The summer of 2020 was the pandemic summer; this year is Pandemic Summer II: The Delta Variant. Here’s how it’s going.
Early in the summer, my folks were here visiting, meeting Baby K for the first time. They stayed for many weeks, taking over my bedroom while I crashed in Baby K’s room, and she bunked with her parents in their room. Highlights were a baby birthday party, some cowsin visits, and a few days at an AirBnB in Westport, which included some high priced crabs (not a great year, so expensive!).
Most of the summer has been quality time with Baby K, taking her to city parks (Seward, Kubota Garden, Jefferson, Van Asselt, Lincoln, Beer Sheva, Lowman Beach) we’ve walked on forest and coastal trails, sat on grass, played in wading pools and spray parks… Baby K is not into swings yet, and she hates the stroller, but she does enjoy walks in the Ergobaby 360.
Besides outings with Baby K, there are also Naps with Baby K (photo essay to follow), meals with Baby K, and playtime with Baby K. And that’s most of the summer, and it’s the best part of it.
I have been out with friends a few times; always outdoor, masked when necessary (Katsu Burger, Ivar’s Salmon House Fish Bar, Super Six, Brouwer’s Café, Sunfish Café). But the Delta variant is still with us and reported cases are spiking. We’re hoping that it will just recede mysteriously like it seems to be doing in the UK and India but who knows anymore. Everyone in my house who is of age is vaccinated and so we don’t have to fear severe illness if we catch the Delta Variant, but as long as Baby K is vulnerable, we’re not risking anything. Still masking, still distancing, still staying outdoors. We’ll breathe easy when she’s not in danger of illness.
So now it’s time to list the cancellations. My sister had a work thing that would have taking all of us to Suquamish for a couple of days; that was cancelled long ago. I was planning on a trip to Louisiana so I can watch R take another set of vows with the Society of Jesus; but Louisiana is a Delta Virus catastrophe right now, so that’s cancelled. I was hoping to attend the West Coast wedding reception of MK and T in Temecula, but I am not feeling good about traveling yet. All of these things were scheduled before we knew about the Delta Variant, back when we figured that we’d have Corona Virus Alpha well controlled. I’m still holding on to my tickets to Vegas for Thanksgiving, but it’s only a matter of time before I cancel those as well. I don’t think Baby K will be offered a vaccine until December or January.
I’d like to go see my mama in Vegas. I’d like to visit R in Chicago, where he’ll be studying theology as a next step on his journey. I’d like to visit friends in LA and in the desert. A week in Kaua’i would be nice, especially with family. I’d also like to go to Europe, show my family the sights, take my mama through the Orsay to see the impressionists. All of these are just pipe dreams until Baby K is safe; it’s not even worth making plans at this point.
I’m back to taking classes at the gym; my new place is Rocket Community Fitness (no longer affiliated with Crossfit). I went today, and I think I’ll be able to go tomorrow as well. Before I would get the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) an not be able to workout again for a full week, but taking BCAAs seems to help a lot; today I did about 50 total deadlifts, and I think I’ll be able to do 50 squats in tomorrow’s workout.
Finally, if my weigh-ins at the doctor’s office are to be believed, I have lost 10 pounds since mid June, as of today. As a policy I don’t pay much attention to that because it has changed so much over my life, but it feels nice to have the dial moving in the right direction.