Hi folks! It looks like I’ve managed to survive a second week of full-time homeschooling and SAHD (stay at home dad) life! It’s been quite a week, but the kids are now starting to settle into this “new normal” routine.
I can’t believe I’m calling this normal now… Life certainly does bring many interesting turns.
Unfortunately, this lockdown means I have a lot less time for blogging. Posts are going to be a less frequent, but my goal is post once a week while we’re under this COVID-19 quarantine… (no guarantees are expressed or implied!)
Expect these posts to be a lot more picture heavy and a lot less ‘wordy’. Homeschooling two boys takes a lot of time!
With more 1-1 instruction, I can give the boys a little more challenge than they would get in a standard classroom environment. They vastly prefer their old teachers and school (it’s easier), but they’re adapting fast.
Our daily school study schedule looks something like this:
- 8:30AM – 9:00AM Breakfast and tooth-brushing.
- 9:00AM – 9:45AM Reading for 45 minutes.
- 9:45AM – 10:45AM Switch to writing and spelling practice for roughly one hour.
- 10:45AM- 11:45AM Math Time! Again, roughly one hour of individual work here.
- 11:45AM – 12:30PM Science Documentary time. Thanks Youtube! This gives me a chance to prep lunch.
- 12:30PM – 1:30PM Lunch time! Eat and then brush teeth.
- 1:30PM – 3:00PM Run errands with the kids, or house cleaning. Usually grocery shopping fits in here.
- 3:00PM – 5:00PM Outside play time and project time. I try to get the kids outside for at least one hour a day. More details about our projects in a upcoming post!
- 5:00PM – 6:00PM Dinner prep time. Kids get free-choice time.
Even with all this “school-time” I’m still trying to maintain the same level of quality for our home cooked meals — meaning something delicious and made from scratch every day. Here’s a picture of yesterday’s dinner: Sausage and bean soup.
Honestly, I think we’re starting to get sick of staying indoors so much. I’ve instituted a mandatory outdoor time (when the weather is decent) in the afternoons. The kids usually play in the yard, driveway or cul-de-sac. Initially this generated lots of whining about “when can we go inside?“, but I think they’ve started to understand that outside time means “fun” and inside means “studying”.
One Bonus: All the extra outdoor time with the kids has given me a chance to teach Tako Jr. #2 to ride a bicycle!
It took about a week to learn how to start, balance and stop the bike — but now he’s going full solo!
Other than that, this lock down feels like a really weird holiday — One where nobody is terribly happy, and everything but the grocery stores and pharmacy are closed! Even the library, and public parks are closed in our area. I can’t even take the kids to the playground!
Fortunately, national parks and state parks are still open (for now). It’s easy to keep 6′ of distance on a hiking trail, so I’ll probably take the boys hiking as the weather improves this spring.
For now, we’re just trying to do the best we can under the situation — Staying at home, keeping occupied, and trying to stay as cheerful as we can under the situation (i.e. not murder one another), and avoiding other people whenever possible.
Thank goodness for Lego!
With any luck, this lock down/quarantine won’t last forever.
Lots of people have been asking how things have been going for me on the investing front — and the honest answer is: pretty shitty. My portfolio has been doing terrible this year, just like everyone else’s.
I honestly don’t know if we’re in for a Japanese style lost decade or not.
As I said in my last post on the topic — Who knows what the future may hold? I’m almost certain this event will change popular culture, not unlike the Great Depression. How it will change human behavior is still up-in-the-air however.
I continue to hold a ton of cash right now — as I believe we won’t be seeing any “good investing news” until the number of infected cases starts to level-off and herd immunity develops, OR a vaccine is developed. According to Goldman Sachs, the coming months will be very very bad news for our domestic economy, with a GDP drop of 24% expected this quarter.
This is not a investable economy. It’s a dumpster fire. This is why stocks continue to drop at unprecedented rates. The world needs to ‘unlock’ again before the economy might begin to function at levels anywhere close to where things were in 2019. That might take awhile.
It’s also tough to be optimistic when you hear information from the media like “Unemployment might hit 20%”, or “Most airlines, entertainment venues, and travel firms will be completely insolvent by the end of the year”.
Yikes! While the stock market fluctuating is a perfectly normal event, insolvency means a permanent loss of capital for investors.
It’s scary, and could put a big dent in my portfolio. To stay sane, I simply tell myself that the media likes to scare people. These are not yet facts. They are simply educated guesses that may or may not turn out to be true. Government bailouts and stimulus packages are probably going to happen, and they will (hopefully) alter the economic landscape for the better. (knock on wood)
Until that happens of course, it’s anybody’s guess how 2020 will turn out!
Good luck everyone, and stay safe out there!