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The newly restored Prudence Crandall Museum

It has been a while since I've checked in.

For the past month, it has been go, go, go.

I have been working primarily from home. Even though the restrictions due to Covid have been lifted almost completely, there was no reason to go into "the office". My office will be the museums once they reopen in May, although I have been out to all the museums at least once since starting.

In the meantime, I have a nice little space set up at home. I get up, work for a couple of hours, go for a run, walk or bike ride at lunch time, then back to work. I greet the boys when they come home from school, and life goes on.

My husband is now back in the office 3 days a week, although once the museums reopen, he may change it to all depends.

It's a pretty sweet gig for the moment. And I am actually getting quite a bit done.

Image from the Library of Congress, planned to use in an education program

I have written 3 school curriculum / educational programs for 2 museums, as well as the museum script for an exhibit. Even though all these things will need to be tested and gone over, I am feeling quite accomplished.

Unlike my athletic life.

I'm still floundering even though I have been much more active. It is currently just a week until the Traprock 17k trail race. I have been training for it, although not as I should.

After a trail run last week with the running group that puts on the race, I realized that I will be able to complete the course by the cut off time, but I won't be fast.

On top of West Barn Door Hill...overlooking where we had just come from...the top of that other hill.

I also realized that trail running is completely different that what I was doing.

Basically, I just ran in the woods.

They do too, but they have no problem "fast walking" up steep grades. A little faster than me, but it is still walking. This group is very social, talking all the time and regrouping and taking pictures.

I can do that. They also focus a lot more on distance than speed (although speed is still a factor). Trail runners are more into the distance and the journey. They train for "Ultras"...long distance races on trails.

As interesting as 50 km in the woods sounds, I don't think I'm quite ready for that yet.

Race day won't be as social, and relaxed, but that's ok.

Come May, my schedule will change again. I will work more weekends, and I won't be working on programming as much. I'll be more on the front lines. The schedule is filling up with school class visits, events, and special programs.

I've forgotten how much I enjoyed working in a museum.

Just finished the birthday bike ride!

With the new schedule, I'm hoping to lead a morning bike ride during the week on my day off. I'm thinking of calling it the "Mom's ride", as I'm hoping those stay at home mom's will come join me after the kids are off to school or camp.

I'm still missing my "other life", but it seems that everyone is getting along just fine without me. The bike shop is busy, but succeeding. My boys are just fine coming home from school and doing what they need to do. The house is still standing, and it's all good.

I even got to celebrate my friend's birthday with a quick bike ride after work.

Now, it is time to get back to work. These programs don't write themselves.

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