Pandemic news this past week was overshadowed by protests all over our nation which spread to other parts of the world. I fully support the peaceful protestors but can’t join them due to my social distancing. What has saddened me most is the continued police brutality captured on video in many cities. It’s even worse than the people who took advantage of the protests to break the law with looting, vandalism and arson.
Lastly as a military veteran I was horrified by troops being used against Americans. But let us not forget the people still dying every day from the pandemic (now over 110,000) and pray there is no surge from the lack of social distancing while people exercised their right to protest.
My Week in Review
One night I peeked out the window as I was going upstairs and saw this beautiful sunset. It’s important to stop and appreciate everyday beauty.
After the short work week following Memorial Day, this week started off very slow but quickly finished. I need something to look forward to so I’m going to focus on our planned vacations next year and hope they actually happen!
The big news in California is that we are entering phase 3 of the reopening plan as early as June 12th depending on where you live. I don’t think phase 4 will happen until there’s a vaccine. This means bars, gyms, hotels, zoos, aquariums, campgrounds and more may be opening soon. San Diego county will release their plan early this week. Our household won’t be going to any of these anytime soon.
The only in person shopping I did this week was to pick up a few things at Trader Joe’s that we couldn’t get at Ralphs where I do pickup. It was a quick in and out there and thankfully wasn’t busy during the senior hour yesterday. My husband did do a Costco run mid-week because he loves their roasted chicken and picked me up a jar of keto mayonaise.
I ordered a few things from Amazon this week which have already arrived. One is really a work supply but it’s not worth driving over to the office when it might not even be in stock and just cost me less than $5. I also got bubble bath and a muffin top pan to make keto hamburger buns.
The reusable masks I ordered from Johnny Was finally arrived; it took about 5 weeks but was a great price (5 for $25) and they’re very good quality.
If you count reading as entertainment, then the library opening back up was big news for us. I put books on hold for both of us on Monday and by Thursday four of them were ready for pickup. Once at the library, you call them with the library card numbers and names and then wait while they pull them and put them on a folding table outside the door. Once the employee goes back in you can pick up your books. It felt like we were doing a drug deal or something!
There’s not a lot of new shows on TV right now but I did watch two multi-night documentaries/docudramas recently. The first was a documentary about Asian Americans on PBS last month. Since I was born after the Immigration Act of 1952, I had no idea that residents born in Asian countries couldn’t become naturalized or immigrate at one point starting in 1882. Very enlightening series I highly recommend.
The second mini-series I recommend is about President Ullyses Grant on the History channel. They call it a documentary but with the actors and dialogue I feel it is better categorized as a docudrama.
This Coming Week
I’m planning to attend our HOA’s annual meeting via zoom this week. That should be interesting! We have a CD coming up for renewal that will require us to venture out. It will be moved to another bank with a much higher interest rate than ours is offering right now.
How was your #stayhome week?
I, too, have resisted going to the various protests. I would love to add my voice, but it just doesn’t seem wise right now. Instead, I’ve opened my checkbook and have sent money to a few of the organizations. There also has been some postings on our local neighborhood site listing minority-owned business we can support.
As much as I’d love to visit the Zoo with decreased crowds, I think I’ll avoid that, along with just about everywhere else, for the foreseeable future. We picked up a book from the library the other day and your description was perfect… it felt very much like a drug deal.
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