Saturday, January 16, 2021
Statistics and Spreadsheets
My weather app says it's raining outside, but through the window I see something more closely resembling snow flurries. It's still dark, so it's hard to tell. In any case, Olga probably won't want her walk!
I spent yesterday working from home, as planned. I sat across the dining room table from Dave while he conducted his classes via Zoom, and while I managed to stay off-camera it was kind of like sitting in on them. He wore headphones so I couldn't hear the kids -- just his instructions. It was interesting because the kids made him laugh pretty hard at times, and I realized once again how much he really does enjoy teaching.
Meanwhile I updated the library's database usage report, which involves getting statistics from numerous research sites we use and plugging them into spreadsheets in various configurations. It may sound boring, but I find it calming. It requires pretty intense focus (Zoom music classes notwithstanding) and while I worked on it the hours flew. Surprisingly, our databases got used pretty thoroughly last year, even when we were on distance learning -- I guess the kids really were doing research.
I took these photos on a quick afternoon walk around the neighborhood. Olga went off with her dog-walker so it was just me and the camera -- a nice break. Which face shape are you? I think I'm probably oval. In fact, I have glasses that look a lot like those. But no curly French mustache.
My brother tells me that my mom, in her retirement home in Florida, got her first Covid vaccine. It's good to know that's one thing we probably no longer need to worry about. Not on her behalf, anyway.