I’ve come to appreciate – My yard and garden, where I can get a little sun, make the world more beautiful, and turn off work. Also, weekly date nights! Every Wednesday my husband and I get in the car and drive somewhere different, find an interesting place to park, and have dinner together. It’s kind of lame eating takeout in the car, but it’s a way to show him that I care and it’s time just for us that’s not about work, house projects, etc.
My challenges & solutions – The constantly changing rules and limitations make it really difficult to plan thoroughly. I make a few half-baked plans and then wait to see which is going to be possible before working out all the details. Fortunately, I was already familiar with most of the technologies necessary for working at home. I’m just a lot better at using them now! POD Network has been a lifesaver; it’s a very active listserv of faculty/student developers who have a constant dialogue about problems and solutions.
My research & COVID–19 – My research is crawling forward in fits and starts. I’m trying to focus energy on writing papers, saving new data collection until I have more time and headspace. I had the opportunity to address COVID–19 in teaching Lymphoid histology, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. My learning curve would have been very steep in a time crunch. And I’m not sure I could have woven it into the overall story without bringing students down.