Welp, a lot has happened since my last non-book update, hasn’t it? For one thing, the world has changed irrevocably and, as they say, turned completely upside down, but I’ll get to that. Here’s a brief update on what’s happened since that last post:
1. The spring semester started.
2. My friend came to visit. It was her spring break and her brother lives in the area, so we got to hang out quite a bit while she was here, even venturing into a part of the city I hadn’t yet been to. It was delightful.
3. I strained my neck. How, I do not know. All I know is I had to take steroids and a muscle relaxer. It is possible that it was all a huge stress response (lots of personal stuff going on that week) because I cannot remember a single thing I did that would cause my neck to be in that kind of pain. I had to take a day off of work and everything. It was pretty intense.
4. My daughter turned 21. We went to a restaurant and a movie (Onward). We had a lot of fun.
5. Two days later, my school announced it was moving to remote learning,
6. Three days later, I started social distancing in earnest.
7. And now my state is under a Safer at Home (shelter-in-place) order.
#2-7 all took place in the span of three weeks. It is wild to me that both things my daughter and I did for her birthday are things we can currently no longer do. Restaurants are open only for takeout or delivery and the movie theaters have closed. Just…closed.
Like most people (all of us?), it has taken me some time to adjust to this new normal, and each day is a new adjustment. I have a lot to be grateful for, though. My daughter is here and safe. I have been able to stay connected to people I care about. I am still able to teach and stay connected to my students and my colleagues.
In my next post, I’ll talk about how I’m coping with this huge shift. But I just wanted to take a minute to get caught up so I could start moving forward with blog posts. I don’t usually apologize for my writing, but this one feels pretty dry. Still, I’m going to hit post on it and just let it be.
Stay safe out there, everyone.