Maybe two weeks behind is just how it’s going to be on these daily-grind type entries. Ah well.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Matt made pancakes and eggs for breakfast. Then, I cleaned the entire kitchen, including the stove, microwave, and floor. It had been a while. I vacuumed everywhere. It felt so good to get that done. Ah, something I can control, right?
Matt mowed grass, and I dug up a pointless flower bed next to the garage. We are thinking of putting a pea-gravel pit in there for Jack (in lieu of a sandbox- less messy but still fun for tiny dump trucks). Might put some pavers in part of it and another weird flower bed by the house (inside the back fence) and put the grill there. The previous owners of our house were (retired and) really into flower gardening. Ain’t nobody got time for that, and I can’t stand when it turns into a jungle, so away they go (some of them anyway).
Digging up flower beds, April 18, 2020
We made vegetable soup and chicken sweet potato chili. Over dinner, we discussed the rumblings of meat shortages as folks in processing plants are coming down with COVID-19. We rather seriously discussed buying a 1/4 cow (like, half of a “side of beef”) over dinner.
When I mentioned this to my Mom a few days alter, she said that her father, a butcher by occupation, was never interested in buying that much of a single cow all in one go: “if you get a tough cow, you’ve got A LOT of tough beef.” He’d rather stock up when it’s on sale, and then you don’t put all your eggs in one basket as to the quality of the meat. That makes total sense. But at the same time, the whole point of even discussing this was because we’re getting nervous that meat’s either going to get really expensive or become unavailable. Oh the joys of these uncertain times.
Panda eating habits as etymology for the word Pandemic. (I was wrong; it’s not from Greek; it’s definitely this panda thing.)
In the evening, we watched a concert on Facebook Live: an acoustic live-from-his-living-room set by Justin Morris, the lead singer of this Pittsburgh-area band Mercury that we like. (I think I’ve seen them play live 3 times, between 2003 and 2007? Pretty sure the last time was 2007, though!) It was funny to hear him joking about the toys around his house and how the kids & wife had been banished to the basement during the show. We all got old! Haha. (I was really hoping one of his kids would wander through, like that YouTube video of the guy doing the video-conference or reporting the news from home or something, and his two kids bust into the room and the wife or nanny or whoever is scrambling to get them out of there.) ANYWAY, it was a BRILLIANT escape for an hour. Jack was actually awake at the time, but by some miracle he allowed us to enjoy this. He loves music, so I guess maybe he liked it too. (They don’t seem to have many songs on YouTube, but here’s Superhero, one of my favorites.) Also, that is the most comfortable I have EVER been during a concert of any kind, haha.
Justin Morris from Mercury doing a Facebook-Live concert from his living room, April 18, 2020
In the evening I wrote my toilet paper entry on here, and we watched some Hulu.
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Grocery day! My turn! A little excited — I GET TO LEAVE THE HOUSE AND THE BABY! — and a little nervous — I HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE DURING PANDEMIC!
Quarantine has turned us all into dogs. We roam the house all day looking for food. We are told ‘no’ if we get too close to strangers. And we get really excited about car rides.
I set the alarm for 8:30, got up, dressed, took breakfast in the car, and went to the Meijer in Huber Heights. I wanted to get there early before they maybe ran out of certain things – like toilet paper, flour, or yeast. (Also I don’t have statistics on which churches are doing what during this stay-at-home recommendation, but I figured it being Sunday morning would still help me out, too.)
I saw lots of people wearing masks, including some (but not all) employees. I wore my mask.
Lisa in mask for Meijer trip, April 19, 2020
The cashiers have new plexiglass sneeze-guards in front of them.
My cashier behind her plexiglas shield (asked permission to photo), Meijer Huber Heights, Apr 19, 2020
I got 2 big packs of toilet paper (it was limit 2 and they had several) and 1 big pack of paper towels and a few other (non-perishable) things, and the cart was full.
Paper towel and toilet paper aisle at Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
A few large paper product packages will fill up the entire cart, Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
So I checked out, took it to the car, and went back in to get the rest of the stuff on my list. (I did not buy any more of the paper products. I wasn’t trying to cheat on the limit. I just…legitimately ran out of cart space in the first go-round.) I bought WAY too much stuff. We will not need to go to the store again for a while except to replenish milk and produce and things that you can’t really stock up on very easily.
Here are some more photos from my trip to Meijer in Huber Heights, Ohio:
Entrance sign at Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
Entrance sign at Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
Disinfecting wipes aisle, Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
Dish soap, Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
Peanut Butter, Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
Hand soap, Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
Canned soup, Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
Vanilla, Meijer, Apr 19, 2020: I was surprised that the big bottles of pure (non-imitation) vanilla were gone. (That’s what I was after! So I bought the green bottle of the organic one instead and paid a little more- but still not quite as much per ounce as the small bottles.)
Anniversary cards, Meijer, Apr 19, 2020: Hmm, how bad do I want one of these? Better choose carefully based on the front cover and hope the inside is acceptable, so I don’t have to touch too many! (Probably should have skipped it…but it’s been two weeks now, and it doesn’t seem to have given me COVID, so I guess I’m ok? Unless I’m asymptomatic…hmm.)
Floor sticker in the check-out aisle marking appropriate social distancing, Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
I filled up the Explorer for $16.00. The tank was on about 1/4, and I filled it up for $16.00. (Granted, this particular SUV has a stupid small fuel tank; I think that’s how they got their “fuel economy” rating – keep the weight down by keeping the gas tank relatively small – but ANYWAY.) Yes, gasoline was $1.27/gallon at the gas station there at the Meijer. Since then, we have seen it as low as $1.09/gallon. WHAT YEAR IS IT? These are the kind of prices we have only seen when we were in high school… (Matt: “Back in my day, I could hardly cram $10 worth of gas into that Camaro…” Yeah, yeah, that’s a great story, old man! Haha. We’re old.)
Gasoline for $1.27/gallon at Meijer Huber Heights, Apr 19, 2020
Gasoline purchase (12.4 gallons of 87 octane for $15.86), Meijer, Apr 19, 2020
Being “out” was slightly intoxicating. I could see how it would be a slippery slope to just…go back to “normal” and go shopping whenever we felt like it. It was SO NICE TO BE OUT.
I also treated myself to a new nail polish and painted my fingernails for the first time in YEARS, because right now, I don’t have to worry about the nail polish rubbing off on historic documents and making those reddish streaks.
Archivist nail polish, Apr 19, 2020
It was so weird having fingernail polish on for the first 24 hours or so – I kept catching sight of them out of the corner of my eye and being like, What’s on my hands? Is that blood? Oh wait, nah, it’s cool. After the first day or so, I’m like, “Damn, my hands look so pretty! I wish I could do this more often…” Jack noticed them immediately. He thought the reddish-wine color looked “purple,” and he grabbed my hand and said, “Mommy fingers purple.” He got used to it. He noticed again immediately when I removed the polish a week or so later because it wasn’t looking good anymore.
I did about two hours of work while Jack had a nap. Sadly, naps are becoming a rare thing for him these days. GREAT. That’s just what we need right now, for him to outgrow napping. He probably still would if he got up early, but we let him sleep in so we can have peace in the morning, and then he doesn’t need a nap.
Here are some funnies I saved to my phone around that same time period (Apr 18-19):
Video Chat Bingo
If Donald Trump had captained the Titanic
(Also: I now know that the word “berg” means mountain in German. Thanks, Duolingo!)
What is your Stay Home Score? from Dayton Metro Library
Launch the second wave, a political cartoon by Benjamin Slyngstad (@Slyngstad_cartoons)
Onward and upward! (But not OUTward.)