We survived our first virtual 5K as a family on Sunday, held in support of A’s school. It was actually really fun. I decided that a 1 minute run / 2 minute walk would be doable for A&C and challenging without being torturous. I think I nailed the ratio – it was definitely hard (esp for C) because kids are allergic to pacing, but they got it done! G came in the stroller and ran for short portions.
In order to stay entertained, G pointed out Halloween decorations and the rest of us counted Biden vs Trump signs. I believe the final count was something like 22:11.
There did not seem to be any association between political signage and Halloween decor, though I was paying attention!
PS: I have a photo of A at the finish line but she’s not awake right now to approve it and she does look quite sweaty and DONE so I’m going to refrain from posting!
Remember when I was posting this all the time? There is definitely an element of pandemic fatigue at play; I can’t deny it. I got tired of looking at the graphs. Mercifully, we held really steady in September. The cases are possibly creeping up (but not ascending the way they did over the summer, my GOD that was insane!).
One thing I do have to say about my area (South FL) is that testing is very easy to get now. It’s free, there are multiple community sites, testing is available for children, and most results come back in ~48 hours or less. There are a few places you can get even faster tests.
Are things perfect? Of course not! But we are in a better place than we were ~4 months ago with respect to quickly identifying positive individuals so . . . progress.
I am also glad our county’s schools are open even though I know that other states are operating very differently with lower rates of infection. A’s elementary school has about 40% going in person; this is actually on the high end for the county based on what various patients have told me. I think there is still so much fear/uncertainty. Which is understandable.
But there’s also a cost to keeping kids home — and not an insignificant one. I know at least one kid around A’s age who is staying home alone with security cameras serving as virtual babysitter. Cannot be good but I think the family did not feel they had any other safe or viable choice.
Olive & June
On a VERY unrelated note, here’s my amateur Olive & June mani on top of the incredibly juicy novel I am tearing through (Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West).
Do I think this nail polish kit has some sort of magical powers that allowed my nails to look amazing and/or professionally done?
BUT, I do really like the colors, and it’s handy to have all of the tools in one place. I did like the cuticle cream and felt the topcoat was decent. I also liked the remover & “eraser brush” quite a bit given that my initial application was far from perfect. I would buy from them again (but not for a while b/c I now have a lot of nail polish!). I guess I would say I’m a fan but not a Superfan.
$80 for the whole kit seems pretty reasonable when I routinely spent $50-60 on one mani/pedi.