Rope Team Update: Social Distancing - May Update
At the beginning of April we let you know what we were doing in this strange new world. Five weeks later and we have scrapped some activities and come up with some new routines. Please let us know any fun recommendations you have for making the most of this time.
Puzzles – we have connected about five more pieces since last month; the momentum is lost.
Baking - our daughter Molly has been in crunch time with the end of the semester and finals. We usually send ‘care’ packages with some baked goods and favorite treats, and our son Pete has become quite the baker. Before, once the package was in the hands of the U.S. Postal Service there was nothing I could do. Now you would think that I’m the one taking finals with how much I am eating. The baked goods disappear more quickly, which means of course, … more baking!
Ping Pong – Pete and I have our usual tournament just about every evening around 9:00 PM.
Kids Cook – every Saturday night Molly and Pete make dinner. First night they started cooking some chicken and the smoke alarm went off within 15 minutes. True story, can’t make this stuff up!
It feels a bit like the old movie Groundhog Day, living the same day over and over again. I like my house, but I’d be happy to spend a little less time in it now. I’m keeping up with my laps around the neighborhood – much easier now that the weather is finally improving – and averaging about 7,000 – 8,000 steps a day. But otherwise the most time I spend outside of the house is grocery shopping once a week and occasionally hunting for the elusive package of toilet paper.
But there have also been bright spots. I haven’t seen any traffic for two months. I have more time to read, and am approaching the end of my fifth book this year (A Gentleman in Moscow). I’ve called some relatives I haven’t spoken to in a while, including my 90 year old grandfather who seems wholly unfazed by the entire situation. And because I’m getting a little sick of my usual dishes, soon I’ll have to start cooking some new meals. Most importantly, all of my loved ones are healthy and safe, so life is good. We wish the same for you and yours!
Not much has changed since I last updated all of you. I am spending a lot of quality time with all my animals, and working on training Scrappy. All of my animals are going to be shell-shocked when I finally go back to the office to work!
Other ways I have been able to pass the time? Well, I can say spring cleaning went into full effect. I have never been so caught up on laundry, dishes, and general house cleaning. I finally had a chance to organize all those bins I had been putting off going through. So, needless to say I have been rather productive.
The warmer weather the past few days has been very nice for some social distance quality coffee with my mom and dad. I also have been able to see my closest friend by parking far apart in a parking lot and catching up. I have never used Facetime more in my life. My mom and I spend most the day on Facetime. We don’t talk the whole time, but with us working from home on Facetime, it’s almost like we are in an office with coworkers…almost.
I miss being able to spend time with friends and family, but we’ve made the best of what we can while staying safe.
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.