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What we wore
Me: NYCo tunic sweater 
Patagonia vest
Birdies flats, Nordstrom has these cheetah print 25% off. That's amazing! I have a lot of cheetah print already.. So not sure I can justify another pair....

Belle: H&M dress, Old Navy Cardigan (still 50% sitewide on ON), Toms
Nash: Janie and Jack onesie, Old Navy pants, socks via amazon
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let's lighten things up

 A little stir crazy here.
There is no routine.
There is no norm.

1.  Since stores have closed, there's lots of online sales going on. Like Old Navy with its 50% off. We may not be able to celebrate Easter Sunday with our parish. But we will dress up and celebrate at home.

My picks are below.
My dress
Girls Dress
Boys polo shirt

2.  We gave in  to Disney+
I signed up today. We are a newbie Disney+ family.
We are on our second movie. Aladdin first... Now the Lion King.  My husband said that with Frozen II on repeat, we will get our money's worth for the subscription. Any suggestions for movie or show marathons? Do you have Disney+? What is your favorite thing about it?

3. My favorite Tarte concealer is on sale today. Only $13.50. That's an awesome price. It's great to stock up now.  Here are my faves for the next few days of the 21 days of beauty sale.

Lipstick Queen 3/24 Tuesday
Clinique Blended Face Powder and brush 3/26 Thursday
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair moisturizer 3/27 Friday
Clinique Mascara 3/30 Monday

4.  I have been doing well with anxiety but being cooped up inside the house with a change in our routine got me all stir-crazy.
Ways I would like to focus more on God and others and let go of the worrying.
~livestream Mass
~doodle (Scripture...  and also with Mo Willems and my kids)
~listen to my audiobooks.
~ listen to podcasts for continuing medical education (not the ongoing pandemic, but neurology)
~use my big camera more.
~ good ole exercise. I haven't been moving much being stuck inside the home and doing school from home.

5. Speaking of audiobooks, I finished my first Flavia de Luce mystery. I started with the second book since the first one is unavailable from our public library. I borrowed the first Maisie Dobbs mystery. I could not get into it as much as Flavia. I am going to keep giving it a try.

We have Stuart Little and Matilda pending. Matilda is read by Kate Winslet. I am very excited!

6. If you are in the Indy area, consider donating your stash of N95 if you have any! If you know of construction companies, painters etc who may have N95 respirators, please send them my way disiscloset(at)gmail(dot)com. Let's protect our healthcare workers.

7. Sending y'all virtual hugs since gathering right now is illegal.
I saw this on my sister's stories. Thanks Clay Bennett of Chattanooga Press for this funny cartoon.
These next two weeks are critical. Please stay home. Let's change the rise of cases from exponential growth to linear.

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instagram round up

Face of a mom when she found out πŸ‘©πŸ»
School is closed πŸ“–
E-learning has to happen πŸ’»
She has to work πŸ‘©πŸ»‍⚕️

I’m not surprised that schools are closing to prevent the rapid spread of #Coronavirus. First it was #travelban of work related business travels, then the #universities cancelling face to face teaching. Then conferences and meetings in the #Medschool had to be done #viazoom
I worked all week this week. It felt like a #typicalweek at #rileyHospital. There’s panic outside the walls. But inside, #carecontinues. The sickest still needs care. It’s all covid in the news. But cancer, seizures, trauma, heart attacks, pneumonia, meningitis - we still have to treat those. 
Let’s not freak out.
Avoid the panic and hysteria. Focus on what’s important: why are we saying #stopthespread? It’s not just “so I don’t get sick” but so we don’t overwhelm and reach over- capacity of hospitals. Where will those kids with cancer and meningitis and respiratory failure and heart disease go when the hospitals are full? 
Wash hands.
#surviveElearning for 2-3 weeks
Think and pray for those moms and dads who still have to work.... think of those that DON’T have work because stadiums, ticket booths, concession stands are closed.
#itsucks whichever point of view you look at it.
>>> if you’re bored and wanting to online shop, or if you want a break from being inside with your kids, I linked items here

It’s been a long week guys.
Just a mere 8 days ago, I was worried about working all week at the hospital. ”exposing” myself since I’m covering the hospital #whereallthegermslive
God knows(knew) how to #settlemynerves. The #neurologyservice has #sickkids (not covid). I had to cover for a colleague (not a big deal) as it was just a #hiandbye type of thing. Then organized two meetings (#hellozoom πŸ‘©‍πŸ’» πŸ‘¨πŸ»‍πŸ’»). 
I was busy being a #neurologist that I’m glad I wasn’t on #socialmedia much. I kept up with #nprnews and I received back to back messages from our hospital, university, kids’ school, #medicalschool. I wasn’t totally #offthegrid
During these tough times, I’m thankful for my #faith. I still have #freakoutmoments but then I #stepback and #lookatthebigpicture
God is #biggerthanthis#pandemic doesn’t equal panic. I won’t be careless but I’m also #atpeace. (Or try and try to be!) let’s #factcheck and not #letfearwin. >>> #happyyellow for a #crazyweek#birdies shoes but feel like #slippers! Linked here https://shopstyle.it/v/J5W #onlineshopping to avoid the crowds.

Y’all know I love a party! •
A party that involves dancing? •
A Party for a cause?
Yaaaas! #jagathon2020 >>> #blackcardigan and #redgoldengoose for @Iupui colors! https://shopstyle.it/v/JRT #camoprintleggings all linked for you!

@derrick49ers and I went for walks almost everyday when we were newlyweds. We did it several times a week during the warm months. All pre-kids. Then I started having babies. Call it #feelingtiredallthetime and #postpartumexhaustion or just plain #imafraidtogooutside solo.
There’s just so many reasons (like my seasonal allergies) I stopped going for walks. 
Besides school pickup, I’m trying to bring #letsgoforawalk back. 
☀️ sun
πŸ’¨ fresh air πŸƒ πŸ‘¦πŸ» family time πŸ‘§πŸ» >>> Belle’s #underarmour sneakers, my #adidasedgelux shoes and more linked here https://shopstyle.it/v/JAB

A new month.
How is it the third month of 2020 already? 🀯 
Covid-19 is creating hysteria in the country. At work, we are getting 3-5 emails daily regarding detection, testing, prevention. 
Let’s not forget that #influenza is still pretty deadly.
Covid-19 - 3000 deaths. Influenza 46000 deaths >>> https://shopstyle.it/v/JEL #zebrasweater #witandwisdom #nordstromskinnies #pumasocks all linked

So thankful for crop and straightening options on Lightroom. 🀣 
#myphotographeris4yearsold >>> it’s #hospitalweek so I’m wearing my trusty #dansko #pythonclogs https://shopstyle.it/v/JWR #topshopblack #skinnies are my #workuniform πŸ–€

The baby is everyone’s favorite. πŸ‘ΆπŸ» >>> #sweaterdresses and #blanqisupportwear linked here https://shopstyle.it/v/JdN or go to bio link and find: #shopmyinstagram ❤️

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the world prayed

The whole world prayed.

Our #intentions:
#protectourhealthcareworkers •

As we shut down #restaurantsandbars#cinemasandevents#schoolsanduniversities#storesandgyms#thehospital stays open.
My peers are on the front lines. #erDocs #icudocs #nurses.
Guess who will relieve them if/when they get sick or quarantined, non-intensivists like me. I’m reviewing #ventsettings. I hope it doesn’t go there. •

#pleasestayhome#doctorgoogle cannot intubate, cannot start an arterial line, cannot perform #heartsurgeries, cannot respond to #traumacalls, cannot offer a #handonyourshoulder when you’re suffering, or give you a tissue to wipe your tears when a loved one passes from this pandemic. ❤️ #weneedmorePPE
#protectourdoctors >>> wearing my @manyhailmarysatatime sweatshirt and #zellacrops.

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thoughts of a headmistress and an MD

It's day three of homeschooling.
What a contrast of last week and this week. I had long days as the neurology consult doc week ending Friday the 13th. This week,  I am running the Delima academy. I am the headmistress of our "boarding school." At least I like to think I am the headmistress. Sounds British and foreign...

Fortunately, I have amazing colleagues that help each other. Nonurgent visits have been cancelled. Not all physicians need to show up for 1-2 patients. We consolidated by having a "clinic doctor" to cover the day.  Therefore this week, I am able to focus on the children's schoolwork. I am not sure how long we will have e-learning/quaran-teaching so I am truly invested in my children's education. Everything is still up in the air. Will they lengthen the schoolyear till June? Will they just let us homeschool then test then see if they are ok moving to the next grade>

Today, as a physician, I answered patient messages.  I also screened my next week's schedule and sent messages:
reschedule nonurgent

Having to juggle work and then homeschool was not easy. Understatement huh? All I did was send messages. I did not call patients. It was not doable in a crazy, chaotic,  loud home.

I definitely feel for y'all who have to work full-time, attend virtual meetings and phone calls, care for children, teach them. I had several moments that I raised my voice and spoke in a non-loving way today. A couple of times, I went to the dining room (Derrick's makeshift office) to vent my frustrations.

I have been posting stories and videos of our homeschooling journey. I want to remember the gift of staying at home, pausing and being with the children. I share our schedule here not to make people feel unequipped because we have it altogether. It's the opposite! This schedule has been thrown off 30 mins to 1 hour and we have only been doing this x 3 days.  I am also embarrassed to say that we have skipped exercise. The children went outside to play. I should just make that my yoga/stretching/barre/ANY movement is good time.

Let's end this blog post with a thankful list:
Colleagues who take initiative and plan the week.
Colleagues who cover for me so I can focus on the children's work.
Husband who helps out despite having to work from home.
Internet so we can facetime, zoom, skype, FB chat with family and friends.
Pens that made my lesson plan nice and pretty.
Doodling with Mo Willems. Now I can draw pigeons, Gerald's face and Piggie's face.
Lesson plans and worksheets from schoolteachers. I just implement what they already prepared.
Healthcare workers in the front lines

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houston photo diary

Nash and I woke up dark and early to be dropped off at the Indy airport.  Thanks to my brother who helped me push my heavy luggage and the bag of carseat + base. I was prepared this time. Flying Southwest with a baby on your lap requires documentation that has baby's name + DOB. I had Nash's shot records and medical summary. A birth certificate or passport would also work but being baby #6,  I  don't have either one.

One of my very best friends from medical school picked us up and we drove straight southeast to Galveston beach. What a beautiful day.  It was sunny but windy. We were pretty much alone at the beach being a weekday.

I found a complete, unbroken shell that I took home as a pasalubong for the kids.

My friends brought me to the Kitchen at the Dunlavy, a super cute french brunch restaurant. That place was instagram-worthy!

It was overlooking Buffalo Bayou park. WE went for a walk after brunch, enjoyed the fresh air and sun before heading back. We passed by the waugh bat colony. I did not look closely in the crevices underneath the bridge. I don't want to see the bats.

Houston Zoo was hopping! There was no place to park. The women and children were dropped off. We took the train around Hermann Park.

Dinner was at La Guitarra con Sazon. If you are looking for authentic Peruvian food, come to this place. I had lomo saltado and ceviche nativo (mango, avocado, shrimp and fish) yummm!

Nash and I went to Mass at St. Vincent de Paul. What a lovely church!
I made a premature turn and had to turn around in the neighborhood behind the church. Those houses are beautiful. They average around 1.2 Million so yeah, not going to afford that location with 6 kids.

Back to Mass: I finally parked  at a public parking across from the church. I took Nash from his carseat and saw the blowout all over his back.   It was already 9:02 and I still had to walk to church by crossing at the crosswalk. I did not want to jaywalk 6 lanes and a median.

I thought about just going back to the condo... just for a split second. I was already there and I committed. I may be late but my intentions were clear. I want to be at church. I needed that hour with JC more than ever (thank you blow out!)

I entered the church. It was already the responsorial psalm. what?! I went straight to the women's restroom. I stripped off his baby Gap button down shirt. The shorts were safe. The mess went up his back but not down his leg. I gave him a  rinse on the sink. poor babe. He fussed but he needed it.

We entered the sanctuary and the gospel was ending. oh.... I totally missed the liturgy of the word, except for the homily.

We stayed after Mass to pray and admire the church. The stained glass windows were beautiful. The big case of relics was beyond amazing. I haven't seen that many relics  displayed in a church in the US! In Europe, yes, but in the US ~ their "collection" was astounding. St. Rita of Cascia's relic may have been a piece of bone.

In the afternoon, we drove about 45 mins to NASA. I was geeking like none other. I have always been fascinated by the cosmos, planets, stars. Besides the human body and its intricacies and how the different systems work, studying the planets and stars  have been a fascination for me. I like reading about astrophysics, albeit I may not even fully understand it. I am also into sci-fi (The Martian, Interstellar, Lost in Space, etc).

We took the tram to the mission control which was restored to the 1969 control center during the Moon landing. I sat at the chair where Queen Elizabeth II sat when she visited NASA.

We went to Independence plaza which showcases the now-retired Orbiter and the shuttle replica Independence.

There were alligators, turtles and longhorns in the NASA compound. There was another hangar and section  that we did not get to tour. That means I need to come back. The next time has to be with the kids. The older ones specially will enjoy the Johnson Space Center.

For dinner, we went to Gerry's grill, way across the other side of the city. The drive was worth it and thankfully no stopped traffic. My friends were impressed. I went very basic with what I ordered. I got grilled squid (which my much smarter MDPhD friend told was in fact cuttle fish), bistek (beef marinated in soy sauce, garlic, onions and lemon), pork BBQ, lumpiang shanghai (egg roll), pancit bihon (stir fried rice noodles with veggies and chicken), grilled chicken and crispy beef. I wanted to order the crispy pata (fried pork) but I have friends who don't eat pork. The fried beef was still so, so good.

If you are in Houston, make sure you visit Gerry's grill (not paid to advertise for them).

How about that?
My first post of 2020 is a photo diary! I sure miss blogging and using my macbook instead of just typing on that tiny iphone keyboard and posting it on the gram. There's something about typing here that is very therapeutic.

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