Evelyn on Weathering the Shelter-in-Place Order

OAP: What have you been doing that has kept you calm and happy?

Evelyn: Spending LOTS of time with my 10 year old nephew, who I live with. My sister and brother in-law are both still working, so home schooling and generally keeping The Neph company has become my role in the house during the week. While the crash course in 4th grade tutoring has had its share of trials, it has also been very grounding and has given me a place to focus my energy. We spend a lot of time hanging out in the backyard talking about birds, bugs and growing things. I felt particularly triumphant the other day after I had explained to him how carrots grow and he was sufficiently impressed to tell me “ huh, I guess you’re right, we can learn something new everyday.”

 

OAP: Do you have any good shows or movies that you have been watching?

Evelyn: In honor of our weekly tradition of dinner and a show, my friends and I coordinate watching an episode of Ozarks every Sunday night and have a chat about the episode afterwards. Other than that our household has a shared love of The Voice- which we are excited to see is coming back on next week with the live competitions being filmed remotely. While those kinds of shows aren’t usually my thing I am hooked!

 

OAP: Have you cooked anything tasty lately?

Evelyn: About 7 million different kinds of kale salad. We accidentally ended up with a surplus of it and have been trying to eat our way through the stash. 

We’ve made a joke of asking “so how should we eat our kale tonight?” which really isn’t funny, but after 7 weeks of SIP and so many kale salads along the way, it is the best we can do these days. 

 

OAP: What do you miss about doing acupuncture in the clinic?

Evelyn: The people, getting updates on their lives and how they are feeling. 

Beth on Weathering the Shelter-in-Place Order

OAP: What have you been doing that has kept you calm and happy?

Beth: Going outside! I have a little creek a 10-15 minute walk from my house and I try to go there almost every day to sit by the water. I also get up into the parks in the hills at least a couple times a week to walk through the trees and ground in the dirt. It really changes my mood. And I have a garden that I have been helping to tend. Instead of checking on my patients I do the rounds in the garden and make sure the peas, beets, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and everyone else is happy. But not the slugs – I don’t particularly want them to be happy. I also do qigong every day, meditate, and listen to dharma talks on the regular. And I dance! With myself. Or my roommates, or online with others (it’s better than you’d think).

 

OAP: Do you have any good shows or movies that you have been watching?

Beth: I have not been able to watch tv during this time. Every time I think I’ll watch a show my mind rebels. I guess I have more of the attention span of TikTok videos.

 

OAP: Have you cooked anything tasty lately?

Beth: I love to cook and I’ve been cooking so much because I have lots of time. I have a cookbook called Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables and I’ve been making a lot of his recipes like this carrot salad and this celery salad. It’s fun to figure out which ingredients to substitute based on what I actually have, because there is no way I’m “running to the store” right now. Also, my roommates and I have been eating a lot of lentils and green salads. And tomorrow I’m making pork meatballs. Yum!! I could talk about food for a long time, but I will stop there.

 

OAP: What do you miss about doing acupuncture in the clinic?

Beth: Everything!! I really miss seeing all of the patients. And I miss the feeling of walking through the clinic and seeing a room full of resting, healing people. There is a special energy in a room full of people getting acupuncture together – a gathering of calm, healing, and gratitude that envelopes all of us. I also miss having a very tangible and direct way to help people.

Jeff on Weathering the Shelter-in-place Order. Part 2

OAP: What have you been doing that has kept you calm and happy?

Jeff: Gardening. I have a derelict space behind my apartment building, that my neighbor and I reclaimed and turned into a garden. Everything is blooming and sprouting. I take my kids out there so we can sit in the sun and pick wildflowers and search for bugs.

 

OAP: Do you have any good shows or movies that you have been watching?

Jeff: My wife and I have been re-watching the show 30 Rock after the kids go to bed. We’re in season 6. It holds up. With our kids we’ve been watching old movies from our childhood: right now we’re on Back to the Future 2. Great Scott!

 

OAP: Have you cooked anything tasty lately?

Jeff: Blueberry Apple Pie.

 

OAP: What do you miss about doing acupuncture in the clinic?

 

Jeff: Mostly the people. I also miss getting a sweet treat at the Wild Rabbit Bakery around the corner from the clinic on Thursday mornings.