This is the Friday before Spring Break. Usually, the school is buzzing in anticipation of an entire week off away from the building. Of course, this year it's just another Friday. I'm still stuck inside, wearing my pajamas, sitting in front of my computer trying to make a plan for what we are going to do online when we come back. We've already been inside for more than two weeks, haven't seen each other and I'm missing my students (even the ones who require lots of extra attention). During this time I've rebuilt my entire website, watched an enormous amount of television, held some online class meetings (with very little turnout) and planned some projects for the future.
Beyond that, I haven't done much. No grand projects or deep cleaning of the house (I haven't even done laundry yet). My car had a flat tire (almost to the day I started self-quarantining) and I finally had a service come to the house and fix it. I think for my Spring Break treat I'm going to take myself for a drive. I haven't been out in the world for a few weeks. I'm not planning on going to any destination, just get out and drive a little. See what the city looks like through my car window.
I am worried about getting sick. I have been following the shelter-in-place guidelines very strictly. A friend of mine dropped by last week to leave something for us on the porch. Hers was the first new face I had seen in almost two weeks. It was nice to be able to talk through the front door window for a few minutes, just to connect with another human being (almost face to face). The visit lasted just a few minutes. Through a door. But it lifted my spirits for awhile. It was a nice unexpected break in my new routine.
I'm thinking of trying to come up with some new things to do to break up my routine while I am stuck at home. Especially next week, when I don't have any school work planned with my students. It got me to thinking that maybe my students are bored and stuck in a routine as well. So for Spring Break I challenge you to try and do something different, from your own shelter-in-place location, than you have been doing for the last two weeks. It might make you feel good.
If you are stuck on ideas, check out this article from the Sun-Times that offers up some suggestions. If you try any of these suggestions, or come up with an idea of your own, let me know in the comments below how it went.