Friday Five: A Year Later

1) What are you doing this spring that you weren’t doing 1 year ago?Making travel plans! A year ago, the pandemic lockdown was relatively new, it was hard even to get a covid test, let alone a vaccination, and it seemed that we would be stuck at home forever. Now, with the U.S. vaccination rateContinue reading “Friday Five: A Year Later”

Travel Plans, Past and Present

Nine years ago today I was packing to embark on one of the best trips ever. I traveled to Italy, and everything about it was magnificent. The first week was part of a tour of Tuscany set up with a professional association I belong to. There were only seven of us on the trip, andContinue reading “Travel Plans, Past and Present”

To Mask or Not To Mask

The CDC came out last week with new advice: people who are fully vaccinated for the covid-19 virus are no longer advised to wear masks in most situations, indoors and outdoors — despite the fact that most epidemiologists still believe we should be wearing them. I believe this announcement is premature, and worry that itContinue reading “To Mask or Not To Mask”

Photo Friday: Griffon

Facebook reminded me this week of some photos I posted six years ago, of the George Washington Middle School Orchestra trip to a music competition at Busch Gardens theme park. I was a chaperone. The orchestra competed onstage Friday, and then spent all day Saturday having a blast at Busch Gardens, until it was timeContinue reading “Photo Friday: Griffon”

Pandemic Progress

I haven’t posted a general covid-19 update in a while, but I do want to keep track of what’s happening when, throughout the pandemic. Someday I will want to remember what was happening at each stage of the pandemic year(s). Covid tests have become easy to get. At least, they are here, but I assumeContinue reading “Pandemic Progress”

No More Quarantine

I posted yesterday that I was still waiting for the results of the covid-19 tests my son and I had taken, after he was possibly exposed to the virus at school. Finally, late last night, I received the results: We are both negative. He had already been tested last week, just after he returned homeContinue reading “No More Quarantine”

Covid Update

I posted yesterday about my son’s college roommate, Justin, having tested positive for covid-19 Thursday afternoon — one day after Jon Morgan got his first dose of the vaccine. That meant Jon Morgan had to go into quarantine, too. He could choose to move to a quarantine space at school (actually, the Sleep Inn nearContinue reading “Covid Update”

Not Out of the Woods Yet

Damn. We were so relieved when my college freshman son got his first vaccine dose Wednesday. But Thursday, his roommate — who had been ignoring the university’s covid restrictions — tested positive. Jon Morgan hasn’t seen a lot of him lately — the guy’s been spending most of his time at his girlfriend’s dorm, includingContinue reading “Not Out of the Woods Yet”

What Was in That Shot?

After nearly a year of writer’s block, during which my plot ran around in circles and refused to develop into a coherent outline, I got my first covid-19 vaccine a few weeks ago. And suddenly, I could write again. I whipped the outline into shape surprisingly easily, after all the time I’d struggled with it.Continue reading “What Was in That Shot?”

A Few Side Effects

I got my second shot of the covid-19 Pfizer vaccine on Saturday. A lot of people have warned of side effects for a couple days after getting vaccinated, especially with the second dose. Some have said the symptoms can be quite debilitating. I am grateful that mine were relatively mild. On Sunday I had aContinue reading “A Few Side Effects”