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My husband and I started our stay at home nine weeks ago today; slightly earlier than the state due to my cruise.
Last Sunday the US COVID-19 deaths was over 79,000 and as I write this it has added another 10,000 souls. This number is forecast be over 100,000 by June 1st. That’s an enormous number of people gone and families disrupted forever. My hearts go out to them.
Week in Review
This week was quieter which was fine with me. My company advised employees none of the offices (in many states with vastly different approaches to opening up) will open before mid-July. We’re all just as productive or even more working remotely so there’s no rush.
Changing to the new internet service provider was a great decision. Web meetings went perfectly and the only time my audio cut in and out was when using a customer’s platform for webmeetings (Google). It must use more bandwidth.
Other home technologies changes was installing a Pebble device from Sprint to enhance our cell phone coverage utilizing wi-fi. We went from two bars to full four bars with it. Unfortunately it doesn’t cover the entire home.
We changed our TV service for package pricing along with the internet and are saving about $60 a month. We did cut down on the channels but still can watch 90% of what we did previously. I do like they have a channel for Netflix; I need to use the TV app for Youtube and Amazon Prime.
I’ve always been a fan of Ken Burns documentaries and you can watch them for free with the link through June 30th. For other entertainment, head over to the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! They’ve been showing full length musicals (Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Phantom of the Opera, etc.) with the catch you can view them for just 2 days. This week I watched Cats.
This past week I only went out twice (although my husband went to the store or to pick up takeout a few times). Last Sunday we picked up my online order at Ralphs and it was a great experience. The only weird part is that they give you a paper receipt. In the past week they’ve announced these will now be email receipts.
Friday I planned this week’s meals and we went back to Ralph’s after work for the needed groceries. I would normally go during senior hours but we planned to pick up deli chicken for dinner and wanted it warm.
Wow, I won’t do that again. The store was packed and although I only saw one customer not covered by a mask (it was around his neck) it was more crowded than I prefer. Plus a lot of shelves were empty. There were two or three items on my list that were not available.
I did receive part of my Mother’s Day gift from another son and his wife this week. It was a container on my wish list to store bacon grease.
We had been using a glass jar but I needed the strainer and this looks a little nicer.
The result of the meal planning is better dinners. Three nights we had Dream Dinners meals. First up is chicken tikka masala over rice.
Steve liked it which surprised me since he’s not generally a fan of Indian food. I also made turkey meatballs with pasta.
I pick up my May order this coming weekend and it won’t have any pasta/rice dishes as I’m going low carb in my dining. It seems to be the best food plan for me.
Remember the cloth face mask I bought that broke on the second wearing? The Etsy owner contacted me after I left a review and offered to replace it with a stronger elastic. We got it Friday and so far so good.
After a second wearing with no issues, I’ll be updating my review.
How was your #stayhome week?