Hello World #1

It struck me this morning that writing letters is something I miss. When I was a kid, I had a pen pal over in Great Britain and I used to really enjoy our correspondence. Eventually we graduated from letters to cassettes (probably a precursor to my podcasting career, now that I think of it), but I never really outgrew the writing. So, in an effort to do more writing, I'll write letters here to you all.

How many weeks has it been now? Almost eight, I think, since Ohio was put into social distancing lockdown, and my family and I are definitely climbing the walls. This past Sunday my son and I were missing going to the movie theater pretty fiercely. We are able to get out for walks and such, but we all miss Going Places. Admittedly, we've never been as on top of the chores around here as we are right now, and maybe that's a silver lining. I actually spent an hour oiling all the door hinges so none of them squeak now. If this keeps up, Rooms Will Be Painted, and that should worry everyone, as I hate painting and am not great at it.

Work is. I don't normally talk about my interactions with my employer in blog posts, but in this case I have some praise. They've done a good job of weathering the storm that is COVID-19. All of the office staff (like me and my wife) have been working from home since 3./15, and everyone has adjusted pretty well. We're all certainly more productive this way. I'll be surprised if, when things stabilize (I don;t think there is any "getting back to normal"), people return to the office full time. I plan on working from home three days a week at least, and I plan on offering my staff that option as well. For now...going into the office is just foolish: even if we were there, we cannot use group areas like the break kitchens or conference rooms. We would be commuting to a place to sit and have webex meetings from our desks. We can do that just as well from home, so why bother with the commute?

On the health front, this social distancing thing has definitely not helped my fitness. Back in February of this year I had to take some time off of work because of a mental/physcial health crisis, and just as I was about to start hitting the gym and swimming the COVID-19 pandemic hit. I have difficult with motivation at the best of times, and so the big change to #StayAtHome really messed with me. When I seek comfort, that usually means sugar, and as someone with Type II diabetes, that's just not a good thing. I fell off the rails big time during this crisis, and am now trying to get back on the wagon. In this case, the wagon looks like the following:

  • Shifting to a Keto diet. Or really, a Lifestyle Change to it. My wife (Cat) has been working on this with for the last month and she is seeing good results keeping her blood sugar down. I'm shit for tracking everything (carbs, etc) but my own way of doing things clearly isn't working. I have to learn how to build some habits around this low-carb thing. I'm using Lose It to help me keep track of things.
  • Exercise. I hate exercising for exercise's sake, and yet, here we are. I don;t really have a choice anymore. I'm going to have to figure out how to get motivated to do this on the regular. I'm shooting for 3 times a week of 20 minutes sessions of Doing Something. Walking, hiking (once they open the parks back up for real, darn it), and video workouts in my office seem like the path forward here.
  • Writing about it. It's been a long time since I kept a regular blog. I've never been great about being vulnerable on the internet, but I really need to talk about this stuff, and this seems like a good forum. Honestly, I really enjoy when I get feedback from you all, so I'm leaving the comments on. I do keep a journal, but writing just for myself always feels a little hollow. So, here we are.

As an added bonus, our oven died in March, and so we've been making due with a combination of using an Instant Pot and an air fryer to accomplish most oven needs. I made myself a sausage and egg quiche this morning in the air fryer (on the roast setting) and it came out better than I expected. If I come up with anything good, I'll post it here.

Coming up on time to get to work. One more cup of coffee, I think, and then I'll get to it. You all take care out there.