Sunday, January 16, 2022

Sunday, January 16, 2022, MN

We had a couple of days with temps above 30°, so Frisco and I were able to get some decent walks in.  It always feels good to get some fresh air and move the body.

I had a surprise FaceTime conversation with Mike’s long-time friend, Jim on Friday morning. It’s been at least a year since we have talked and it was nice to catch up with him again. Funny how distance and separation don’t even come into play with some people, and it feels like you haven’t even been apart.

I offered to help Ben out after school on Thursday, to take Charlotte to her swim class, and then spend the day with the girls on Friday, as they are having remote school for the next two weeks.  It was snowing pretty good when I drove to their house and predicted to get 3-6”.  Charlotte was able to go skiing with a friend in the morning, so she did her schoolwork when she got back home.  The twins were right on task when they were on their zoom calls with their classes, but they were pretty naughty when they had free time and recess - fighting with each other and pushing the boundaries and not being very respectful of me. I got pretty stressed and Ben certainly wasn’t happy with their behavior, so we talked about it at dinner and nobody got to watch a movie, the twins had to take their showers right after dinner and also had to go to bed early.  

By the time Charlotte (she is spending the weekend with me) and I went back to my apartment, we had about 5” of snow on the ground. The roads were pretty slick, but I took city streets and didn’t have any issues with my trusty RAV4.  Charlotte and I went to bed early, had some reading time, and lights were out before 9pm.

Covid cases are higher right now than they were a year ago - thus the remote schooling) and it is mostly the new variant, Omicron that isn’t as severe as previous variants and people are getting it right and left.  Our country is still not at herd immunity which is 70% of the population vaccinated or has immunity from having the virus.  Many people won’t get vaccinated because they don’t believe in the science behind the vaccines or don’t trust the CDC. The hospitals are full of unvaccinated people, making it difficult for any others to even get the medical care that they might need right now. It is a sad, sad situation.