakeskin + real suede, fold-over, ruffled, red clutch and those croc-embossed, leather, kitten heel, blue pumps. The fresh bouquet of flowers was a present to me from Vivian's dad.