On Monday, Kay posted some Entertainment! for us and while I know this site is about writing, I’ve been working at home and going a little loco. So I’m going to add to the entertainment. Here is a column from the LA Times written by a high school pal-o-mine, Mary McNamara, about how the line between work and family is changing in these strange times we’re living in.
My kids are older, but my husband and I share our home office and we’ve had to adjust times for online meetings so we’re not both talking at the same time in different meetings. He’s a college professor so I can pop into his meetings with students, and so can the kids and the dog (the students love when the big ol’ golden retriever jumps into the frame). However, I work for the government (local school system, actually) and it’s not as fun in my meetings. Although, my husband used to work at the same place so he did pop into my frame before the meeting started this morning to say hi to some of his old colleagues. When I’m on with someone from FEMA, I don’t think they’d appreciate it all that much.
This is my portion of the home office. Note all the computers and monitors. One set is my regular home office set up. One is my new work-from-home with my work laptop and a scrounged monitor from our stash, and one is my mini that is currently used for Zoom yoga from my local studio (that I take to the basement which is the only place in the house with enough floor space). This is an after work photo so it shows the large orange cup I use during the day for water (filled twice) and the wine glass added after work.
Kay also posted John Krasinski’s Some Good News Hamilton segment, which was awesome, but the next one in the series knocked it out of the park (pun intended).
Enjoy this break from the regularly scheduled programming. Hopefully, we’ll all be back to our regular lives soon.
And now I’m going to rant on a few of the things that this crazy time has robbed me of. My sister, my cousins, and I have been section hiking the Appalachian Trail for years. All of a sudden, everyone is stir crazy and hiking the AT which caused the AT to post this. So we’re robbed of this. I’ve been baking the bread we eat in our home for years. Now I can’t find good flour because everyone who hasn’t baked bread in years is suddenly doing it. Oh, to find some good King Arthur or Ceresota somewhere (I don’t use bread flour). I’m not exactly robbed of this just yet, although I’ve only found bleached flour (rises differently than unbleached). Thankfully I have plenty of yeast for my yeast bread and I have sourdough starter for my sourdough bread. There’s more, but I’ll stop there. As proof, here’s today’s sourdough bread.
How is everyone out there coping? What are you doing for your good news break from all the bad?