Day 2 of “social distancing” ended with Mama enjoying a glass of wine. I might talk a big game, but I rarely open a bottle of wine and even more rarely enjoy a glass by myself. Today? It felt right. Not because I was stressed but exactly because I wasn’t. It was a laid back day today. We all slept in, I made a nice Saturday breakfast, Sweet Husband took his virtual meeting and finished up the requisite paperwork, and the mancubs played. It was a good day. A day that earned being topped off with a glass of wine.
Today was my second day, Sweet Husband’s 4th, and the mancubs’ … well, I seem to have lost count. They had an extended Spring Break and will start remote learning the middle of next week. They’re ready. As many books as we have in this house, as many games, toys, and movies … they’re ready to see their teachers and their friends, even if only in the virtual classroom.
I know I’m confused on what day it is – and I’ve only been home full-time for 2 days – I think they also miss the routine of their school day. They might not admit it, but I’m pretty sure they do. So, I’ve been keeping up with all of their teachers’ emails and have been updating a list of virtual classroom codes I’m keeping on the refrigerator. And every time I post a new classroom code, that child runs upstairs to log in to their classroom to see if there’s anything for them to work on. Between Sweet Husband and me working from home and the mancubs needing time to work on their school assignments, technology is going to get a major workout here at the Casa over the next few (or several) weeks.
My work laptop decided to make noises yesterday. Ugly noises. Noises that said, “Girl, if you know what’s best, you’ll back everything up N-O-W!” So I did. And we went out to the local electronics store early this afternoon and bought a laptop I’ll use until I can return to my brick-and-mortar campus and hopefully be moved up to the top of the list for a new piece of technology.
I was shocked to see a line queued outside the store until Sweet Husband pointed out the line was actually moving. Store staff was letting customers in one at a time explaining each customer would be escorted by a sales associate to the area of the store we needed to visit. Our fellow customers, for the most part, were cool with standing at a good distance from others in line while we waited our turn to be escorted inside. It was an experience. That’s about all I can say … it was an experience. As an introvert, the expanded personal space is incredibly refreshing and comfortable.
One of the advantages of social distancing / voluntary quarantine / whatever the latest term is is educators are becoming creative in how they’re developing their virtual classrooms. They say innovation is born out of necessity, right? I must say I agree. For example, a colleague and I had been talking in the weeks leading up to Spring Break that we really need to meet with another colleague to learn how to use Zoom. Truthfully, neither of us even knew what that meant, but we knew we needed to make the time at some unidentified point in the near or distant future to learn how to Zoom.
Guess who learned how to Zoom this past week and can schedule meetings like a rock star now? This girl!
That’s right, so much so that I’ve got a Zoom session set for later this weekend so my family can gather around their technology and we can all sit a spell and shoot the breeze. A virtual family reunion and I’m really looking forward to it! Who knows? This might become a regular thing for us. Wouldn’t that be grand!
All in all, my first couple days at home have been okay. Some would venture to say, “productive.” It will be interesting to see how the 5 of us grow through all this together time.