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POISSON D'AVRIL

In France, April Fool's Day is called Poisson d'avril (April fish), and the traditional prank is to put paper fish on someone's back without them knowing. Today, my students could earn a bit of extra credit by taking a picture of a family member with a fish on their back. I showed them what happened in my family this morning ...
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Today, out of the blue, Momi said, "I'm really starting to enjoy this home isolation." My first thought was......APRIL FOOL! But Momi is an intelligent, thoughtful, introspective person, so I said, "what do you mean?" She said she was serious and didn't mean what she said in a perverse way. She had been to Trader Joe's this morning to purchase groceries. (for those of you who don't know Trader Joe's but thankful. They are a VERY popular specialty grocery store and they are addictive - exotic groceries at wonderful prices. They are a division of ALDI'S but only better) She went to their store this morning, first time in a month, it is usually once a week, and found them busy but could easily maintain 20 ft between people. She wore rubber gloves and took plenty of hand cleaner. She was the only person in line at checkout. She said the store was well stocked and had everything on her shopping list. She said she purchased about 3 or 4 weeks of groceries. She had been dreading this trip but it turned out to be a pleasant adventure, doing the same things, but in a different way. She said she is starting to enjoy this isolated way of life because it is forcing her review what is most important to her, to look at things from a different perspective, to be creative in problem solving, and to force her out of complacency that she had been accustomed to in her relative life of ease. She finds the new kind of living stimulating, challenging, and in a sense, rewarding. Rather than being unhappy, she is finding it euphoric as she settles into this isolated way of life. She said she is prepared to spend the rest of her life this way, if that's what it takes, because she is a survivor. In fact, if life ever does get back to "normal", she will probably continue doing many of the things she is doing now because she actually enjoys it (like never buying toilet paper again!). She reminded me that we have done this before for two years while isolated on a remote South Pacific island - didn't speak the language in the beginning, undependable groceries, no electricity, often days of boredom interrupted by incidents of terror, no immediate medical services................and we not only survived but learned to adapt and THRIVE, there was no other alternative that was acceptable to us.

Yeah, so Momi is "enjoying" this home isolation and I understand what she means. Home delivery of groceries may be a future trend. "E-appointments" with your doctor and on-line education at every level may become common place the future. ZOOM meetups with HF members may become a weekly occurrence. Who knows where this could lead if we are willing to adapt. So, yes, GO MOMI GO! And that is no April Fool joke.

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In France, April Fool's Day is called Poisson d'avril (April fish), and the traditional prank is to put paper fish on someone's back without them knowing. Today, my students could earn a bit of extra credit by taking a picture of a family member with a fish on their back. I showed them what happened in my family this morning ...
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Today, out of the blue, Momi said, "I'm really starting to enjoy this home isolation." My first thought was......APRIL FOOL! But Momi is an intelligent, thoughtful, introspective person, so I said, "what do you mean?" She said she was serious and didn't mean what she said in a perverse way. She had been to Trader Joe's this morning to purchase groceries. (for those of you who don't know Trader Joe's but thankful. They are a VERY popular specialty grocery store and they are addictive - exotic groceries at wonderful prices. They are a division of ALDI'S but only better) She went to their store this morning, first time in a month, it is usually once a week, and found them busy but could easily maintain 20 ft between people. She wore rubber gloves and took plenty of hand cleaner. She was the only person in line at checkout. She said the store was well stocked and had everything on her shopping list. She said she purchased about 3 or 4 weeks of groceries. She had been dreading this trip but it turned out to be a pleasant adventure, doing the same things, but in a different way. She said she is starting to enjoy this isolated way of life because it is forcing her review what is most important to her, to look at things from a different perspective, to be creative in problem solving, and to force her out of complacency that she had been accustomed to in her relative life of ease. She finds the new kind of living stimulating, challenging, and in a sense, rewarding. Rather than being unhappy, she is finding it euphoric as she settles into this isolated way of life. She said she is prepared to spend the rest of her life this way, if that's what it takes, because she is a survivor. In fact, if life ever does get back to "normal", she will probably continue doing many of the things she is doing now because she actually enjoys it (like never buying toilet paper again!). She reminded me that we have done this before for two years while isolated on a remote South Pacific island - didn't speak the language in the beginning, undependable groceries, no electricity, often days of boredom interrupted by incidents of terror, no immediate medical services................and we not only survived but learned to adapt and THRIVE, there was no other alternative that was acceptable to us.

Yeah, so Momi is "enjoying" this home isolation and I understand what she means. Home delivery of groceries may be a future trend. "E-appointments" with your doctor and on-line education at every level may become common place the future. ZOOM meetups with HF members may become a weekly occurrence. Who knows where this could lead if we are willing to adapt. So, yes, GO MOMI GO! And that is no April Fool joke.

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I have to agree. I am missing my extended family... I am NOT missing the rest of the “rat race” that felt so “necessary” 3 weeks ago...
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Today, out of the blue, Momi said, "I'm really starting to enjoy this home isolation." My first thought was......APRIL FOOL! But Momi is an intelligent, thoughtful, introspective person, so I said, "what do you mean?" She said she was serious and didn't mean what she said in a perverse way. She had been to Trader Joe's this morning to purchase groceries. (for those of you who don't know Trader Joe's but thankful. They are a VERY popular specialty grocery store and they are addictive - exotic groceries at wonderful prices. They are a division of ALDI'S but only better) She went to their store this morning, first time in a month, it is usually once a week, and found them busy but could easily maintain 20 ft between people. She wore rubber gloves and took plenty of hand cleaner. She was the only person in line at checkout. She said the store was well stocked and had everything on her shopping list. She said she purchased about 3 or 4 weeks of groceries. She had been dreading this trip but it turned out to be a pleasant adventure, doing the same things, but in a different way. She said she is starting to enjoy this isolated way of life because it is forcing her review what is most important to her, to look at things from a different perspective, to be creative in problem solving, and to force her out of complacency that she had been accustomed to in her relative life of ease. She finds the new kind of living stimulating, challenging, and in a sense, rewarding. Rather than being unhappy, she is finding it euphoric as she settles into this isolated way of life. She said she is prepared to spend the rest of her life this way, if that's what it takes, because she is a survivor. In fact, if life ever does get back to "normal", she will probably continue doing many of the things she is doing now because she actually enjoys it (like never buying toilet paper again!). She reminded me that we have done this before for two years while isolated on a remote South Pacific island - didn't speak the language in the beginning, undependable groceries, no electricity, often days of boredom interrupted by incidents of terror, no immediate medical services................and we not only survived but learned to adapt and THRIVE, there was no other alternative that was acceptable to us.

Yeah, so Momi is "enjoying" this home isolation and I understand what she means. Home delivery of groceries may be a future trend. "E-appointments" with your doctor and on-line education at every level may become common place the future. ZOOM meetups with HF members may become a weekly occurrence. Who knows where this could lead if we are willing to adapt. So, yes, GO MOMI GO! And that is no April Fool joke.

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The other day my husband mentioned a news report that city pollution had gone down drastically because of this - which started a conversation about hoping that we all can learn a few things from this situation. For example - working at home. Many businesses/ organizations have been resistant to working at home, but I'm hoping that after this and seeing what can be done while working at home, more employers will be open to the idea of telecommuting - just think about how many things could be affected if more people could do this - even if just a few days a week. You could cut down on city congestion and traffic because more people could live further away from big cities... you could improve quality of life (how many people have 45+ minute commutes both ways) - heck you might even improve productivity (cut down on the endless! meetings in the office).
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I'm hoping that after this and seeing what can be done while working at home, more employers will be open to the idea of telecommuting - just think about how many things could be affected if more people could do this - even if just a few days a week.
Melissa you are so right. There are so many benefits from telecommuting. Here in SoCal, as well as all across the US, air quality has improved significantly in just the last month as the result of less traffic on the road. In a near unanimous opinion of qualified scientists, climate change is a bigger threat to world population than the C-19 virus. Also, incidents of road rage have gone down significantly here in SoCal as a result of less traffic on the freeways. My daughter is an essential health care worker. She commutes about 10 miles to her job site. She has been doing this for at least the last 5 years. Her normal commute on the freeways normally takes about 40 minutes, on a good day. Now it takes her 10 minutes and every day is a good day. Yes, there are untold benefits to telecommuting, on-line education, E-appointments with medical staff, and home delivery services.

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The other day my husband mentioned a news report that city pollution had gone down drastically because of this - which started a conversation about hoping that we all can learn a few things from this situation. For example - working at home. Many businesses/ organizations have been resistant to working at home, but I'm hoping that after this and seeing what can be done while working at home, more employers will be open to the idea of telecommuting - just think about how many things could be affected if more people could do this - even if just a few days a week. You could cut down on city congestion and traffic because more people could live further away from big cities... you could improve quality of life (how many people have 45+ minute commutes both ways) - heck you might even improve productivity (cut down on the endless! meetings in the office).
I agree!

The same thing with making sick people go into the Dr's office. Yes, there are times it is necessary. But in a lot of cases, a "video appointment" could avoid a LOT of germs in waiting rooms!
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Our medical foundation sent an email recommending "video appointments" only two weeks ago. Someone on ND said you must go through six check points to enter for an appointment. Anyone with possible COVID symptoms is directed to an area outside to be interviewed and tested.
I'm also perfectly happy being on home isolation 😊 DH isn't so happy about not being able to take Scout and Truffles to parks and the beach. He's got to be doing something all the time. I am getting a little concerned about the no TP situation on my grocery rounds.
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I love gaining two hours a day by not commuting to my job. I would much rather teach my students in a traditional classroom, however. We both have long commutes because our jobs are two hours apart and we live in between. Shama has been funny in this new arrangement. She used to hang out in her 2x6-foot ex pen from 6:15 AM until 4:15 PM with our dog walker coming to visit mid-day for an hour or two (sometimes three, once six ...) Now, we put her in her pen from 9:45 until 11:30 AM and then again from 1:15 until 3 PM or so because we don't want her to decide to bark while we're teaching. (DH in office, Shama in kitchen where her pen is tucked under the island counter, and me in the lower level.) At least twice, I've heard her forlorn cry when she's saying, "But you're HERE ... If you're HERE, why can't I be with YOU?" She doesn't cry long, poor thing ...

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I love gaining two hours a day by not commuting to my job.
I was talking to my SIL this afternoon on the phone. He agrees with you Mama of Shama and you two are about the same age. He is in freight administration with a major airline at LAX and is an essential employee. His office is closed so he now works from home. What took him 8 hours per day to accomplish at his office, he now accomplishes that same work in 6 hours per day at home because of no unnecessary interruptions from staff, no boring and time wasting office meetings, and the bathroom is closer! Those things add up! He also has eliminated a two hour commute on LA freeways. So he has added four hours per day of relaxed leisure to his work day and he now works in his jeans and tee shirt! Yes, this whole virus thing has the potential to be a major game changer for the employed!

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