These are strange, strange times. I feel the need to document some of it because heck, did we ever think something like this would actually happen? Sure, we’ve READ about it, but even now, it’s happening and it still feels utterly surreal.
The other day while driving to work, there was a bus full of people wearing masks. It was a strange sight. Something you see elsewhere but not here. Plus, my drive to work that morning had me sharing the road with just a handful of drivers. The the lack of traffic was enjoyable but also strange.
Today, is my first day working from home. It’s been too crazy at work to even consider it before today but yesterday, there were only about ten people I could see on a large university campus and again, it was strange.
I see social distancing, but I also see loads of kids playing with each other at the park. I also see large groups gathering for coffee. The stores are a challenge. I mean, at some point you have to go into one and then you encounter more people.
Restaurants are closed to dining in. Gyms are closed. Libraries are closed. So glad I can utilize Overdrive. Dental appointments made six months ago cancelled. One good thing, Netflix Party.
The daughter is upstairs doing her classes online. I am downstairs working and there is an ethernet cable hanging down from the loft to my computer. It’s all so strange.
The university I work for closed for two days last week and will be online for faculty and students once they return from spring break. Staff are still required to report for work and I’ve spent the past 2.5 weeks preparing web pages for the switch to virtual learning. Let me tell you, I am pretty wiped out and haven’t had much time for anything.
My daughter’s school is closed and going online soon as well as her college course. My son’s spring break was extended by two weeks but here’s what was impacted:
Choir concerts, cancelled
Theatre festival, cancelled
Theatre showcase, cancelled
All school trips, cancelled
My son lost BOTH of his campus jobs for next quarter
High school ministry will be held virtually today. I need to pop-on shortly.
Everyone is supposed to be practicing social distancing to flatten the curve of spread but so many continue to go out in groups thinking this is a party or something. THE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED for a reason, do not take your kids out to the movies in large groups. Use common sense.
Plus, getting everyday supplies is a challenge as many of you know. I purchased pantry items three weeks ago, ahead of the need. This helped. We went to the market late Friday night and did well because that market had their employees working overtime to keep the shelves stocked as much as possible. I really appreciated that and told them so.
I plan to hit work tomorrow but I suspect we will be working remotely as soon as all the logistical stuff is setup.
Book club was cancelled for this week.
The Hub is already stir crazy just because I asked him to NOT go to the gym.
We have all this time to read but I cannot focus right now.
We watched Outbreak. We watched a really good movie called The Case for Christ. We are still working our way through The Crown and The Walking Dead.
New Things I’ve Tried:
Nothing I can think of.
So glad I prepped weeks ago
Happy to have technology as an option for meeting
How are you all doing with all if this? It seems so surreal.