March 24, 2020 Ramblings
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Hello everyone. I haven't blogged in awhile. Life got really busy and now that we are forced to slow down I wasn't sure what to write. I know some are having a rough time and others are not bothered by this situation. I am not really sure how I am feeling at this time. I just need to get my thoughts out. I am not meaning to downplay anyone's situation and I apologize if I say anything that hurts someone else. That is not my intent. Also, this is long and a bit rambling so please don't feel you need to read it. As I said, I just need to get my thoughts out.
*I have been home for over a week now and tentatively will be home trough April 17th. We were told to hope for the 17th, but plan to not return for the remainder of the semester. My district is on Spring break this week and we took last week off. Monday and Tuesday of next week they will train us on virtual learning and we will begin teaching on Wednesday. I am not really sure what that will look like yet. They are not sharing much with us before Monday because they want us to enjoy our break. I would rather keep busy.
*I am in the process of setting up our basement living room as my in home classroom. I think I brought everything home I will need, but I didn't think to bring home my bins for sorting and storing materials. I am getting creative with Girl Scout Cookie Cases as I still have hundreds of them from the cookie season. I was the cookie mom so all the empty cases ended up at my house to be recycled.
*Today I am going to try and get my backyard ready to for grass seed. There are many areas that are dead due to the dogs and the trees. I feel we are fighting a losing battle since we still have the dogs and the trees, but it keeps me and my kids busy.
* I am also using the time to deep clean one room at a time.
*I am keeping up with the 30 day walk this way challenge. I have 5 people at work doing the challenge with me virtually and since I am heading it up and have to post to our emails daily it is keeping me on track. I have tried several times to finish this challenge without success. Hopefully this will be the one.
*I am trying to eat healthy, but it is a challenge being home all day with "goodies" for the rest of the family. My husband also is wanting to support local businesses so we have gotten take out 3 times last week. I also am out of routine for eating. I usually eat dinner around 5 and have been eating after 7 most days.
*The scale is going back and forth. I was down 2 pounds before my weigh in last Wednesday, but on Wednesday I was still at the same weight as the week before. Sunday I was up 2 pounds and yesterday I was down 1 pound. I hope tomorrow shows no gain at the least and a loss at the most. Wednesday is the day I post my weight so it is the one that counts.
*My husband is still going to work. He works at a home improvement center and he says they have been extra busy. My oldest son is a lifeguard at a rec center that has been closed so he is home with my daughter and I all day. He is also on Spring Break from his commuter school. He will not be returning to campus this semester as they are going to virtual learning for the remainder of the time. My daughter is in middle school. Her district started virtual learning last week and then is on Spring Break this week. She has school Tuesday - Friday. She doesn't think much of it and it really hasn't been keeping her very busy. *My middle son lives in another city where he is going to college. They had Spring Break last week until tomorrow and are going to virtual leaning for the remainder of the semester as well. He works as a stocker at Target. He feels fulfilled by his job now that is is mostly food and necessities. He says he feels like he is making a difference since he is stocking things people really need rather than stocking video games and TVs all the time. This is my boy who wants to save the world. He has a big heart. I worry about him since he is not at home, but he has two roommates so at least someone is there if he needs support.
*It feels so weird to not have my days mapped out weeks in advance. It is a nice change of pace, but still a struggle. I knew the changes were coming, but still cried when it was announced we would not be returning to school until after Spring Break. It was hard to be strong for the kiddos that were crying and fearful, while not sure how I was feeling myself. I miss my students and even though I have reached out to their parents I haven't heard anything back. I am going to mail them letters this week.
I hope everyone is adjusting to the new normal. I hope those who still have to venture out to work continue to be safe and healthy. For those who are sick I prayer and hope for a speedy recovery. For those of us at home I hope we find a routine and rhythm to our days to help with our health, both mental and physical.