Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 45

March 15, 2020

What a bizarre world we are living in currently. I’ve been following the news and the future looks frightning, especially being in the US right now. Honestly I’d feel much better being in Estonia where access to medical care is not considered a privilege. We’ve had to cancel a trip to see family and a baby shower later this month. Currently looks like trip to Hawaii in May is a maybe at best. We cancelled it two years ago because of the vulcano. Hiking in the Dolomites in this fall seems wishful thinking as well.

On the flip side people have been much kinder to each other. I’ve heard from people who usually go months if not years without any contact. We’ve established new ways to stay connected to friends and family. On Sunday we drove 90 miles out of Portland to go on a remote hike while keeping our distance. It was good to get outside and let out some of that anxious energy.

For the first time ever my work has forced everyone who could to work from home. For my team there’s not much change as we’ve been remote from the beginning but we are only a group of 20+ people in a department of 150. My hope is that our experience being remote will help them adjust - but above all we should be patient and kind with each other while this madness lasts. I have shared a link to this Twitter thread as a good read for those going remote for the first time.


Katrin Valdre

Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter