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Parenting in the time of coronavirus

W. and I are both working from home and caring for our three-year-old son, M. In the mornings, M. and I. log on for a Zoom call with his preschool teacher, the 3 students who are on campus with her, and the other 2 students who are logging in from home. We have a brief meeting with them and then go about our day, sometimes doing lots of interesting activities and other days just vegging out in front of the TV. W’s mom comes over six days a week for several hours, which is the only reason I ever get any work done.


I’m in the data analysis and writing phase of writing my dissertation. I interviewed 10 cosplayers and asked them to draw maps situating themselves in relationship to the resources they use when obtaining information related to cosplay. I have now made a list of all of the resources they mention in either their interviews or maps, created 15 categories based on that list, and created an aggregated map of all of the resources they mention in their maps.

I have scaled my dissertation down to 1/3 of its original scope. I’m grieving the loss of the other 2/3 and making plans for moving forward with the writing and any final data analysis I need to do.

Making time for fun

I’m reading for pleasure and loving it. I’m getting super obsessed with the Dark Academia aesthetic.

Prioritizing health

I’m targeting stress reduction through transdermal magnesium and meditation. My next steps involve reconciling good sleep hygiene with the impact of the pandemic on my sleep patterns.

Last updated September 10, 2020.

Kimberly Hirsh @kimberlyhirsh