27 June 2020

Four months of Chaos

I am starting to think that serving as Chair of my Department during a pandemic is highly suboptimal with respect to my ongoing happiness and wellbeing. 

Since my university closed all of its physical buildings and switched everything online in mid-March, my life has been consumed by work (learning how to use new online tools; managing the transition online for my own teaching as well as helping my colleagues; frequent meetings with other Chairs, Deans, and so forth to address the endless problems caused by the shut down; more meetings since the end of term to figure out what to do in the autumn; and—unrelated to the pandemic—trying to finish my obscenely overdue book).

Consequently, blogging here has been quite minimal. I also haven’t done any gaming at all.

It’s been a grind. The only thing that has kept me sane was hiding from the world with my wife in my parents’ cabin on Lake Huron. Alas, that’s over now.

I’m in the midst of moving right now, but hopefully things will settle down in July and I can return to at least a bit of gaming and somewhat more frequent blogging.

Sorry for the whine.


  1. Perfectly understandable.

    I thought with some extra time I was going to have because I was working from home I'd get to work on game stuff. I got exactly nothing done. A combination of stress, feeling unmoored and despair at the state of the world killed what should've been a great time for game prep.

    1. I thought I would be able to catch up on my reading + reading some of big doorstoppers.

      Needless to say, I was W-R-O-N-G.

  2. Game prep is a what's in your pocket proposition most welcome when complete, eh.


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