#NewSelfie, baking, Beethoven, Colorado Symphony, coronavirus, Craig Judelman, DIY, humor, klezmer, lockdown, Michael Alpert, Ninth Symphony, Ode to Joy, Sasha Lurje, streaming, The Whimsical Bakehouse, yiddish, Zoom
The #NewSelfie Challenge
My friend Janine is worried. She can’t go to work, she can’t go to the contra and square dances where she’s famous as a caller, she can’t travel to see me… All that’s left is the one thing she’s put off for 30 years: finish moving into the place she’s been listing as her home address for three decades. The virus won’t get her, but having to go through the contents of her guest room just might.
She’s not alone. All over the world, we’re sheltering-in-place, and trying to figure out what to do there. My brother is streaming Zoom sessions for his children’s classmates covering everything from how to draw Disney characters to basic computer programming. My niece says she’s catching up with friends and family during online happy hours. My techie daughter is in geek heaven, working from home with minimal human interruptions (and there might be some intense Animal Crossing breaks. Don’t judge.) My writer friends are… well, okay they’re pretty much doing what they’ve always done. But now they’re supposed to be holed up with their computers while donning (or not) extremely questionable attire.
Everywhere people are moving their work and social lives online. We had to cancel a concert scheduled for St. Pat’s day at our house. Instead, the three generous and fantastic musicians—Michael Alpert, Craig Judelman, and Sasha Lurje—decided to zoom their concert online from Michael’s home in Fife, Scotland. Over six hundred people from 28 countries registered for the evening of lively Klezmer music, Yiddish singing, and entertaining stories.
And then there’s this incredibly moving concert. Watch as the artists of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra come together virtually to play the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony—each from their own home. As always, but especially now, it’s a tribute to the hope and triumph of the human spirit. (I can’t listen without crying.)
And my #NewSelfie?
I was going to talk about how I avoided calling a plumber to replace our broken kitchen tap by just ordering a new sprayer and screwing it in. Only… even I could tell that references to my world-class screwing proficiency were just not going to go in a family-friendly direction…
So instead I give you this week’s #NewSelfie:
So what’s your #NewSelfie ?
Thanks for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra video. Loved it. The cake looks good. I made a French Almond Rum cake yesterday. Yum! We needed it. Take care my friend.
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Such a brilliant idea for those concerts, sorry I missed the first one but loved the orchestra! Well done you for the tap too, Barb!
I posted a selfie in my recent story. It shows me in my first CPAP mask…scary as all get out, but funny! Great post you did here!
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Mary Smith said:
Loved the orchestra video. And well done on fixing your tap (faucet to you and in my part of Scotland, spigot – pronouced as though it has a k and not a g in the middle).
Loved the concert and keeping busy doing the most ridiculous things, but why not? We’ve got nothing but time –
Amazing what people are doing. We hired a company to extend our walkways with stone and gravel. The workers stayed outside, we stayed inside and all went well with a nice result. I’m tied to the computer except for a sweaty, boring 45 min a day stint on my stationary bike. I would go out to walk but the weather is lousy and the people walking in the forest preserve across the road from us are determined to gather and chat. Stay well! Love that cake!
Teagan R. Geneviene said:
Ha! OMG… I can see it taking me 30 years to get moved in… It’s been just days short of a year now, and I’m still not done.
The cake looks delicious, Barb. Hugs on the wing!
Patricia Sands said:
Thank you for all of this, Barb. Especially the Colorado Symphony video … I join you in crying as I watch it. In these uncertain times, I am constantly inspired and encouraged by the creative ways people are discovering to bring us all together. You included! Be well with your loved ones.
Hi and well done on the tap; much impressed. All everyone has said the orchestra were excellent. I wonder if there was a conductor somewhere?
As for the selfies and cake, one is undesirable the other inevitable if only we could find flour in this ravaged city…
JT Twissel said:
Cake was yummy thanks! I love all the creative things people are doing to raise spirits. I wish I had the imagination!
I love the look of the cake! My daughter is the same as yours. A techie loving working from home in pajamas all day. She listens to Anime in the background. I will listen to the concerts in the morning. Right now there are singing bowls playing on YouTube.Sigh. It was a full day of getting nothing done that I expected to get done. I have 600 steps left and it’s way past my bedtime. Congrats on the faucet. No small feat. Neither is baking. 😉
I watched the concert. Wow! I’m ready for your cake, Barb. 🙂