Welcome. Take five minutes today and convince the classical music writers of The Times and some of their favorite artists Fall in love with string quartet. I spent my five with musician and producer Rostam Batmanglij’s pick, the second movement of Ravel’s quartet, an easy courtship.
It is snowing here in New York City, for people who still have them, there are intricate intricacies, changing the view and lighting but nothing more for those who stick close to home.
There are 16 inches frozen on the ledge outside my window, except Pigeon To roast without a place. Red church spiers are coated, barely distinguishing from the sky’s blue-white. The woman next door who takes place on her porch has not made an appearance all week.
When not much is happening, we need to be creative. I wrote about last week Norman to Noah, Whose 21st birthday trip was held in Las Vegas. I recommended that he do something special to mark his 22nd in a few weeks, but another better suggestion from a reader was: “Since our year now ends with 21, every month it has 21 days and There are 21 at every hour of every day. There are many possibilities to celebrate. “
Here’s how some other readers have celebrated birthdays during the epidemic.
“For my son’s 12th birthday, in October 2020, we planned a socially distant scavenger hunt. Each clue sent us to a different local family member’s house where they met us outside to say hello hello and help find the next clue. Finally we came back to the house, where we had filled his room with balloons and were waiting for his gift. “
He said, “My wife and I go to theaters every year to see the film on my birthday. But this year for my 31st birthday we changed it up a bit: after putting the kids to bed, we made some stovetop popcorn and watched ‘Ma Rainey Black Black’ on Netflix from our couch. We jokingly said that it would be nice to have one of those theater sweeps to clean the legos and stuffed animals in front of our seats. “
“For my 80th birthday, my four sons, 10 grandchildren, my brother and many friends celebrated me on a call where we could join small group conversations. California, Indiana, Oregon, Florida, Ohio, Scotland, Boston, Westchester were all represented. We looked at the pictures, sang, told ‘You won’t believe what Mother did for hours’. After the party, the kids sent us dinner from one of their favorite New York City restaurants. I am still basing in the glow. “
“My daughter turned four this week. We had some of her neighbor friends for cake on our deck this past weekend. It was cold and rainy, and a true Kovid-style birthday party. This was a good example of how much more flexible we have imagined so far. Earlier we used to cancel an outdoor gathering. This year we put on an umbrella, wore a rain jacket and operated through it. “
“My 40th birthday was set to be a rager. I had the venue and DJ, the hotel booked and the flight set. Then Kovid apparently canceled everything. So on my 40th night, in my apartment, I logged on to zoom in, where two of my friends had put together an hour’s playlist to share with us, and we danced our donkeys. “
“Just ten days after I went into lockdown, I was celebrating my 83rd birthday. Usually, I would behave in the senior center and enjoy the day with friends. I was a bit down because we couldn’t get together. Then my younger daughter asked me to get out on the front porch and sit in the swing. She organized a drive-by birthday party with horn-honors and singing and shouting. My dear young neighbor who had just given birth to twins, greeted me on the sidewalk. “
It’s not my birthday but i’m going to make Sameen Nasrat’s Goodbye Beans And check out the theater in 32 minutes of Quarantine “blood meal, ” Free on youtube. According to critic Elizabeth Vincentelli, the show “expertly maps a familiar world, where an invisible threat lurks everywhere.”
Architectural historian Barry Lewis is known for his fascinating visits to New York City with David Hartman on PBS, Died this week. I am going to check Their walk to broadway, 1999, which I never saw.
And while my cookbook is on club hightus, I’m considering taking pitchfork advice to get started A virtual listening club, A themed video meetup where a group of friends gather to listen to music together each week. Or i can just set up a hangout JQBX, A collaborative listening app where people can take DJing to each other.
What is the one thing that you have seen, read, cooked or heard recently that has inspired or excited you? write to us: Athome@nytimes.com. Include your name, age and location, and we will share a list of recs in the upcoming newspaper. We are doing At home. We will read every letter sent. On his birthday and every day, more ideas for living a full life at home appear below.
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