Re-Entry is a Bitch

Seriously.

When this pandemic started last year, when it was an EMERGENCY, life was easier.

Okay, "easier" might be the wrong word. I should say life was more clear-cut.

Stay home. Wash your hands often for 20 seconds. Only go shopping when absolutely necessary. Wear a mask outside. Use hand sanitizer. Keep your distance! Learn how to zoom!

And so we did. We adjusted. It was a rough adjustment to be sure, but the rules were pretty clear.

We got good at it. Harper learned how to have remote school. I learned how to supervise remote school. I made summer camp for her last year and came up with some fantastic things to do. Kurt shopped at Trader Joe's like a hero. We did meal planning and tried lots of new recipes and baked things we had never baked before. (Why haven't I made that Japanese milk bread again??)

We waited for good news about the vaccine and we got it! Now we have been vaccinated for a while and feel a little more free to move about. LAUSD figured out a way to get kids back to school in a modified manner and that's been going well - weekly on-campus testing, social distancing, etc etc.

BUT.

All that emergency stress and anxiety and adrenaline is still surging on some levels. You can't turn it off like a spigot. I feel much more relaxed about popping over to the store any old time to pick up eggs and milk if we need them. I stopped wearing my mask when I go for my long walks, though I carry one with me and still give space when I walk past other people.

BUT STILL.

Harper is not vaccinated so we can't just do whatever we like any time we like. There is still caution and care taken whenever we all go somewhere. We went out for dinner a few weeks ago, to a lovely outdoor restaurant (one that was built that way, not just taking over a sidewalk and lane of traffic). It was great! But it didn't feel "normal" yet.

Will it ever feel "normal"?

We are going to visit my mom in July and I find myself already planning exactly how to be on the plane with Harper and will be making the rules clear to her as we go. (Double mask on the plane, very little eating/drinking while in flight, throw masks away immediately upon arrival, etc etc).

I'd rather be over cautious than not. And its going to be a long long while before my shoulders and lower back fully relax. Even after Harper gets her vaccination at some point, I will continue to wear a mask inside places we go to. It might just be a placebo at that point, but you know what? Fine.

Also, I got a fish. He's my kitchen friend and I love talking to him.

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Also also, my gardenia plant bloomed for the first time since I planted it about 2 years ago and OMG I'M SO HAPPY.
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But still a bit anxious at times.


The Corona Diaries - The Twilight Zone

It's been almost a month since I last posted. Things have changed in a lot of ways and the blogging is not coming along as a regular thing anymore.

Which is FINE.

Kurt and I are now fully vaccinated and Harper started back to school on April 21st.

Things are certainly not "normal" but they are getting closer and closer in our little world. All of our friends are vaccinated and we had an amazing "hey we are in the neighborhood can we drop by?" phone call from some of them the other day which led to a 2 hour hang out on our deck without masks! That was sooooo nice.

We still only go grocery shopping once a week, but I feel like I have the freedom now to pop into a store to get a forgotten item any time if I need it. We don't see friends on the regular, but I know we'll start to more often. Harper has swimming again on Saturdays and summer is not too far away with in-person camp (with restrictions of course) and then our trip to Maui. There is a lot to look forward to in a careful, thought out way. And masks. Happy to still wear a mask. {knock on wood} We haven't had a cold or anything for over a year. I'm happy to keep it that way for a lot longer! {knock on wood}

A few people told me they cried getting their 2nd vaccine shot. Being the weepy type myself, I thought I would. Instead, I cried seeing Harper off to school again!

She prepped her outfit the night before.

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I am relearning how to pack a lunch and snack.
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BACK TO SCHOOL!
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Safe Distances while we wait to go in the gate with temp checks and daily pass checks. Harper gets tested at school every week.
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BYEEEEE!!!!
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We had another overnight/baking adventure in Ojai with our friend Betty. Yummy dutch baby breakfast!

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This giant dude (still a puppy!) is named Indiana and he cruises around our neighborhood.
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I'm still baking from time to time. Found a blueberry cookie recipe which I liked and they are pretty purple cookies!
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Biscuit has had many adventures lately. Roof climbing...

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...and lizard (DINOSAUR!) catching. The giant lizard's tail was long gone and I thought it was close to death. I picked it up and took it too the front yard and it sat for a minute then BOLTED away. Whew. I know, it goes against the prime directive, but cats have nine lives, so why not give a lizard another chance?

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A friend gave Harper this funny karaoke microphone. She loves it.
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And we are stocked up for summer! Okay, well, for a few warm days anyway. These won't last long...
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That's kind of it. I've been working on a new creative project, doing some paying work from home and making future travel plans. It's weird to feel "free" to do that. It all feels weird. I hope more people get vaccinated. I hope things continue to get better and better. I hope.


The Corona Diaries Week 54.5 and 55 - School Rounding The Bend

The last weekend of Spring Break, after such a lovely relaxing time in Ojai and a fun time in San Luis Obispo, we all chilled out at home a bit before school started back again.

Kurt sent pics of the cats keeping him company while we were gone.

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I donated blood.

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And we prepared for Easter fun.

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What happens when you leave food coloring out on the counter...ugh.
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Next morning, the hunt was on! Harper doesn't think there is an easter bunny, but she sure loves to look for eggs!
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It took her a while to LOOK UP. (click for bigger images of eggs in trees!)
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Easter Breakfast with cinnamon "rabbit" rolls. (which look more like snails, let's be honest)
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And one deviled egg.
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Then also for the 2nd year in a row, a rhyming treasure hunt put on by Kurt! Harper whipped through the house, finding the next clues which led to a basket full of treats. Mostly clothes and books. Just a few candy treats for our little sugar fiend.
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Then return to school life and life life. Life with Willoughby.
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And my strawberry plant is making a wee strawberry!
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Eating more healthy yummy food.
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Thank you to Gammo for her easter card and $$
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Neighbors on my walk have this cute canned ham trailer and she's called "Myrtle"!! Love.
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Shopping at Trader Joe's when suddenly - this. It took me two reads not to see CYANIDE. I mean it's been a tough year.
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I taught Harper how to use an actual phone. We had a small earthquake the other day and it got me thinking that if something happened to me or Kurt (and the other wasn't home) Harper doesn't really know how to use a phone!! Yikes. So she got lessons and talked on the phone TWICE with Gammo and once with Betty.
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Biscuit making friends.
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Betty stopped by for a quick visit and brought Harper a new mask. So here was Harper's thank you card. LOVE the unicorn circus action.

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We started our spring garden patch. Which Willoughby then PEED IN!!! Shaking my head.

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I hope the garden actually works this year. Last year everything (except the green beans) got eaten by bugs. So we got marigolds and geranium to plant amongst the veggies to hopefully ward them off. And also waiting for the praying mantis seed pod to hatch.

Harper started back to swimming lessons again. She was so happy.

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Grace gave me one of her favorite quotes. Genius and I'm keeping it close.

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Harper redesigned one of her toys:

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She drew a portrait of me one night after dinner. ("Do you want braids or pony tails?" "Which do you think look better?" "I'll do pony tails, easier to draw.")
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Then the BEST picture. Harper asked if she could watch tv when it wasn't time to watch tv. So I said no and she went to her room and immediately drew this. I was howling with laughter - on the inside.
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She's funny, that Harper. Expresses herself well with art.

 

Oy. And so that's been the last two weeks. I'm getting tired of blogging about Covid life when it feels like Covid life is SO CLOSE to being done. It's not actually that close, but feels like it which then makes it more frustrating.

I feel like the wind has definitely picked up in our sails, but damn if I don't also have a few oars in the water pulling as hard as I can!

 

 

 

 


The Corona Diaries Week 54 - Spring Break Part II

The morning we were to pack up and head to Ojai, Kurt got word that a job he was going to be starting had heated up quicker than expected. So we drove him back home.

Saw this dog having a windy drive on the way.

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Then in Santa Barbara the traffic was terrible so we pulled off closer to Montecito and found a lovely little french bistro where a) Harper could go to the bathroom and b) we could have some lunch SITTING DOWN AT A RESTAURANT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A YEAR! omg

This silly picture does not do it justice. But it was so odd to actually be doing it. Sitting there. Being served. WEIRD. It doesn't feel real and I'm not sure when we'll actually eat at a restaurant again for a while to make it more official!

We dropped Kurt at home, then Harper and I went back up to Ojai. We checked into our little hotel where WE EACH GOT OUR OWN QUEEN SIZED BED! Whew. Then we headed over to our friend Betty's to start the cookie baking process. Gotta make the dough then let it rest overnight.
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As always there are books to be read at Betty's.
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Waking up in our own beds!
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Cute pup in the coffee line.

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Then cookies! Betty has over a hundred cookie cutters and a good part of the morning was spent sorting and choosing shapes. The rolling and cutting commenced
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I mostly sat in the cozy living room, listening to the girls talk and bake. It was the most relaxing time I've had in a long long long time.

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The cookies, as always, were YUMMY. Betty is a fantastic baker.
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Always time for more reading.

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Fun with Mr. Bean.

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Then we walked around the lovely garden outside Betty's house. Harper played in the dirt while Mr. Bean looked on.
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Later it was time to go back to the hotel for a swim. Critical Spring Break activity.
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Then we went back to Betty's that evening for yummy local pizza and salad and a long long relaxing chat as Harper got to play on the ipad and Betty and I could have grown up talk. The next morning we packed up and went back to Betty's for another morning visit then we headed south.

It was Thursday mid-day. And here was the 405 s over the supelveda pass. It stayed like this for no reason until the 10. I am not going to miss this when we leave here.

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I mean, I'm grateful that I've lived here so long that when the GPS tells you to get in the far right lane and I'm in the far left lane, I don't break a sweat. Traffic doesn't scare me. It just annoys me.
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Harper wrote a thank you card to Betty.
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It was a very good spring break and I'm greedy for more time in Betty's Bungalow Bakery. Luckily, Harper wants to learn how to make cheesecake (or at least help someone who is making one) so we will go back to Ojai next weekend for more relaxing visits and yummy baked goods and excellent company.

 

 

 


The Corona Diaries Week 54 - Spring Break Part I

We got out of Dodge for a few days over Spring Break. I was so ready. (I'm still ready for next trip and the one after that and the one after that. LET'S GO.)

But first I had to tidy up the car because yowza. Colorful, but yowza.

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We drove to San Luis Obispo to stay for two nights at the Madonna Inn. We've been stopping there for lunches when we drive north to visit the Callahans in Santa Cruz so now we were going to stay. We got the "Antique Cars" room.

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Antique Car wallpaper and drapes. Also two double beds. Not queen size. Oy. One night I slept with Kurt and the next I slept with Harper. Neither was great. (And somehow the mom always gets the short side of the bed...)

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We explored the hotel area a little after our drive, walking up to where the pool was.

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Meeting some horses.

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Going to the lovely little garden near our room.
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Harper told us to stand in the giant stone thing, as though we were getting married.
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And we had to kiss, masks and all.
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That evening's adventure: Drive In Theater!! We picked up some food and snacks and went to see a movie the old fashioned way.

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We parked backward and opened the back hatch, piled up the pillows and blankets and Harper got her bear (and her thumb) and enjoyed the show. Kurt found a way to to get comfortable by putting a seat down and reclining. I sat in the driver's seat, reading social media on my phone and escorting Harper to the bathroom. Luckily it was a movie we'd seen already, so no big deal that it was not ideal...but it was an experience!

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Then back to the tiny beds for a mediocre night sleep.

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Next morning - donuts!
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Then off to a boardwalk trail through a nature preserve. Harper was thrilled. (But she got into it later...)
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The view of Morro Bay was SPECTACULAR.
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It was a lovely walk, actually.

There is a place at Volcano National Park called Devastation Trail. When I was Harper's age, we would go to Volcano and that boardwalk trail was one of my favorite spots. It was originally built over a recent (cooled) lava flow (This was in the 70's) and was fascinating. I loved walking through the misty landscape, imagining all kinds of wonderful things. So watching Harper run ahead on this boardwalk made me hope her imagination was sparked somehow. Or I'm just 100% projecting... Funny thing about Devastation Trail - when we first went in the mid-70's, it was all cinder and cooled lava. Ten years later there was SO much regrowth it was hardly devastated at all. I'd love to back there now. I'm sure I won't recognize it at all. Nature is awesome like that.

Back to SLO - Once we drove into Morro Bay proper, the sun came out and we got to walk around the big rock.
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The afternoon was all about swimming in the pool at the hotel. Well. Harper swam, I sat in a hot tub and also read under an umbrella. I know, I know, pics or it didn't happen, but sometimes you just relax and forget about your camera.

The late afternoon adventure was going into downtown SLO to find some dinner to take back to the hotel. But first a stop at Bubble Gum Alley.
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Harper leaving her offering.
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I put mine next to hers.
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We found sushi and took it back to our wonderful room (#sarcasm) and feasted.
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Then for dessert - champagne cake from the bakery at the Madonna Inn. Our favorite. The three of us only ate 1/2 of it.
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The next morning we packed up and had a small detour to our trip.


The Corona Diaries Week 52 and 53 - Seriously Ready To Be Done

This post is two weeks worth. As previously mentioned, I'm getting a bit bored of these posts, even if it is still representing real life in Covid-World.

But things are moving.

We are going to send Harper back to school for their modified elementary grades program. Half of each class back in the classroom at a time for three hours a day. (Two shifts of them.) It will be interesting. I'm less concerned about academics and more about Harper being able to socialize, even in modified ways. And to PLAY! That will be the week of April 19.

This coming week is spring break and we are getting out of town. More on that next week.

I've been doing some paying work, which has been good for the bank accounts, and hasn't made me too crazed.

Let's get too it. I have mini roadtrip packing to do!

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FOOD

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Irish soda bread and green soup for St. Patrick's Day. Soda bread was not cut well enough before baking and was a bit underbaked. :-(  The soup was good.

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Saw a recipe for chocolate cake you make in the baking pan. I knew I had all the ingredients so I just whipped it up. It was quite good and I'm not a chocolate cake eater, which made it really easy to have one small piece and not want any more.
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Still loving the school lunch trays.
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KALUA PIG! Yum.

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FAMILY OUTING

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ART

I'm still teaching the third grade art class once a week. I had them make shamrock collages. Here is Harper's which I thought was pretty cool! Using so many objects and such.

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Mine was more traditional collage
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Harper also has an afternoon art class called "Hidden Art." So they do things like this: Elephant...
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...Goose
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Another hidden art work.

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In class I found a fun wave painting project. We talked about the famous Japanese wave image (click here) and then we made these.

Here's Harper's.
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My own, which I quite like.
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We watched Raiders of the Lost Ark. Harper didn't seem super into it as she ran to get paper and pencil to draw while we watched. But this was what she was drawing:

The Staff of Ra
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The eyepatch guy with the monkey.
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Indy doing the switch on the golden idol
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Marian Ravenwood clearing the drinks glasses on a try and her medallion on its chain.
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I guess she was paying attention. But her verdict on the movie (from the opening frames!) "This movie is OLD!" I was going to argue a little but did the math and, in fact, the movie is old. 40 years!

Harper did a picture for Mom's birthday card. Including her cat Belle who is in kitty heaven, but is coming out of her grave (!!) to celebrate.

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FASHION

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PLAYDATES IN TIMES OF COVID

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MISC AROUND THE HOUSE/NEIGHBORHOOD

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New/old ice cream scoopers. (Tape for scale)
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This little thing has been stored for the last year. It is now street legal!
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Best of all, Kurt and I both got our first vaccine shots last week. By mid-May we will be fully vaccinated. Whew and yay!


The Corona Diaries Week 51 - One Year Later - Impatient and Antsy

I've put off writing this for two days because I'm getting so bored with it. After a year, I want to be done with Corona Diaries. (I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this.) Also, I think I miscounted weeks somewhere in there. Last week should have been 52...oh well. Time has no meaning anyway.

Part of the impatience is the anxiety that after all this time, we could still catch Covid. Not that we are changing how we are living right now, not at all. But numbers are still high in LA County and you just never know. I have been consistently wearing two masks any time I go out, and washing hands and using sanitizer, etc etc., and I still worry. We've not been doing many play dates out in the park, and the two times we have it's only been with one other kid and their parent. And both times we have gone were Sunday mornings and the park was PACKED with kids at soccer practice and all the accompanying families milling around and playing in the playground. Which is not great for Harper because then we don't let her play in the playground. Too many kids/people.

I'm a very calm, relaxed person. It's been a stressful year and I do get stressed, but I often get asked by doctors - is your pulse/ blood pressure always this low? Yup. But those Sundays, seeing the park teeming with humanity makes my eye twitch. Luckily the only place that is empty in the park is the big lawn and that is where we sit.

There is also a new restaurant* across the street with a huge outdoor patio and it is packed. And it looks so inviting...god it looks so nice. But we are not going out to eat yet. Not even out on a giant outdoor patio in sunny Santa Monica. Kurt and I even drove by one of those days and said, "Do you think we could...?" and then we both said, "Nope. Not yet."

And let's not start on going back to school. That will more than likely happen a month from now, in a modified form. But I'm not going to worry about it for now. That's for later.

One year.

One year and still more tough times to come. It is getting better - I know that. I see the infection and death rate numbers going down and the vaccinated numbers going up. But it's not fast enough to change anything yet. LA is still in the "Red" zone. There are still plenty of people who will get sick and some who will die from this. And even with millions of people being vaccinated every day, if you live in LA and are eligible, it's challenging to even find an appointment for a vaccine right now. (I looked just for fun.)

I had to pick up something at CVS the other day and the amount of hand sanitizer displayed was almost obscene. Remember a year ago you couldn't get any for months and months? And now, we are swimming in it. And we will live with it as a much more involved thing in our lives forever.

I tell you what though-and I've mentioned this before-I do not miss being sick. We haven't had a cold or anything in a year. That's been nice/amazing. And I plan on continuing the mask and sanitizing routine for a long time to come.

So. Last week. It rained! And hailed! Twice in one day!

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Harper had to warm her hands after collecting the hail.
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And no, there was no snow cone creation or eating of the hail in any way as it had been collected from the dirty tarp hanging over our driveway...

Harper asked for a nail painting session to paint each other's nails. Precision is not her strong suit yet.

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Last time it rained, a week before, the power had gone out for a few hours. Harper loved that (No school!) and so she wanted to recreate it one night and have "old time" night. We kicked it super old school with candles and a game of Sorry.

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Sorry is my favorite game because there is no real skill involved, but it's exciting. Things can change for better or worse at any time.

We got another check from our insurance company for all the non-driving we've been doing this year. It's a big help.

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I have a friend who buys vintage china. He is fantastic about it in that he actually uses most of it. It's not purely decorative. (I'm too practical for just having stuff to look at. I like it to be functional!) He also collects vintage airline dishes from first class service. I was inspired to buy one little plate myself. A United Airlines plate. I love the old school logo and United was always our airline to and from Hawaii forever. I have nostalgia for it so bought this. I'd love to have three more as it's such a good size for bread/butter or little sammiches.

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Not much in exciting cooking last week. We had a lovely brunch on Saturday with bacon from the monthly bacon delivery Kurt gets as his Xmas gift from my mom. I love doing an all in one serving platter.

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In non food things, Harper has been experimenting with things in the kitchen. Flour, food coloring, spices, etc etc. She created this, uh, concoction last week.

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It smelled good!

And cats.

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And now I am off to try my hand at a vaccine stand by line at the Rite Aid near me. Fingers crossed.


The Corona Diaries Week 50 - March Again

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Just impatient. I know I'm not alone.

This week I did have some serious fears about our stupid government. Same fears and yes, I know it's a million times better than what could have been - we got the best we could get with Biden and majority in the house and senate. But oh those majorities are slim and not perfect. The fact that last year, ALL the democrats voted yes on the first aid package, making Trump look good but mostly HELPING PEOPLE. Then this year ALL the republicans voted against the current aid package. Cruel and callous and sad.

Anyway. One foot in front of the other.

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Caught this nice gathering on Monday during a morning break from school.

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Monday's art was inspired by Kandinsky's color/circle study.
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I can't wait for school to open up again.

Harper did a card for a friend in NYC.

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She also got a delayed and fun valentine from Grace up north. Sweet!
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On Tuesday it rained. Harper celebrated thusly.
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Then the power went out* so we all sat on the big bed and watched it rain. Then I got the genius idea to see if power was out at the CVS down the street and if it was, would they have vaccine's going to waste and if so, could we get one?!?! Kurt leaped into action and into the car to find out. The power was indeed out! Yay! But this CVS wouldn't get vaccines for another couple of weeks. Boo! It was a great idea though.
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*It has rained, what? TWICE in the last 3 months? Then it rains for only about an hour and not really that hard and the power goes out. Shaking my head.

Later in the week Harper got new socks. She likes them a lot.
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Biscuity goodness.

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Friday night we had a friend over for social distant dining alfresco. I made Plate Lunch dinner (shoyu chicken, mac salad, rice and broccoli). It was YUM. And so nice to have a little company.
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Yesterday (Saturday) we went on a long walk/urban hike along the bluff above Playa Vista. There was much grumbling at the start, but we made through 3.5 miles with help from shade, some snacks and the distraction of finding two geocaches.

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We walked beneath the LMU letters - a vantage point I'd never had in college when Playa Vista was Hughes Aircraft and mostly dusty fields.
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Bird's Eye view:

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One of the geocaches.
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We neared the end of our walk and found these fabulous structures.
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Then Harper got to play on a playground for a while - something we've not been doing lately. She loved it.

Being in this new (to us) park area was a breath of fresh air. It made me so excited about going to new places again, traveling to the Pacific Northwest and scouting potential neighborhoods to live in, finding parks to play in, all of it. I can not wait.

Impatient.

 


The Corona Diaries Week 49 - Cresting The Summit

Apologies for switching metaphors on you.

Maybe it should have been "I feel a breeze coming" or some such.

I'm starting to feel some positive stuff again. That's the main take away. More people I know are getting vaccinated, another vaccine has been approved, and summer is looking better and better. I even started looking at flights to far away places for Christmas time. I was going to say "I guess you call that hope," but I haven't lost hope, I guess I lost patience. I wanted to speed things up to better days. Don't we all.

Part of what was screwing me up was my dumb brain doing that hindsight thing. Thoughts like "Well, if you had started that last April, you'd be done by now" which is true on one hand. True in a normal year. But total BS for 2020. I mean, in April 2020 everything was still scary and weird and unclear and uncertain. How could you plan anything when the whole world felt out of balance, on fire and insane? (That orange guy was still president and it was not clear if he would be reelected or not!)

The old monkey brain, the bullsh*t talking brain was trying to make me feel like I had failed. Failed what? So I reflected back on the last year and am proud of the things I've accomplished:

  • Kept the household running smoothly
  • Cooked good dinners most nights (we eat together at the table almost every night)
  • Learned how to make Japanese milk bread (better make some more this week)
  • Put on an amazing array of summer camp activities for Harper last year (this one is HUGE)
  • Worked my ASS off during the fall with election volunteering/texting. YOU'RE WELCOME AMERICA.
  • Went camping (well, that was not wildly successful! but we sort of did it...)
  • Had a getaway to the desert in November
  • Completed one manuscript for a short novel
  • Started another manuscript for a short novel
  • Kept a group of friends connected and supported every week (every single week)
  • Started running jogging trudging again. Okay okay, I'll give myself "jogging". (It is definitely not running!)
  • Gained only five pounds this year. Amazing, honestly.
  • Schooled Harper in all the Marvel movies.
  • Taught Art class almost every week for Harper's third grade glass. (Extra challenging over zoom, let me tell you!)

That's the list that comes to mind as I sit here on a Sunday morning. Please feel free to tell me what else I've done/accomplished this year.

Swords08This past week has been a really good one in terms of attitude shift. And not just my attitude with the pandemic, the anticipation of things getting so much better, but with the longer future, my own path, where-to next in my life. Like the seeds I planted a few years ago, which have been growing into small plants, are now finally showing signs of flowering (which will then bear fruit not unlike the strawberry plant in my kitchen - see below).

Ms. Eight Of Swords over here has been a running theme so far for 2021 and I revisit her message often, especially the reversed position. Don't let that image fool you, there is good news within.

Now onto the weekly recap. Let's start with cats.

This guy.

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I wake up before the sun to get very quiet, very focused creative time to myself. First stop, go potty. Mr. Biscuit usually follows me in. Sometimes he jumps up on the sink. But last week? Well. I don't know what to tell  you other than I'm glad I had my phone with me.

Just trying to pee here, Mr. Biscuit. Could you give me some space?
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Also, on one morning last week around 4am, he jumped on my little nightstand (something else he never does) and KNOCKED MY GLASS OF WATER OFF THE TABLE. Grrrr. Nothing like being up at 4am mopping up water in the dark. Cats.

This was a big week for Biscuit as he killed his first bird. Eek! Apparently he brought it in the house and was playing with its lifeless body in the hallway. Willoughby needs to teach him leave it at the door, like she does.
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But he's so pretty.
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Kurt and Willoughby shared a moment.
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Blood orange was the theme at Trader Joe's this week. Make their blood orange cake and bought some of the actual oranges which turned into a cocktail. But the cocktail needed a touch of sweet (That is salt on the rim.)

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Ate some lovely fresh greens and purples.
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Baked our favorite no-knead olive bread which literally sits for 8 hours, then you flop it around a little more, let it sit for another hour then bake it.

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Burned myself in the process AND it was under-baked. Fack.
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Saw a new doctor, new GP, and did the fasting all morning before the appointment (to get the blood tests done). Special treat was picking up a chicken burrito from Poquito Mas for lunch. Haven't been there in ages.
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Harper helped me with a birthday card for her cousin Matthew.

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I met an old friend in Sierra Madre and we walked to a coffee place next door to a cleaners. PANTORIUM! It just made me laugh. "BRING YOUR PANTS TO THE PANTORIUM!"
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The aforementioned strawberry plant. I got this as a thank you gift last summer when I sewed masks for a friend. It came as a packet of seeds and a little ceramic planting pot with dirt which I planted and keep in our kitchen window sill.

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They grew, then I split apart the tiny plants and put half in a bigger pot. And this week I noticed tiny flowers with wee little strawberries forming! There are about four on the plant. I can't believe it. I'm so pleased and proud. Add this to my list: Patience and nurturing of my strawberry plants.
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Patience and nurturing. We all need that more than anything this year.


The Corona Diaries Week 48 - Ever Drifting

Sums it all up:

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Mockingbird here to mock me. Because what I need is more mocking. As if my self-loathing is not enough.
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Made an egg salad sandwich on white bread with lots of salt. It was yummy.
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Marinated ribs kalbi style.
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Then grilled them up. Also yummy.
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Prepped science class items for Harper.
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Monorail Biscuit.

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Harper wanted to go to the windy hiking spot again. So we did.
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Our neighbors with the amazing winter garden stopped me on my walk the other morning and said to please pick a big handful. So I did.
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Went to the park today with one friend from school. They have a 3 month old baby.

IT WAS SO HARD NOT TO REACH OUT AND GRAB UP THE BABY TO SNUGGLE AND SMOOCH.
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It was nice to see friends in real life.

I'm really really really really really fucking tired of this shit.