After 11 weeks at home, we’re starting to see more services and activities open up. It was also a week with big news stories. The death toll hit 100,000 diagnosed COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday. It is probably 10% higher due to overall increase in deaths year over year.
The other biggest story this week was the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis on Monday evening. Thankfully the event was taped by bystanders who begged the officers to get off of Mr. Floyd resulting in the swift firing of four officers and on Thursday the arrest of the primary killer.
There have been protests all over the nation with sadly many becoming ugly despite the original intent. It’s hard to get people to listen to you when you’re being violent throwing things at other people, destroying property and looting. It frustrates me because the protest message is getting lost.
Pets are great for helping with anxiety over these troubles. Here’s Charger to make you smile.
All of this overshadowed the launch of SpaceX yesterday for the first time astronauts went to space from the US in 9 years.
My Week in Review
Let’s move away from those very big and complex topics to my world where we were sad for another reason. It was the two year anniversary of our oldest child (and only daughter) passing. She is missed and always in our hearts.
Phase 2 Openings
First last week I got a text from my friend and hair stylist that she’s making appointments now that salons are reopening. I have decided to go with the natural color of my hair no matter how gray it is and advised her I wanted to blend it with my colored hair. She said it will be most likely highlights and lowlights.
Now I don’t want to be among the first to rush in and since I’m not seeing anyone I know other than my husband my appointment is in late June. This way they can get their procedures down pat and I can see if any surges result from this new opening. She did let me know they aren’t allowed to blow day hair. Of course, there are masks and social distancing going on.
Secondly, libraries will allow patrons to order books again this coming week. I will be online first thing tomorrow ordering some up. Then when they get to your neighborhood branch, you set an appointment for pickup outside the building.
San Diego beaches will open up for passive use Tuesday but not the parking lots. That makes it hard to do a day at the beach for most of us.
This week I received a box of beef and pork cuts from ButcherBox. It’s an high quality subscription box and of course you can change boxes or add on extra products. I had tried it a couple of years ago but when started having problem finding meat, restarted my subscription.
The cool thing is you don’t know what cuts you’ll get month to month so it does allow me to try things.
Be aware that quantity of one for the first three items is really two packages. So two pounds of ground sirloin, two pounds of beef stew meat and two ribeye steaks.
No, we didn’t go see a movie and probably won’t for some time. But I did sign up for an online cooking class at Chibo which was held yesterday morning my time. Right at the start of the class, I took this pic of my screen next to the waiting ingredients.
This one was a keto baking class taught by Kristie Sullivan (my absolutely favorite cookbook author) but they have many options for different cuisines. It was more fun than I thought and the end product turned out well. You’ll see that in my Keto update post in a couple of days.
I also had a online class with a diabetes nurse (and about 10 others) Wednesday evening that was not as much fun. It’s the topic; not the instructor. It definitely reinforced why I need to cut the carbs.
Last note here is about the canceled April Eagles concert. The first time it was rescheduled to September we were not given the option to get a refund. Well, the state of California had something to say about that so Ticketmaster offered refunds the first week of May. This was also when they announced another reschedule to October.
My sister, brother and me decided to just get our tickets refunded. It took from May 2nd to the 27th to get the refund and I then had to call the credit card to send me a check so I can disperse the funds. It’s nearly a $1,000 (four tickets) so I don’t plan to spend that much on a travel credit card for a while.
This Coming Week
We’re hoping the unrest calms down and the conversations with reform continue. We’re stocked up on groceries and have no appointments so other than the library excitement will have a pretty quiet week. How was your #stayhome week?