Tuesday, March 17, 2020

School Closure - Days 1-3

As of last Friday, schools in Washington State (and by now most other states I think?) are closed until April 24th (at least, sounding more and more like it will be until Fall!) because of the coronavirus situation.  Thank goodness I don't have to worry about childcare anymore.  People at work are being asked to work from home as much as possible, but I'm just working from home two days a week because I just have a much better set-up at work for what I do (and no one is there anyway so the risk is low).  It's been really weird these last few weeks.

Anyway, I worked from home on Friday as I usually do, then after dinner I took the girls to a bubble tea place they've been wanting to try and then to Michael's to stock up on some craft supplies to give them something to do for the next 6+ weeks.  We will try to do school work here and there but they'll need other things to do and neither of them like to read, unfortunately, nor do they care much for playing outside.  Sigh.



Miscellaneous craft supplies.  The big egg is slime stuff but she took the wrapper off in the car.


So many people on Facebook are talking about schedules they plan on following.  Some of them are even color-coded.  Here's an example:
Ooooooh, that's funny.  I mean, even if I was a stay-at-home mom I could never stick to that, but for sure as a working mom there is absolutely no way.  Instead, today is day 3 (not counting the weekend) and I decided to document our day, which you will see is in stark contrast to the above.


6:45 - I get up and get ready to start working
7:00 - go downstairs, let dog and cats out, make coffee.  While coffee is brewing, I set up computer and log on.  I pour a cup of said coffee and get to work.
8:00 - The orthodontist office calls to reschedule the girls' appointments (Kayley was supposed to go today, Olivia Friday).
9:00 or 9:30 - Olivia comes downstairs.  We chat for a second and she muddles around in the kitchen for a bit and disappears back upstairs.
10:00ish - Kayley comes downstairs, lays on couch and starts playing on phone.  Olivia comes down shortly after, heats up some leftovers for breakfast, eats, and goes back upstairs.  I take a short break to start a load of laundry and make my bed.
10:45 - quick break to unload the dishwasher
11:30 - Olivia starts cooking her lunch (breakfast sandwich on a waffle because we are out of English muffins)
11:45 - Put clothes in dryer and start another load (the beauty of working from home).  Chat with Kayley about options of stuff to do today, which are very limited considering the whole social distancing thing.  Suggest she at least clean her room.
12:30 - Kayley takes Kona for a quick walk (An outdoor activity!  Yay!)
1:00 - I take an official lunch break and Kayley and I go on the first of what is sure to be many Starbucks runs (what else is there to do?).  Nothing for me but I get each of the girls a drink (Strawberry Acai Refresher for Kayley and Pink Drink for Olivia).  When we get home, I put the 2nd load in the dryer and start a 3rd load.

3:30 or 3:45 - I lay down in front of the fire place because I'm cold.  Paul gets home from work and shortly after I fall asleep.
4:30 - get back to work
5:00 - quit for the day and start prepping dinner
5:45 - realize we are out of tortillas so off to the store.  I was going to go anyway after dinner.
6:30 - dinner.  Meanwhile, Kayley is making homemade Dole Whip (something they sell at Disneyland).  She doesn't like enchiladas so she had mac and cheese earlier.


7:30 - clean up, then put that 3rd load of laundry into the dryer.  Kayley takes a bath (instead of a shower) because she has a ton of bath bombs that have been lying around forever.  Olivia is just in her room on her phone.
It is now 8:40 and I am finishing this post and then I am going to watch This is Us at 9:00 and then read for a bit before bed.







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