The Unexpected Year

That escalated quickly.

I, for one, was not expecting things to progress as they have. I should have my Saturdays filled with softball and soccer for my kids, and getting ready to head to Florida for a wedding. At first it was a ripple, then it was a groundswell and a sudden explosion that our lives had changed. Some of this is setting in, some of it is still processing.

Thankfully we were able to complete our Disney trip in late February as we planned. Who knows when it will open again, and what that will look like. Spring sports around the globe have been put on hold or canceled, including my daughter’s last chance at playing softball. My son will have other seasons to play soccer, but the softball was the one that stung. Gone as well are their school schedules, their social opportunities and their other extracurricular activities. Outside of someone getting sick, these will be the things that hurt the most for awhile. They are resilient, though, and one day these events will either be a passing but notable event, or they could be a demarcation line. Until there is a vaccine, there is a non-zero chance things will be fundamentally different.

For the adults, things are much the same as they have always been. There is more schooling done during the week, and my weekends have cleared up significantly. I am running 5Ks three times a week to stay fit, and I miss the Chinese restaurant. I have to be careful not to get to-go from the Mexican restaurant too often. My work is virtually unchanged, so with my weekends free I have more time to get things done. If I choose.

I have started iRacing, but I don’t know if that will become an extended activity with the costs associated. The membership is fine, but it’s the additional costs of tracks and cars, etc that can add up. I’ve built more LEGO in the past three weeks than in the past year. I’ve made some progress on a project, and seen one of my previous ones start dissolving. I’ve played more video games. What I notably haven’t done much of is write. Or go to the gym. I miss the gym, too. I’ve discovered new music. I’ve started to tick off some series I’ve been meaning to watch. Both Discovery and Picard were very good, and I’m hoping to binge The Wire soon if I can keep the kids away. I gave myself a haircut and it’s one of the better ones I’ve had in the last couple of years.

What I’d like to do is to write about a lot of these things in small doses to keep this site alive. Even if it is different things that aren’t necessarily woodworking. It’s very difficult to keep things segregated on a WordPress site, so unfortunately they are all going to be mixed in together unless I can figure something else out. But that’s who I am, I’m a mix of all these things. Woodworking, technology, LEGO, video games, food, entertainment, sports, and more. Maybe I’ll go on a writing spree and have things cued up for awhile. Hopefully stick around.

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