Naomi Fry

What is your name and where are you currently?  

In Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, with my husband and daughter.
Are you where you normally live?
What are you currently reading?
I've had a more time than usual to read recently since I'm always home. Some books I've liked: "Miss Aluminum" by Susanna Moore, "Pop. 1280" by Jim Thompson, "Ride the Pink Horse" by Dorothy B. Hughes, "At Home in the World" by Joyce Maynard.
What are you currently watching?
I loved the new FX show "Dave," and like mostly everyone else I've been watching "The Last Dance" on ESPN. Also, I always try to keep up with my favorite Bravo shows: "Vanderpump Rules," "Summer House," "Real Housewives of New York," and "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," which is really good this season. I want to go back to watching "Siesta Key" because I stopped after the first season but I've been told it's now excellent. My husband doesn't like reality television so it's difficult to find time to watch all of these shows alone. My struggle!
What are you currently listening to?
I mostly listen to music when I'm writing for work, and what I choose depends on my mood/where I am in the writing process. So it toggles between Britney's "Blackout" and Bach, and a bunch of other things I listen to over and over. I should probably get some newer stuff in rotation.
What have you been eating the most? Do you have a recipe to share?
My husband cooks more than I do but I do some cooking too. One thing I make all the time is this chicken, which is really easy: put some drumsticks in a hot oven (425) with olive oil, salt, pepper, and some sumac if you have it, and it's ready to eat after like an hour and a half. You can throw in some potatoes. Delicious.
How are you moving your body/exercising?
I'm not an athletic person, and I usually mostly do Yoga with Adriene on Youtube. but for the past month I've been surprising myself and doing a livestream of The Class a few times a week. I find it really challenging and do a ton of modifications but it feels good to have an exercise routine when there's not a lot else that you can do during the day. It breaks up the sameness a little bit. Sometimes I don't leave the house for like three or four days, but then I make myself do a walk around the neighborhood and it almost always feels nice. I like to see what cats I can spot, either on the street or in people's windows.
If you’re buying anything, what is it?
I'm not buying that much. Mostly groceries since we haven't really been ordering in at all and need so many provisions to just keep making those meals at home.
What’s one new thing you started doing big or small since this all happened? (Like a new skill/a hobby or even habit)
The Class!
Tell me about your evening routine! And your morning one too!
In the morning I get up with my daughter and make her something to eat so she can start her remote learning. Then I feed the cats, drink coffee, eat something, spend too much time on my phone/laptop looking at Twitter and Instagram and email, maybe exercise. If I can get myself to start writing pretty early I'll have more success with getting stuff done than if I don't, and every day is different that way, depending on what deadlines I have and how much I can force myself to do and how much my daughter needs me. In the evening we make dinner, then almost always me and my daughter read together before she goes to sleep, me with my book and she with hers. Then me and my husband usually watch a show or two and go to sleep. Every day is pretty much the same in this respect.
What’s one way big or small that you’ve been helping others?
I hope I've been a good family member and friend to others during this time. I've also been donating money when and where I can.
Do you know of any good charities or causes people could donate to?
Dream Sequence Editions, where you can buy a print with proceeds going to Corona charities; Make the Road New York which provides help to low-income and immigrant communities; My friend Susan Korn of Susan Alexandra who makes custom clay mini-meals and donates the proceeds to No Kid Hungry; Bushwick Street Cats where we adopted our cat Gully from, which does incredible TNR, rescue, and adoption work, especially now that shelters are closed to the public.
What keeps you sane?
Routine and trying (and often failing) to stay productive. Being in close contact with friends. My family. Watching bad TV.
What one thing can’t you wait to do?
Go have a drink with friends. Travel to L.A.
What’s one thing you’re grateful for?
Health, my family, my job, my home. I complain too much but I'm so so lucky.

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