Day 5. Monday, March 23, 2020

Today starts the first full week of telecommuting, as directed by my office.

Given the nature of my job in real time and my opportunities to work from home when I have field work in the morning or afternoon, I feel I’m fairly equipped mentally to deal with the Work From Home situation. I can make myself pretty comfortable anywhere and be productive. Some days I need complete silence, so the house is great; some days I need some background noise, so the office or a coffeeshop works well.

Jeremy and I are essentially WFH together now – he works from home primarily anyway, so he’s set up. I just take over his dining room table when I’m in Port Townsend. He’ll likely camp out on my couch in Bremerton, or my dining room table.

I had successful “hangouts” with my mountain rescue team and friends over Zoom the past few days, which has made this self-imposed Shelter In Place more bearable. However, I haven’t quite felt the insolation or pent up feelings that it seems others are anticipating. My attitude about this whole thing has been “Well, OK, here we are. One day at a time. It is what it is. I will adapt and move on.”

Granted, I may feel differently in a week.

But getting outside has been helpful. I ran on Fri and Sun and went bike riding on Saturday. Otherwise, I’m using my time to a) read about this whole situation and b) work on my house building permit package and c) try out whatever recipe Jeremy has suddenly decided he wants to make (it was chicken pot pie this weekend; it’ll be croissants next weekend. We may teach the boys how to make homemade fruit hand pies too).

Speaking of food, Jeremy and I feel it’s our civic duty to eat out, to keep our favorite restaurants afloat as much as we can. I know it means some weight gain but then there is another reason to get out and walk/run/bike.

Despite trying not to read ALL the things about the virus, I’ve been picking and choosing my sources.

This one seems legit. The guy, who, you know, helped defeat Smallpox.

https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-interview-larry-brilliant-smallpox-epidemiologist/?fbclid=IwAR10z_PIf5M5FzsBkjvywFdQOmLX-gAD1xDOxxENfXZDP30MT_CHDubQBzg

Also, stop watching TV. Start reading. TV is full of blowhard gas bags who are reactive, not proactive. Carefully and thoughtfully written articles are more worth your time.

Actually, if you can, just stop ingesting media. At least, limit it. Pick 3 sources that are fact-based reliable and skim it in the morning and in the evening. Then just stop. It’s not doing you any good to scroll mindlessly throughout social media, and if you panic, others susceptible to such reactions will panic too … it will spread, just like the disease. In fact, a headline sent to me by Lana said, “Fear is spreading faster than the virus.”

True fact.

Thought from a colleague, Bethany:

“A thing I keep thinking about lately: Do you remember that part in Apollo 13 when they’re talking about how it could be the biggest disaster NASA has ever seen and Ed Harris interrupts and says, “With all due respect sir, I believe it will be our finest hour”?

It seems like we have an opportunity here to turn disaster into an example of how to work together en masse to keep us all as safe as possible. So far, I’m not super impressed by our society. I really want to look back at this and be proud of how we handled it. Let’s do better.”

Exactly.

Stay at home. Walk around the block. Check in on friends and family. Use grocery delivery service. Check on family and friends. Limit your media intake. Learn a new hobby. Check on family and friends…