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!

Stay-At-Home Grumble

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/2.8, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Box Bed” Cedar Park, 2020

Working from home for the past two months hasn’t been too bad, but it seems like I live in two worlds now. There’s the stay-at-home mentality, in which life outside the door is filled with sickness, and we do most of our activities online. But when I venture out to pick up food, life seems like normal. The automobile traffic outside my neighborhood seems at pre-COVID-19 levels. Last weekend I visited the UPS store to drop off some returns, and although there were social distancing guides on the ground and signs on the tables, only one worker was wearing a mask. Outside the store, I saw people in swimsuits on their way to the lake, not wearing masks. It was concerning.

At the post office, however, everyone was wearing a mask and there was hand sanitizer for you to use. So, it’s not consistent. I’m erring on the side of caution, however, and wearing a mask. When I run, I have a mask in my running belt in case I need it, but I’m usually on the other side of the street of anyone I encounter. Earlier in the week, we had someone come to the house to service our air-conditioner, and I gave him a mask to wear. He said that some people prefer not to wear them, which I thought was not good. He was fine with wearing one though. But he sees so many strangers every day, I would think he’d want to wear his whenever he is in someone’s house.

I rescheduled my dental cleaning for two months out. I know they are taking precautions, and I want to support them, but if I can wait a bit, I will. I don’t know. It’s still a weird time, when people are relaxing their vigilance. I guess we’ll just have to give it more time and see how things progress. And try to keep it together!