|Ficus (taken 5.12.2020)|
Thursday, December 31, 2020
CoViD-19 NYE | Mayor Gloria Demands COVID Enforcement | STFH NYE | Watch The Schizophonics Live Tonight | SD Reports 3 Additional B.1.1.7. UK Variant Cases |
2020 Diary & Photos: Lists Of Everything That Kept Us Thriving, Sane, and Finding Joy In This Year of Chaos
|My birthday was one of many summer trips to San Diego Zoo (Taken 9.28.2020)|
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
CoViD-19 California Reveals Safe Schools For All Plan | UK COVID-19 Variant B.1.1.7 Found In San Diego | Local Flu Cases Rising |
|A summer photo sess at our favorite Balboa Park fountain (Taken 8.27.2020)|
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
CoViD-19 Tuesday: Stay-At-Home Order Extended | Congressman-Elect Dies of COVID-19 | CoViD Variant Detected in CO |
|So long ago before we knew what we know (Taken 4.29.2020)|
It's been an exciting day around the household. Slept in. Woke up. Had burgers and homemade fries for lunch. Watched California media briefing. Hung outside until our property manager showed up and told us they have to get pest control to come out before the new neighbors can move in. (Just wait until it floods again, or in the summer when the ants take over, we wanted to tell him) We watched the evening news, I worked through my inbox, then we made amazing tacos, and now we're about to watch the second half of Hamilton.
I was joking when I said it was an exciting day, but we're happy to be home and healthy and we can't really ask for more than that.
Monday, December 28, 2020
|Masked Up at San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Taken 11.18.2020)|
It's so hard to see it snowing in our local mountains and not race up to play in it. In winters past, we would drive up to Cuyamaca with the van, but last time Darren had a hard time with the chains because we were already in the thick of an active snowstorm before we put them on. Since we've barely used the van this year at all, I wouldn't really feel safe driving it up without a big inspection. We also have a problem with the headliner falling, which may be among the first things we spend our *massive giant* relief checks on. It seems like such an erroneous and unnecessary way to blow $300 but it's actually really unsafe and hard to drive when it's falling on your head.
CoViD-19 Monday Relief, Kinda | EDD Nightmares | Morning Briefings: WHO, NY, NJ, CA | "Surge Upon Surge Upon Surge"
|My sister's puppy, Roxy (Taken 12.25.2020)|
For today, however, it's all media briefings. I watched the World Health Organization's presser and marked a couple links I think everyone should watch. Then, since I was already up early, I watched New York Governor Cuomo's briefing and then New Jersey's, caught the local news, and then watched Governor Newsom. I was a little disappointed he didn't address EDD and why it's been mostly down all day, he seemed pretty resigned today with the 'sobering' numbers. And I can't blame him. You can only shout at the abyss so many times, and it's clear that places like Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and other super right wing trumpy areas are just going to keep defying the state orders without any enforcement. It's gross. Especially because it's mostly wealthier white people who think everything should open at the risk of the BIPOC service workers who are the ones getting sick and dying with higher frequency. Last night I was looking at this link that was on my COVID-19 resource page called Covid ActNow and that's probably why I've been up since 3am.
Anyway, some of the numbers for the day haven't come in, namely the US numbers from The Tracking Project and the San Diego County Numbers, so I'll do another post later tonight. If you're on EDD and awaiting news, just hold tight...I'm sure we'll know more by the end of the day.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
CoViD-19: Stay Home Sunday | California Reports 50,141 Cases, 1/3 Of New US Cases | HR 133 Signed Including COVID-19 Relief |
|My parents have a strange collection of musical stuffed animals (Taken 12.25.2020)|
It has been another cozy day at home. I'm in my Christmas pajamas and Santa snuggie and a pair of fuzzy socks. We've been enjoying the tamales we picked up from MexMart, and have been working through Christmas leftovers all weekend in our lounginess. I've even started enjoying football again, which is unexpected. Have you ever noticed how the enthusiasm level of the announcers for the Chiefs and Seahawks games is super elevated and they sound like they're being punished when they have to do Chargers games? It's kinda funny when you catch it.
I'm posting a little earlier than usual because there was recent *breaking news* that the covidiot-in-chief signed HR133 which is the massive bill that keeps the government running through September, is a general spending bill, and the inclusion of the $900b stimulus/pandemic relief program. So it appears there was no reason for the delay except abject cruelty and political stunting. I'm watching the stupid dumbasses on KUSI and it is unbelievable they can even call themselves news. Their misrepresentation of information and facts makes me irate.
Speaking of information, numbers are a little funny right now...some testing sites were down for the holidays so the San Diego positivity rate is really high, some Government departments were closed, and judging by current county job postings, San Diego is short of needed medical examiners and is even looking for a Public Health Medical Officer. There was below average national testing, resulting in California representing 1 in 3 cases nationally. The fact that three friends lost their dads in the past week makes me think that numbers will be really grim as the data catches up. Be safe out there, and don't forget that you're supposed to quarantine travelled during the holiday.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
|Mom & Dad and the grandkids (Taken 12.25.2020)|
I don't have much to say today and not a lot of news. UI benefits ended today while the occupier went golfing. We watched Warriors on Netflix and it's super good and super intense but I'm kinda surprised there's no trigger warning at the beginning. Darren had to run out for dog food today, but otherwise it was a loungey all-day pajama day.
Today's data and numbers are abnormal due to the Christmas holiday and fewer testing sites. I would presume that there were certainly some Christmas deaths, there's just non reporting due to the holiday. The stay-at-home order would have expired in a few days if our numbers were improved, but instead, the new order says we'll be under the stay-at-home order until all regions in the state are out of it, so we're gonna be here awhile.
California Christmas Diary & Photos: Sun, Family Fun, and Seventy Degree Perfection | Our Sunshine Tax Pays Off
|My cousin made custom "Maybe Next Year" sweatshirts for all the squad (12.25.2020)|
I already gave my explanation about why I'd be spending Christmas with my family in spite of warnings, so I'm not going to justify or make excuses again. It was a perfect San Diego day, so we stayed longer than planned as we could more freely hang apart outside. I'm pretty sure there were pre-discussions about me being really anal or the 'mask nazi' in the family because anytime I came within 10 feet of anyone, if their mask had dropped beneath their nose or it was off so they could eat or drink, they'd get these big eyes at me like they were in trouble. And that's okay. If I'm mean or stern because I'm looking out for all of our health, I'll take those labels. Because it was as perfect a day as we could ask with the current circumstances. Photos and more after the jump.
Friday, December 25, 2020
|My sister, niece, and puppy Roxy (Taken 12.25.2020)|
Merry Christmas, Everyone. It's a heavy Christmas for a lot of people, particularly the people missing the 321,992 known deaths from COVID-19 and the nearly 120,000 people in the hospital today, and people who couldn't be with loved ones today.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
CoViD-19 Christmas Eve | California Surpasses 2 Million Cases | GOP Blocks Relief | Tonight: Exile On Kettner |
|Attempting to recreate the photo from 2014 (Taken 12.25.2019)|
CoViD-19 Christmas: "Stay Home. Don't Travel. But if you do..." | The Mistakes of Thanksgiving | The Mixed Messages of Christmas |
|A Family Christmas While Dad Was In The Hospital (Taken 12.25.2014)|
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
CoViD-19 California Sets Highest Daily Death Record | Stay-At-Home Lawsuit On Hold Until January: Stay Remains In Place | I'll Take "One-Term Lunatics" for $2,000, Alex (RIP)
|Goofy Ass Picture of Me and My Sister at Sea World Christmas in the Before Times 12.13.2019|
Today Governor Newsom did a short briefing before having a little conversation with Dr. Shirley Weber and Alex Padilla, so notes on that are below. After watching all of that, my neighbor dropped by with her dog so we chatted for a bit (masked/10 feet apart/outside) and then I watched the County's Media Briefing. They had an administrator from Scripps health as a guest and he was much more straight about the crisis around us and it is dark. Meanwhile, I said to keep an eye out for the Pacer's vs San Diego County/Gavin Newsom/State of California Case (Superior Court Case #37-2020-00038194-CU-CR-CTL) and I'm not gonna spend money to get court documents nor do I really understand legal speak, but if I'm reading it correctly, today's hearing was canceled ("ex parte was vacated") and the next "motion hearing" isn't until January 22, 2021, so strip clubs and restaurants, for the time being, must follow the current stay-at-home orders. I think. I'm also gonna guess that somewhere in the ROA (Register of Actions) is where KPBS got ahold of the outbreak information (if it wasn't just from the county with a wink, wink and a 'you didn't get this from me.') I can't be sure, both are just suspicions. Anyway, lots of stuff today.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
CoViD-19: QuaranTuesday | Virus Mutations Raises Red Flags | San Diego Case Rate: 36.3/100k | CA Names Padilla to Senate, Dr. Weber to Sec of State
|Hotel Del Coronado Christmas (Taken 12.28.2019)|
Another day at home. Our apartment management guy came by to let us know the neighbors will be moving in...the delay was because there were some mice that needed to be dealt with. I guess that's what happens when you leave an apartment unused for 6 months. Fortunately we had someone come a few years ago who closed up the 'mouse superhighway' so we haven't had a problem, though I know from my neighbors that this is a huge community problem.
I also talked to my sister and got the scoop on her father-in-law, but then we kinda got in a fight because she just got tested on Saturday, and even though they're negative, they should still be quarantining. Instead, they let him stay the night, and then today she's over at my parents' house after running errands, which for her usually means a dozen stores. It's like, how many risks are you going to take and bring into my parents' house? We'll still plan on the outdoor Christmas thing and leave if it gets weird or unsafe or uncomfortable.
I was waiting all afternoon for the Dr. Ghaly briefing but never found one. Instead, we watched Biden's address, sat out in the sun for awhile, ate some of the no-bake cheesecake I made last night, and then I allowed myself a lovely afternoon nap while Darren watched the NBA and Nova made sugar cookies and frosting from my Betty Crocker cookbook which I've finally shared with her. We will definitely have to make some supply runs, but hoping that we can get through the weekend before it's necessary. Darren and I plan on a speakeasy night so I'm gonna wrap it up now. Beware the performative politics out there. What matters is deeds, not words. Keep an eye out tomorrow for new information on the strip club/restaurant case, news on 45 trying to performatively veto the relief bill, a briefing from the state to extend Stay-At-Home orders, and a briefing from the County.
"Our darkest days are ahead of us, not behind us." - President-elect Biden (12.22.2020)
Monday, December 21, 2020
CoViD-19: Stay Home Monday | Winter Solstice & The Great Conjunction | KPBS Discloses SD Outbreak Locations | Relief Bill Passes Both Houses
|Hotel Del Coronado Christmas Tree (Taken 12.28.2019)|
Monday was the winter solstice and the date of the great conjunction with Jupiter and Saturn so close that they appear as the "Christmas Star." It was really pretty to watch the planets appear closer and closer over the past couple weeks, even if I couldn't capture it adequately with my camera. We had another day of not doing much...sitting in the yard, watching our daily visit from a hummingbird, stopping my cat from pouncing on our yard bunny.
We watched the long briefing from Newsom, the always depressing PBS Newshour, and now I'm filling my brain with the junkfood that is Bravo. Darren has stepped up his cooking these days and his terriyaki chicken thighs are *chef's kiss*. It's hard to believe that Christmas is just a few days away, and while I'm usually a little bummed that we don't get a white Christmas, or even a gray and cold one, I'm not complaining this year, since we plan on staying in my parents' backyard the entirety of our visit. On the plus side, my sister and the girls' tests all came back negative, but her father-in-law decided to just show up unannounced so that could really skewer all the plans. I don't mean to be rude, but dude drove from Arizona unannounced. Not only should my sister's family be quarantining, but how incredibly rude anytime, let alone a pandemic. I don't really know how she's handling it, but I wouldn't let the guy in my house or near my kids and if he's planning on joining in on Christmas, we'll be staying home after all. Seriously. WTF? People are unbelievable. Which leads me to my super-rant. After the jump.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
CoViD-19: Relief Is Coming, Aid For Venues | Vaccine Rollout & Allergy Guidance | Virus Mutations Raise Concerns | SD LEAs Violate Disclosure in Tactical Gear Acquisition
|Teddy Bear Christmas At Hotel Del Coronado in the Before Times (Taken 12.28.2019)|
I have so much to talk about today, but I'm gonna put a lot after the jump, because today was actually a lovely day. I'm trying to reset my circadian rhythm so I didn't let myself sleep all day as I had been from our DDD experience last week. I woke up to Nova and Darren in the kitchen, and she was inspired by the bag of yeast I bought to make pizza dough from scratch. I spent some time outside, the weather perfect, and I went through some things to donate from the studio, put away laundry, and I messed around shooting Jupiter and Saturn at dusk. For the pizza makers, it ended up being about a six hour process and I wasn't super happy that D had to run to Vons for mozzarella and other stuff because I'm trying to make us fully quarantine so we can do backyard Christmas at my mom's, but I told him that's it: if we run out of stuff, we run out, or we can do grocery delivery, but there will be no leaving the house for us besides late night dog walks.
Meanwhile, I caught up with my sister on the phone, and she told me that a girl from my niece's soccer team tested positive. The girl hadn't been to practice since Tuesday, and they've been doing outdoor, separated, workout only practices, but (a) I was so glad we pulled Nova from her team when we did because it was easy to see how the rules slip and (b) it made me mad because her program (though not her specific team) were the ones shown over and over on the news demanding the reopening of youth sports and competitive play. My sister and the girls found out on Saturday and all went and got tested, so hopefully they'll get their results tomorrow, but they're on lockdown now, too, or as my sister said in soccer speak, the DL.
More and more friends are testing positive or knowing people who are sick. I found out a college pal who lives in London is a long-hauler after getting COVID in March and her symptoms are debilitating and devastating. Another friend's dad died last week. And then I caught myself fighting with someone on Facebook who is literally making up her own statistics, fighting with nurses and people who work in hospitals and morgues that they are all just exaggerating the numbers and danger. It is maddening. California is quite literally the world epicenter at the moment. If you think you don't know anyone adversely affected by COVID-19 at this point, you're are just not paying attention.
Anyway, lots to get to today, so all of that after the jump.
Saturday, December 19, 2020
CoViD-19 Stay Home Saturday | County Sets Weekly Records with 18,016 New Cases,129 COVID-19 Associated Deaths | Momentum Builds To Audit McConnell Election
|Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Christmas (Taken 12.6.2019)|
On Saturday, December 19, the Casbah will be hosting an outdoor merchandise pop-up in the driveway of Vinyl Junkies Record Shack to get all of your last minute holiday purchases. It'll happen from noon - 4pm. Drop by and say hi to Tim Mays, Luci, Ted, Doom, and Will who will be manning the fortress. Please wear your masks to protect yourselves and our staff.
Vinyl Junkies Record Shack is located at 2235 Fern Street, San Diego, CA 92104
CoViD-19: Appeals Court Says Don't Go Opening Just Yet | SD Reports Record Cases & Hospitalizations | White House Retribution? Slashes Vaccine Shipments To 27 States | Orgs Call For Implementation of Crisis Standards Of Care
|Silversun Pickups at The Observatory North Park (Taken 12.17.2019)|
It was a super intense news day today, so I definitely regretted not getting through all of Thursday's inbox because it just piled on to today's. The big news was that the appeals court issued a stay on Judge Wohlfeil's ruling, meaning the restaurants and strip clubs may not be open. Meanwhile, in evidence of wishful thinking and overenthusiasm and a general lack of or disregard for COVID-19 safety, restaurants rushed to rehire staff and order product and reopen their doors, when they could've just thought for one minute that maybe they should wait and see what happens and honor the stay-at-home order because it's the right thing to do. When they show these jackasses on the news this weekend complaining about the yo-yo, just remember that they should've known better. These cases are happening all over the country, brought by lawsuits from churches and small businesses including gyms, restaurants, bars, and salons, so ultimately the states will, at some point, have to codify exactly what powers Governors and health officials can restrict under emergency situations and health crises, and what can be specifically considered as either, and we can probably expect that the Supreme Court will have final say on that down the road, hopefully long after this thing is all over. But in the meantime, just look at these numbers! It is CRAZY. With today's numbers, a Californian is dying from complications of COVID-19 every 5 minutes.
So yeah, I read a lot today and watched too much news, and then I saw this story on NBC News (starts at 11:58) about Termaine Hicks and I just broke down sobbing. He was trying to help someone and ended up shot and jailed for 19 years and is still able to smile and look forward and I wish everyone would watch it and just try and get a little perspective.
It was also December 18, of 2019 when the House debated impeachment. As Heather Cox Richardson pointed out, at the time, Adam Schiff asked somewhat rhetorically, "How much damage can Donald Trump do between now and the next election?” and I guess now we know. It is so much worse than I could have ever imagined.
Stay safe, stay home.
Friday, December 18, 2020
|San Diego Symphony Presents Noel Noel Free Livestream|
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7pm
This is straight from San Diego Symphony's Newsletter, including their images. It felt worthy of sharing. It's like the before times when I posted about local music and arts events. So, so long ago.
SAN DIEGO'S FAVORITE HOLIDAY MUSIC TRADITION RETURNS WITH A FREE AT-HOME EXPERIENCE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
NOEL NOEL AT-HOME STREAMS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 7PM PST
San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Semanik, conductor
Thursday, December 17, 2020
CoViD-19: We're Doing This All Wrong | Some San Diego Restaurants Defy State Orders Under Judicial Cover
|Ficus Before the DDD (Taken 12.6.2020)|
It's after 10pm and I really need a speakeasy night, so I'm gonna save some of today's reading and links and emails for tomorrow. Tonight we're celebrating because Ficus is feeling much better and gave us a 'yule log' and compared to the past three days, that was certainly an assuring sign. And not to be mean, but the new tenants didn't show up today, so I don't know what's going on there, but for now the space is still just ours and I'm pretty stoked about that. We went on a dog walk just after the rain for the first time in days and now mama needs some whiskey.
I spent a lot of time railing against the strip-club ruling, so my rant and today's data is all after the jump. I'll catch up with you tomorrow.
- Appeals court issues stay, halting judge’s order reopening San Diego County restaurants - San Diego Union Tribune (12.18.2020)
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
CoViD-19: After Ruling, County Stops Violation Enforcement | Hospitals Induce Ambulance Diversion | County Down To 24 Staffed ICU Beds | More Than 50% Of SD ICU Patients Are COVID |
|My Fam Celebrating Dad's Birthday in the Before Times (Taken 9.8.2019)|
Perhaps the County and State, in their appeal, will actually have to surrender to the other lawsuit, which demands identification and information about outbreaks. Like if I was a person who would go to Awaken church, then grab some stuff from Home Depot, then decide to relax for a couple hours at Pacers, am I really reporting the Pacers part to my contact tracer when I test positive? Just look at the weekly COVID Watch. In the past two weeks, 4,579 cases claimed they had no community exposure...55.4%, and since June, that number is 34,003, equaling 53.6%. They didn't just catch it out of thin air (unless it was aerosols in a GODDAMN COMMUNITY SETTING.) It makes me so mad. We could've been in such a different place with better leadership and frankly, better citizenry. But here we fucking are. Christmas is going to be so, so different. Let's accept it and do the things they've been telling us to do for months.
CoViD-19: SD County Tops 52.7 Cases Per 100k Residents | Governor Gets Grim: State Activated 'Coroners Mutual Aid & Mass Fatality Program' | State Issues Sports Guidance |
|California Sea Lion Pup (Taken 9.14.2020)|
I had such a lovely Monday night. After Nova went to bed and while Darren was working on music with his bandmates (via chatroom and texts) in the speakeasy, I watched a cheesy Christmas movie on Netflix (Christmas In California), drank some egg nog, and painted some ornaments Nova and I made a couple weeks ago.
Today I decided I had to go on a 'therapy cruise' which I haven't done in ages, partially because for years I didn't have access to a car and partially because it's ain't really cool to just go burning gas around the city for no particular reason, but these are not normal times and one has to do what one can to maintain sanity. I've been reading Becoming by Michelle Obama and I had put holds on Obama's book, but I didn't expect to get it so quickly with the year plus waiting lists at some libraries, but the County library came through with the audiobook. Darren came with me but maybe he didn't believe me when I said I was literally just going to drive around and listen to the Barack Obama audiobook because he was just wasn't feeling it. I'll go alone next time, but next time probably won't be anytime soon. Still, it was nice seeing some of my favorite places, even if we didn't get out of the car.
By the time I got home, I watched part of the state media briefing before we finished The Wilds on Amazon. We finished watching the briefing after Nova went to bed. It was really intense. I found the page with the California Forecast models and it is terrifying. Earlier in the day, I found out an acquaintance's parents are both in dangerous shape after contracting COVID-19 in their assisted living facility, I'm starting to see more and more people with family members sick or dying. I'm also seeing friends on my socials with family members dying of non-COVID causes, which is also scary because it seems that the level of care could slip as staffing becomes strained and also people are not going to hospitals and doctors when they should because they are scared of being admitted and being alone, or worse, dying alone. Today's media briefing touched on this...reporters really want to catch Governor Newsom or Secretary Ghaly saying things like they were saying in Italy in the spring-- that doctors are going to have to start deciding who is worth saving. They won't say it, but Dr. Ghaly came close, "the point where we have to make some hard decisions on who might receive care," but didn't really finish the sentence other than continuing the non-pharmaceutical interventions we've been doing to prevent getting there. Meanwhile, there's the infuriating story about the White House security official who got really, really sick, is now an amputee, and his friends have organized a Go Fund Me. Like WHAT?? Dude works at the WHITE HOUSE. How is every expense, down to the penny, not covered??? I feel like I'm less afraid now of catching Sars-CoV-2 than I am of the crushing medical bills that could come if I were to be in that unlucky 12% who require hospitalization (or worse.)
So we shall continue the staycation to the extent we can. It pains me because it's pupping season at La Jolla Cove and Casa Beach and I haven't been since we pulled Nova from soccer, but I'll wait until this thing starts to see some control. Hopefully with vaccinations beginning, the new administration coming in January, and that long gap of holidays between New Year's and Memorial Day that we start to see some drastic reductions in cases. Until then, be safe out there.
Monday, December 14, 2020
CoViD-19: Vaccine Distribution Begins | Biden Presidency Confirmed By Electors | Covered California Deadline Extended | Pandemic Year 1: What Do We Know?
|The crew at Sea World Holiday Preview (Taken 12.13.2019)|
The unromantic side of pet ownership is that sometimes they get sick. I don't know what's going on with Fi but I ended up staying up all night so she could go outside every hour on the hour last night. That means that I stayed up all night until Darren and Nova were awake to take over. That gave me a lot of time for doomscrolling and perusing Nextdoor to see if anyone was talking about the eternal mentally disturbed screaming that happens in our alley almost nightly. Nobody was talking about that, but I did find a free couch that we got excited about, made contact with the giver who told me we could come by for it tonight, and when I reached out again at the time she said, she had given it away to someone else. Ugh.
I did finally get some sleep though, then had a little bit of a panic because I realized I still need to investigate my Covered California options. Fortunately they've extended the application deadline for January 1 coverage to December 30, and general open enrollment ends January 31. So I may actually delay and hope there's some sort of federal extension of CARES by then.
There is something awesome about day-sleeping though. When you wake up, all the news has happened. The electoral college confirmed Biden's win, people gave their thoughts and prayers for the anniversary of Sandy Hook, vaccination distribution and inoculation began across the US, and according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard at 8:28pm, the US is at currently at 300,477 deaths. (The COVID Tracking project is always a little behind the JHU dashboard.) Just another day in this eternal staycation.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
CoViD-19: Staying Home | The Scarlet 'C' | Megan Thee Stallion Is A Goddess | Pandemic Staycation Mentality |
|Megan Thee Stallion at Dia De Los Deftones Taken 11.2.2019|
Saturday, December 12, 2020
|The Crew at the San Diego Zoo in the Before Times (11.29.2019)|
Friday, December 11, 2020
CoViD-19: San Diego Hits 7 Triggers, Sets New Records For Cases, Deaths | Adopt A Husky | Change State Code: Insects ARE Wildlife | The Covidiot In Chief Is A Loser. Again.
|Nova at the San Diego Zoo (Taken 11.19.2020)|
It's so easy to fill time, I don't know how anyone is ever bored. Me and Darren hung out in the speakeasy super late last night so naturally I slept in today and woke up to Darren and Nova making me breakfast...Pillsbury crescent rolls baked with cream cheese and blueberries inside and a fruit salad with bananas, mandarin oranges, apples, blueberries, and raspberries. We ate outside and then we snuck into the empty lot next door and threw the football around for awhile. It's usually locked up but some contractors were looking over it today and left the gate open so we took advantage. We finished the tree, watched some TV, I worked through my bazillion daily emails, and Darren has taken over dinner duties and made us some awesome salads and burgers.
Besides all that, it was a hectic news day, with the FDA approving the EUA for Pfizer's vaccine at the last possible moment, the Supreme Court rejecting the covidiot-in-chief's latest attack on democracy but not before dozens of wackadoodle republicans jumped on board in support, and COVID records were set all over the place, with the highest new cases in San Diego, and correspondingly, the highest deaths this week with a day of data still due to report. It's really grim. So we're trying to do our best to keep spirits up around here, and I hope you are, too.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
CoViD-19 San Diego Will Pass 100,000 Total Cases On Friday, Sees Highest Weekly Deaths Of Pandemic | US Posts Second Consecutive Day of 3,000+ Deaths | China Recommends Depends | Save The Cheese
|Backyard time with Ficus (Taken 12.6.2020)|
Wednesday, December 09, 2020
CoViD-19 San Diego County Expands Grant Eligibility | Local Hospitals At 6% Staffed ICU Available | US Reports 3,000 Deaths In One Day
|Pics with the fam at The Old Globe's Dr. Seuss Tree (Taken 11.23.2020)|
One thing I remembered last night that I wanted to mention yesterday was that in one day, more than 500 people were admitted to California hospitals with COVID-19. And while everyone is bickering about what sectors are the greatest vectors for transmission, yesterday's COVID-19 Watch should be concerning because 52.9% of new cases in the past two weeks are listed as "no potential community exposure setting reported," which I've said before is either misremembering, willful denial, or straight up lying. And the people who are reporting potential exposures, ranged from 1 to 14 settings visited.
Today the US passed 3,000 deaths in one day, but apparently we're all cool with that. Except the LA County Health Officer, who was in tears at her media briefing, announcing 75 county deaths, their highest one-day number yet.
For us, that meant another day of staying home. Me and Nova finished making our wreaths outside and enjoyed the sunset. I will need to do a Costco run soon, but I put it off tonight so we could watch The Grinch musical on NBC. I thoroughly enjoyed it, perhaps especially appreciative of the broadcast because we aren't in the financial demo to have ever seen it at The Old Globe. I've got some Christmas lights I've committed to putting on the tree tonight, so I'm gonna wrap it up, but hope everyone is doing okay out there.
Tuesday, December 08, 2020
CoVID-19 US Passes 14 Million Cases, 100,000 Hospitalizations | San Diego County Assessed at 27cases/100k People, Reports 26 Deaths |
|Christmas Tree Stand Placement Balancing (Taken 12.6.2020)|
Monday, December 07, 2020
CoViD-19 Spreading Like Wildfire | State To Deploy Exposure Notification App | San Diego River Not Doing Well: Earns D Grade | Pandemic Fatigue Hits Healthcare Workers The Most
|Taken at San Diego Zoo Safari Park 11.11.2019|
The stay-at-home order went into effect today and the outrage online is hard to avoid. I actually snoozed a group I'm in because the admin--who works for a restaurant--had been kinda outta control on his posts. Instead of engaging, I write here, take it or leave it. (haha) Instead of fighting about it all over there, this is what I know to be true: the pandemic is raging like wildfire. In the November issue of Wired, there's this fascinating article about the science of wildfires and how the science of fire has changed. There's a "dangerous phenomenon called plume-driven fire, in which a fire’s own convective column of rising heat becomes hot enough and big enough to redirect wind and weather in ways that can make the fire burn much hotter and, with little warning, spread fast enough to trap people as they flee."
Sunday, December 06, 2020
CoViD-19 Stay-At-Home Sunday | Health Care Worker Disillusionment | Whole House Organizing & Cleaning
|Spreckels Organ Pavilion Balboa Park (Taken 12.6.2020)|
Today was such a nice day. I guess that whole thing they say about 'acceptance' is true, and I felt really refreshed and unburdened today. I woke up motivated to assess all of the projects I'd like to get done while we're confined to the stay-at-home order and unlike in March, I'm looking forward to the nesting, because we know so much more now and can know that this order will likely continue through January and fill that time with things other than worry and anxiety.
We ended up running out shopping last night. We picked up a Christmas tree at the outdoor lot at Home Depot. It was kind of crowded...obviously others had the same plan as us, so this year we didn't untie any trees to inspect, we just grabbed one sight unseen (she called to us) and paid for it and didn't wait in the long line for the one guy with a chainsaw to cut the bottom off or clip branches. We grabbed some cut branches for wreath making, and while Darren was tying it to the car, I ran into the store and bought a couple small Christmas-tree shaped tabletop rosemary bushes and some paper towels, which they had an abundance of.
From there we went to Grocery Outlet and the plan was for Darren and Nova to wait in the car, but who knew that the store would be completely empty at 8pm on a Saturday night the night before a shutdown?? (That's a joke. I'm sure everyone was out raging instead.) We were the only ones in the store, grabbed everything we could think we could possibly need for the coming weeks (though there will still be more Costco trips in the near future) and moseyed home.
That means today was planning to put the Christmas tree inside, which involved building a small platform to elevate it from the cats from an old stool and wood we had around the yard. I also did a deep dive into my closet and got it much more organized than it has been in a long while. And now I have a growing list of all the things I hope to get done with this abundance of time on my hands. Plus, I'll continue to keep doing all of this here, if for nothing else to remember what this whole mess was like and how we endured it.
Saturday, December 05, 2020
CoViD-19 San Diego County Clarifies Stay-At-Home Order | New County Record High Daily Cases 2,287 | COVID-19 Is Leading Cause of Death This Week
|San Diego Zoo Safari Park Wild Holiday (Taken 12.27.2019)|
Friday, December 04, 2020
CoViD-19 Breaking: Southern California Hits Stay-At-Home Trigger: 13.1% ICU Capacity | Who Closes? Who Can Stay Open?
|Spreckels Organ Pavilion at December Nights (Taken 12.6.2019)|
CoVid-19: Looking Grim: SD Sets New Case Record | San Diego Can't Stop Destroying Itself, Balboa Park Ferris Wheel Edition | Take The #CrashNotAccident Pledge
The first thing I saw when I woke up today was an article being shared online about the proposed Balboa Park Ferris Wheel being preliminarily approved. Naturally this got me so pissed, I sprung out of bed and decided to watch the 2+ hour Balboa Park Committee Meeting on the subject. I kicked myself for forgetting the meeting in the first place, but I guess I got caught up with other shit, which seems to be exactly as designed when the committee scheduled the previously unplanned meeting. You can see all my notes at the end of this email, but basically the committee voted to allow the Cohns and the ferris wheel company to further continue and pursue talks with the City and other entities. The whole thing is so goddamn stupid I can't even stand it. But they've emphasized even if they get al of their approvals from the City Council, City Attorney, FAA, Airport Oversight Board and all these other entities, it is supposed to be temporary, meaning specifically no more than 180 days. Some committee members were comparing it to one installed in Golden Gate Park, so I looked that one up...it was installed in the spring, but then couldn't open until October, and now is closed again indefinitely. It would be really, really stupid to get this stupid thing in the Plaza de Panama, removing all the space that is currently being used by walkers, bikers, skaters, families, picnickers and beyond and then have the stupid thing not even able to be open. I find it all so irritating.
We're trying to adhere to all the current recommendations, but I know it's really hard. I want to run around and buy everything we could possibly need for two months even though that is unrealistic because we count on things like fresh celery and cilantro and other things just can't be frozen or stockpiled. We still have to use a laundromat. The San Diego Zoo has been my main source of exercise during this pandemic because at least I can count on the mask requirement enforcement there and they may have to be shutting down, too. Some epidemiologists are even saying that ANY mixing should be prohibited, even the outdoor/masked/socially distanced kind and I guess you'll see my hypocrisy shine through because I'll certainly be hanging in my parents' backyard again before the year comes to an end. It's all a lot and I need to unplug to stew over it all and then get optimistic and remember, it won't always be this way.
Thursday, December 03, 2020
CoViD-19: California Announces Regional Stay-At-Home If ICU Beds Drop Below 15% Availability | San Diego Zoo Moves To Reservation System | 1.5 Million COVID Deaths Worldwide
|Momma Koala and Joey at San Diego Zoo (Taken 12.3.2020)|
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
CoViD-19: San Diego Has 225 Active Community Outbreaks | US Records Highest Daily Deaths Since May 7 | SHARP Healthcare Speaks To Local Hospitalization Increases
|Christmas Lights at Sea World (Taken 12.13.2019)|
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
CoViD-19: As Goes The Country, Hospitalizations Skyrocket In San Diego, County Passes 1000 Deaths | US Approaches 100,000 Hospitalizations | Study Confirms Outdoor Transmission Lower-Risk | Kid Cases On The Rise
|My Sister's Puppy, Roxy (Taken 11.26.2020)|
I measure my amount of online time with how many times I run the battery of my laptop down and so far I've already done two and half cycles, so I need to wrap this up. I don't really have anything exciting going on around here. Darren and I had a late night in the speakeasy so it was a sluggish day, hanging out in the yard in this ridiculous December weather. We continue to lay low when possible though there still might be some Zoo visits in our near future, especially since Jungle Bells starts this Friday. And in good news, a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that less than 10% of worldwide COVID-19 cases are attributable to outdoor transmission. I really believe that LA is doing it right but prohibiting all in-person dining, because people continue to mix households and obviously can't mask up while eating and drinking and we're not really going to get control of this thing until we shut it down. I'm still holding out hope that a new CARES act comes through before the end of the year.
One thing I've been meaning to talk about, especially now that it's December, is Christmas trees. Growing up, we always had an artificial tree. In fact, I think we had the same one my whole life until my parents finally upgraded when I was in my thirties. My parents' house has a fireplace which they used to use often which is dangerous for a real tree. Because of that, however, I've always loved a real tree and have been getting one since college. This year, I was sure I'd changed my mind. The story of Rockefeller the Owl really pissed me off. To me, there was nothing cure about saying this little owl "hitched a ride" to New York...he was taken from the wild in his home. But I'm a hypocrite just like everyone and after my little shopping adventure yesterday and looking at artificial trees, I'm just not ready to pull the trigger, so I'm sure we'll be grabbing a tree before the weekend, too. But it won't be without a little guilt. Today's reading and COVID-19 data are after the jump.