March 16th, 2020

reading ladders

Welcome to Quarantine

During Spring Break, BH and I flew to see our GREAT granddaughter. During the trip, I was informed by my university that I had to self-quarantine when I returned. Mind yu, this is not an additional 2 weeks of Spring Break, this is 2 weeks of working from home. Most of the members of the department are either telecommuting or doing a self-quarantine. What will I do with this got of quarantine?

1. Read. I have had little time to dive into any YA titles. I managed to read 2 during recent flights. I just need to be "confined" which flights tend to provide. So now I will have some confinement and in a comfortable chair to boot. I also have about 100 picture books waiting to be read so they can float on.

2. Write. I have one deadline coming up and time to get it drafted in the next couple of weeks.

3. Create. The summer semester will be here before we know it. I want to work on updating the syllabi for the 4 courses I will teach. Titles, authors, and reflections need to be reviewed to ensure: a) diversity; b) choice; c) representation of the field and its history.

After that, it is like Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Back to reading, writing, and creating. I suspect the 2 weeks will become 4, 8, and longer. While I miss seeing my friends and colleagues, I pledge to do everything in my power to make this time worthwhile.