Lunchtime Ride to the Park

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“Brushy Creek Lake” Cedar Park, 2020

We’re having some awesome weather here in Central Texas this week so I had to take advantage of it and go for a ride at lunch. We live near Brushy Creek Trail and I can cycle there easily from my house which is awesome!

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“Kite” Cedar Park, 2020

The problem with the trail is that it’s too narrow for easy social distancing, and most people on the trail do not wear masks. I counted maybe 2 other cyclists wearing masks, and only 4 pedestrians masked up. I got pretty good at pulling the mask up from my chin to over my mouth and nose when needed, but towards the end of the ride, it was just easier to wear the mask all the time. I just wish others did too! So, I’ll probably not ride the trail much until we are done with COVID, or maybe I will double-layer my masks.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/450 sec, ISO200
“Brushy Creek Lake” Cedar Park, 2020

Looking at the stats for this ride, it looks like the distance is 13.1 miles, which is a half-marathon! I guess it would be a good route to run in order to get that achievement. But impossible for me because of the social-distancing thing. I’ll only run on the wide neighborhood streets where I can ditch the mask and keep a good space between myself and others. Oh well…

I hope you had a good day!

Little Changes

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“Black and White and Grey” Cedar Park, 2020

We’re still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic which has cause some large life-changes, such as working from home, remote learning, no dining out, etc. But there are quite a few small changes too, which I thought were interesting. Or maybe not interesting at all. Anyways, here are some:

  • I keep the mailbox key in my bicycle bag instead of my car.
  • I have only worn long pants once. That was for mosquito protection while doing some yard work.
  • I haven’t worn regular socks or shoes in a long time. It’s either running shoes/socks, or my Birkenstocks.
  • I now take my showers in the evening. It feels so good to climb into bed nice and clean! I used to take my shower in the morning in order to wake up and get rid of bed-head. But now I can be a bit more lax with my “grooming”. Also, I ride my bicycle or go for a run in the evening, so a shower is necessary.

Today’s photo is of the tree that hangs over the neighborhood mailbox. It’s what prompted me to think about how I keep the mailbox key on my bike instead of my car.

I hope you had a good day and are hanging in there! 😀

Indian Food at Home

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“Indian Dinner” Cedar Park, 2020

Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, and Pani Puri to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Yum!

During the COVID-19 situation we don’t usually have people over, but for an event like this we set up the deck with socially-distanced seating so Mariko and two of her friends could enjoy some time together.

Teeth Cleaning and Aji Snapshot

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“Aji” Cedar Park, 2020

Today I went to get my teeth cleaned, which was somewhat worrisome, but ended up being pretty safe. My dentist’s office does a temperature screening, gives hand sanitizer, requires masks in the waiting room, and enforces social distancing as well. It was good to see.

Then, right before I sat down in the dentist chair, I rinsed with a peroxide wash, and for the blood pressure test, they put a plastic sleeve around my wrist. The dentist and hygienists all wore full-body gowns, masks, face shields, glasses, and special gloves. I think it was pretty safe, and I felt comfortable.

It was good to get a taste of normalcy again, even if it was with extra precautions. I feel like this is probably the way we’ll have to operate for a while until a vaccine can be developed. I don’t see COVID-19 going away on its own, sadly.

Today’s photo is of a cute little bottle of Aji-no-moto, or “Aji”. It’s MSG if you are wondering. Yum!

New Waiting Room

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“Waiting Room” Austin, 2020

I took Bay to the orthodontist today for a scheduled appointment for the first time since the COVID-19 situation began. The new procedure includes waiting in newly-designated parking spots (every other space was blocked off), and then texting the office that you are there. Online forms are sent to be filled out (actually sent out previously) and then one of the staff members comes out to the car for a temperature reading before taking the patient into the building for the appointment. It’s very efficient.

Actually, I don’t mind this too much, but I definitely prefer sitting in the normal waiting room since I could peruse the extensive selection of magazines while enjoying a hot coffee. Hopefully we can return to a more normal life situation soon. Wear your masks, please!