With most of quarantining and embracing the work-from-home lifestyle, we’re spending a lot more time with our furry friends. While we may miss seeing our colleagues in-person, we are enjoying extra quality time Fluffy and Fido.






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Now that most of us have entered our fifth, sixth, or possibly even seventh week of teleworking and social distancing, our “new normal” is finally starting to feel mundane. Over the past several weeks, we’ve been urged to keep with a routine: wake up, exercise, take a shower, make a healthy breakfast – day after day, in an attempt to keep life moving forward and as normal as possible. However, one aspect of our daily routine seems to have been overlooked – our commute.






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As we enter week six of telework, I find myself looking for small bits of normalcy. Finding new ways to support local businesses that I enjoy frequenting the most has helped achieve that. Rewinding to early March, I packed up my essentials at the 300Brand offices and thought I’d be back in a few short weeks. In those early days, I saw a lot of my favorite local businesses scrambling to launch virtual offerings. Yoga studios were streaming classes on social media, coffee shops were offering online ordering, and neighborhood restaurants were adding delivery for the first time. Were these options perfect? No. But they were helping us all get by.






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Here’s an overview of some of the latest developments on the government and tech fronts due to COVID-19.






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The other night, my husband and I were sitting at the dinner table, having a moment of peace after a long day of work, homeschooling, and parenting our two young children. We were talking about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our daily lives, and I said, “You know, this will be like September 11th. There will be a very clear before and after. Things will never be the same again.”






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It’s Day 21 of quarantine (but who’s counting?), and now that we’re about 1,000 Zoom meetings in, we’ve noticed that grooming habits in our Fed IT community have, shall we say, evolved…






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Everyone knows by now that the best way to flatten the coronavirus curve is to stay at home as much as possible and practice physical distancing. But as weeks of social distancing drag into months, cabin fever and loneliness have begun to set in.






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How are you feeling today? A little stressed out and anxious? While social distancing and Stay at Home Orders are the best decision when it comes to flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19, being cooped up inside and missing friends and family can be incredibly stressful. Coupled with fear and anxiety over getting the virus, its no wonder that many are struggling to calm down, turn their brains off, and get a good night’s rest.






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