Day 6 – Work From Home With Kids at Home for 4 More Weeks

Career, Family, Lifestyle

Saturday: no ballet for the girls. Out of vanity I went to get my nails filled as the salon is closing for two weeks. Salon was very good at spraying door handles and constantly washing hands. I anticipate I’ll need to learn how to file my acrylic nails down within 2-3 weeks, not sure if the salon will remain open for a while. We have most of our necessities at home, yet I wanted to buy another gallon of bleach for good measure. Couldn’t find any at Smith’s or at Anaya’s market, a Latino market. Later that night, I did curbside order for sushi for me and Dave.

Sunday was low key. We did not have Sacrament Meeting, we partook of the Sacrament as a family at home for the first time. Would have loved to have taken a picture, but I do not take pictures of sacred things. Glad we could have this in our home. My sister Claudia came over to take Sacrament and also help me to make dinner – milanesas. It is a happy dish. I think all Latin dishes are happy so I’ve been cooking more Latin food lately. It was good to talk to her.

Today was pretty busy as I took PTO last Thursday & Friday, which was much needed and well worth it. I’m training a colleague on a daily process for business continuity purposes through our computer screens, not side by side at our desks. Training virtually is possible when there are clear step by step procedures. Procedures should not be high level, procedures need to be detailed enough that a person who’s never seen or done the procedure could do it in one shot. Glad I got great feedback about my procedures. That made my morning at work. A little nervous on one process I’m learning that I have to get down by next week.

We are still getting aftershocks from the earthquake. I am just glad I am home with my girls next to me when this happens. Dave is helping me figure out how to use two monitors to connect with my laptop so that my workload will go easier, instead of doing everything on a tiny laptop.

Social distancing has made me crave more social media. Learning to use Instagram and being more vocal on LinkedIn. Using Twitter to get instant news updates. Instagram truly is an escape of happy pictures and positive quotes.

Each day is getting more nerve wracking with the spread of this illness. An elementary school near us in our city got shut down today due to possible COVID-19 exposure. My in-laws mission call has been delayed. As I was wrapping up my workday, I got notice from the school district that distance learning will extend through May 1st. Next week I’ll be preparing for month-end close and quarter-end reporting, perhaps one of the busiest times at work with one colleague leaving at the end of this week for a new opportunity.

I agree it is not an ideal schedule but I rather deal with that than lying in bed unable to breathe. That is what scares me the most.

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