Week 52: One year down…

Week 52…

I’m conflicted between feeling like a year went very fast and feeling like I lived five years in the course of the last one.

And with days feeling like weeks and weeks like months during this pandemic crisis, it could feel like years before we actually finish this thing!

Fortunately, in this “finish work” phase, it’s validating to see progress happening almost everyday. It’s easy to feel like we’re moving forward when you walk into a white room at the start of the afternoon and walk out of the room a few hours later and it’s blue.

It’s easy to feel like we’re moving forward when you can see the hardwood floor creeping from the far wall closer and closer to the front door.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you realize just how many more of these little victories need to happen before we’re done. And it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re not quite sure how many victories rely on steps that will be impacted by COVID-19.

For example, this week we went to order our bathroom tile, and after narrowly avoiding disaster after Josh went on the Home Depot website only to find the that the tile I painstakingly picked a month ago was not unavailable, we were able to find it from another vendor. That vendor had enough for our project, but after we placed our order, we immediately got an email that order processing was being impacted by COVID-19, and thus our order would take longer than expected to process and ship.

It’s impossible to know how many other little speed bumps like this we’ll hit.

In the meantime, we take our little wins: rooms that now have color, spaces that now have flooring, supplies we accidentally ordered 10 months to early (like all the doors we’ve stored in our garage for the better part of a year!) that we now have on hand and can use.


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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