Things I have been learning about the current situation
If you forget to put your mask on when you go out, the dirty stares you receive will eventually remind you.
I've been struggling to read people with masks on. I know this sounds obvious. I've only just started having conversations longer than a minute with masked people, you see. I've been out of town for months. Usually this presents as me having talked for too long and not recognising the cues that someone wishes to move on.
As I don't consume the news for more than a couple of minutes a week, I've just learned that apparently you can have the dreaded disease and be completely asymptomatic. Is that even a disease? Do I have the disease right now? Do we all?
If it's critical, have a backup and redundancy policy. The return of load shedding is a timely reminder that on the farm we experienced electrical outages, internet outages, and multiple hardware failures. I was prepared – spare devices, large power banks that I made a point of keeping charged, backup hard drives in case of disk failure, 4G data for ISP outages. Every single contingency I brought with me got used in that four month period.