Monday, July 20, 2020

Just Another Monday

What do you do when it's Monday, and you have no clue as to what you are going to do at work today, especially when you are working from home and you have to log your work hourly? I know, I shouldn't complain because I have a job, I mostly like working from home, and I don't have to go anywhere if I don't want to. However, trying to find something to do all the time can be a bit exhausting too. I had this problem a lot when I was in the office, but since I've been home, I have actually been very productive, much more so than at the museum. I've created videos for virtual public programs. I've written several new curriculum guides. I've done a ton of research,  endless webinars, virtual meetings, and even a class. The webinars are often quite boring and not all that informative. The meetings are all a waste of time. Working for a university makes things a little uncertain right now, so no one really knows what's going on. The plan (and the "plan" has changed many times) is for students to come back to campus and take classes but the public won't be allowed on campus. The museum can't have public programs, we can only teach limited classes, the public can't come to visit (meaning no tours either), and students can't use us as a walkthrough to the library. What are we even going to be there for? I'm honestly scared the administration is going to figure this out and furlough us all, but they keep saying they are going to "keep the family together." So, today is another day. I will probably do research most of the day. I can't even watch Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on BBCAmerica because they are doing what looks like nature shows this week. I'm not sure what else to do. I've just about exhausted all of my projects.

Anyway, that's what I was thinking about last night before I went to bed.


Susan said...

Hi Joe. I can commiserate with your dilemma—the requirement to write down everything you do while working from home. The irony is in the office you might do less because of personal interactions, but no one's reading your "This Is What I Did" list after the fact. So remember, Research is your friend; the supposed time spent doing it can go on forever.

Also...I loved the guy working from home. *sigh*

Take care. Stay safe. Keep cool. <3

Anonymous said...

Joe, you had a great book project that you previously outlined to us? As I recall, it was more or less linked to your work. Could you spend time on that? As ever, Roderick

Joe said...

Roderick, that is exactly what I’m doing today. I’m researching looting by the Ancient Roman army. It’s pretty fascinating.

Jeremy Ryan said...

I really like the photo, now if I could just have the real thing in person that would be awesome! Working from home and this "new normal" take some getting used to. I never thought I would miss the socialization (brief as it was). I do miss dining out, that and men are my two pleasures in life. If I can have a man then I want food! The weight gain from being home and getting even less exercise than I already did is horrible. My clothes still fit for now.

Funny thing is that my employer is considering making some positions permanent work from home and I was asked if I would be interested. 6 months ago I would have jumped at the opportunity. Now I am not quite as eager. I do like my new morning commute from bed to table to basement and there is never any traffic. Were also being asked to be sure we take our vacation time, yeah so what exactly would I do if I was to go on vacation?

I found your blog by looking at my own and my list of followers of which I have 1. I figured if he follows my blog then whoever else he follows should be great. Turns out I was right!

Have a great day!

Joe said...

Hi, Jeremy. Welcome to my blog. I do hope you enjoy it. I would love to know what your blog is if you don't mind sharing. If you don't want to post it publicly, you can always email me at I hope to hear more from you.--Joe

Jeremy Ryan said...

Joe - You and/or your readers are welcome to visit my blog at It's nothing spectacular like yours, I used to do the eye candy thing but mostly have stuck with writing about my life and what's going on in any given day. It's therapeutic and a great outlet for me.

Take care!