Moving day and getting ready for camping

Today my youngest son (22 years old) is moving back home. But don’t think badly of him. He graduated Cum Laude in Computer Science from University of Colorado in May and has been continuing to work on a research project with a prof there. Most leases in Boulder run from August to the end of July, so he was enjoying a few months of down time before moving back home. I’m looking forward to it. Not sure if he is. But he is a very goal oriented person and plans to apply to grad school so he can move out next summer. In the meantime, we have a pet sitter!

That’s a good thing, as we’re taking off tomorrow for a 3-day camping trip. All very coincidentally,  we will happen to meet up with my brother who is hiking the Colorado Trail. He’s 2 weeks in. I’ll be bring him more JetBoil Fuel which is in short supply this summer as the CT has increased traffic this year.

He requested his favorite hot dogs with sauerkraut, potato salad, and baked beans. While I won’t be making my mom’s recipe, I’m sure he’ll be happy. with Bush’s Baked Beans. I also found pre-mixed Bloody Mary’s for the next morning. He’s taking a zero day (no hiking) but perhaps we’ll go to Leadville which has quite a few geocaches. It’s the highest town in North America and just half an hour away.

In the meantime, I pray for everyone to make to make good choices. Wear a mask, don’t go to crowded events, and don’t be a whiny baby. Yes, many of us would rather be on a plane traveling to our vacation destination, but one summer of sacrifice is not asking a lot. My friend’s daughter is starting college next month. As much as I ‘d love to meet up with my friend for lunch, I’ve decided that’s not going to happen. It’s not worth the risk. We all need to make sacrifices to contain Covid-19.

Reopening: how’s it going for you?

My county in Colorado started a gradual reopening on May 8. That’s when hair and nail salons were allowed to reopen. Since then restaurants have opened but they are encouraging patio dining whenever possible, with inside capacity set at 50%. No worries for us. We’ve fallen into a take-out routine as we enjoy dining on our patio. My husband will be working from home until the end of July. I’m used to him being at home now. He was working from home about 50% of the time anyhow so it wasn’t a big adjustment.

So far so good in Colorado. We’re all holding our breath and praying that the protests don’t result in a spike again. The number of new cases yesterday was only 157.

Here in Boulder County mask usage in stores is mandatory. Outdoors is optional but suggested if you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance. They did close down one park by a creek that is popular for tubing because people were too close. But so far I think people are being cautious and smart about reopening.

Here are my experiences with reopenings so far.

Hair Salon – Grade: C

I had an appointment 4 weeks ago. My stylist (owner) and the other four woman who work there were all busy working, in some cases within just a few feet of each other. They all had masks except for my stylist. She had a cheap plastic face shield – no where as good as a hospital shield. She claimed she sanitized the station before I came in but it didn’t look like it. There was hair on the floor and it just felt unclean. With 5 clients and 5 stylists in a relatively small salon, I felt uncomfortable. People had to wait outside, which was good. But she had not informed clients so people kept on walking in and sitting down. I heard later that she should not have used a dryer but she did. The good news is I am still healthy.

Nail Salon – Grade: A

I was very impressed. They had installed shields everywhere. They are also not using stations next to each other to ensure social distancing. The technicians wore masks (not uncommon in nail salons anyhow). Just felt super clean.