Saturday, October 17, 2020

Evening feed

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Baby down

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Morning work

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Smoky afternoon

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Love this view

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Back inside for hot yoga. Oooff these masks are hard in the heat

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Coming to greet me

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Tonight's position of peace

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Reminding Myself of What Life under COVID is like - Day 215

 It's been a wild week, and the big memory from this week is a COVDI-19 test.

Last week, I got a text from my wife's employee that her daughter was feeling sick, and should see come to work? After talking with my wife, she came, but with a mask. I don't think I saw her Tuesday, and couldn't remember if I saw her Monday. I did see her Wed and Thur, but outside.

However, in the afternoon, she called back and her daughter tested positive for COVID. I didn't think too much, but my wife reminded me that me feeling fine doesn't necessarily mean that I'm not sick or contagious. 

So, I had to call and get someone else to cover practice, wear a mask, and then stop going to the store. I wasn't well prepared, and I had ordered food, so I drove to town to pick up dinner, wore a mask and didn't touch anything, and then came home.

The next few days were a mini-quarantine. My wife and daughter got home late Tuesday, but my wife stayed in the trailer (camper), while I slept alone. We spent Wednesday and Thursday like that, staying apart and me living on my own while they came and went from the house and common areas. It was a very weird time.

Friday morning I went to get a test, wanting to let a few days elapse to see if I would develop symptoms. I don't think I did, but it was a smoky, dry week. My throat was dry, it was starting to get cold at nights, which always gets my nose running slightly. I am mostly sure that everything was related to allergies and weather, and very minor, but I kept feeling sicker than I was. Every little thing had me concerned, even as I was positive I hadn't really been exposed in a meaningful way.

The test was weird, and quick. A push with a qtip through my nose into the sinuses, and as I was briefly surprised, thinking something was tickling my throat, the PA pulled it out and popped into into the other nostril. My ears popped and then I was done. It's 2-3 sec, uncomfortable, but not that bad.

Negative, so I hit the store, and was careful, but bought some things to cook.

I felt fine over the weekend, and went back to life, coaching, but leaving the mask on, and doing chores. I didn't get to the gym, but am going back now, as I feel fine.

This, as the White House became the source of a super spreader event, and I kept thinking, I feel fine, but I could spread things if I am not careful. Being lax with precautions is an issue, especially when you've had some potential exposure.

A wild week that created stress, anxiety, annoyance, and frustration. I did get to practice yoga a couple times outside, and life was slower, but I'd prefer the hectic life I normally have.


Sunday, October 11, 2020

My feet hurt so a lazy Sunday afternoon

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Friday, October 9, 2020


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Evening selfie. Well more a trio-ie.

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I like this down dog better than mine

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Monday, October 5, 2020

The evening view on which to focus

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Got some hops, @lillysingleton

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A peaceful beginning to a hectic day

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Saturday evening

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Watching carefully

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Living la vida pandemic

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Does this make you smile?

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Reminding Myself what Life under COVID - Day 202

 My days are a little off from Brent, who gave me the idea for this series. I'm starting with Mar 11, which was the last normal day for me. Mar 12 changed everything.


We have a data site for Colorado. Most things are trending down, which is good to see. Many things are reopening for me, but we still have a mask order. As I move around town, most people, I'd say 90%, are complying in businesses. 

I watch the list of outbreaks from CO, in a Google sheet, which is funny. Overall, it's not too many, and few near me. I do try to check if I'm traveling around town, to be sure there aren't active outbreaks.

The gym has most people complying, but I think it's closer to 80%. I'm about to complain about a few people, mostly because I don't want the gym shut down. Can't quite decide there. I've been outside for yoga and swimming, but this week was the first class inside at night. Hard to breathe at times, but overall, I'd rather wear a mask and have yoga than none.


Life is opening up a bit. We had our first tournament with our team, albeit without one girl that had exposure and needed a COVID test. We won, which was cool. For the most part, the day felt normal when we were playing. Coaching girls, working on skills, building excitement and fixing mistakes.

The weird part is it was a small facility, with a number limit. This  was from the landlord, and I'm not sure if this was COVID related. In any case, no parents, and really no kids between matches. We ended up with just adults running a game as refs, no book. 



Most clients are still remote only and not in the office. All events are still cancelled, and we aren't sure what to do. In fact, Redgate has said we're working remote until Jul 2021 as a default. A trial starts in Oct for 20 people in the Cambridge office, but the other offices are closed and not sure how we will move forward.

Most everything is virtual, though ConFoo is saying hybrid. I'm tempted to submit, on the off chance that I can go to Canada in Feb.

On the local side, I'm scheduled for the Nov meeting, and I just tried to reserve library space for 10. I'm thinking to do a small meeting live and broadcast for others.

At least work is busy. There are no shortage of things for me to do, and lots of clients to work with. We're doing more hand holding, and we're actually doing well. I'd have never expected that.


I have a trip booked. Again. In a couple weeks I'm supposed to go to DC to see my mother and brother. We cancelled this over the summer, but I think this one will go.

We've stayed in a few hotels for volleyball, and we've used our condo again in September. It seems slightly normalish, other than the lack of people and masks. I wonder what flying is like, but I'm not concerned. This week a study came out that they couldn't trace any infections to a plane. Not a completely positive note, but at least nothing negative.

We are thinking to go to Kenya in Jan. It's a quiet time, and it's one of the few places that takes Americans. We are a little concerned there won't be enough stuff to do for tourists, so we haven't booked it yet, but I think the next few weeks will help us to decide if it's worth a risk.


Wearing masks is becoming more comfortable, but no less strange. We're doing more, but it's still limited, which is surprisingly distressing to me. It's not depressing, but it's a low level of discomfort with the state of the world.

Politics don't help, nor do the comments from people that still seem to dismiss the horrific state of the world.

At this point, I can't really complain, life is good for us, we're healthy, we get to do some things, and we also have security. I find myself actually really busy catching up on things around the ranch.

But I'm still unsettled, and the prospect of 6+ more months of this is daunting.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Post volleyball work

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A good day. Tournament win #1 for this crazy season

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Dan is missing the sunset

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Saturday am practice planning

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Friday, September 25, 2020

More chilling

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Somebody's relaxed

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Family dinner

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Enjoying the Denver weather today

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Who's watching who

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Assemble your own pesto steak pasta

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Friday, September 18, 2020


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Morning coffee view

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Evening walk around the lake at keystone

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Reminding myself about life under COVID - Day 187

 Normalcy is returning, at least a bit. I think most of that is because I'm busy, which is a way of preventing me from thinking about things I miss.

Work has slowed slightly, but with a few longer term project things to work on, I feel like I have plenty to do. Last week was our internal conference, which is something I'd watch remote anyway. It was nice to see different faces, and some engaging discussions. I had hoped to go watch it live sometime, but clearly not this year.

Volleyball is getting going, 3 days a week, so it keeps me busy and occupied as I start to plan and work on how to build skills and compete. We're starting to schedule tournaments, and are looking at some out of town travel for the spring, so that feels somewhat normal. 

At the same time, we wearing masks all the time. The girls pull them down a lot, but I try to set an example, and remind them competition is with masks for now. That's strange, and it's annoying. I still am not used to masks, and I notice the strangeness of seeing people everywhere in masks.

On the positive side, the weather has remained good, even after snow last week, and I'm still swimming once a week. This reminds me of last year, and I appreciate every chance I get to get into the pool. Yoga is outside as well, only 2 classes inside this summer, and those weren't horrible, but not great.

However, the need to wear a mask walking in, through the indoor pool, etc. is just strange.

I'm starting to think about travel. The latest list shows 45 countries we can visit as Americans. I sent it to my wife and then scanned the list. Mostly Med/Caribbean coutries, but a few interesting ones. Kenya is open, which is on our bucket list. I scanned tickets for Jan, and they were reasonable. I think in a month we might just book the trip. That would be neat, and while that means I a new country this year, next year would be a country and continent.

I'm also ready to book a trip to the East Coast and visit family. 

Overall, I am focused more on today and this week, which helps me to avoid thinking about the long term likelihood of working like this.

Little Phoebe likes the back scratch @saturn_gets_a_home

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Time to fix things

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Friday night work

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Monday, September 7, 2020

The Growth of A Child

 All my kids impress me. Their actions, choices, the way they see the world and engage in life is amazing. They are all different, and they all still teach me things.

It's always interesting to see how they adopt habits, actions, and even interests from my wife and me. Over the last six months or so, our middle kid has been cooking a lot. He lives with a friend on the North side of Denver, but he shares an Amazon account with the family. As a result, I see his orders come through in email.

The things that are fascinating to me are how many cooking things he's gotten this year. Little tools, appliances, or gadgets to allow him to more easily make things. He's more experimental than I,, but he seems to enjoy cooking, sending me cooking pics periodically of things he's made.

A neat thing that I get to watch from a distance.

Adult snow dance

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Rare chill afternoon

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Morning view

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Reminding Myself of life under COVID - Day 173

 Things are weirdly getting back to mostly normal for me. At least, as normal as we can be.

We coached volleyball this weekend, the first tournament of this season, which just might be the longest season ever. After a practice and a positional training, we had entered a high school tournament, which was going on with no high schools. Our club, sent a number of teams, and we were one. Tia and I drove up Fri night, getting a hotel nearby.

That was both comforting and strange. An almost deserted hotel, which is almost always bustling when we go for tournaments (Crossroads Dr/Event Center in Windsor). We had to wear masks, and we could get a drink, but all drinks were in plastic cups and food in to-go containers. Waiters in masks , and they closed down at 9.

The tournament was trying to keep teams separate, so of the 4 courts (3 on each end of the building), they kept the middle one free, had people enter from the sides of the building and exit the main door. We also had to leave the building after our match, letting 8 other teams in. The weather was fine, so it worked out, but with masks on all the time, even for players, and things spread out, it was both familiar and strange.

In any case, it was good to be back coaching and dealing with kids.

Sunday was a black belt award ceremony for one of my former players. She'd asked me to write a recommendation letter, and I did, so I felt I should go watch. They held it outside, students spread out across a football field. Apparently they often do this in the mountains, testing outside and awarding inside, but they can't this year. Still, it was a touch or normalcy, and I saw with her parents, no masks outside, and it felt good. Of course, it was ninja like to see all students wearing masks.

This last week was hectic with work, with multiple online things, which had the feeling of being busy for events. I still don't love the online delivery, but it is becoming slightly more comfortable. I am hoping we can get back to something in 2021, but I wonder. Football is moving at the college level, a few colleges have had breakouts, but the national news isn't reporting big issues, so hopefully things go well.

My middle kid has college starting, with almost everything online. One class was in person, with half the class going each week. He doesn't like the format, as the class isn't a lecture. The prof records lectures and runs the class like a recitation. I agree, not a great format. Still, he knows he's almost done, so he's plowing ahead.

The girls we coach are in school a couple days a week, a couple online. It's not too bad with good weather and the start of school, and I hope they cope with this through the fall. Also hoping no major issues and schools try to open all week in the spring.

The rest of life is mostly normal, with me going to 2 outside yoga classes last week, 2 swims (because of the weather) and a lifting session. A busy week. The election is making life more contentious, and I certainly see more complaining about masks, but more compliance locally, which I think is the best way to handle things.

My brother just got out of quarantine, with his whole family getting COVID, but they're young, and healthy. It was a flu to them, which is good to know.

No travel, and it's been busy at the end of the summer, so mostly things have felt normal, but the lack of changing environments is hard. I haven't been on a plane since Feb, and I'm ready to go back. The economy doesn't seem to be picking up overall, and I'm worried that we'll start to have bigger issues in the fall as evictons take place,  and lots of layoffs come as government money runs out.

Fingers crossed we find some way to lessen the impact to a large number of people.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Tired baby

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Practice has started

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Reminding Myself of Life During COVID-19: Day 165

 I meant to write this last week and never found time. I'm not sure what that says when life without travel is that busy. Clearly I'm a little too Type-A.


As I write this, we're waiting to start volleyball, with club season moved to the fall as high school in Colorado has moved their sports to the spring.

In one sense, I'm excited. It's good to have something to focus on. I'm nervous, as I am most years, learning to work with a few set of kids. This year is different in a few ways.  First, I know quite a few of the girls. 8 of my 10 are kids I've coached multiple times, either on a team, or in the positional work we used to do.

However, I need to mesh this team, it's a disruption with no high school season for these kids, and we're in a new gym. We lost the other one when things shut down. The rent was high and the owners closed. We found a new spot, got kicked out for not being strict about masks, and now rented a single court. I helped set things up last Friday, but we're not completely done. I'm hoping things get finished as the plan is to start Wed or Thur with practice and a friendly tournament on Saturday. 

Things are moving fast. I ordered some athletic, breathable masks since we need to wear them for practice. Between coaching older girls (15) and the lack of a real home gym and the disruption, I have no idea how things will go.

It's Hot

This has been a hot summer. Climate change isn't weather, but it does seem the trends are more fires across the last few years, less rain, or shifted rain, and some strange weather. As it is, things are dry and crispy at the ranch. Far too little rain in the last month and while cutting some grass Saturday, anything outside the sprinkler radius is desert-like.

On the plus side, some better cutting and sprinkler work, along with some manual sprinkling, as the main lawn looking better than it has in years. Not sure how I feel about it. Some pride, some wish I didn't use water here.

I fixed fence yesterday, catching up on chores. While locked down, we've focused slightly more on maintenance around here. It's been hard and hot in the weather, so I'm moving slow, but I've learned to do a bit more myself. Got some techniques, like using 2x4s in the broken posts rather than digging them out, or using a 4x4. I've also found some sleeves to help me get the monofilament breaks fixed, which is something we've struggled with for years. I bought a swag tool and figured out how to do this myself.

I'm hoping the ski season is better. Last year was looking great when things closed down.

A New Horse

We had a baby horse! Tia rescued a pregnant mare from a lot and after quarantine, brought her home. That has been neat. She got me to set up cameras, and I find myself using them sometimes to check on things, or see who's outside. 

The live view today.


 Since my last update, we actually had a vacation. Tia and I went camping with some friends down to Dome Rock. We managed to get away with no kids or dogs and spend a couple days in our trailer. It was nice, and fun. I missed the dogs, but was also glad to not have the responsibility.

We rode for a couple days, did some projects together, like cooking a bit and fixing the trailer, and IO played some guitar while we relaxed. We slept in, no timeline, and enjoyed the slow pace of no schedule.

I want to get away again. I need a few more days off, and am hoping we can get a day or two in the mountains at the condo and another camping trip. Not sure how, now that volleyball is kicking off.


Work is busy. Despite no travel, more sales engagement, and more content work for me. I think that if I were traveling, I'd be struggling as few people seem to be writing. I'm busy working on content, so I'm learning, but it's a hectic time.

I also lost my boss. She's moving on in Nov to a new opportunity, so it's good and bad. Time for her to go, bad because I'll miss her. Despite the closed offices and no travel, things seem to be moving forward. We're hiring, people are changing roles, and our business is good.

No idea when I'll fly for work again, but not likely until 2021, and then I wonder if it will be before Q2.

The World

I feel a bit guilty that things are back to normal for us in many ways. Life is moving on, we're coaching, we take some limited vacation, we're eating out about once every 10 days, and we're prospering. Kendall is taking the semester off and working on horses, but Delaney is back in school today (virtual mostly) and Kyle is still planning on going to Spain in a month.

However, lots of people are out of work. Businesses are hanging on, but as I talk to owners, they're stressed. They all feel like they might go out of business in a month or two without some change.

Parents with kids in lower school (< grade 12) are stressed in different ways. Some have kids going to school, some don't, both are worried about different things. A few teachers I know are still unsure of how this year will go, or how they are supposed to teach. They're worried if they're in a classroom, or worried how effective they are remotely.

It's wild, sad, upsetting, and more.

At the same time, the election getting going adds to stress. I have few conservative friends online anymore. Most I used to have presented themselves, in my view, as much poorer versions of themselves and I've removed them from my life. It's a bubble, but rarely when I listen or watch conservatives do I find myself thinking they have good thoughts. It's dog whistling, or a view I just don't think is rational.

I think liberals are overreacting at times, but I'm more sympathetic to their efforts. Failure there is wasting money, but is trying to make things better for more people. I get the nanny-state stuff, but I also think that the mercenary, everyone for themselves is just poor behavior. Gross generalities, but they in general are how I feel. This next 60+ days will suck.

Good Things

As I've had the chance lately to engage with a few people, I see the positives. Tia and I had a flat in the trailer, and a cop blocked some traffic to help us change things and a couple of guys stopped with a impact drill to help get the nuts back on the tire.

I see lots of little things where people are helping others and behaving well. I'm hopeful in many ways that there is lots of good in people at small scales.

I hope that I continue to find good reasons to enjoy life in the US and Colorado. I suspect another 4 years of this administration might have me packing and planning on New Zealand when Kendall is done with college.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

The ranch equivalent of toilet paper on your shoe

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Friday, August 21, 2020

@saturn_gets_a_home and baby Phoebe as the sun sets

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Baby horse, born last night to @saturn_gets_a_home

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Enjoying 90F weather

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Tuesday work

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

More riding

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