Where are we?

I would say I’m surviving, but leaning towards thriving some days.

I haven’t been reading much, other than school and bookclub books. I feel like they are required. I’m trying to read for fun.

I haven’t been writing here a lot. I used to write far in advance, but most days I’m not even posting anything. Part of that, though, is that I’m not going anywhere other than to work and to the grocery store. I can’t really even interact with people at the store right now, so there’s not a lot to write about.

I know I’ll get back to thriving one of these days. It’s just going to take time.

My Weekend Project

Last weekend, I finally got the key holder hung that I purchased 3 years ago, for keys. It has been floating around, waiting for someone to actually hang it. I found a better use for it. I still have to collect up my masks and hang them, but getting the hooks on the wall was a start. It’s right next to my door, so I can just grab one on the way out the door. I feel accomplished.

The Odyssey of Big Brother and the Holding Company

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This was another of the SF City Guides Tours that was held in the last few weeks. It was well worth watching. It was about Big Brother and the Holding Company. They are apparently still touring, but they are currently online. www.musae.me/bbhc/experiences/809/vr is where you can get tickets. They start at $5 and go up for virtual shows.

The talk itself was interesting. It told about the history of the band and its members. It will be shown again, from what they have said. Find them at the link in the above photo. It’s well worth a visit.

San Francisco City Guides Virtual Tour

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Portsmouth Square

The library and San Francisco City Guides are putting on virtual tours until we’re fully open again. Most of them are free through eventbrite and most are found through the city guides page on Facebook. They are free, but they do suggest that you donate a small amount to help keep the program going.

Some of them have been fascinating. I’ve seen the Paris of the Pacific talk, and one on The Grateful Dead. A few haven’t worked out with my schedule, but I’m trying to watch as many as I can. There are some great ones coming up, and they are repeating some that have already been established. It’s been a great program and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next.

Is the library open for returns yet?

I have library books at home that I checked out in February. The due dates have all been moved to September 30. We’ve been asked to start returning some, but please don’t overwhelm the librarians.

This is great! I’ll be able to return them before I misplace them.

Here’s the problem: of the 27 branches of the library, only two are open for returns. Neither are easy to get to right now. Hmm.

I went online to find out if they are moving the due dates again. No. They are not. You can text the library when the chat feature is open, between 10&5 m-f. So I did. I mentioned that I can easily get to three branches, and I’m not able to get to the two that are open. Would one of these three branches be open for returns any time soon?

No. No more branches will open until mid October. Because the libraries are fine free, I don’t have to return them by their extended due date.

Not fair. I am working on spring cleaning and was hoping to get these back to their homes soon. At least I know that the library system is thinking of opening the rest of the branches, eventually. I still miss the library.

My birthday gift

I had a nice lunch of fish tacos courtesy of my coworkers for my birthday. The plant and a card came with it.

Molly decided that she’d had enough, so she got into the wine early. Thankfully, it was cleaned up before I got home from work.

I had several homework assignments due that day, so, while I was working on them, my daughter was busy in my room hanging new bookshelves. I haven’t had time yet to arrange the books on them, but she gave me a good start.

I also got a mug and some bookmarks. They were great. I just didn’t get photos of them.

I was asked what I wanted for my birthday. I requested shrimp scampi.

My history teacher gave me multiple assignments to be due on my birthday.

My daughters made sure that I got my scampi by sending me to the grocery store.

It was a reasonably good birthday. Just a lot going on.

Can you please style my hair?

My daughter is doing her cosmetology courses through the college. Right now, because of distancing, they are over zoom with mannequin heads. She does beautiful work.

Because of the amount of space she needs, she works in the garage. Molly usually keeps her company, sharing the chair. Molly blends in with the chair, so she’s not usually noticed when she’s napping during zoom meetings. Today, though, Doris was her companion. Her instructor commented on how beautiful the dog is. My daughter told the instructor that the dog’s name is Doris.

The instructor tells my daughter that his elderly neighbor is named Doris, also. He tells about an interaction with the neighbor. Doris the neighbor is deaf, so the neighbors communicate by American sign language. Because they are socially distancing, they sit on their back patios and chat. Doris asked if the instructor was back working yet. No. Not in the salon, no.

Doris said she was disappointed, and wanted him to style her hair. He said he’d be able to do it soon. She thought that was great, so she pulled off her wig and threw it onto his porch. He styled it and brought it back later that day.

Masked Singer Twists

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Season 4 is underway! I am so excited. Unfortunately, because of safety and social distancing, the audience will be virtual. The article above doesn’t make it clear about how they will be doing the voting. It sounds like the producers aren’t quite clear about it, either.

I am glad they are continuing such a fun, light-hearted show for another season. According to this article, the show will air September 23.

The costumes have been released, and there’s going to be a sneak peek show on September 13, according to this article.

I am ready for it!

Since you’re not busy…

This phrase drives me insane. Since you’re not busy…. How can anyone know at a glance if anyone is busy or not?

I always have a list going. Sometimes it is in my head. Sometimes it’s on paper. If I am not actively doing something, I am generally thinking of my next project.

I know that I’m not the only one who does this. I also know that everyone is kind of testy these days. Let’s give each other a break and think before speaking.