Work with friends

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

I needed more hands on deck and Jim was available.

One thing I’ve learned over the years? It helps to work with friends. It makes work enjoyable.

And if you’re not friends with those you work with? Try to get there. It won’t always click, but it beats the alternative.

acutely exposed

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

This was March 31, 2020.

I’m writing from 77 days in the future.

A future where my family will experience loss.

The world will experience loss.

Some will forget or even deny what we’re up against.

The waters of reason grow muddy.

And systemic injustice will be acutely exposed.

Rinse, wash, repeat

Monday, March 30, 2020

I am lucky to have a dishwasher that works.

And boy is it getting a workout.

Listening: “The One Who Stays” Trent Dabbs

Gamified delight

Sunday, March 29, 2020

I’ve been meditating a bit every day to pull weeds, harvest fruit, plant flowers, shop for new outfits and redecorate my little virtual home inside Animal Crossing. Oh, and attempt drawing on little pixelated canvases.

It’s a mechanism that will last for a few months before I tire of the monotony and long for something deeper or simply something different.

But for this moment? It’s helping.

And now when I see a real weed sprouting through the tiles on the patio, I pull it with gamified delight.

Sometimes things change very quickly

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The window to see that change is narrow.

Happy to have caught these Butterfly Magnolia blooms in this sweet moment.

Emboldened

Friday, March 27, 2020

Edie has somehow learned how to get up on a desk and glare at me from across the room.

Listening: “The She” The Breeders

These are the days

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Like many, I’m using this moment to welcome comfort foods.

We’re talking really bad choices.

I bought 3 twelve packs of Coke Zero for F sake.

I allow myself one a day, and honestly I really just drink half a can.

It’s just too much, and also just enough.

I should save the remainder for housework.

Link: Stuff you can clean with Coke.

The co-working studio has been quiet for about a week.

Everyone is sheltering and working from home.

Sometimes I crack my apartment door open and let Edie wander around.

She’ll stop by my desk for a game of Touch Me Don’t Touch Me.

I’ve been using a PC on the side. This particular one is a Surface Go.

It’s pretty fricking solid.

Great build quality.

Runs Adobe Creative Suite fine enough.

And Office is WAY more robust on Windows.

I now know how to make Visio templates with nice designed elements and can set the default attributes of shapes and text boxes in Powerpoint.

This is a major productivity boost.

Listening: “Cut Your Hair” Pavement

Pickup

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Essential trips include the grocery. I had never used a pick-up option before, but now was a good time to start.

Kroger’s Clicklist (now thankfully renamed “Pickup’) had a learning curve, but surmountable. At this point in the timeline you had to schedule a week in advance. Substitutions were pretty common, but for the most part? The system worked.

Bonus? Having a bright clear day to drive across town.

Watching spring from the patio

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Thus officially begins the ”Stay at Home” portion of the timeline

Monday, March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020 – The Governor issues a Stay at Home order for Ohio. (link)