Now that my husband and I have been self-isolating and working together at home for more than two weeks, it’s time for a performance review.
Alex is a highly competent employee with problem-solving skills that make him a leader in the institution. He has a unique ability to work both holistically and with extreme attention to detail. Some skills Alex can work on are drinking tea less ostentatiously and lowering the volume of his constant, anguished sighs.
I already knew my husband was good at his job before coronavirus quarantine made us co-workers. I’d seen him answer emails and heard…
“Do something!” I said, desperately.
“It’s done,” my husband replied.
This is our marriage in Overcooked 2: Carnival of Chaos. We found the video game at the end of a quest for a shared indoor activity. As a pair of neurotic overachievers, we spend many of our nonworking hours trying not to fret about our jobs.
My husband tends to worry about whether everyone is secretly disappointed with him, and I about whether I’ve relinquished too much control or put myself into circumstances that I can’t succeed in. …
In case you didn’t notice, people seem pretty angry lately. There’s the vitriol you see printed on T-shirts and chanted at Trump rallies and the “Can you believe he said that?” tweets and “I know!” replies. There was the torrent of abuse poured on Leslie Jones and the cast of Ghostbusters when the female-led remake came out and the heated resentment aimed at the Star Wars team for featuring Kelly Marie Tran, an Asian-American actor, in The Last Jedi. There are the people meme-ing Tom Brady kissing his son on the lips and the people who are still burning effigies…
Yankun Zhao: No, I have not, actually. I was originally born in China, and I moved to the islands in 2010. My stepdad is American, and my mom is from China, and around early elementary school, my stepfather realized that the education that they were teaching in China, specifically English, was not on par to what he experienced.
Well, I think first is the diversity. I actually landed in San Francisco first, because I was planning to visit my grandparents when I first came to America. When I got to the airport, there were just people of all…
Morris Plains, New Jersey
Abigail Gringeri: I mean, yeah, who doesn’t?
I kind of just remind myself that I’m always going to have another try. And to be honest, I enjoy the practices more than the meets. They don’t mean so much. You can just chill out with your friends and have a good time [at practice], where the meets are more competitive. But I try my best because that’s all you can do.
Right now, it’s 5.13. That’s a weighted GPA. We use a 6.0 scale, so if you get an A in an AP class, it’s worth 6.0…
Lauren McColloey: We help come up with stories, and then make sure people are keeping up with them.
I guess timeliness and what people will be most interested in reading about.
Yeah, we do our first one on Wednesday.
I read Jane Eyre, so I have to deliver an analytical speech about it.
I always try to look right over their heads so I don’t have to look right at them.
Because — I don’t know. Even when we started doing this assignment, the person I’m sitting by is, like…
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Anna Blythe: I’ve been going to UPC [University Presbyterian Church] since I was, like, four years old. That’s where my dad grew up, and I kind of just grew up going to church.
Well, we meet every Sunday during the school year, and we have dinner together. And last year we started this thing called Small Groups. Once a month, we’d break into our small groups, where there would be cooking, or we made crafts. And there were other nights where we’d just talk to each other. It really varies a lot.
One time that stuck…
New Orleans, Louisiana
Annaje Rious: Yeah, I was, because we evacuated, and my parents were honest with me. They told me there was a really big storm coming and that we had to go. I was a little scared, but we had evacuated before for hurricanes, so I thought, it’s probably no big deal. I don’t think I realized how bad it was until we got to Tennessee, which is where like my grandmother lived. I was sitting in front of the TV, and they put the news on and showed New Orleans looking destroyed.
No, it was right on…