Social Distancing Day 13

Today has been the first really productive day I’ve had since all this started. I finished up my reviews for PLDI, read a couple of papers, and actually sat down to meditate. It’s really inconvenient that the same things that meditation helps with make it difficult to sit down to meditate in the first place. I think that’s true for in general for things that improve mental health. I managed to stay off Twitter for most of the day, following my own advice to accept that I can’t really change anything in this situation. Instead, I helped where I could: I organized my research group’s meetings (and related Zoom links) into a single document that we can refer to.

Yesterday we walked to The Scoop and Scootery, a local ice cream shop, where the portion sizes are massive, in true American fashion. I ate a third of my sundae yesterday, and a third as an afternoon treat today and still have a decent amount left for tomorrow. It’s important to appreciate the good things in trying times.

Talking of trying times, it snowed here today. Not too much, but enough to cover everything in a layer of white for a couple hours. If it weren’t for yesterday being bright and sunny, I would probably have found today depressing. I don’t think I appreciated the beauty of a snowy day, but I did manage to roll with it.

I think there’s going to be a lot of rolling with things in the next few weeks. Massachusetts in now enacting “shelter at home” restrictions like many other states, for the next two weeks. It’s more than likely that it will be extended for longer. The number of cases in the state are spiking, but that’s likely to due to more testing, which is a good thing. It’s worth remembering that with the 5-14 day incubation period for the virus, we will see steady increases in cases for a while to come.

So for the foreseeable future there’s nothing to do but stay safe, stay sane, and take care of each other.

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