Sunday, June 06, 2021

CoViD-19: San Diego Looking Good; Likely To Move To Yellow Tier on Wednesday | Nesting or Hoarding?| I'm A Psaki Fangirl | LA Has A Peafowl Problem |

A Peacock at San Diego Zoo (Taken 6.1.21)

I've been thinking a lot about stuff. Right now, I have too much and it's a problem. My closet is tiny and quite literally cannot hold one more single hanger. It feels like in the before-times, we were obsessed with KonMari living and had worked hard to organize and eliminate stuff we didn't need. When I moved from Kensington to Normal Heights, I probably got rid of about 40% of my things and that hurt. You know those moments where you're looking for a thingamajig or a doohickey and you know you have it somewhere and then can't find it and then realize you must've actually gotten rid of it? Happens to me all the time, even though that move happened nearly a decade ago. 

Then 2020 came and the pandemic hit and being a bit of a hoarder didn't seem like the worst thing in the world. We tried to emphasize using what we had, repurposing or life-hacking what we could, and not spending money outside of absolute essentials as we didn't know how our unemployment or long term situation would look. But the pandemic didn't stop Nova from growing so of course there was still some spending happening. And to be honest, it didn't stop me and Darren from the weight fluctuations of the pandemic either, so we have too much stuff and we're just out of space. 

It's great to see forward movement. We all now have both Pfizer shots. Restrictions are loosening. The Casbah is setting reopening plans. But there's also now different supply issues, so while we're back out indulging a little in what may be unnecessary buying pots for plants, for example...but as we acquire new stuff, we're also still pretty cautious about getting rid of stuff we may need or wish we had down the line. 

So while the pandemic is hopefully winding down, I'm having this anxiety that isn't just about a post-pandemic world and not trusting other people, but also an anxiety that we had over a whole year and there are still projects to do, things to organize, donations to make. We made the studio our 'speakeasy' and cleaned the closet and we organized some stuff, but it feels like a continuous project. I didn't organize my digital world like I thought I would, including photos and videos. 

The good news is when I shared this feeling with Darren and Nova they reminded me of all the things we did accomplish, how much nicer it is to be home, whether inside or on the catio or in the backyard or in the speakeasy; how we were able to get through the near absolute lockdowns of last year, of the ways we passed time together when things were really dire. And they're right, I have to give myself some grace, but I hope I can focus a little more and use what unemployed time I do have left to get things a little more spruced up around here. 

Stay safe out there. 


  • State Data:
    • R-effective: 0.79
    • 120 New Cases/280,676 Total Cases
    • 1 Deaths/3,764 Total Deaths
    • 2.5 cases/100k population (Assessed on 6/1. Unadjusted Case Rate)
    • 1.3% Test Positivity (Assessed on 6/1)
    • 1.5% Health Equity Positivity (Assessed on 6/1)
    • COVID-19 hospitalized patients ( patients, % from prior day)
    • COVID-19 ICU hospitalized patients ( patients, % from prior day)
    • ICU beds available (from prior day)
  • County Data:
    • 67 New Cases/280,742 Total Cases 
    • 0 New Deaths/3,764 Total Deaths
    • 4,173,735 Doses Delivered/3,774,260 Doses Administered
    • 2,057,022 Partially Vaccinated/1,657,954 Fully Vaccinated (59.2% of 12+)
    • +12.898 Fully Vaccinated Since Yesterday
    • 0.8% Daily Test Positivity/1.1% (7-day avg after 7-day lag)/0.8% Test Positivity (14-day average)
    • 1.7 cases/100k population (Assessed on 6/1. Adjusted case rate per 100,000 excluding prisons.) 
    • 99.2% Case Investigation 
    • -15.2% Day Over Day COVID-19 Hospitalizations (79 patients. -39% over 30 days)
    • 35% ICU Capacity (33 patients. -6% over 30 days)
    • 49 Staffed ICU Beds Available
    • 0 New/4 Community Outbreaks (7-day)
  • Universities:

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