Close to you & 104 days of summer

So, yesterday I mentioned Choir!Choir!Choir!. Today I saw there is an Australian equivalent called Pub Choir. Due to Corona they have now dubbed themselves Couch Choir and they made this video of 1000 people singing the same song from their homes. A quote: “A few days ago we asked the internet to stop misery scrolling for a moment, and to sing with us! Over 1000 people from 18 countries submitted a video of their performance of “Close To You” (Burt Bacharach) in just TWO DAYS.”

This gives me goosebumps. And what a job to edit it all together into this one video! I’m in awe.

Measures here in The Netherlands have tightened, so even less people out and about and everyone stuck inside like us. My husband works on the couch and for calls goes upstairs to the study…

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… I work mostly at our dinner table as the sun streams in there…

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Mr Esther junior has been enjoying his time off from his internship and with no classes from school yet to fill things up, he is getting some well-deserved rest and sleeps a lot, besides gaming, watching videos and taking a daily long walk.

Mini-Esther was having an exam week this week (last exam week before her finals in May) and went to school yesterday and this morning to sit for those exams under strict regulations of hygiene and keeping a distance. Just after she got home this morning the Ministry of Education announced that the central final exams in May will be cancelled altogether. Grades will now be determined by average exam scores from during the year. Those grades were always going to be 50% of your final exam score, now those grades will be 100% your final score. Schools have till June to organize how they’ll finish the last round of regular exams. For my daughter this means the rest of her exams this week are cancelled, school will determine how to organize the last 4 or 5 exams still due within the next few weeks. Mini-Esther’s grades are very good, she’ll do fine in the last exams still due so, in effect, this means she has already passed her finals! This takes a lot of pressure off for finals and the girl is very happy!

The Phineas and Ferb theme song now springs to mind with soooo many days off now for the kids with nothing to do:
“There’s 104 days of summer vacation | And school comes along just to end it | So the annual problem for our generation | Is finding a good way to spend it”

Phineas and Ferb is one of the very few kids cartoons I have also enjoyed watching with them over the years. Our kids alas won’t have the amount of freedom outdoors those two cartoon characters had – I hope they don’t get too stir-crazy.

44 thoughts on “Close to you & 104 days of summer

    1. Thank you, Serv! 🙂 She was always going to pass, she’s been doing so well, but this really takes the pressure off that she was starting to put on herself.

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      1. Servetus

        I think we’re going to see a fair amount of similar stuff here soon — when the shutdowns began, the rhetoric was “we’re going to do the whole semester, just on our computer screens!” but a week or two makes clear to the overly excited what is really possible when a crowd of people who’s never delivered online instruction encounters a much larger crowd of people who have very varied accessibility.

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        1. Yes! I work at an applied sciences uni and I see teachers who have never had to teach much online now are trying to do so on outdated laptops and computers that can’t even handle basic video conferencing. Add to that the challenge of how even to set up those lessons and what to do about testing. It’s all quite overwhelming.

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              1. Servetus

                It varies a lot here. It’s not as big an issue as the accessibility problem but I’ve heard anecdotally that a lot of instructors in the suburbs are having a hard time staying connected for the entire hour of classtime. Too many people streaming.

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  1. Esther great news for your daughter ! Glad your son is relaxing !
    Schools where I live are apparently done for the year
    Don’t know what logistical nightmare this poses for each school system and parents having kids at home like my brother and sis in law both work full time

    Thank you for the beautiful video and keeping it positive here 😘❤️

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        1. Does she have to commute? Better to stay at home if she can.
          Yeah, the technicalities are overwhelming for some. If you ever need help, let met know and I could talk you through some stuff.

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          1. Esther she generally has to commute but twins are now home because school is finished for the year here so no day care available since I am working full time. So she can exiting from home when needed
            Brother is in Army has to go to office every day

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  2. Thanks for sharing the Close to You video! That was great!
    Glad everyone is doing well. Are you all working in the same room? Amazing. We each have our own rooms to work in. I read about a couple who live in 550 square feet and both are working from home — and with twin toddlers! I can’t imagine.

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    1. Yeah, it really is a lovely video!
      No, we’re not all working in the same room. Kids are often in their own room but crawl out of the woodwork once in a while for something to eat and a chat (as in the picture I shared). Mr Esther and I do both work downstairs but half the day he also goes upstairs to the study.

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  3. squirrel.0072

    Between 6 mounths interships in IT gynecology chirurgical health area beginning next middle april for my son and aquacultur oysters or mold production summer student work for my daughter and 2 weeks boat fishing intership , I do not think they will stay at home indefinitly.

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    1. Will the internship happen, though? Here my son is supposed to start his internship in Spain at the end of May but we don’t know yet whether that will really happen or not…
      Fingers crossed that the internship for your son and the boat trip for your daughter can happen!

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          1. squirrel.0072

            🙂 Next WE I shall work on a next entertainment article .
            Here at work I have a look on laptop for fun in the morning, at pause and at noon while eating…
            YOURS RADAGAST

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        1. As long as the hospital needs it and is open for that as well, then yes, sounds like he’ll have his internship.
          My son was going to do his internship at a Spanish hotel, it looks like his internship will not be happening.

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          1. squirrel.0072

            Latest news. At the beginning, he will work, locked in his small student room, with his multiples basic computers. (He likes electronic. So he collects computers out of order to tinker with them, hack them and put them back in service). He will do his best before receiving best machines.

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  4. Glückwünsche für Deine Tochter!!! Das haben sie bei uns heute auch diskutiert, aber beschlossen, dass die Abiprüfungen stattfinden werden….
    Die Kids müssen bei uns im Mai doch noch schreiben 🙂

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  5. Congratulations to your daughter. That is fantastic news.
    Your working arrangements look really cosy, I have to say. (I am currently working in my new studio/study and have given over one half of my long desk to my son who has come to stay with us for a few days. It’s lovely not being alone in here.)

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