After a long hiatus, I’m jumping back on the blog wagon. Boy, what a year! I can even imagine trying to recap the events of the past nine months… but I guess I will give it a shot.
Hard to believe that after all this time, we are still dealing with COVID-19 on a national/global scale. Luckily, my wife and I have been COVID-free but as time draws on, it seems the circle of infection is tightening as we hear friends and family close to us are testing positive. I’m happy to say to date a large majority of those infected have not been serious and have made a full recovery. That being said, the fear of infection rates significant rising after the holiday season seems to be a real threat. Holiday plans have already been altered which at times have left me a little depressed (since this is the first time in a long time my family has not been able to get together F2F for Christmas). But I guess I just have to look at it as an opportunity to celebrate differently and work around the problem.
For the time-being, I’m still working at home. I think I’ve been on-campus about 3 to 4 times since March. I do have to say I’ve enjoyed working from home so we’ll see how much of an adjustment it will be when we are finally allowed to return back to the office.
Well, we’ve managed to add a couple of furry varmits to the household. Maui, our new kitten (although grown significantly now), was rescued from my sister-in-law’s farm. Maui is polydactyl which means he has extra toes on his paws (much like the Hemingway cats in Key West). We adopted Kona, a tri-colored Corgi, from a local breeder. Some days it feels like a circus to trying manage the two new ones, along with our 19 year-old kitty queen (who shows signs of her age).
Over the past few months, the effects of social distancing has hit many people hard. Aside from the disruptions of the normal daily routines and communication, even for introvert like myself I have my moments where I’m ready to go back to what was considered to be “normal”. I know transitioning school and work online have been a struggle for many. The toilet paper / cleaning supplies shortage still goes on. And there is so much more and I could go on and on…
Speaking of work, I will probably save a separate post regarding my experiences of the effect of COVID & online/remote learning. But needless to say, things have been extremely busy preparing faculty and supporting students during this time. In addition to that, we are transitioning to a new LMS (Learning Management System). So we have been spending preparing ourselves for the new system, configuring and testing, and creating documentation to help support our faculty and students as the change occurs. The full roll-out occurs this summer but this Spring we will be managing both systems. 😣 I do have to say while chaotic this might be, ultimately moving to our new system is going to be beneficial in many ways. I’m still on the fence whether transitioning in the time of COVID is a benefit or hindrance when it comes to the adoption from faculty & students. Time will tell I guess.
That’s about it for now. I’m sure there’s more but I look forward to sharing more in the future. In the meantime, stay home…stay safe! Safety measures (masks, quarantining) are not about inconveniencing you..it’s about containment and the prevention of infecting others (especially those who are at greater risk).