Ad Hoc Pandemic Post 22

Number of times a tech support request came in and I just sat and stared at it blankly: 4

Sometimes I’ll get a question like, “My phone sometimes makes a weird sound” or “Why isn’t GridView working?” or “How do I make the Google ‘Message sent’ alerts go away forever?” And I just want to say, “I don’t know” and “Send”. But because I like the “Message sent UNDO X” Google alerts at the bottom of my email screen (seriously, who doesn’t? I don’t get it), I hit “UNDO” and give a different answer. Except for Grid View. Seriously, folks, I have no idea why Grid View doesn’t always work. I didn’t write the script for that nifty little extension.

I felt this tweet especially keenly, as one who hasn’t written in a month and am not sure how to start up again:


But I guess I can always transfer the writing skills to the grocery store adventure (h/t Annee Brizo):

Tell me, how many of you could get a daily blackout on this (h/t Kimberly Morain)?:

And finally, thanks to Jamey Vavra for finding this song for me. You all know I love the pandemic parodies/originals. It’s not a tuba, but still features some low brass and quite catchy. I love it:

Be well. Find joy and laughter when you can.

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Ad Hoc Pandemic Post 21

Number of times I said, “this snow is stupid” in the past three days: 17

I did a thing, and I want to post it, but it will violate copyright and I don’t really want to get a take-down order or have my blog banned or blocked anywhere, so y’all are just going to have to take my word for it that the staff I work with sent in bunches of AWESOME clips to make a lip-sync video of PANIC! At The Disco’s “High Hopes” and it turned out great! Here’s a link to the offical video so you can listen to it in the background while you scan the rest of this post. 🙂

In case you thought I didn’t really follow Nick Heath and his #LifeCommentary #LiveCommentary feed, you are mistaken. He’s posted a few fun ones lately and this one came through today:

He posts them on FB, too, if you aren’t a Twitter user. And probably Instagram.

My friend Sharon posted this fun book-spine-title-story about being in quarantine:

Youngest Child and I decided to make a few mini-stories/poems of our own (it IS National Poetry Month after all). Here’s what we came up with. I’d love to see some of YOURS!

I knew holding on to all of these books would come in handy.

BTW, one good thing that has come from all this mess right now is that people are trying harder to connect in ways they haven’t before. My family near and far met in Zoom tonight for a get-together. Would we have made that extra effort to do this in the past, even though the technology has existed long before now? We hadn’t, so I guess not. Unintended consequences aren’t always bad. It was great to get together with them and laugh.

Be well. And may you find laughter when you can.

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Ad Hoc Pandemic Post 20

Number of times I celebrated today after being done with a big work project: 9

Today was the first day I worked my normal hours in a month, and it felt great to be normal busy instead of non-stop busy.

Have you had one of those days where you thought, “geez, not another thing”?

*Cue Minnesota yelling YES to the past two days of snow*

Here’s your new worry, btw:

Those poor Germans. That’s quite a stretch. God bless unchecked typos.

And speaking of supermarkets (h/t Tasha Seegmiller):

If you ever doubted that marching band skills transferred to other areas (h/t Amy Robrahn):

If your family/roommates are driving you crazy, consider one of the lines in this song: “We can’t get on each other’s nerves if we’re dancing constantly.” I don’t think he’s wrong, what do you think? (h/t Beth Skarupa)

Be well. Find laughter when you can.

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Ad Hoc Pandemic Post 19

Number of chain mail messages I received from so-called friends in the past 24 hours: 3

They weren’t the “forward on or something bad will happen” kind. Instead they were about passing on inspiration or whatever. And my dear friends, I love you, but I KNOW we’ve had this conversation before and this was and continues to be my response:

Yep, I AM THE BROKEN LINK. And now you’re all thinking:

🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

Another week of working from home while trying to help your kids with distance learning. How’s that going?

Maybe like this (Honestly, it was the “Coronalations” part that made me laugh the most, but I imagine many of you can relate to the rest. Also, h/t Jen Escue):

I saw a really powerful visual today about the effectiveness of social distancing and then to see this contrast made me laugh (h/t Tammy Johnson):

Be well. Find laughter when you can. (And don’t send me chain mail inspiration, hahahahaha).

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Ad Hoc Pandemic Post 18

Number of books that came in the mail today: 5

Book mail is the best mail and happily, three of those books therefore came in time for Easter. Shhh, don’t tell the kids.

Do you remember the woman reading to her plants in yesterday’s post? Here’s the next level:

And now that everyone’s fully in the swing of videoconferencing, let’s have some fun with that, yes?

And do you remember the funny video about conference calls? I’ve shared it with bunches of people over the years, and now they’ve made a new one about video conference calls:

And we can forgive them for being Zoom sponsors, yes? Paid art is a good thing.

Ah, the online life.

Be well. Find laughter when you can.

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Ad Hoc Pandemic Post 17

Number of times I’ve had to click back on my last post to have any idea what number post I’m on: 16, probably

Yesterday I made homemade french fries (the real thing, none of that baked nonsense) and they were absolutely delicious and ridiculously time-consuming and I didn’t take a picture because I don’t take pictures of food and I just want to say, “there, that was my pandemic project”. Now I don’t have to feel “guilty” for being “unproductive”.

Did you know skunks make noise? I mean, I guess it should be obvious, but it’s kind of why that silly “What does the fox say” song exists because we simply don’t think about some animals and their noises. Anyway, I certainly didn’t know what skunks would sound like and I’ve also never seen a cute little family of them, but this guy did! Take a watch/listen:

I might have enjoyed the description “gargling muppets” as much as the actual muppet gargling itself.

I honestly don’t know, yet, what it’s like to be bored at home because work has still been kicking my ass, but I know some are feeling this (h/t Marcia Wilson and @madmommies):

Better than a volley ball?

To quote my friend Tammy Johnson, who found this one, “Poor Waldo”.

And inevitably, someone had to make a murder meme (h/t Anne Pisacano):

There’s ALWAYS a murder meme for something. Always.

Be well. Find laughter when you can.

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Ad Hoc Pandemic Post 16

Number of cars I saw on the highway today: more than I expected!

I did a home visit today for a family that needed some extra help with getting their kids’s devices online and I don’t know what I was expecting, but while traffic was by no means heavy, it still felt kind of strange to see so many cars on the road. I wonder how many were just people who wanted to get out of the house and went for a drive to nowhere in particular. I’ve been thinking about including the same thing in my routine, and was about to ask now, “yay or nay”? And my first thought in the “nay” column is how I would have to go to a gas station more often and maybe that’s not a good idea? IDK. Weigh in, folks.

When I see something funny or entertaining or uplifting, I save it… but I don’t always remember where. Haha! Yesterday I came across things in my saved FB posts, Instagram snapshots in my Google Photos, and notes on other photos and screenshots in my downloads folder. It was an unexpected treasure hunt!

For today I’ll share 2 uplifting treasures and 1 funny. 🙂

Joy #1: this video of a scene in Spain where medical staff are applauding the discharge of a 94-year old woman who recovered from COVID-19. Amazing and hopeful when one of our most vulnerable makes it through.

Joy #2: I’m 99% sure that 98% of you have already seen this because it got shared like crazy, but John Krasinski aired his second “Some Good News” YouTube episode and I’ve cut to the good part: a surprise Zoom appearance from the original cast of Hamilton for a 9-year old who had to miss the show this week. Cue all the tears, and also, SO FUN:

(If, for some reason, it doesn’t start at the “good part”, watch the whole thing, or jump to 6:28)

And now the funny. IDK why, but this one made me giggle out loud. Might be because I’m tired. Or maybe it’s simply silly:

Currently Reading (print): The Truth About Love (A) – Sheila Athens

Be well. Find laughter when you can.

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