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Last updated December 12, 2021.

Parenting in the time of coronavirus

My son M. goes to an independent preschool where he has a small class and they are taking excellent precautions to protect everyone on campus from COVID-19 transmission: required masking, windows open, fancy HVAC, UV stuff that burns all the germs at night., an only-when-well attendance policy. It’s doing him worlds of good. He’s learning so much and having so much fun with friends, even though rest time is not his favorite. In our after-school time together, we watch movies, color, have outings, and cook things. I think 5 is a pretty sweet spot in terms of kids’ maturity.

Catching up on homeowner tasks

I’ve been co-owner of a home since 2012 but there are a lot of homeowner tasks I’ve been neglecting in the past 9 years so I’m catching up on those now, as well as trying to work out a regular maintenance schedule. I had a sinking bathroom floor fixed, am getting quotes on our busted driveway, and have a tree-trimming quote scheduled.

Staying a scholar

In January, I’ll begin working remotely as a Postdoctoral Scholar for the Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine. This is exactly what I trained for in my PhD. I have watched for years as UCI snapped up every scholar whose work I was following, never dreaming that I would be able to work there myself because I won’t move to California for family reasons. I’ll be working on a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to investigate scalable means for:

  1. increasing and improving connected learning (CL) programs for youth
  2. providing tools that help programs evaluate and improve their efforts; and
  3. creating stakeholder support for dissemination of resources that can scale new models for services.

This is genuinely a dream postdoc for me and I’m thrilled to be part of this team.

Consulting

I’m still consulting relationship for Quirkos, a computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software company. My primary

Fun

I’m making an effort to include at least a bit of fun every day, but trying to fit in even more than that. Right now this looks like reading fantasy romance novels, watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, playing video games, and crocheting.

Currently Reading

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
by Leigh Bardugo

Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia
by Kelly J. Baker

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
by Caitlin Doughty

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