COVID, Kids, Productivity

Silver Lining #1

Do you have a “favorite” side effect of the pandemic? That probably sounds like a weird question, but I mean, is there one outcome from all of the changes that you like the best? (I know we all really despise many things about it. But I think most people agree there are SOME perks to the lifestyle changes, even if…

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Covid + music

 One (kind of) positive aspect of COVID has been virtual piano lessons. I say “kind of” because I do not actually feel that piano lessons over Zoom are fully equal or preferable in any way to real, in person lessons. But, I have been surprised at how well they have gone overall and I think from the boys’ perspective, they…

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COVID, Travel

Covid diaries: Missing trip planning

It dawned on me yesterday that normally at this point in the year, I would probably have my wheels spinning and would be starting to plan next year’s vacations.  I’ve often booked summer lodging as early as November/ December, and I usually spend big chunks of time in the winter after the holidays researching and planning itineraries for the upcoming…

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COVID, Deep thoughts, Kids, School


These are certainly crazy times.Last night we learned that the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction blocking the emergency order that required all of the schools in our county to open virtually. (If you recall in this post, I explained how our private school was planning and was prepared to safely open this fall, and the closure was VERY…

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COVID, Kids, School

U-rah-rah, it’s the first day of school

Hold onto your hats, folks, it’s another school year. Today marks the official first day, though as I’ve already shared, we’ll be starting back up virtually. I think these first couple of days will start out slow and mostly be getting their feet wet with the new virtual schedule and system.Over the past two days, the boys each had their back…

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