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Plague Notes April 14 2020

Image from Sunday

Just finished having a long 4 day weekend in a world where weekends and weekdays just sort of blur together. We did get snow on Easter Sunday. I joked that even nature is getting confused and thought it was Christmas.

A story I heard on a podcast that I’m paraphrasing:

Two men were having an argument. They approached a 3rd person and said “Excuse me, but can you help us settle an argument? What day is it?”

The 3rd person said “Friday”

The first said, “Friday! Son of a bitch. We were both wrong.”

Outside of the normal Easter activities, I spent the weekend building a lofted bed for my son. It’s nearly identical to the one that his sister got a couple years ago. Kept me busy for a little while anyway. Fortunately the lumber yard delivers.

Not much scheduled for the week going forward. I started a Freelancer’s Workshop through Seth Godin’s Akimbo Workshops last week. It’s been a good ride so far. It’s been making me dig deeper into being a better web developer and get better clients. This way the kids and I are all doing “school” at the same time.

Status Update • April 14, 2020


April Snow brings May …. woe?

It seems that winter isn’t done with us quite yet. We are over halfway through week 3 of quarantine now. Kids are out of school for at least 2 more weeks. I’m spending my time trying to juggle being a teacher, and a Dad, and doing actual work. It’s Thursday and the last time I left the house was Monday evening, and even then I didn’t get out of my car.

IT work has slowed to a crawl. I have a little bit here and there, but definitely not overwhelming. Which is fine, see above where I mention I’m the stay at home parent.

I do have that short story that needs writing. I’m planning on getting started on that this afternoon if I can overcome the Resistance.

Status Update • April 2, 2020


Quarantine, 1 week in

I keep seeing people online talking about the things they are doing with all of this newfound free time they have during the quarantine social distancing.

I’m a bit jealous. Other than my kids being home, and me focusing more on working remotely instead of onsite, everything is mostly the same for me. I have a big new website client that will keep me busy for quite a while, plus keeping up with all of my regular work.

I have a short speculative fiction piece that I’m writing with a deadline of the end of May. I haven’t started it yet, but I have most of the structure blocked out in my head. Right now is a weird time to be writing speculative fiction when I can’t even really speculate what next week is going to look like.

Status Update • March 24, 2020


Baby Yoda

Painting is a great way to fight off the existential dread. I printed this guy in black PLA, then primed with auto filler primer before starting the actual painting. When I need to quiet my mind again, I’ll work on shading and details on the head.

Status Update • March 18, 2020


Isolated

It’s a bit of a weird time. The kids are out of school for 3 weeks. The neighbor girl is watching them while I get some work done. I no longer have my own office outside of the home, so I’m camping in the empty Yoga studio to get some work done when I might have gone to the Library or something before. (Yoga class isn’t cancelled for now, it’s just not until this evening).

Since my work often has me in other people’s offices fixing their computers, I’m not sure how these next several weeks are going to play out. I’m honestly not sure at this point that we will go back to the old normal, I’m just waiting to see what the new normal is. I will probably try to get a lot more done remotely than I did before. I’ve always thought that my clients appreciated me seeing them in person and helping them instead of doing everything remotely. The downside of that is of course, keyboards are never clean.

Status Update • March 16, 2020


03.09.20

It’s full speed ahead here the first half of this week. I’m working on doing a Gmail to Office365 email migration, and on Wednesday I’m MCing the Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon, so I need to write down all the things that I need to say including a little State of the Chamber part that I need to give as President. Those two items will eat most of today.

Tomorrow I’m pretty well booked up with client appointments, and Wednesday is the Luncheon itself which will take up the better part of the day when you include setup and tear down.

Of course, there’s a variety of other to-do items on the list. At least for this morning, I’m working at home, listening to Groove Salad and I have coffee.

Status Update • March 9, 2020


02-28-20

It’s Friday. I’m not sure how that happened. My calendar was a bit out of control this week. Today at least I’ll have some time to be in the office getting things done here.

I’ve been putting more energy lately into web development, and the possibilities for getting more web design work have been coming around. Funny how the world works that way.

Status Update • February 28, 2020


02-25-20

Taking a quick snack break between a morning client appointment and plowing through email. This afternoon is jam packed with meetings from noon until past 5.

if things go right, this post will get auto shared on Facebook.
[edit: They didn’t go right. But at least I can get it onto Twitter.]

Status Update • February 25, 2020


Monday Morning

I like to spend the first half hour of Monday morning after the wife and kids are gone with a cup of coffee and my bullet journal. I actually haven’t updated the journal for a month. Like any habit, it takes effort to keep up with. It does help me keep organized and not forget things.

The phone has been ringing already this morning. What I thought might be a relaxing day is going to end up fairly busy. Oh well.

Status Update • February 24, 2020