The end is near.
The COVID-19 pandemic is coming under control. At least for the moment, the infection and hospitalization rates are declining.
Here in Western New York, we have started reopening by phases; currently, we are in Phase I, which includes manufacturing and construction. Should all go well in Phase I over a two-week period, we will then reach Phase II, which includes pretty much everything except restaurants and large entertainment/recreational venues.
Phase II means I will have to go back to work. I’m not sure I want to go back to work. I’m enjoying my time off.
Of course, one of the reasons I’m enjoying my time off is that I’m receiving New York State unemployment as well as the enhanced Federal unemployment benefits. Once Phase II arrives and I am asked to return to work, if I don’t return to work, those benefits will terminate.
Like everyone else, I have bills to pay. So I guess I’ll be returning to work within the next couple of weeks.
Just my luck that reopening occurs when the weather has finally gone from winter to late spring. Just when I was thinking how nice it would be to spend time outdoors with my camera. Maybe even somewhere other than my own backyard.
On the other hand, a return to work might be a good thing. It would get me out of the house (finally) and give me something to do other than baking and playing videogames.
The good news is, I received an email from my employer indicating that I do, in fact, still have a job and my return to the office will be welcome. It’s always nice to be wanted.
Meanwhile, I’m busy, as I said, cooking, baking, playing videogames – and catching up on my backlog of reading materials. This week, I even volunteered to beta read a couple of soon-to-be-published novels. Normally, I get paid for beta reading, but hey, we’re in a pandemic and no one has extra cash floating around. Am I good person or what?
REMINDER TO READERS: You can still hire me to beta read/proofread. After the pandemic, I’ll be running an introductory sale – your first beta reading/proofreading project is free; after that, my rates are very reasonable and well below the current market. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Go for it!
BTW, you might want to clarify who you are when you send me manuscripts; too many of you have similar names and/or email addresses, which can be confusing especially if two of you similarly named people send me manuscripts at the same time (as recently happened). In all cases, it would be wise to email me before sending any materials, to check on my current availability.
This is Memorial Day weekend here in the United States. Hopefully, people won’t go crazy, ignore social distancing, and refuse to wear masks. Such negligence would likely result in a resurgence of the virus and force us back into lockdown.
So, everyone, enjoy your holiday but stay diligent and safe. We can all do that for a few more weeks, right?
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