So, the big victory of the week was finding flour. Ok, not the biggest victory, but it is strange how that one missing ingredient weighed on me. So, today, I could make waffles! Woot! Of course, the bounty of flour made me realize that I am running out of vegetable oil, so that will be a concern for another day. And, yes, I must keep up my exercise game if I want to bake.
Work-wise, the CDSN faced a personnel crisis--my project coordinator, Jeff Rice, got a tenure track job at Macewan University, so I had to find a replacement. This week, we had interviews via skype, and I am most happy that we found an excellent person to take the spot. She officially starts in July, but is already jumping into our deliberations and planning. And we are planning. We will be holding an event in about a week--an online brainstorming conference to discuss potential policies for the Canadian defence/security sector as they adapt to the new COVID-19 realities. There is much enthusiasm for this effort, which might mean it is a good idea. Or it might mean folks are bored and need a distraction. Either way, it is the least we can do--to bring whatever insights we can to address this national and international crisis.
It was a very zoom-ful week, as the weekly teleconference with my mother and siblings got bigger with the addition of my cousins, the weekly zoom with the next generation included marking my mother's 88th birthday (I chose not to include the video--most Saidemans can't sing), the aforementioned MCU politics panels, and a beer with a few friends last night.
Of course, all of this is in a very frustrating context: that there is much pressure to open things up even though the basic requirements are far from being met--testing and heaps of it, that the President of the United States is ramping up his incitement of violence against state governments controlled by Democrats, that the US is cutting funding of the World Health Organization at a time where the WHO needs the money the most, and so on.
I did get one of my online purchases this week, which presents the basic message for all of us to be patient with the social distancing and all that: