We’ve been working from home since 23 March. It is getting a little old. We are all really good with video-conferencing now. We’re churning out amazing collaborative work given the circumstances. You’d never know what a huge shift it has been by looking at all the accomplishments. I hate working from home, but I’ve gotten used to it, I guess. As an employee of the state government, we are likely to have to work from home for quite some time yet to set an example to the community.
The one good thing about working from home during winter, and having an understanding boss who doesn’t care which hours I work as long as the work gets done, is that I can go for a ride at lunch-time. It is dark when I get up and dark when I finish work at this time of year. So on the days I can pry myself away from meetings and urgent analysis and updates… I can go for a 45-minute ride at lunch.
We’ve had some rainy and misty days since Sunday, but there were some breaks in the precip today. I love the moody clouds of winter and the grey days interspersed with sunny ones. I love the damp gravel that rides so much smoother and faster than summer.
I despair when I think we are already halfway through June. Winter (fog season) just doesn’t last long enough here. We really only have 6 more weeks before temps start to warm again.
Looks like we might get another rainy weekend this weekend. We need all the rain we can get, and I need all the help I can get to sit down and do coursework. When it’s nasty outside, it is much easier to get coursework done. If I can finish up the next unit this weekend, I’ll be back to the timeline!
I’ve been giving some thought about the next big tour and where I’ll go and the timing of it all. I’ve been despairing about the $9000 I’ve spent over the past three years in gap fees for medical bills. That’s 18 months of touring dollars. But then I know that if I’d been in the US that would have been $25,000-30,000 of bills. And I’d never be able to afford another tour again! So I am grateful to be here.
One of my good friends who is asthmatic and lives in Portland ended up in the ER 6 weeks ago with severe shortness of breath. Her inhalers weren’t working at all. She had several tests and spent one night in hospital on oxygen. They wanted her to stay another night, but her employer-provided insurance is poor, so she asked to be discharged. The bill came a few days ago. $12,500 – of which her insurance pays about half (and yes, she had COVID). So at least my costs were over three years, not one night! I am so grateful to live somewhere with good, affordable and accessible healthcare, even if my out-of-pocket costs could have funded me for many months of riding.
But at least I am feeling better enough to contemplate a tour starting March 2022. I can always find the silver lining… even if there aren’t a heap of grey clouds around to remind me of all the things of which I’m grateful.