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What tasks, pleasures, or other occupations are you doing very differently, or doing for the first time during these times?
Poll: What tasks, pleasures, or other occupations are you doing very differently, or doing for the first time during these times?
Communicating with friends/family
Community service/helping others
Home improvement
Yard stuff/gardening
Interaction with pets
Reading/watching the news
Movies/video/TV-show watching
Being more nervious/stressed than usual
Being less nervous/stressed than usual
Writing as a hobby or outlet
Writing professionally
Playing instruments
Listening to music
Learning an instrument
View Results (51 votes)

Ethel Duath

Apr 16, 8:12pm

Post #1 of 11 (5806 views)
What tasks, pleasures, or other occupations are you doing very differently, or doing for the first time during these times? Can't Post

Elaborate in replies, if you wish!
I think I got the idea when my church sent out an online survey to see how everyone was doing and what the needs are in the congregation, and also options for several ways people might want to help other church members (all virtually, of course). I was impressed that they included the need for emotional support as one of the options.

Although I'm not posting much, this place has been a bit of a lifeline for me, just reading through posts; and I'm guessing that's true for a lot of us. Smile
What I'm dong very differently is work, and although I have fewer students, it's actually a bit more work for each one.
I'm outdoors with the dog more intentionally, and for longer periods of time, and I've started a very early garden, which I'll cover with plastic if needed. It's just tiny lettuce seedlings coming up now, and garlic and red sorrel I planted last year, and they don't seem to freeze, but it snowed a bit last night and today, so I'd better get prepared!

And I'm cooking a lot more. I just bought a yogurt maker, and I'm trying a second batch, as I left the first out too long, and I think it spoiled a bit. Unsure


Apr 16, 9:50pm

Post #2 of 11 (5768 views)
you gave us so many choices and yet the things i do differently still aren't there! [In reply to] Can't Post

as I work front-line in health care, mostly with seniors, my work has changed very minimally. and i'm very much a homebody when it comes to entertainment and recreation anyways, so that hasn't changed much. the biggest changes for me have been online schooling (and now exams, as i am at the end of term), and church services being prerecorded and watched online.

I would say that home improvement is something i'm doing for the first time but......it's mostly my parents working on it (not me) and it was going to happen now regardless of the virus so i'm not quite sure it counts Laugh

Superuser / Moderator

Apr 16, 10:46pm

Post #3 of 11 (5760 views)
Definitely work. [In reply to] Can't Post

I have worked from home before for a few hours here and there but this is the first time that I'm properly based at home and have full access to the organisation's systems. (The IS team have been superb.)

Also, keeping in contact with colleagues and friends over group video chat. It's the first time I've done that and I can see the value in it. Heart


Apr 16, 10:51pm

Post #4 of 11 (5758 views)
Largely work. [In reply to] Can't Post

Our store is generally open 24/7, but for now we are observing more limited hours. That means we have no customers during my night shift until we re-open at 6 in the morning. That also means we've been starting the shift an hour earlier so we can arrive before the store closes for the night. And now we need to wear face masks during operating hours.


Apr 23, 5:26pm

Post #5 of 11 (5198 views)
I'm now a Zoom expert [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't just attend, I host Zoom meetings for all kinds of groups.

Also exercising to online programs. Thank you Silver Sneakers!

I'm about to download Babbel and pick up my French again.

Ethel Duath

Apr 23, 5:47pm

Post #6 of 11 (5197 views)
I can't seem to make myself [In reply to] Can't Post

try Zoom, although I do have it. I guess it's because Skype seems to be working OK for my one-on-one violin and music comp. lessons. But I want to do a virtual recital at the end of the year, so I suppose I'd better start getting the hang of it!
I haven't done French since February, and I'm sadly behind. The way my brain works (or doesn't) has caused me to give up on everything, including Babbel, except for this, which works for me like a charm and was free until 6 months ago. It's supposed to be base on cognitive science:
My goal is to read the Hobbit in French, which Darkstone recommended when I asked for tips.
I'm guessing you're way ahead of that. How long have you been studying?
I hope your friends and family are all OK, and the curve is flattening or even on the downslope, like it finally is here.

Ethel Duath

Apr 23, 5:49pm

Post #7 of 11 (5193 views)
Yes, church online. [In reply to] Can't Post

Ours are live--which has been bumpy, to say the least. But I appreciate their efforts.Smile


Apr 23, 6:48pm

Post #8 of 11 (5189 views)
did you have a link in your post? [In reply to] Can't Post

you said "except for this: " which made me think it was something other than Babbel you use?

Ethel Duath

Apr 23, 7:13pm

Post #9 of 11 (5186 views)
Ah! I thought I did. [In reply to] Can't Post

Anyway, here it is: https://oli.cmu.edu/courses/elementary-french-i/

The colon must be appeased. Laugh

Grey Havens

Apr 26, 5:09am

Post #10 of 11 (4939 views)
Have you tried Duolingo? [In reply to] Can't Post

Free and fast warmup for intro. I'm using it to improve my rudimentary Welsh.


Apr 28, 3:56pm

Post #11 of 11 (4685 views)
many have recommended [In reply to] Can't Post



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