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So What Exactly Do You Do About a Pandemic?

I keep waiting to wake up and find that I’ve been having some sort of ongoing 3-D full color hallucination, but so far it hasn’t happened. I’m concerned about this virus. Maybe that’s an understatement. I’ve been following the news, and reading articles and reports from sources that I think are credible ( CDC, New York Times, Time Magazine ) and it seems to me that we all just need to get very zen and stay home. Okay, maybe not all of us, but most of us.

coronavirus-highresI’m trying to limit my social contact, but it’s hard, especially since some people in my life don’t seem as concerned about this virus as I am. My concern isn’t really about getting sick (although that would suck, I’m not gonna lie), but it’s about people nonchalantly spreading this nasty thing around all over the place and a bunch of people getting sick all at once. If we can avoid that, why wouldn’t we? Again, I’m not talking about everyone. Someone has to deliver babies and answer 911 calls and care for sick people and feed and water shelter animals and on and on. I’m talking about the rest of us.

If we could keep our communities safe and our at-risk populations well, wouldn’t it make sense to close schools and stores and restaurants and libraries and on and on? I know, I’m not thinking this all the way through. There are ramifications to these drastic measures, both financial and otherwise, but my gawd, look at what happened in Italy. Now the country is on “lockdown” but so many people have lost their lives, and their healthcare system has been completely overwhelmed. That can happen here, I have no doubt about that.

Here’s the thing… maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’ve been reading and listening to the wrong things, but what if I’m not? We’re this far into this thing, so why don’t we take this social distancing thing seriously? Is it imperative that you go to the movies this weekend? Isn’t there enough entertainment available to you at home? And brunch can wait a few weeks, can’t it? Stay home, friends. Your pedicure isn’t that critical, and you can do yoga in your living room instead of the gym. And yes, you can skip religious services too. There’s no deity I’m aware of that won’t listen to you from the privacy of your home. Slow down, stay calm, take care of your loved ones, and for goodness sake, wash your hands. Oh, and if you see my mother out and about, please give her some space


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Getting My House In Order

So far 2020 has been the year of “cleaning up.” What does that mean for me? Well, it’s multifaceted, which is my fancy way of I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to do too many things and not doing any of them particularly well. Let’s break that down a bit further, and see where things really stand.

Home: This is what I first think of when someone talks about getting their house in order. I suppose I’m a bit of a simpleton, going for the literal meaning, but that’s the way my brain works. My house is still undergoing a transformation. My beautifully remodeled bathroom is done, but the rest of the house still hasn’t quite recovered. I sort of think of it as having gone through a major surgery. Everything looks okay, but there’s still some healing to do on the inside. I did have friends over, so that gave me a jump start on some of my delayed cleaning up projects, but there’s still so much to do.

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Not my actual house.

Finances: I’m actually doing pretty well with this one. I’ve been reading some self-help books and following some of their “Law of Attraction” types of advice, which really can’t hurt, and things have been going well. My credit card is paid off, my retirement is funded, and my bills are paid. Now to do my taxes. UGH.

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Not my actual money.

Relationships: These have been going pretty well too. There are some far away friends I need to reach out to, and some closer to home who I haven’t seen or heard from in a while, so there’s that. Family is good, the kid is good, the sweetheart is good, and the dog… well, she’s the best.

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Not my actual dog.

Work: I’m a little scattered here. When our schedule gets a bit mixed up everything sort of falls apart, at least that’s how it feels. We’re experiencing that right now due to field trips and artist-in-residence experiences. These are all terrific learning opportunities for our kids, but they mean major schedule changes, and, this is a biggie, I have to teach math. I can teach math. I’d just rather not. I have colleagues who are experts at this, I am not. Still, we’ll muddle through. And then there’s my national board process. I need to light a fire under that.

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Not my actual plan book.

Well, as expected, when I put it all on paper it doesn’t look quite so daunting. Make a few phone calls, straighten up here and there, and review the lessons before teaching them, and I’ll be all caught up. Oh yeah, and do that little national board thing. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it.

 


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2020, Take Four

I want to write the most epic New Year post in the history of New Year posts, but I know that won’t happen.

How do I know? Because this is the fourth attempt I’m making. The words keep coming out all wrong, so I keep hitting the delete key. Maybe my perfectionist leanings are showing themselves. I need to just roll with it. Maybe that should be my mantra for 2020… roll with it.

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I think I’ll end with that thought… roll with it. I’m going to try this out for a bit and see how it goes as a life philosophy. I’ll get back to you with my findings, maybe.

Meanwhile I hope you have a fantastic 2020. May you be healthy, happy, and whole.