First day back

I was very very uncomfortable and hesitant about the plan for the kids to return to school. I'm still not convinced that it was a good idea. But it's done, the kids are back, and so far we're doing ok. Today was the first day of full-time in-person school for…

Uptick

It is becoming increasingly clear that we are at the beginning of a fourth wave. And yet Massachusetts appears to be barrelling ahead with its crazypants reopening scheme. We had 2200 new cases today, up from about 1200 a couple of weeks ago. It's probably too soon to know a…

Passover in isolation, again

Last night we had the first seder. On Zoom, again. I am thinking back to last year, at the beginning of the plague that we in our house call 'the big kerfuffle.' (The kids do not like talking about the virus and asked that we talk about it this…

Second Dose

I got my second shot on Friday. It was a great experience, the vaccination site was even more organized than when I was there three weeks ago, and I was in-and-out in about sixteen minutes (which is to say, I was vaccinated almost immediately and then waited fifteen minutes for…

Between a rock and a hard place

The school situation has gotten more complicated. The commissioner of education has decided to change the rules such that remote and hybrid schooling would no longer count towards the required days of school in the year. So it sounds like the state is going to be back to 5-day-a-week full-day…

Back to school?

Gentle reader, be warned that a rant is incoming. Our crazy state declared the other day that they were going to force the schools to open ¬†for fully in-person five-days-a-week instruction starting in April. This is such a dumb idea I don't even know where to begin. But what the…

First shot

I got my first vaccination shot this morning. I feel extremely lucky to have been eligible and to have found an appointment. I had been really nervous before the appointment - what if they change the eligibility rules? what if they run out of vaccine doses? what if my confirmation…

Five hundred thousand

We've got a new president, but the death count keeps rising. I think back to a year ago when this number was unimaginable. Now it seems like just a marker on a road to something worse.…