Winding down online school & work for 2020

Since yesterday (Wednesday) schools in The Netherlands are closed again due to stricter Corona restrictions and my kids now solely have online classes. My son already had partial online classes next to his partial in school classes but now all his classes have gone online and he does those up in his room in the attic. My daughter up until Tuesday was at school but all classes have now gone online for her as well. She decided to do her online classes at the dining table opposite me today with beside her our black cat.

It’s lovely but quite distracting too, as the way mini me is reacting to other students in her online breakout room has me cracking up opposite her. Luckily it’s only for today as mini me has no more classes tomorrow. In effect this means her Christmas holiday starts after her last class ends at 2.45 pm. Mr Esther too has his last working day of 2020 today.

Mr Esther jr just came downstairs triumphantly to celebrate his last online class of today (only got a quick shot as he shimmied in our kitchen). He only has tomorrow morning to go before his holiday starts.

For me, it’s quiet at work now, not much left to do, which is why I can make extra time to be distracted and blog today. We have online Christmas drinks this afternoon with our department head (they sent us champagne glasses and snacks and sparkling apple cider in a package). Tomorrow morning, like Mr Esther jr, I will be working online one last time in 2020 and then we’ll all have two weeks off! It’ll be a weird, lockdown Christmas and we’ll be pretty much stuck around the house for most of it, but I’m looking forward to a two week break with no schedules, no online work and no online classes for the kids. The lockdown will still be in effect after the Christmas holidays (till January 19th), but we’ll deal with any distractions that will bring when the time comes.

2 thoughts on “Winding down online school & work for 2020

    1. It’s a mix, really. No puzzles but we do play games like Rummikub or cards or read each other Trivial Pursuit questions on occasion, an occasional movie night as well, or, more recently the kids will come downstairs to watch soccer games on TV a lot. Not that Mr Esther or I care that much about soccer, but their TV’s upstairs don’t have channels and are basically streaming devices (and Junior uses his for his Playstation), so they’ll be downstairs with us for regular TV soccer games which is always nice for the company they bring. Sometimes we’ll linger at the dinner table and the kids will play their music and we’ll have lots of laughs. We also try to do family outings in Covid times like walks on the beach or in the woods and yes, there’s also a lot of each doing their own thing as well.

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