This part of our search for community has gone the best thus far. With our shelter-at-home order from the governor mid-month, we will have to be creative in further developing our current relationships.
I saw R1 at the gym this morning and talked to her a bit since we haven’t seen each other since last Thursday.
I texted K4 to see if the family wanted to come over for dinner on Saturday. She said that they can come. The kids will be excited when we tell them.
I headed to the gym from Life Group. I saw N1 on my way in and we talked for a few minutes. She asked where I’ve been and I said I’ve been writing. I then saw R1. We briefly discussed how far we wanted to get into the book we’re getting ready to read together and said tentatively we’d meet on Tuesday. I also saw J3 and said a quick hi to her. E1 and I texted back and forth this morning.
We went to dinner at a pizza place and I saw a woman who looked familiar. A little while later I realized that it was a woman from the library writing group. I went over and said hi. She was there with another meetup group.
We had the Ls over for dinner. The boys annoyed their older sisters for a while but things eventually calmed down. We ate dinner and then taught E4 and K4 how to play a family card game. They seemed to enjoy it. It was an enjoyable evening.
I texted with R1 and we set up a meeting time for tomorrow.
I met R1 at the Y and we walked over to Mosaic for smoothies and to discuss the first chapter of the new book we’re reading together.
I saw A4 at the library and said hey. She was busy so we didn’t talk long.
While waiting to pick Kaitlyn up from her after school club, I talked with E4 while Jackson and A6 played together. This is probably going to be our new Friday afternoon routine.
I went to the gym this morning. I saw R1 and talked to her for a few minutes. I met K4 upstairs to take the Barre class. N2 was teaching. After class, I talked to K4 and E4 for a bit.
I’ve been texting with K4 about carpooling to Battle of the Books on Wednesday to watch the girls compete.
I volunteered at the book fair at the kids’ school today. I recognized a parent and her daughter who had also volunteered at the fall book fair. N2, C2, and J10 were the PTA members in attendance. I was able to talk to N2 a little more while we volunteered.
I met K4 at the school to ride together to Battle of the Books. We had a mini adventure trying to find the Student Center at UNCA. It was a long day. The kids definitely became fatigued as the day wore on. It was neat to see the process and be prepared if the girls do it again next year. It was also nice to have time in the car to talk more with K4.
I texted R1 to see if she wanted to talk about our book on Monday after the group power class we’re planning to take. She agreed.
Yesterday the governor canceled schools for at least the next two weeks. Hopefully, they will be able to get virtual learning working so the kids have fewer days to make up.
Well, everything’s pretty much been canceled due to the coronavirus – writing group, life groups, the Y, school. We picked up the kids’ school stuff yesterday so they are ready for virtual learning which should start tomorrow.
Kaitlyn Facetimed a GA friend on Monday and C4 yesterday. The kids also talked to their grandparents. My friend canceled her trip up to visit me this weekend. My aunt confirmed her trip cancellation in April. We started virtual learning today. Definitely a learning curve for all of us but I think we’ll get the hang of it. I talked to R1 on the phone so we could finally discuss the next part of the book we’re reading. I downloaded Voxer and will try it with her. This whole thing is definitely challenging our attempts to get to know others in our community.
I’ve been doing a lot of texting. I’m trying to learn how to use Voxer with R1. E1 texted me this morning to see if we could shop together separately by watching each others’ kids from parallel cars. Adam was working from home today so my kids stayed home but we completed the rest of the plan. I met E1 in the parking lot and sat in my car with the window down while her girls sat in their car with the windows down and she went in to shop. When she was done, she left and I did my own grocery shopping. Crazy times.
I received a Marco Polo from an Atlanta friend and texts from family members. Plenty of checking in going on.
Nothing really exciting to report. I’ve been chatting with family and friends via various methods – Facetime, texts, phone calls, Marco Polo, and Voxer.
It’s crazy to think that earlier in the month I was feeling worn out from so much social activity and now I’m wishing I had places to go and people to see. At least my phone is still a lifeline to my friends and family in other parts of the country and world.