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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