Alright, it appears many people will be staying home either for precautionary or enforced reasons. Which means, the internet will be booming.
We need our daily fix, our online entertainment, especially now. I don’t know how long people can binge-watch over a period of two, three or more weeks, especially with the weather finally changing a little, for the better (at least here in Toronto).
I hope wifi becomes an essential service… 😀
I for one prefer reading (and writing) to watching shows. But I suspect I will be watching some shows, just for a change of pace…
Here’s the latest recap from Toronto:
The girl child had a bit of a sore throat. There were no other symptoms. I was going to let her stay home for the last two days of school since March Break (aka Spring Break) was to begin next week anyway, but…
Long story short, he took her in to see a doctor. The doctor arranged to meet her in the parking lot to assess her situation (and rule out Strep, which was a slight possibility). He did – no Strep. Still, he suggested social distancing for her, the newly fashionable term of the day/week/month.
We were doing that anyway. No school, no sports. (She slept it off over a 48 hour period and is back to normal today.)
Have I mentioned March Break? Canadians are still traveling to sunny destinations, hence both school and sport events were low attendance, and, as a result, canceled in some cases even before the whole coronavirus thing exploded exponentially in the past 24 hours.
I kept my girl home from the Bubble rink on Thursday (and was going to even if we hadn’t taken her to get assessed) and her Saturday game is canceled due to travel trips for half the team and low attendance, so really, no major disruption happened here.
Then Hockey Canada canceled everything (along the same lines as the NBA, NHL, MLB…) The teens aren’t thrilled, they want to keep playing, but…those dressing rooms are icky. And naturally, there are crowds in those places…
Next, they canceled all publicly funded schools as of the week after March Break. Catholic followed suit. Essentially, the kids will be home until April, possibly longer.
In this house.
(I’m fine. Really. I’m fine.)
😬 😭 😉
Unlike parents with younger children, and full-time jobs out of the house (or even while working from home), I have it relatively easy. My 12 and 15yo are mostly self-sufficient, with the one kid sitting in her corner creating arts and crafts, and the other…
I don’t know what the teen will do. I think I’ll force him to go out for bike rides with me occasionally if the weather allows for it.
In the meanwhile, some colleges and universities in Canada are moving the remainder of the semester (a few weeks) to online delivery. The college my partner works for hasn’t officially done this yet but class attendance is dwindling so it may only be a matter of time.
He is also going to be working from home.
So that means three of them are going to be constantly home and dipping into my hidden food stash. 🙄
I’m slowly running out of hiding places. 🙃
Look, as a mostly-introverted person, I don’t really mind being stuck at home. However, it’s been a long winter and I do relish the fact that I have certain freedoms as a SAHM/work-from-home-part-time-occasionally.
When they’re all at work and school, I can focus better on my creative writing projects given that the house is empty and I don’t have a room with a door to go to when they are home. Have I mentioned we live in a very small house? Have I mentioned we are looking to move? Have I mentioned my dream to move out by myself into my own little clutter free loft? (never mind)
I love my family but this upcoming sequestering is very possibly going to
kill me cause me a lot little grief. I can hear it already:
What’s for lunch?
What’s for dinner?
Do we have anything to eat?
Why don’t we have any chips, ice-cream, fries, chocolate, candy, pie, cake?
Can we go to McDonalds, Wendy’s, A&W, get pizza?
They will ask these redundant questions at regular intervals no matter how often I respond with:
Would you like me to draw you a map to the kitchen?
Note to self: pick up a few more bottles of wine because I think I am going to need them. 🍷 😊 🍷
So, let it begin. This is a new normal we’re entering. Because this and similar viruses are not going to go away just because we want them to and we are going to have to learn how to live along side them, and how to manage them with a clear head and common sense.