It’s another Sunday not so fun day

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Sunday is not so fun of a day when you’re in self-isolation because of COVID-19 I’ve come to see. At least, I woke up this morning and knew it was Sunday.

Here’s how I spent another Sunday, not so fun day:

  • I got caught up on some work for my day job that I didn’t get done on Friday before I clocked out.
  • I cooked fajitas after being able to piece together the ingredients. The food supply chain appears to be improving in Northern Virginia though I seem to have eat off-brand (successfully for the most part) compared to what I would buy during normal times.
  • I baked orange cranberry muffins (from a box) after not baking anything for eons.

I’m growing a pandemic beard as a personal project. While it’s growing in evenly, it’s showing a lot of gray hair. No worries because I wear a mask when I do go out now. I’ll probably shave it off when life gets back to normal or maybe not depending on how it turns out.

Did you find any fun on your pandemic Sunday?

Self-isolation: The good and the bad

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After four + weeks of social isolation, I still say it’s challenging even for a person like me who enjoys their time alone.  I continue to put one foot in front of the other and move forward.

Here’s how I’m seeing self-isolation:

The good

  • I’ve been full of ideas for personal writing projects that I plan to publish on this blog, LinkedIn, or Medium.
  • I have the time to read a lot more.
  • I have a job and a career that lets me work from home.
  • I’m still writing about the cloud and DevOps for TechTarget.

The bad

  • I continue to feel like my wings are clipped because I’m stuck at home.
  • My days are bleeding together and my first words on some mornings are “Alexa, what day is it?”
  • I can’t get to the gym and struggle to find the motivation to exercise at home
  • Grocery shopping remains a challenge because there are still some shortages in my area that make it hard to experiment with new recipes which were part of my plan to pass the time.

How is self-isolation going for you?

Social-isolation Saturday: Another day like any other day

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I split my Saturday between doing some work around the house and spending time at the computer keyboard. Saturday mornings at the gym and then getting some writing done at Caboose Commons or Panera Bread is something I still miss. It’ll be great to get back to it.

Here’s how my day went:

  • I got the oomph to exercise more with some kettlebells and resistance bands. It felt good. I may even wake up with sore shoulders tomorrow.
  • I spent some time finishing up an upcoming article for TechTarget for my deadline this Thursday. This week, I’ll use the evenings to tweak it more and fact check some points before I send the article to my editors.
  • One of my goals during the shutdown is to work on my online presence so I spent some time today going through some half complete personal web projects so I can chart a new path forward.
  • My day ended off with some personal and professional reading. 

It’s hard to say when this is all going to end and life opens back up. The Health Commissioner of Virginia made an ominous pronouncement of two years that was promptly walked back. I feel that nobody is driving when it comes to the government response at the Virginia state or federal levels. Too much politicking and selfishness are interfering. 

How’s did Saturday go for you?

Another MonTueWednesday: in self-isolation

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I woke up last Sunday morning and thought it was Monday morning. Yesterday morning felt the same as it did the day before. My days are definitely bleeding together. I keep trying to pace myself through this shutdown.

Here’s a rundown of the last few days:

  • I’m writing two new articles for TechTarget which are welcome distractions during the evening for me.
  • I moved forward on doing some much-needed work on the outside of my house. Now I just have to find a reliable contractor that’s still working.
  • Getting back to exercising hasn’t been a lot of fun but I’m determined to do it. Otherwise, I will really suffer when my gym opens up.
  • I have another article going live on

My job is going along business as usual and I continue to be thankful for that. Yet I’m keeping my eyes wide open because I work of all the furloughs and layoffs taking place because of COVID-19.

How are you doing?

How Can IT Organizations Rise to the Occasion in the New World of Remote Work? | Network World

I shared my thoughts about the new world of remote work during a recent IDG TECHtalk Twitter Chat that Network World picked upp.

A4) Scaling up remote access and chat/collaboration tools top my list of lessons. Content management gaps are also going to rear their ugly head for some organizations and offer lessons (not everybody may take heed the content management lessons though). The #IDGTECHtalk— Will Kelly (@willkelly) March 26, 2020

Source: How Can IT Organizations Rise to the Occasion in the New World of Remote Work? | Network World