Home office is working fine, I’m installing a shelf over the weekend to make a little more space.
Kids are having a great time, I’m struggling to balance working and homeschooling the kids (with my parents’ help).
My wife runs an essential state agency so she’s needed. In a meeting with the Governor for 4 hours on Wednesday, her name was on a whiteboard as “critical team” or something, so she’s in it deep.
I took a 15 minute break to cut down 4 trees today, that was kind of nice. I may or may not be having a beer for the last 45 minutes of my work day because WHO’S GONNA STOP ME?! But seriously, I don’t see any harm.
In an era where the news seems to be stranger than fiction, 2020 just stepped up to the plate and said “Hold my beer and Watch. THIS.” This has the potential to define my kids’ generation in its long-term effects. It’s such a strange feeling, and I just long for some stability - and we’re just getting started, from the sounds of it.
Going outside helps a lot, because the world is the same as ever out there. Get outside if you can.
The kids help keep me grounded too. They just want the same things as ever. And my dogs are getting a lot of attention.
Part of me feels like we (the US) as a society were at a breaking point, for lots of reasons. The rampant consumerism “got a problem? buy this to solve it!” mentality... it just strikes me as wholly unsustainable. When the largest companies are making their money in marketing which has no intrinsic value (sorry if that’s your job, I’ve done it too) it just seems like something has to give. This won’t change how Google is a global behemoth, but maybe, just maybe, it’ll be a kind of reset. Maybe.
Or maybe it’s just how I feel about our own habits. I think we could live more simply, and at times, I long for that. It’s the main reason I sold my BMW wagon - not because I didn’t like it, but because it was just another possession that I had to spend time and mental energy and of course, money, keeping in a state where it could bring me some joy. I loved driving it, but the Volvo fits our needs better and it allowed me to get a better bike and a new cover for the boat, which helps keep it in better shape.
Anyway, that’s a tangent. My mind is all over the place right now, and it helps to share a bit, so here we are.
In any case, I think we’re in for a bad time, some more than others, but no one’s got it easy. Personally, we’ll be ok I think. But I fear for a lot of people I know.
Stay sane out there Oppo.