A while ago (not that long, but still) I wrote about “Activity Tetris.” I likened the logistical calculations necessary to fit everyone’s activities into the family schedule to the old shape-sorting computer game.
Well, that game has ended for now. But a new one has taken its place: Zoom Tetris.
All my children except the baby have virtual schooling sessions. I’m grateful for this; I know our school district and our preschool have worked hard to make some synchronous learning happen. I also know that within, say, the middle school, the teachers have coordinated to keep sessions featuring the same students from overlapping. But with four kids…well, we now have three daily morning Zoom sessions running simultaneously, with my middle schooler’s classes popping up around that at somewhat unpredictable intervals. There are now Zoom “specials” (Art, Spanish, etc.) plus a few extra-curricular activities delivered via Zoom as well.
We have a lot of devices in our house but…whoa.
We’ve wound up using my laptop, a second laptop we bought so we could have one that was not my husband’s work computer (which is owned by his employer), and my phone. We have used my husband’s phone too. If something non-Zoom needs to take place simultaneously, it can be done on the desktop computer that doesn’t have a webcam. So this works, unless multiple children have technical difficulties simultaneously…
Are you playing Zoom tetris at your house?
In other news: I changed my phone wallpaper to be this portrait shot of the blooming plum trees and wow, I wish I’d done this before. I was just using the default backdrop (because of my tendency to make do). Will this inspire me to change other things, like figuring out how to program my coffee maker or buying one that will have a cup ready for me at 6:15 a.m.? We shall see!
I really wish I had scheduled that hair cut I thought about in early March.
I’m reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction. I just finished Homo Deus. These have been borrowed via the Libby app from my local library. If you haven’t tried out Libby yet, you really should! I’ll try to post a belated “books read in March” post next week. Also an update on my post-holiday winter fun list, in case you were eagerly awaiting that one…
We had a family discussion the other night of in-home activities people would like to try out over the next month. I took that list and did some online perusing and am now awaiting shipments of origami sets, Stick-Lets (for fort building in the backyard), modeling clay, puzzles/mazes books, bubble wands, a “paint-by-sticker” book, etc. I’m planning to break out my Floret Farm puzzle soon.
Based on multiple people’s recommendations, we tried out the Cosmic Kids Yoga videos. Reactions are mixed; I can’t say that it’s targeted to pre-teen boys, but I’ve forced everyone to keep doing them and generally people’s moods are improved by physical activity.
A friendly reminder that I launched a podcast this week! Please check out The New Corner Office if you haven’t already.