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.…

Appointment scheduled!

Yesterday the state opened up vaccinations to more people, and due to some medical conditions that I won't get into here, I qualified for an appointment. Navigating the state's vaccine websites was a bit of a nightmare - their server capacity wasn't nearly up to the demand, and appointments were…

Thank god

The inauguration happened. Biden is president. Harris is the first woman to be vice president. The Senate is blue again (just barely, but I'll take it.) We watched the ceremony with our kids, and it was very emotional. Particularly when Harris was sworn in, but even things like 'This Land…

Waiting for the inauguration

It's been a few days since the attempted coup and the riots. Things have been relatively quiet, but I (and probably most of the country) remain very much on edge and very nervous. Over the last few days some good things have happened. There has been widespread condemnation of the…