We had something of an ice storm overnight. The middle and high school did OK but the elementary school lost power and they have not been able to get it back on. So, in this post-pandemic era, the 1st and 4th grader are doing virtual school on their school-issued iPads. Sometimes this works better than other times — both of them just stormed into my office seeking extra paper and a different iPad charger, respectively — but I guess the upside is there’s no longer any uncertainty about make-up days in June.
(Every time this happens it reminds me of the benefits of being able to work from home — no doubt many families are scrambling this morning, though some of the commuter train lines are down too so there may be delays all over the place.)
I have been trying to start reading again (beyond the daily Shakespeare stuff — I am now reading Romeo and Juliet and it’s fun to see Shakespeare hit his stride — really being Shakespeare). I recently finished Oliver Burkeman’s 4000 Weeks, and I just started Shelia Heti’s Pure Colour. I am re-reading Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
A lot of this is because I’ve realized I need to stop scrolling at night. This week’s terrible events really reinforced that. I’m returning to my early pandemic days’ policy of trying to be informed and constructive without losing hours perseverating over things I can do nothing about. I can read reputable news sources for 15-20 minutes a day (NY Times digital and we get a WSJ print subscription). I can support groups like Doctors without Borders that help pick up the pieces after all catastrophes. And be grateful for the unmerited blessing of living somewhere peaceful.
Speaking of blessings, I am also feeling grateful for hot water — something that would not normally make my gratitude list but is keenly missed in its absence. We did not have hot water for a while this week due to a construction snafu. Well, first we had only hot water, and then we had no hot water (an occasion for that game, “Would you rather?” — would you rather your plumbing produced no hot water or only hot water?). Now it is fixed and we have both hot and cold water and being able to take a hot shower AND have cold water come out of the tap when you want to drink it is kind of a mechanical miracle.
Not too much else to report. There may be some skiing for some folks and some ice skating for others this weekend. Lots of documentation with selling the other house. Hopefully a long run for me. The ice should melt this afternoon. Only a few more weeks until spring.