Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.
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Wow, what a year the past week has been. This is a crazy, crazy time we’re living in!
On Monday, I went to open studio with my friend Autumn to work on some of our ceramics projects. Our class is scheduled to end March 24, and they put limits on when we can start new projects / when new projects will be fired so we’re more likely to have the projects finished by the end of class, so we wanted to get as much out of our studio time as possible!
I glazed my taco holders, made a new taco holder (I either miscounted or lost two and only ended up with 7, and I wanted a set of 8), glazed three things Sean and I made on the wheel on Valentine’s Day, and made two mugs! I told you we wanted to use the most of our time.
Once I got back from the studio, Sean had the carpet ripped out of the sunroom! He finished up the ceiling last week, so the next step was removing the carpet… just in time for our bulk trash day this week. We still have to get someone to come out and sand it down and stain it to match the living room, but even with it mismatched it’s a big improvement.
On Tuesday I had my actual class time for ceramics, and I swear half the students were there. It was election day, so I think that was part of it, but this was before the country basically went on lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We didn’t even have any confirmed cases in Michigan until 10:45 that night.
I ended up playing around with the wheel a bit more (that shit is hard) and put two bowls aside that I’ll fire eventually.
The next day, all hell broke loose. I got a message from my boss that morning saying coronavirus was about to take over our whole schedule. Sure enough, I had to stay longer than expected to send an email to all of our members. At that point, the message was “be careful, and we’re still planning on finishing up the Cookie Program on Sunday.”
The next day, the governor of Ohio announced schools would be shutting down next week Tuesday through April 3.
By the next morning, we had canceled the Cookie Program and all events through April 3, and we’ve closed our offices and shops to the public this coming Tuesday through April 3. Everyone is expected to work from home beginning Tuesday.
I say all of this to remind everyone that companies and organizations are trying to figure this all out just like everyone else is. Things are changing rapidly, and we’re having to adjust at unprecedented speeds. So give companies some grace as we’re all figuring this out. ♥️
Oh, and since everything is closing, my ceramics class is now up in the air (the art institute is closed through April 3, and our class was supposed to end March 24), and our trip to Barcelona is canceled. Womp. But I know it’s for the best! Stay home everyone, even if you aren’t feeling sick!
On a more exciting note, we got new porch furniture this week! We got this wicker bistro set which is unfortunately too big for the space, but we’re splitting it up between the porch and the office because we love it so much. This matching loveseat is arriving this week and will go on the porch in place of the bistro set. It’s coming together!
We also ordered this desk for the sunroom. It’s currently being shipped to the Grand Rapids store (ship to store is $25 vs. ship to your home for $150…) and should arrive by the end of the month! Of course, now that Sean is working from home, it sure would be nice to have the extra desk…
Oh, and Target was having a sale on nail polish through the end of the day yesterday, and I was able to scrounge up enough gift cards to treat myself to this whole collection! Excuse me while I paint my nails every single day of social distancing.
Speaking of social distancing… how is everyone doing? Part of me knows that this isn’t much different than my normal schedule, but there’s so much going around online that makes me feel like I should be spending my time cleaning, organizing, reading, or baking. And I want to do all of those things, but I’m also just plain exhausted, so I need to work on letting go of expectations and just doing what’s best for me. So far that’s consisted of sitting in bed and finally (almost) finishing The Man in the High Castle.