Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Lonely March morning

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

15s go 6-0 in 17s today and win again

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Mud monster

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Another winter wonderland this morning

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Who wants to hang with the baby?

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King of the hill

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High school volleyball. Thrilled to watch so many girls I've been lucky enough to coach

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Reminding Myself What Life was Like Under COVID - Day 371

 It's been over a year. I wanted to write this on the year later, but last week was busy here. Vacation the week before, and then a hectic time with work and storm prep. Fourth largest snowstorm in Denver history, and the biggest since the 2003 one.

In any case.

A Real Vacation

I still haven't flown anywhere, but Tia and I decided to do something different a few weeks ago. Our ski passes have a few days at Crested Butte, so we booked hotels and took a few days to drive down and get away. A new place, for the first time since the lockdown for us started on Mar 11, 2020. Fantastic to get away, restaurants were open, and we enjoyed life, albeit with masks.

Streaming Is Strange

Last night I bought the streaming package for the local high schools for a month. Some of the girls I coach, or have coached, as playing high school ball, but only 1-2 people per athlete, pre-named, are allowed in. While some parents might let me see a game, I hate to ask. I wouldn't give up the chance to see my daughter play and wouldn't ask them.

So, while I was finishing up some work, I had varsity and sophomore high school VB streaming. I saw a kid I coached a few years ago playing, and was sad by the lack of opportunity to see her live. This young lady is the only one I've gone to see play live in HS, in 2019, and I miss a few minutes seeing her play and chatting. I also saw a kid I coached last year, improved and having fun on the court.

Streaming was a thing for me in 2019 with my daughter in college. I've missed some games and watched video, but I've always had the opportunity, and it's strange to not be able to go support kids I coach or know. A friend has her daughter (senior, 18s) in Crossroads this weekend.

At Norco.

No spectators.

Ugh. At least we're still moving forward. We practice once a week, with high school in season, and we got an update the our Philly NE Qualifier is moving forward. Our last power can postponed, but that was weather.


We have gone out a few more times, including dinner with another couple. Places are getting busier, which I think is a sign that people are getting more comfortable. We've seen more choices in menu, and more people in places.

In Crested Butte, we ate out often, and all the places required masks, but you could take them off. I even stopped in a bar while Tia was getting boots. There wasn't anywhere to sit, but the let me stand in the bar area, sipping a beer, with my mask. I'd raise it to drink ,but then keep it on.


I bought more masks, mostly to have a few more spares. I've tried different ones, and I find the BoCo ones to be the most comfortable most of the time. I have a mesh-ish one, with filters, and I use it at the gym, but under stress, all of them suck.

I realized I'm a little more claustrophobic than I thought. In Yoga, or cycling, when I'm working hard, I get a little panicked when I can't easily breathe, and I can't with any of the masks. I really start to gate them sometimes, and they're annoying.

It's gotten worse as yoga moved back to the studio, so down to 15 again, with a hotter, smaller space. I still like the classes, but I'm not liking the masks.


No changes here. The UK is vaccinating quickly, and perhaps thinking to remove restrictions by July. We'll see, but I heard they have 1/2 of all adults with 1 shot, so really a 1/4 of the way there. That's not bad. There's a chance I could go back to the UK this year, but not if people won't go to the office. So far, not many want to go. Had a meeting with someone there a couple days ago, said 2 people in the building.

No events planned, but a hybrid one for Sofia tentatively in Oct. An outside chance we'll see something this year, but mostly I think we might punt until 2022.

I have been thinking to see if the local user group will do a live meeting in May or June. Have to think if I have time to push.

Still looking forward to traveling in a few weeks and the experience. But also realizing that we have six more months of this, at least. Seems like I've felt that way for over a year now.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Evening view

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The top of the shed is about 9 feet

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

What the heck is in the bushes?

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Snowy Saturday

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Second day job

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

A win today in the 16s division for our 15s

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Reminding Myself of Life During COVID - Day 356

 Things are becoming more normal, but still not there. Life has changed the last few weeks in Colorado, but as I approach a year, I'm still feeling the weight of COVID.

Colorado lowered our COVID restriction dial a few weeks ago. Restaurants opened more, and we could start more volleyball activity. We postponed the restart of our volleyball season, but a few days later things opened, and we had an official Power tournament a few days ago. We won, which was nice, but it was strange, with no parents and the gym was very quiet.

We wore masks all day, except for this picture. Slightly annoying, but I'm getting used to pulling down masks and raising my voice.

This was in contrast to a few tournaments in February up in Weld county. There parents could come in, albeit limited numbers, but it was nice to have them there and cheering. The downside was I had to get on a parent that wasn't pleased with one of my girls referring and missing a call, but it worked out well.

Tia and I have also been to more restaurants. We've stopped to eat after coaching, and have been able to get a table pretty quickly for a few weeks. That started to change last weekend, though maybe it was the weekend. It seems more people are starting to go out, so there are more crowds.

Masks everywhere, still, and I just purchased a few more. I need to keep them around, I wash them regularly, but I also am starting to stash a few more in cars and vehicles. In the last few weeks, I've driven 5 cars around, and a couple times I didn't have masks. I put a spare for me in each of the vehicles, but I need more.

I've been wearing one at the gym basically since June, though there were a lot of swimming and outdoor workouts that didn't need them. Weight lifting is fine, but I've struggled with some of the yoga. I'm slightly claustrophobic, and hard breathing in a hot room is hard. I have to pause my yoga way more than ever to pull my mask away a little and get some deep breaths. It's getting annoying, though I am happy to wear them if I can go to the gym.

Last week I took a cycle class in the gym. While it was hard, and good to work out, I really had a hard time breathing. I used a big mask that has some shape and integrity to give me space away from my lips, but when I breath really hard, it's tough. I hard time breathing there, but I'm going to give it a try again, perhaps looking to give myself a few more breaks. They talked about moving to the cycle room, which I'd dread. A smaller space, warmer, less air flow. Ugh.

Most of the rest of life is the same. Same. same. same. That seems to be how the world will be, at least for a few months. No events scheduled. As we try to reboot SQL Saturday, most everything seems to be virtual for this year. No idea if I'll be able to go back to the UK, or where we'll fly.

We are scheduled to go to Philly in a month. We booked a trip for the fall in Mexico. I'd like to take a few more, but we'll see. Vaccinations are speeding up and improving, so maybe we'll be able to do more in the second half of the year than I expected. 

I hope so. As we close on a year, I'm really tired of the COVID world.

Started from the bottom, and we keep winning. So proud of these girls, another power win. From 87 to 47 and still looking to move up

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