Ad Hoc Pandemic Post 8

Number of times yesterday I felt like I was the pace car in the Indy 500: 0 (Huzzah! It was a normal driving day! People are finally settling down.)

Interesting item to be out of at the grocery store: regular Cheetos (plenty of “flamin’ hot” Cheetos, though)

Today was a weird day at work as the reality of transitioning to distance learning set in. Each day for the past week I’ve been taking more and more equipment home because as tech support, I want to be ready to test things out for my teachers, especially knowing a “shelter-in-place” order was bound to come any day. That order came today. Two more days to prepare before we officially must work from home. Not long ago, I taught online and then later worked an academic and technical support for the same educational vendor, so I’m well prepared. Still, it’s a transition…although to be honest, if we go back to school before the year is out it will be more difficult transitioning BACK to school than away from it!

Here is what our gym looked like this morning as we started the “drive through materials pick-up” process:

Whew! That was a lot of work! Top honors to our paras who did most of the hauling!

Did you know you can change up your background in Zoom? I absolutely love this thread from my friend Sharon and her experimentation (also, please send me screenshots of how you’ve had fun with your Zoom background):

Click to see the whole 4-tweet thread. FUNNY (and then follow her, because she is always pretty entertaining).

And, my favorite thing I saw yesterday, is from my author friend, Kathleen West (AHEM, the very same Kathleen West who is the author of the book I’ve been reading this week, which you 100% should buy and read, too, because it’s really great). One of her kiddos turned 16 and his grandparents wrote and performed this parody song for him and I LOVE it and them:

Currently Reading (print): Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes (A) – Kathleen West

Currently Reading (audio) I’m ALMOST done – one more commute: Yes, No, Maybe So (YA) – Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

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