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Weekend Roundup: Living on Feelings Edition

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on March 26, 2020








As we approach our second weekend of the full-blown self-isolation lifestyle, things are changing both very quickly and not at all. If you’re actually working productively from home, then the weekend is still your time to shake it off and re-energize. If you’re like some of the rest of us, completely untethered and wondering what day it is, the line between work and home life has been pretty blurry. 

Take this time at home to focus on your health, happiness and well-being, whatever that means for you. Even if the news is a scary place right now, please make sure that the information you read and share online comes from credible sources like Ottawa Public Health, the Ontario Ministry of Health or the Public Health Agency of Canada

If you haven’t read last weekend’s Roundup yet, do so now! This week I am building on the great suggestions there; a companion piece, if you will. If you have given up on dates and time, and are living purely based on feelings, join the club. 

Feeling Hungry?

As the rules around restaurants are rapidly changing, our local favourites are doing what they can to stay open and keep us all well-fed. Love Local Delivery is providing delivery services for a growing number of places like Ola Cocina and North and NavyLocal bakeries, restaurants and breweries are offering new takeout and delivery options you may not have considered. Get fresh scones delivered from the Scone Witch, or order a bag of groceries to pick up from two six {ate}. You can get local breweries like Dominion City, Bicycle Brewery, Kichesippi and Beyond the Pale to deliver to your door or fill up your trunk, saving you a trip to the Beer Store. For an evolving list of where you can pick up your next cool meal, check out our friends at Bytown Bites on Instagram; they have been keeping track of restaurants open for business in their COVID Recs highlight.

The Ottawa Farmer’s Market is constantly updating their stories with farmers and vendors who are offering deliveries or pick-ups from their various locations in the valley. Consider getting some of Ottawa’s best food directly from the source, and a bit of a road trip in the process!

Feeling Bored?

Break up the day with a real lunch hour! Every day from Monday to Friday the NAC orchestra is providing a lunch hour live stream with a member of the orchestra playing from home. NACO Lunch Break streams on Facebook at 12pm and is a good way to get to know the talent of the orchestra and set the tone for the rest of your workday. 

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NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley shares a personal message from his home in London announcing new digital initiatives led by himself and NACO musicians to stay connected with the public through music during these weeks of global isolation. #CanadaPerforms . 📺Watch the full video : . . Alexander Shelley, Directeur musical de l’Orchestre du CNA nous partage un message intime depuis son domicile à Londres. Il dévoile quelques initiatives numériques que mènent avec lui les musiciens de l’OCNA. Celles-ci visent à maintenir un engagement auprès du public à travers de la musique au cours de ces prochaines semaines qui seront passées en isolement autour du monde. #CanadaEnPrestation Voir la vidéo complète 👉 . . #nacorchestra #music #homeconcerts #live #lunchbreak #orchestraathome #mynac #covid_19 #musiquealamaison #pausesrepas #orchestreducna #moncna #concertsendirect

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Netflix is eventually going to run out of stuff for us to watch (other than The Office, obvs) so what about catching some Canadian films for free? The National Film Board has always offered free access to some of the country’s best films. Check out Oscar-nominated documentaries, short films, vintage cartoons, and interviews with famous directors. 

Sunday afternoons are for piano performances. The Steinway Piano Gallery is broadcasting live local talent every Sunday afternoon at 3pm from their Facebook page. 

If that is all too fancypants for you right now (no judgment) the Feline Café is holding virtual meetups with the kitties that they have  up for adoption, and they are working on a live feed of the resident cats at the café. This is especially delightful for those of us without catfriends at home!

Feeling Creative?

Join the club. Literally! Apt613 is open to creative ideas of all kinds to be featured on the blog, especially now. Pitch your fresh ideas or @apt613 takeover plans to us and be a part of this fun, supportive, wildly diverse creative community! Whether you want to interview a local artist, profile a cool new band, or share your opinions on local sports, we are listening! Check out the call for ideas here, and reach out!

CreativeMornings Ottawa has moved their monthly early-morning gathering online, for the first time, Friday March 27th at 9am. Brew your coffee, don’t bother changing out of your jammies, and experience the virtual creative conversation. You can expect a live performance from Ontario indie singer Kalle Mattson and virtual hugs and high fives from some of Ottawa’s best community-building creative minds.

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Some businesses are offering in-home crafting opportunities to those of us lacking inspiration. Batter Up Bakery can hook you up with a delicious cookie decorating kit, and Yaymaker is offering regular virtual Paint Nite events using supplies you may already have kicking around. 

Get outside! While Gatineau Park is closed, and other major parks may also be closed in the following days, there is still enough nature around for all of us. The Museum of Nature is issuing a photo challenge they’re dubbing #NatureSocial. Follow the museum on Instagram to share your nature pictures and videos, and win points for participating. 

Feeling Lonely?

Some of us are going through this weird time while physically alone. I’m sure we’ve all thought of calling or FaceTiming friends and family, and maybe by now it feels like we’ve run out of things to say? I mean… what did I do today that I didn’t do yesterday? Laundry? (As if.) What about calling up a friend and going for a walk together on the phone? Play a little neighbourhood scavenger hunt to keep you both on your toes and get to know your hood. There are lots of templates floating around, so why not use them?

Brunch is a weekend staple, not only is the food delicious, but it’s how some of us connect with our 9-5 friends on the weekend over some eggs and a cocktail or two. A local collective of brilliant brunchers have launched Virtual Brunch, a cool way to connect with friends online and share a brunch menu that you can master for yourself. Check them out online and start making elaborate brunch plans with your people.

While adoptions of animals have been suspended at shelters and rescue groups, fostering is still an option for most of them. This is the perfect time to foster an animal who needs a break from the shelter or the time to learn some good manners. Quarantine would be a lot more fun with a friend, so reach out to shelters nearby to see if you could help a little buddy out.

Feeling Generous?

The Parkdale Food Centre has made the difficult decision to close temporarily for the health of the community, but there are so many groups doing important work around the city. The Ottawa Food Bank is taking cash donations online to help with food and programming around the city. Check in with causes that are close to your heart, and see what kind of help they need now, or in the coming weeks. 

Canadian Blood Services is still open by appointment only, and a call for donations has come out as the country struggles to support our health care systems. If you are healthy and eligible, consider donating now, especially if you have never done so before. This not only gets you out of the house, but is a way to give back, regardless of income.

Consider having a great meal, box of books, or bag of gourmet coffee delivered to a friend or neighbour who could use some cheering up. Maybe drop off some fresh Moo Shu Ice cream? It’s the thought that counts right now, and we could all use a little extra local love.

Feeling Competitive?

The Ottawa Trivia League has moved their games online, with roaring success! The live-streamed games are Wednesdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm until further notice. Gather a group of friends (virtually) and play for prizes and bragging rights.

Who bakes the best chocolate chip cookies? Butter tarts with or without nuts? (Raisins are not an option.) So many of us have turned to baking to keep us comforted right now, but you can only make so much for yourself before it seems ridiculous. How about arranging a good old-fashioned cookie exchange or bake-off? Extend a baking challenge to your friends and keep tabs on one another. Either freeze portions to exchange when we all bust free again, or arrange an elaborate handoff in a deserted parking lot with as much distance as possible. Keep it fun, but make sure it’s all delicious.

Feeling Productive?

How about some digital Spring cleaning? With all of this great online content and interconnectedness, maybe you’re getting a bit bogged down digitally. This would be a good time to deep-clean your social media accounts. Clean out all the dusty old content you never use anymore. Search for a local florist  or artist for a beautiful feed, plan your next adventure, reconnect with old friends. What brings you joy? Fashion? Art? Food? Puppies? Nature? Feminist memes?Architecture? Foreign films? Find those accounts and fill your eyes with good stuff. 

If job searching was already on your to-do list, this might be the right time to think about job prospects! (No pressure.) If you were planning a career shift, or may be looking at a temporary layoff situation, the local YMCA’s Employment Access Centre is still open remotely to help you build a killer resumé. Those things take time, so why not make the most of it! 

Feeling your Feelings?

Follow Apt613 on Spotify for the #ottmusic weekly playlist featuring local bands and artists all of genres, if you’re looking for a community of music lovers and local voices. There is no rulebook for how to get through this weird state of limbo most of us are in. Give yourself time to grieve for missed opportunities (RIP St. Patrick’s Day), disconnected relationships and anxious uncertainty. We’re all in this together, so reach out to people you love, or just sit in your feelings for a bit and see if they take you anywhere creative or constructive. Stay healthy, stay positive, and stay strong, friends. We’re doing it.

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While the OAG is temporarily closed, we'll be sharing artwork to help you unwind, reflect, discover and enjoy various pieces from the OAG collections digitally. #OAGfromhome Claire Guillemette-Lamirande's oil painting Éclat au songe has us dreaming of the coming warmth and new growth of spring.🌷🌿 Graduating from the University of Ottawa @uottawa in 1978, Guillemette-Lamirande was a teacher, painter, and photographer dedicated to celebrating Franco-Ontarian history, women’s rights, and Canadian wildflowers. In the last 20 years of her life, Guilmette-Lamirande photographed approximately 8,000 wildflowers across the country. 🌸 Bien que la GAO soit temporairement fermée, nous vous partageons des images d’œuvres d’art pour vous aider à vous détendre, à réfléchir, et à découvrir les collections de la GAO. #LaGAOàdistance L’œuvre Éclat au songe de Claire Guillemette-Lamirande, une peinture à l’huile, rappelle le printemps et les journées chaudes. .🌷🌿 Diplômée de l’Université d’Ottawa (1978), Claire Guillemette-Lamirande a été enseignante, artiste-peintre et photographe et s’est dédiée à célébrer l’histoire franco-ontarienne, le droit des femmes et les fleurs sauvages. Durant les 20 dernières années de sa vie, elle documente en photo quelque 8000 fleurs sauvages à travers le pays. 🌸 🎨 Éclat au songe, #ClaireGuillemetteLamirande, 1983, oil on canvas/huile sur toile. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: Gift of the Estate of Claire Guillemette Lamirande, 2018/Collection de la Galerie d'art d'Ottawa : don de la successsion de Claire Guillemette Lamirande, 2018 #OAGfromhome #ClaireGuillemetteLamirande #MuseumFromHome #MuseumMomentofZen #OAG #ottawaartgallery #LaGAOàdistance #muséeàlamaison #ensembleàlamaison #GAO #galeriedartdottawa

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