Kelsey on Quarantine

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

Kelsey: I’ve been exercising almost every day. The great thing about exercising is even if you are depressed or melancholy or irritable it causes physical biological changes in the brain, so if I’m in a slump I know no matter how much I hate it at the beginning (oh and I do hate it!!!) I will feel better at the end. I’ve also been napping in my garden. I take my yoga mat out and leave all my technology inside and I just day dream and let my mind wander, I’m a bit addicted to my phone so during this absolutely unlimited time a small bad habit can get out of control and wreak havoc on my mental state. I’ve started doing “cell free saturdays” where I turn off my phone for the whole day. To those who don’t spend hours scrolling through reddit, you probably aren’t going to get this but I’m sure others can relate to how big of an achievement this is during this time.

 

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

Kelsey: I totally caved, it took 3 weeks and I gave in. I thought I would remain strong and not purchase things I don’t “need” but here I am the new proud subscription holder of Disney Plus and with that said, the Mandolorian is really good!!! It’s actually better than almost any Star Wars I’ve ever seen! Yeah I said it and I’m standing by it! I’ve also been watching westworld and while I have my critiques overall I enjoy it. My go to show though is typically Star Trek TNG or DS9. 

 

OAP: Have you cooked anything tasty lately?

Kelsey: So much! My pre-covid19 life was typically very busy and I had my usual go-to rotation of meals, but this free time has allowed me to explore and expand my repertoire! 

Here is a new meal to me that is super easy to whip up and beyond tasty. This is my rendition and completely adapted to what I had in the pantry so feel free to make it your own.

Sesame noodles

5 tablespoons of tahini

5 tablespoons of soy sauce

3 tablespoons hoisin sauce 

1 tablespoon maple syrup (molasses honey sugar whatever)

1/2 cup water

1 bunch of green onions

3-5 cloves of garlic

1-2 inches ginger

1 onion

Mushrooms

Whatever veggies you have on hand- zucchini, asparagus, bell pepper, etc

Bag of egg noodles

Combine in a bowl: tahini, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, maple syrup and water. Set aside.

Start boiling a large pot of water 

Sautéed onions first and then add in veggies in order of time they take to cook. With this dish it’s good for the veggies to be cooked for a shorter amount of time on a high heat so they have some crunch to them (unless you don’t like that then just cook as you like) add the garlic ginger and bowl of sauce to the veggies when they only have another 2 minutes or so left.

Cook noodles in water as the package directs you to, strain and mix sauce and noodles together. Sprinkle green onions on top as you serve.

Super easy and delish feel free to make it your own.

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

Kelsey: I miss interacting with everyone. I miss watching people float out of the clinic after their treatment on their acupuncture high. I miss the look of relief on a new patients face when they realize it’s actually not scary or a big deal. I miss waking people and them telling me to give them an extra 10 minutes. 

I also miss swinging by the grand lake market before my Saturday shift and getting those squishy Ube mochi muffins from Wilde brothers 

Jeff on Weathering the Shelter-in-Place Order

OAP: What are up to during the shelter in place?

Jeff: Mostly, abiding. I’ve been attempting some homeschooling for my kids while my wife works from home, which is really interesting and challenging, and does not come at all naturally to me. And, lots of gardening, It’s quiet in my garden and easy to stay 6 feet away from everyone.

OAP: What have you been enjoying the most about this time?

Jeff: The clean air. And, baking lots of desserts. In fact, I baked so many desserts, my kids, who are too busy eating brownies and chocolate chip cookies, forgot we had a pumpkin pie and I’m eating that all by myself. Yum!

OAP: What is something funny that’s happened during the last two weeks?

Jeff: Well, when I actually manage to teach my kids something while homeschooling, I point finger guns at them and yell, “You’ve been dad schooled!” Also, every day, for about 45 minutes we do vigorous exercise that we call Physical Education With Dad. The kids like that the acronym spells PEWD.

Kelsey on Weathering the Shelter-In-Place Order

OAP: What are you up to during the shelter in place?
Kelsey: Mostly training and exercising my nerd muscles. I have been binge watching Star Trek, reading the wheel of time series, and doing classes online. I’ve also been cooking some mean meals, playing lots of board games and doing puzzles. Also I think I’ve seen everything the Internet has to offer. My garden is super thriving and my little tomato plant has doubled in size! My jasmine is blooming and the scent is absolutely intoxicating.OAP: What have you been enjoying the most about this time?

Kelsey: No alarm clocks or bedtimes, and not knowing what day it is. I’m trying to learn to appreciate how free my time is, I’m mostly fighting my type A self who is always telling me to be productive and instead learning to relax and let go of things I can’t control.

OAP: What is something funny that’s happened during the last two weeks?

Kelsey: So many things I can’t keep track of. My partner and I do our best to be ridiculously silly, such as, hiding under the bed or behind the couch and jumping out to scare each other. Sometimes our hiding places aren’t that great.

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