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Notes on sheltering in place #2

Notes on our #COVID19 Shelter-In-Place journey.

  • Miles has been printing out Ear Saver/Mask Straps on his 3D printer.  In a little over a week he's already printed out close to 200 of them.
  • We are doing family Zoom meetings on a weekly basis for our extended family.  The security still isn't there, but you can beat the price.  We've been using Skype to talk to family a lot as well.  Surprisingly we don't use Facetime at all.
  • It has been determined that my immediate family is not suited for spaceflight, Lunar or Martian colonization.
  • Grocery delivery services are amazing. 
  • Google Classroom (or at least how my kids' school district has implemented it) sort of sucks. 
  • Texting friends is helpful.
  • I am not cut out for permanent telework and am looking forward to going into the office.
  • Several weeks into this thing the daily schedule for schoolwork/physical activity/meals is still working.  This was a surprise.
  • I'm getting numb to the infection and death count numbers.  That isn't healthy, but I'm focusing more on work, school with the kids and family demands and I've just sort of hunkered down.  My focus is on getting our family unit to the conclusion of the school year and several work related milestones.  Beyond that is an unknown.
  • We planted a garden in newly assembled planters, with some veggies an flowers in our back yard.  This is also something to look forward to.  The goal is to have something in the future to look forward to, to take us beyond the "Groundhog Day" repetition of our daily life.
  • We had our kids do academic work during spring break to keep them in the habit.  Probably worst spring break activity ever, but I don't feel guilty one bit. 
This thing that I've had a real hard time with is the loss of my Grandpa.  He was old, had a phenomenal life and had a huge input on making me who I am today.  He passed away in the beginning of this COVID-19 thing, before all the lock-down activities.  One of the things that I am looking forward to is getting together with family for his memorial service.  With all that is going on, I haven't had a chance to really process his passing.  I have so many stories and good memories. 
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