Good morning! It is Monday! Again! And April! Which is sort of a new thing still. The best we can do right now is take it day by day, and we hope we can help by keeping things productive and (at least somewhat) positive for you. First, a virtual hug:
Here’s our checklist:
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
- Please stay home.
- If you don’t have face masks, make one (and hell, make someone you love one) – here’s how.
- This how to work from home without going insane guide Megan wrote is still very useful. And will be forever.
- What we all need now… is a project.
- Speaking of… Lemmetrythat.com, a locally started site, is posting daily creativity prompts to keep you going during self-quarantine. Use them.
- ALSO: No one should worry about exercising right now. Boiler room sessions are kind of fun though.
- Marissa, who normally produces our events, has been doing an amazing job of curating a BYT livestream schedule filled with faces from the community you miss right now. From plant hair tips to A LOT of quality time with local drag queens to community check-ins and puppy adoptions, we have 8 of them scheduled for this week (and more to come). Keep and eye on the schedule here (and stay tuned for some “how to bring nature into your home” special editions, in partnership with our friends and partners and Hoegaarden). ALL HAPPENING ON @BRIGHTESTYOUNGTHINGS.
- We urge you: please stop making banana bread (or at least posting about it)
- NEED BEYOND BANANA BREAD INSPIRATION?
- Tamar Adler is an inspiration for a more mindful approach to eating and making food.
- Check out this recipe round-up from some of our favorite restaurants.
- read this: Stuck at Home with Nothing to Eat and work with what’s in your pantry this week /give the grocery store workers of DC a break.
- Sponsored note: WANT TO BRING NATURE (and delicious beer) into your home? The new #WashingtonDC inspired Hoegaarden Cherry Blossom is perfect for the next time you’re looking to bring a taste of Spring, indoors. We love that it’s now available for delivery right to your door using the Drizly app! Save $5 on your first Drizly order using code CHERRYBLOSSOM, courtesy of Drizly.
VIEWING THINGS THAT ARE NOT BYT LIVESTREAMS:
- We are all done with #TigerKing, right? Goodbye and good riddance. For your future considerations:
- Peruse our film section where Alan still regularly reviews new and old, availble on demand now. May we recommend a truly essential film: Never Rarely Sometimes Always.
- Here is a youtube binge guide of your dreams.
- Edgar Wright made a list of 100 comedy films, Rian Johnson curated a “‘70s Musical Extravaganza!” list, and Natasha Lyonne did one called “I love dreams, even when they’re nightmares.” (thanks Washington City Paper for alerting us of this)
- Everyone is having trouble reading, it’s not just you.
- Still here and here are some good suggestions on books to TRY. And we’ll have a bunch more book content coming through the week.
- We love this photo essay of 25 most colorful places on Earth.
- Be with art. (new weekly round-up is coming Wednesday)
- Mental health is a priority right now – we have a good resource list here.
- Helping kids cope with quarantine – thank you to Sarah from our team for putting this together.
- Washington Business Journal is keeping a list of resources for local businesses
- 730DC is keeping an amazing live doc with links for people looking to help in the community right now, bookmark it, use it, etc
DANCING (AND UGLYCRYING) :
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