Lockdown Check In



  • Yes, this is another Covid thread.

    SO how are people doing?

    I expect some are still working through, some not.

    As pointed out on other threads, there is going to be alot of mental struggles during and post this.

    THings ticking over here, I'm at work (Haha) kids still asleep.

    We have a Whats APp group set up for work, and we check in, give easch other a hard time in there, which is helpful.

    Am doing alot more exercise than normal, but involving the kids as well, they seem to be enjoying it, although they are on devices alot more, but with nowhere to go, to be expected.

    All in all, going well here, so far...



  • @taniwharugby Not good. Don't ask.



  • @taniwharugby said in Lockdown Check In:

    Yes, this is another Covid thread.

    SO how are people doing?

    I expect some are still working through, some not.

    As pointed out on other threads, there is going to be alot of mental struggles during and post this.

    THings ticking over here, I'm at work (Haha) kids still asleep.

    We have a Whats APp group set up for work, and we check in, give easch other a hard time in there, which is helpful.

    Am doing alot more exercise than normal, but involving the kids as well, they seem to be enjoying it, although they are on devices alot more, but with nowhere to go, to be expected.

    All in all, going well here, so far...

    Going pretty well. Even on the farm I am feeling a little closed in. Doesn't help we have a bull that is taking a while to come right. Prick must be getting there though as he charged me this morning for the first time only for true-love to start laughing.

    Working now though so into the daily length of skype conference calls.



  • Having the Houseparty app is a huge help for us. The girl’s love it they chat constantly with their friends and cousins. Slight hiccups when they leave it on and you walk past to see some random kid staring at you..

    Doing a small amount of work from home not a lot has come through. Never thought I’d look to work as a positive thing..

    Least the weather hasn’t been so bad, the odd shower but it helps with the feijoas anyway.

    Introducing the kids to GTA V seems to be great too...

    I’ve enjoyed making connections and finding ways to see the bright side of what we are all facing, great to see the Fern as it’s own little not so little community too. Doing a great job here so let’s keep that up.

    #oktofeelglum. #notmeonpolice10seven



  • @R-L said in Lockdown Check In:

    @taniwharugby Not good. Don't ask.

    We will always ask 🙂

    Day 6 looks to be a good looking day here, only 23 or more to go...



  • @Virgil I reckon it'd be good if it rained, might keep a few more people at home!!

    Added bonus would be it would fill my farking tanks up!!



  • @taniwharugby said in Lockdown Check In:

    @Virgil I reckon it'd be good if it rained, might keep a few more people at home!!

    Added bonus would be it would fill my farking tanks up!!

    I'd be good if it rained ALOT!



  • @Machpants said in Lockdown Check In:

    @taniwharugby said in Lockdown Check In:

    @Virgil I reckon it'd be good if it rained, might keep a few more people at home!!

    Added bonus would be it would fill my farking tanks up!!

    I'd be good if it rained ALOT!

    God no I have kids here, need them running about at least a part of the day!



  • @R-L said in Lockdown Check In:

    @taniwharugby Not good. Don't ask.

    Where are you based? For some reason I think near me ... if need anything delivered, just say the word snd will see what I can do



  • Because my relatives are animals, they woke me with a group conference call at 7.30am this morning.

    I have my scheduled grocery pick up tomorrow, and I'm near giddy at the thought of escaping for a drive. Bonus of living on a farm, I am kitted with a mask, disposable gloves, and disinfectant wipes. Indeed, anyone who breaks the six foot rule is gonna get a teat disinfectant wipe in the gob.

    I've basically been doing anything but writing, but not so worried about that right now. Managing mental health is more important.



  • I'm going out to buy some milk later. Woohoo! Can't wait...



  • At Waikato Uni, had a week off and its all online study for the next four weeks. About to have first tutorial through zoom and there is technical difficulties from the Tutors end.



  • Struggling with no contact with my niece and nephew who are 4 years old, we are very close spending every weekend together. They just don't understand why we cant cuddle and kiss etc. I am also slightly anxious my parents in NZ may get sick and I cannot get back to see them should the worst happen.

    Also stressing to see if I can get the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payments.

    I also feel guilty that I have lost my job but my wife has to go to work to support us.

    On the positive side I am lucky my wife has a job and we are not under financial stress. We are also both middle aged with no underlying health issues.



  • I have good hours and bad hours - sleep is an issue for a couple of the vets in the house so we're discussing geek shit like setting up proper home networks, new PC builds and how to be an apple/adobe free zone. Oh and buckets of military history discussions.

    also my hard drives of NZ test cricket and rugby are very popular, while all the 70s and 80s UK comedies and dramas are in high demand.



  • @chimoaus where in Whangarei is your mum? Seem great pockets of community support poppig up around.



  • @taniwharugby She is in Kamo, she has plenty of family support which is good. I'm more concerned if she gets sick I cannot get to her, but I imagine nearly every kiwi overseas is in the same boat.



  • @chimoaus ah ok, nice...I'm a bit further out than that.

    Yeah isnt easy at all, my wife is English and her dad lives alone in Herts and already has health issues, sister lives in the midlands, mother lives in Scotland.



  • I'm in comms for a Govt agency so there's still plenty for us to do - for now at least - as we respond to legislative changes and engagement with industry etc.

    Personally, it's all a little odd for me. I moved into my own place in the middle of February, which was timely, but it also means it's pretty much me (as I don't have a bubble buddy). Plenty of Skype calls for work means I'm not just talking to myself plus I'm doing a press up challenge with a bunch of guys so that gets me out of my chair - occasionally.

    Also showing great displicine not to drink until Thursday nights at the very least...



  • @Smudge said in Lockdown Check In:

    I'm in comms for a Govt agency so there's still plenty for us to do - for now at least - as we respond to legislative changes and engagement with industry etc.

    Personally, it's all a little odd for me. I moved into my own place in the middle of February, which was timely, but it also means it's pretty much me (as I don't have a bubble buddy). Plenty of Skype calls for work means I'm not just talking to myself plus I'm doing a press up challenge with a bunch of guys so that gets me out of my chair - occasionally.

    Also showing great displicine not to drink until Thursday nights at the very least...

    What time of the day is this "Thursday Night" you speak of? I have made sure not to start before midday. Is that Thursday Night?



  • @Hooroo I'm with you man. Sunday avos used to be my "stay at home, drink wine all afternoon and cook meat slowly" day. Now every day is a bloody Sunday , except I'm struggling to find the meat!



  • @chimoaus said in Lockdown Check In:

    @taniwharugby She is in Kamo, she has plenty of family support which is good. I'm more concerned if she gets sick I cannot get to her, but I imagine nearly every kiwi overseas is in the same boat.

    I hear this, I'm in the same boat and I'm not even overseas! Unless you count the Cook Straight I guess



  • So we are effectively on Day 12 of lockdown, given we had self iso roll straight into this. Restrictions are basically the same.

    Family is doing pretty well. Kids really enjoying us being around. School starts remotely again next week which will occupy them, and with time difference to Bali, we get mornings to hang our before school starts at 2pm ish.

    I'm pretty happy, some good family time, books, exercise, wine, and of course the Fern. The Wife will be the first to go insane I think.



  • @voodoo said in Lockdown Check In:

    I'm struggling to find the meat!

    I have heard lifting up your belly while looking in the mirror will help you find it.



  • Not too bad here, but my part of my government department has basically dried up until government sets direction in our area. We aren't really priority right now, so that probably won't happen in the immediate term.

    Working from home, but because of the above, most of my work is work-based qualifications and union business (I'm sure nobody is surprised to hear that I am a very active union delegate). Our team is using Zoom to connect, and union stuff has been a mix of Zoom and MS teams (depending on who is organising it).

    Personally and financially fine since we are state workers here, but some worry about the longer term.

    More pressing is my sports club which is obviously closed down right now, and not financially healthy (asset rich, cash poor). I'm sure we can squeeze through, but it's over 150 years old and would be shame to fall over here.



  • I'm pretty used to working from home as I've done it a fair bit, but the idea of doing it straight for the next month hasn't really sunk in.

    I'm very lucky to have job security though, and the wife is keeping the boys occupied during the day. We're going out for walks every day to ensure we get out of the house.

    My wife has had a few health issues of late so I'm pretty worried about her getting it, and like others I have parents around the 70 mark that I'd much rather avoided it as well, though they are in good health. But overall we are doing pretty well so far.



  • Mrs Mariner and i both have full time work to do (i am busier than before the shutdown at the moment!! new government stuff to wade through every day). So day 1 was a challenge. Everyone needs to pull back their expectations as none of us are used to it.

    Mrs Mariner is used to 10 productive hours in the office every day. That's not going to happen here. The kids are not used to doing school work at home. They are also used to, when Mum and Dad are at home, they get constant access to us. Throw in the in-laws living here, and we are all making adjustments. It's going to take a while.

    Work-wise, it's pretty good. Sharepoint and Teams actually make collaboration relatively easy. Meetings are too easy to have though, and still suck time away.



  • @Crazy-Horse said in Lockdown Check In:

    @voodoo said in Lockdown Check In:

    I'm struggling to find the meat!

    I have heard lifting up your belly while looking in the mirror will help you find it.

    so good!! post of the week contender



  • The wife ended mandatory self-isolation so is back to work. Work is in a state of paralysis for a reason unrelated to the virus, so working through that. Have been asked to take a week off but that would interfere with my plans in a few months.

    Nice day outside. Would rather be by the pool.



  • Today's fitness time, walking to the cow shed to play with the newborn calves. Pretty hot today, and of course my nephew and youngest niece required piggybacking so weight training also. Very disappointed no one offered to piggyback me. On a side note, am very grateful for online communities right now. Solo isolating sucks.



  • I am one of the lucky ones. Mrs Crazy and I do the same job so we have not been affected income wise. I am very introverted. Outside of work (and sometimes when I am working) I actively avoid contact with people so isolation is the norm for me.

    Apart from no travel, no sport, more people on my favourite running tracks and the dentist not being able to fix my sore tooth, I have not been all that inconvenienced.



  • @Mokey said in Lockdown Check In:

    Today's fitness time, walking to the cow shed to play with the newborn calves. Pretty hot today, and of course my nephew and youngest niece required piggybacking so weight training also. Very disappointed no one offered to piggyback me. On a side note, am very grateful for online communities right now. Solo isolating sucks.

    Always go first when piggy backing....

    Sounds like the community has stood up very well, maybe a little bit on the intrusive annoying side but probably mean well...



  • @Virgil said in Lockdown Check In:

    @Mokey said in Lockdown Check In:

    Today's fitness time, walking to the cow shed to play with the newborn calves. Pretty hot today, and of course my nephew and youngest niece required piggybacking so weight training also. Very disappointed no one offered to piggyback me. On a side note, am very grateful for online communities right now. Solo isolating sucks.

    Sounds like the community has stood up very well, maybe a little bit on the intrusive annoying side but probably mean well...

    Anyway, enough about you, Virgil...



  • Things are improving at first few days were a fucking shambles. Ms 3 has no f's for covid while mr 10 weeks is in a similar boat.
    I work for a not for profit educational research organisation. Heaps of work with govt about contracts + everything is mental with prepping stuff for when schools go online.
    I'm meant to be on parental leave and working part time but online life means you get hit up heaps more. So that sucks. I'm busy trying to find work for people in various headspace, and I'm actually worried about one team member in particular. All the while trying to make hay on an IT project where I have 3 devs ready to roll with zero distractions (def a silver lining!).

    But overall? Kinda meh and wondering how things are going to escalate as we get deeper into lockdown 😳 I'm thinking I'll take a week of leave in week 3, just to really take a break and hang with family.



  • @Smudge said in Lockdown Check In:

    @Virgil said in Lockdown Check In:

    @Mokey said in Lockdown Check In:

    Today's fitness time, walking to the cow shed to play with the newborn calves. Pretty hot today, and of course my nephew and youngest niece required piggybacking so weight training also. Very disappointed no one offered to piggyback me. On a side note, am very grateful for online communities right now. Solo isolating sucks.

    Sounds like the community has stood up very well, maybe a little bit on the intrusive annoying side but probably mean well...

    Anyway, enough about you, Virgil...

    I’m not bad, thanks for asking...



  • Life got more difficult last week thanks to someone who lists admission to the Golden Key International Honour Society as an achievement. FML



  • @antipodean said in Lockdown Check In:

    Life got more difficult last week thanks to someone who lists admission to the Golden Key International Honour Society as an achievement. FML

    Elaborate?



  • @Hooroo said in Lockdown Check In:

    @antipodean said in Lockdown Check In:

    Life got more difficult last week thanks to someone who lists admission to the Golden Key International Honour Society as an achievement. FML

    Elaborate?

    Massive over reaction to a completely unrelated issue making my job more difficult, resulting in the cats wandering off and have to be herded again. Now everyone's running around like blue arsed flies needlessly doing extra administration.

    The reference to Golden Key gives an indication as to this person's self perception.



  • @antipodean said in Lockdown Check In:

    @Hooroo said in Lockdown Check In:

    @antipodean said in Lockdown Check In:

    Life got more difficult last week thanks to someone who lists admission to the Golden Key International Honour Society as an achievement. FML

    Elaborate?

    Massive over reaction to a completely unrelated issue making my job more difficult, resulting in the cats wandering off and have to be herded again. Now everyone's running around like blue arsed flies needlessly doing extra administration.

    The reference to Golden Key gives an indication as to this person's self perception.

    I'm just not following.

    As you were.



  • @Hooroo he's cleaning up after a self important douche stuck his/her oar into said area/project 😁😁



  • @Mokey said in Lockdown Check In:

    Solo isolating sucks.

    Yeah, I have a good friend in Auckland who just moved up there in February. She doesn’t know anybody really and to make its worse her place doesn’t have any immediate neighbours. She’s on her own with just her dog and TBA I’m a bit worried about her mental health. If we’d had more warning we’d have got her to stay with us down here for the duration but we couldn’t organise it in time.


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