And now, the end is near…

… and the summer will really start winding down here. We’ve been having a few nice, sunny and not too hot days here this past week. My favourite weather, really, which is 20-25 degrees Celsius (in the 70s Fahrenheit) with sunshine. On Sunday mini-me and I picked up my brother (who has just returned from a stint in Malta) and my mother and we headed to the beach. My mother isn’t that great of a walker anymore, so my brother and I took turns sitting with her in a cafe and walking with mini-me on the beach. It was lovely out there. Quite a lot of people there, but luckily it was easy to socially distance…

In the meantime, Mr. Esther went for a bike ride and Mr. Esther junior played handball outdoors in an away game and badly injured the middle finger of his left hand. The top of his finger is just hanging there loosely, looking very odd. I took him to the hospital yesterday for x-rays.

Luckily he has very little pain and it turns out that nothing was broken but he does have a torn tendon. Tomorrow his finger will be put into a splint for 6-8 weeks so that it can heal properly and doesn’t have to be taped to his ring finger anymore.

This afternoon, after some work meetings online, I took a few hours to work outside. Our old cat is curled up right near me, which is always lovely…

… and I am fully aware that this may be the last time this year that working outside like this will be possible. Chillier weather is predicted from tomorrow, so I guess that is when autumn will really start for us.

Corona cases are on the rise here in The Netherlands. Measures were tightened slightly last week but I suspect stricter restrictions may be coming. Add that to the weather getting cooler and we may be stuck inside for the foreseeable future more than ever these coming weeks/months. Mr. Esther and I will really have to make more of an effort to actually stick our noses outside our front door every day (mini-me and Mr Esther junior have school/internships and their sports activities to drag them out of the house… for now, in any case). Such strange times we live in and I’m not only talking disease; I almost fear reading the news, especially US news, every day. I so hope for some light at the end of the tunnel soon…

Home office

The sun is shining today and both Mr Esther and I have no work calls pending this morning, so we have decided to work outside for now. It’s a tad chilly (even though Mr. Esther is wearing a t-shirt, I’m in a sweater) but we want to make the most of being able to sit outside before the autumn really starts here and we’ll be stuck inside more than ever due to quarantine measures that are still in place.

It all looks very sweet and romantic to be working side by side like this with my husband but actually Mr. Esther is very chatty this morning and I needed to concentrate on something (just done now) and I had to tell him to please stop talking. Of course, five minutes later I needed his help formulating something and now he needs me to shut up. It’s a good thing we aren’t colleagues at the same organization, we’d get annoyed with each other.

My fingers are a little cold and my work laptop battery is starting to run low, so I may need to relocate soon. Anyway, back to work now. Have a good week, everyone!

Working at home for the foreseeable future

I’ve been working on an advice memo all morning that I finished just after noon, so I only read yesterday evening’s update from the uni I work at after lunch today (not my translation, the second half of that first sentence isn’t quite right):

“Online education and working from home will be the norm throughout the 2020/2021 academic year; therefore, do not come on location if you are not scheduled to or have work that can’t be done at home. We will only come to the university of applied sciences when necessary.”

So, working from home it is for me until at least next year summer! What strange times we live in. Not sure whether I’m really happy about it or not. On the one hand, I love working from home, always have, and I won’t mind working from home for most of my hours. On the other hand I do miss some of the physical social interaction. Oh well, at least the cats are happy, they hover around us all day, like yesterday in our front garden (it may be hard to discern, but the black bundle on the left on that stone table is our black cat on her preferred spot where she can oversee her dominion…).

When will this disease and this crisis finally end, I wonder?

Back to work

Yep, after 4 weeks off (luxury, I know!) it’s back to work again for me today. About 40 messages on Teams and around 100 e-mails… not too bad during a summer holiday period. Mr Esther has 275 new e-mails in his inbox. Yikes.

Still working from home during this Corona crisis and it doesn’t look like I’ll be going into the office again any time soon, with cases slowly on the rise again here in The Netherlands, especially in the city where my applied sciences university is. So it’s back to the grind here at home…

Not really in the mood for it yet, hence this little blogging break, but I do need to get back to it. On we go!

Countdown to my holiday

The final work week before my summer holiday has started and, after some rainy and cool days, the sun is out and it’s very pleasant. This morning I walked into our front garden to put out the trash bin that was to be emptied and it was so nice and quiet and a pleasant temperature at 9 am, I decided to just work out here today (wheelbarrow still needs to be picked up by the guys who elevated our garden, so ignore that)…

Only one conference call planned later this afternoon, so it’s the ideal situation to sit out here and type away quietly on my work laptop. The countdown has begun: just one more week and then I’ll have 4 weeks off. So very much looking forward to the time-out! But first, it’s back to work again now, I need to earn my time off…