“The first time I pulled weeds I’m like ‘this is easy’, but then took a long time”

Is there anything you've done that you thought would be pretty easy but actually turned out to be harder than you expected? To pull weeds. The first time I pulled weeds I'm 'like this is easy', but then took a long time, but I didn't know what weeds really looked like.  Pulling weeds?  Yeah, okay, actually not pulling weeds, playing Roblox because you're like 'this game's easy'. You just gotta dodge all the slimes but actually you gotta try to shoot them and not get attacked by them.

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“I’ve been trying to think of stuff that will make Zoom meetings better.”

I've also been trying to think of like stuff that make my zoom meetings better and stuff because when you're at school, it's kind of boring. So some of the things that I'm going to do is I'm going to use slime and I got some slime for my birthday. So I'm definitely going to be playing with that. Obviously not like making a huge mess but like away from the computer, but I'm going to just kind of be playing with all party or something just cuz that's a fun thing or like fidget spinner something that way I don't get really bored doing Zoom meetings cuz it's kind of boring.

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“I find that just getting a card or mail or something unexpected like that is really a treat.”

What is the best thing I received in the mail in a past month? You know, I received a card from my goddaughter who is really good about sending Father's Day cards and stuff like that, and was just one of those out of the blue cards, you know, hope-you're-feeling-well, thinking-about-you card. We communicate with electronic means often enough but I find that just getting a card in the mail or something unexpected like that is really a treat. I hope that the postal service will be able to do whatever they need to survive. It's an institution and you know, in times like this when sometimes maybe some people who aren't computer savvy or what have you, that might be the only means of communication. I find that I even enjoy getting the junk mail, which is unusual, at least somebody cares enough to send their very best.

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“I ordered a kit radio related soldering kit.”

I ordered a kit, a radio related soldering kit. It's called a Morserino. It allows you to practice your Morse Code sending. It will allow you to interface with the radio that doesn't have the proper interface for a paddle sending device, which is instead of a straight key, which you see in all the movies, there's two others and a computer a microchip dictates the length of each character, and so you have to -- it'll physically make the sound, and it’s a little easier for you, but not all radios have that circuitry, so you can use this. The main thing is though that you can connect it to the internet, and it will allow you to talk to other people through Morse Code through the internet, which is pretty cool.

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“Now that we’re restarting school my week has been quite crazy…”

Now that we're restarting school, my week has been quite crazy because I am preparing to go back to University in person with a lot of restrictions and regulations and changes. So I'm trying to figure out how pedagogically to manage that. Greeting a new group of students with a lot of unusual things in place, doing a lot with keeping students live streaming into the classroom, making sure we have a really active online presence, which makes a lot of sense considering we might, we just don't know what's going to happen. And in the meantime, I'm also managing getting my kids, my own kids, ready for the next school year, which is entailing at this point three weeks of virtual learning. So their teachers are kind of, of course scrambling to try and get their classrooms ready online and then disseminate that information to us, which is a lot to go through.

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