Rope Team Update: Social Distancing Edition

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We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy, but we also realize this social distancing and quarantining is wreaking havoc with everyone’s routines and plans.  Here is what we have going on in our households and some ideas for keeping your wits about you.

Rick:

Binging some Netflix or a newly discovered gem of a series is always an option.  “This is Us” just had its season finale, so that is a bummer from our perspective.  For those of you not familiar with the show it has fantastic writing.  You can thank me later.  So we are moving to plan ‘B’, “The Wire”.  Haven’t watched it but have heard great things.

When our brain starts turning to goo we have been working on puzzles.  Currently working on a 1,000 piece puzzle which we may finish by July 4th at the rate we are going.

I think our dog Benjamin is getting annoyed at his lack of ‘personal’ space.

Tom:

We had been expecting it for some time, so it came as little surprise when we received notice they were closing the office.  I packed up my laptop, screens, mouse, and keyboard to work from home for the foreseeable future.  It took about thirty minutes to get everything set up in my home office, but having all of those items – especially the dual monitors – has made a world of difference.  I essentially recreated my office desk at home, and from here I can do about 99% of what I can do in the office.  So far it’s been only a minor inconvenience professionally, which I know makes me very fortunate.

Otherwise I’ve just been trying to get outside as much as possible.  The loop around my neighborhood is about a half mile, and I’ve taken to doing it a couple of times a day, somewhere between 3 and 6 laps most days.  At least spring is upon us, bringing more hours of sunshine and warmer temperatures, which can’t come soon enough.

Julia:

As someone who has a long commute to the office, I would always work from home one day a week. The idea of not having to drive to the office for a few weeks sounded like a nice break for my sanity and on gas! Now being home for a few weeks, with no end in sight, I’m starting to miss my commute!

I do have to say that all my pet animals are very pleased with this transition. Beef (dog) gets to sit on my lap all day. Kiwi (bird) gets to make some guest appearances in my video calls. Jefferson (ferret) is enjoying knocking over my papers and stepping across my keyboard. Tucker (bunny) is simply enjoying the more treats he gets! Overall, I have a lot of happy campers in this apartment, I’m the only one missing some of the things I use to take for granted (like gym access!). I do think having all them to entertain me has helped, so has a lot of Hulu streaming.

The author of this article is Rick Ropelewski, Wealth Manager at U.S. Wealth Management; Tom Lally, Wealth Manager Assistant at U.S. Wealth Management; and Julia Crane, Financial Planner Assistant at U.S. Wealth Management.

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