#COVIDchaos – when will school start?

By now, I thought we'd be on the downhill from the #COVIDchaos, but here we are at more than four million cases in the United States and 144,000+ deaths. And we can't seem to get this under control. This graphic tells a grim story: My community finally passed a mask mandate on July 3. But … Continue reading #COVIDchaos – when will school start?

Summer jobs in 2020

We embarrassed our kids last year by showing up at their summer job or posting their volunteer work. Why stop now? Our youngest works at McAlister's deli in the kitchen, assembling sides, spuds and salads, and scooping up soups. Masks, gloves and non-slip shoes required. He works about 25-30 hours a week. He does have … Continue reading Summer jobs in 2020

Buena Vista, CO: summer 2020 trip, social distancing edition

This summer, we had planned to go New York City. Given the state of the COVID-19 pandemic 😷 , New York being the epicenter at one point, Broadway shows cancelled through September, and the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building still closed, we cancelled our trip. Instead, we planned an "outdoor activity trip" in … Continue reading Buena Vista, CO: summer 2020 trip, social distancing edition

#COVIDchaos weeks 13-14

June 1-13As of June 13, there were 7.4 million cases worldwide, 2.1 million in the U.S, 11,047 in Kansas and 715 in Sedgwick County. The U.S. is opening up after 13 weeks of stay-at-home orders, drive-thru only, working from home, virtual school, and toilet paper shortages. I'll probably stop writing my weekly posts, since things … Continue reading #COVIDchaos weeks 13-14

Summer prom

Lots of things were cancelled during the pandemic, including prom, which is disappointing to some certain high school students. You may remember we had ordered Adam's tux on March 14, before "stay-at-home orders" became part of our regular vocabulary. We never did pick it up - because, ya know, coronavirus. The store was not an … Continue reading Summer prom