It’s all COVID, all the time

I have been making face masks like they are going out of style. I’m using the pattern from The Crafty Quilter, which I have enjoyed. Some fit better than others, despite using the same pattern, so goodness knows what I’m doing differently on them. The only problem I have is that sometimes on some of them, the nose slips. But this is a common issue with many masks (it seems), and I suspect it is because I am using elastic cording to go around my ears and not behind my head (it is too hard to get elastic to use that much on each mask, so I use the least amount to conserve). It seems like this is going to be a long-term need, so I figure I should have a stockpile for myself, my family, friends, etc.

I can’t remember if I said, but we had planned to go to Disneyland in April. In March, we rescheduled our trip to September because at that time, it looked like things might be open in September. Now, I am nearly certain we will have to fully cancel our trip. My main concern is if we will get our money back from Disney tickets, Universal tickets, the train, and the plane. The Disney tickets we have are valid through January 2021, but we wouldn’t be able to go during the fall/winter, and so far, the Disneyland site doesn’t have any provisions for extending multi-day tickets. Perhaps that will change. But we’ve put out about $2,000 on all that, so… It’d be great if we could get it back. Or if we could have the credits/tickets without expiration dates so that we could go someday when things look more normal.

My wife and I are lucky enough to both be essential workers and to not have to worry about losing our jobs. She works from home, and I go into work. But at least we are both able to work. We also traded her car in for a 2015 Mazda CX-5 (only 26k miles!) in preparation for someday having kids around and needing more room. It feels weird to make a purchase like that in the middle of this crisis, but since we have steady jobs and have been planning for a car purchase, we went ahead and did it. Let me tell you, this is a nice car. It feels so fancy.

Speaking of kids – still no idea as to when we might start fostering/doing respite. We’ve been waiting a bit until things open more – maybe Phase Two? At some point, we’re just going to have to bite the bullet. However, without childcare or school available, it won’t be possible for us to do regular fostering, so that’s a thing. I don’t know how parents are managing all this, especially if they both have to work.

That to say, it’s time to wake my wife up for our weekly early morning grocery store trip.

Stay safe!