Friday, July 24, 2020

Corona Virus Diaries - June 18-24

June 18th

It’s supposed to storm soon. I wish it would get on with it, we need the rain. It’s amazingly dark outside, and that’s very strange for 5:15 pm on a summer evening in Minnesota. Sunset right now isn’t until 9; it doesn’t get dark until 10. We go to bed really early though. Me because of running and Lee because he’s gotten himself on that sort of schedule.

We are still watching Leo on Monday’s, and also Tuesday's, with Sarah and Kirby coming over to spend the day. This is really a time to cherish. In about a month Sarah will go back to work (remotely). For 6 weeks we will watch Leo  5 days a week, until September. Sarah has decided that Kirby is such a good baby that she will just keep him with her. She doesn't want to mess with bottles if she doesn't have to.

In September they might go to daycare, but more and more its seeming like that won't be a good idea yet. We'll just have to wait and see.

We’ve had such a nice safe bubble going but that’s about to change. We’re having visitors soon, Daniel and Kelsey, and then Joanne. I wouldn’t want it any other way, but I can’t help but worry a little. Dan and Kelsey were talking about driving. I’m not sure if it’s safer than flying, there are trade offs, but they do have more control, and don’t have to sit in an enclosed space with strangers that may or may not be wearing masks. Note: As it turned out they flew. Seems like it was pretty safe. More on that at a later date.

Lee and Cathy will drive Joanne back and forth from Columbia and that is really pretty safe. They can drive it in a day so her only exposure will be at gas station restrooms and at least there she can wear a mask and use lots of hand sanitizer.

I’m going to the dentist tomorrow. I called to make sure they are following the proper protocols and it sounds like they are. Sure it’s a risk but I really want to get my teeth cleaned! Courting tooth decay is not helpful to my immune system!

Now I’m thinking that I will go and ahead and run a 26.2 virtual marathon, but do it a week early, so I am done before we start watching Leo full time.  I’m undecided about what pace to try for; without an actual race I can’t imagine that I will be able to maintain anything close to race pace. Note: I did! More on this later too.

Monday is our 40th wedding anniversary. Because of Covid we’re not really doing anything, but on Wednesday we might drive the pontoon over to Wayzata and get carry out for Bellecour. Note: Bellecour had an employee test positive for Covid. They decided it just wasn't worth the risk and have closed permanently. Boo Hoo! We took the pontoon out with Sarah and Erik and the kids last Sunday. It was insanely windy and I was really nervous. Hopefully if it’s not windy I won’t be so anxiety-ridden. I really do want to enjoy this new boat!

June 24th

Monday was our 40th wedding anniversary. A big deal, right? But the virus so we just chilled. We got carryout from Coalition for dinner and ate it out on the porch. Lee got me beautiful BEAUTIFUL flowers and a card. I didn’t do a thing. 

Beautiful weather, lots of running, days blending into one after another. Running hard. I did 16 miles on Saturday. Got up plenty early to beat the heat. Ran through all of Carver Reserve and saw parts of it I hadn’t seen before. The flies were TERRIBLE. I was covered in bites and had to keep picking them out of my hair. Ugh! Now I’m using bug spray. I had a good run on Tuesday with repeats at marathon pace minus 10 seconds. I haven’t had a lot of good runs lately so I was very happy.

On Sunday we went over to Sarah and Erik’s for Father’s Day. We had a Mexican themed meal and I made a tres leche cake. It was fun to make, just a regular white cake, baked rather thinly in a 9x13” pan. Then you poke it full of holes with a fork and pour a glaze made of evaporated milk, condensed milk, and half and half over the cake and put it in the fridge overnight. The cake slowly absorbs all of the glaze. Then you ice it with very whipped heavy cream. Its crazy rich but delicious.

Our Monday’s and Tuesday’s with Leo and Kirby continue. Kirby is really blooming. He smiles and laughs, chortles really, and is a mostly very content baby that hardly ever cries. If he cries you know there is a reason. He is almost 3 months old.

We had some mulch delivered yesterday while Leo was here. Like most little boys he is fascinated by cars and trucks and any kind of machinery. From a safe distance we watched the dump truck unload the mulch. As the back of the truck went up, up, up, Leo inched closer to me, never taking his eyes off of it. When the truck was gone we went over to inspect the mulch. “There’s dirt! There’s rocks!” Yes indeed Leo!

Covid cases in Minnesota are holding steady, even getting lower. Other parts of the country aren’t so lucky. Florida, Texas and Arizona are all surging badly. Someone noted that these are all places where it is currently too hot to be outside, so people are staying indoors and breathing and talking all over each other, and that’s how it spreads. I’m sure we’ll see a resurgence up here this winter. 

They cancelled the New York City Marathon today. I do not expect any big marathons to go forward in 2020, and not in the winter of 2021 either. MAYBE by late spring 2021. I’d love to be wrong but I’m just not seeing it.

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