Ukraine

A little over a week ago Russia invaded Ukraine. It's still too soon to know how it all will play out, but it is clear that people are dying and that this is a bad thing for pretty much the entire world. There has been a lot of action against…

Things might be getting better

It's hard to know for sure, but people are starting to behave as if the light at the end of the tunnel might be in sight. I saw an article today which said that Fauci has stated that the pandemic phase of COVID might be coming to a close. Mask…

Another COVID Year

Another year of the pandemic is ending. It has been a really rough year, and it looks like 2022 will begin with this horrible omicron wave continuing. We've been lucky so far, despite a few contact-tracing notifications we've remained covid-free. My wife and I are both boosted, and the kids…

Thanksgiving, with guests

We hosted thanksgiving this year, and we even had in-person guests. I think it was the first time we've had non-family people in the house for an extended period of time. (We've had some people come in for service calls, and our house cleaners have been coming, but we hadn't…

Hallelujah

As of 9am this morning both of my kids are vaccinated. Well, the first shot at least, but that's good enough for me for now. It wasn't easy - I basically had to hold my son still so his pediatrician could administer the shot - but we got it done.…

The night before school starts

School starts tomorrow. In-person, fully masked and hopefully distanced. My kids are excited. (My daughter says she is 'super duper ooper excited', my son is less convinced.) I am nervous. I know that it will be good for them to be in school in-person, but the delta variant is getting…

Well, that didn’t last long

We had a couple months where it looked like things were getting back to normal, but now the Delta variant is back with a vengeance and things are looking pretty grim again. The CDC has issued a new mask guideline, but of course the governor of Massachusetts thinks he knows…

Family gatherings

We're starting to act like the pandemic is at an ebb. Yesterday we had a large family gathering (idk, 12 people? That seems large these days to me.) some indoors, some outdoors. Everyone except the kids was vaccinated and we were eating, so we did without masks, and it seemed…