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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