RBOC

  • DH has been having other friends and former colleagues contacting him about positions in their companies and DH has been applying.  Interviews have been slow and drawn out.  So far no offers, but also no additional rejections.  Currently silence from a place he’s done 3 stages of interviews with already (but the guy in charge of hiring had a baby with his girlfriend right before the last interview, which got pushed out another week because of it, so who knows what is going on there).
  • After one of these interviews, DH came into my office and asked if it would be ok if he switched from [important field that he has PhD and undergraduate degree in] to video game design.  Apparently his skillset in modeling collisions is useful for things besides saving people’s lives.  I was like, doesn’t everyone want to be a video game designer and aren’t the hours crap and the pay low, and apparently that’s not true when you’re programming high level physics?  So I said, whatever makes you happy.  If he does this, it would start as a consulting position.
  • I hurt my back bending over to get orange juice in the refrigerator.  I hadn’t even picked anything up, just bent over.  How is that even possible?  Update:  DH had messed with my chair because the purple pillow stuff kept falling off, and I think the jury-rig may have just been bad ergonomically.  We figured it out and it is better now.
  • At the dentist office a woman in the wait room didn’t have a mask.  The receptionist didn’t offer her one even though the sign on the door said they were required.  The hygienist said they’d just given up on enforcing because anti-maskers get angry if you force them to and they take off the mask as soon as the receptionist turns her back if they provide a mask.  There was another woman just holding her mask in the wait room when I left my cleaning.  I need to move out of this state.  People are so terrible.  One of my students says it makes it clear who are just bad people who don’t care about other people, but I think it shows how many people are sheep willing to listen to whatever propaganda tells them.  It’s too bad that the people who want to propagandize are so evil.  Turns out super-villains are real.
  • The university is providing Pfizer to students, staff, and faculty, but the county only has Moderna.  I’m hoping it’s true that Pfizer gets approved for younger teens soon, but I’m not sure where they will be able to get vaccine.  Hopefully if it is approved the high school will send information about who has what vaccine.  (Ideally they would run a clinic!  But school may not be in session by the time Pfizer gets approved for younger teens.)
  • Our uni says that they will not be requiring students to get any vaccine until it has full federal approval instead of emergency approval.  I sure hope one of these vaccines gets full federal approval soon.  Because we’re going back to packed classrooms in the Fall whether or not vaccines are required.
  • I keep having nightmares about people not wearing masks.  But now it’s most people not wearing them instead of a few.
  • DC1 is getting to be quite a good cook!
  • My sister had eggs frozen so she can delay childbearing.  Her ovaries were overstimulated and she was sick for a week after.  :(
  • DH went to the dealership to get the car inspected and nobody was even pretending to wear masks.  Fortunately he anticipated this and has a fancy Bain-looking mask for just such an occasion.  It’ll still be a while before his second vaccine shot, so I doubt everyone in there is fully vaccinated.
  • We’re getting fiber laid in our neighborhood so we will have more than one choice of internet provider!  Woo!
  • Our replacing the fence has been stalled because it sounds like the posts are stuck in the brick and the brick will have to be destroyed to replace the fence.  But the HOA owns the brick, we don’t.  So DH finally got a hold of the HOA architectural committee and they have been communicating with him very slowly.  (If the fence guy’s mason was correct, this will add another $2K to the cost of replacing the fence, but the HOA is supposed to pay for it.  Whether or not they actually will is yet to be determined.)
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  1. First Gen American Says:

    I am feeling differently about masks but our vaccination rate is much higher than in red states. Pretty much every adult I interact with has been vaccinated by now so I feel less of a need for masks especially outdoors. The state is lifting that requirement on Friday in MA and kids went back to school full time yesterday (for the first time in 13.5 months). I am looking forward to getting back to normalcy. It was a long road, We did the work but many people in my state still died.
    What a crazy time and I am thankful only one of us had a front line job.

    It’s been making me think more and more about retirement.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      My DH got the vaccine the first day it was available for everyone and he’s not fully vaccinated yet. People still need to mask!

    • Ally Says:

      The first day all adults were eligible to be vaccinated in MA was April 19th. So no, most adults in MA are not fully vaccinated, considering the whole process takes 5 or 6 weeks for Pfizer and Moderna, respectively.

  2. omdg Says:

    This past weekend I took my daughter for a hike. It was raining, and there were virtually no cars in the lot. We came across probably eight families during the course of a two hour walk. Also we forgot our masks (but also, we didn’t think we needed them??). Anyway, one family actually ran away from us which was kind of surreal. Then later on downtown, we were wearing our masks to walk around outside, and some people were still doing the thing where they walk in the middle of the street in order to avoid others. It all felt so very June of 2020, and I felt bad that we had apparently made people uncomfortable, even though their discomfort no longer appears to be evidence based. I’m glad the CDC finally said that we don’t have to wear masks outside because I was beginning to wonder if I was the weird one.

    Our Uni is requiring vaccination in order to live in on-campus housing.

    COVID rates have started to drop around here, and I am glad that I think I’m going to be able to contemplate sending my daughter to camp once again.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Sounds like everyone where you live is being midwest-polite to me.

      • omdg Says:

        Midwest liberal polite, I think you mean. There were plenty of non-mask wearers downtown as well, I assure you, who did not give a scratch about anyone’s feelings. Michigan is a very divided state.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Non-liberals are polite too when you’re white and they don’t have conservative propaganda telling them to behave differently. If Republicans hadn’t decided to make this a political issue they’d be giving you all wide berth out of politeness as well.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Ok, just looked at the CDC guidelines that were updated yesterday. It says that fully vaccinated people can go maskless outside in small groups (large groups it says to stay masked). Nothing about unvaccinated people– the infographic says they need to remain masked. People have no way of knowing if someone is fully vaccinated vs. an anti-masker and most people have not yet been fully vaccinated. My DH still has two weeks before he’s fully vaccinated and our state opened up to everyone early. My friend in MA who got vaccinated on the first day it opened up there won’t be fully vaccinated until the end of May. It’s not crazy for people to still be cautious and to try to remain masked and 6 feet away other people even outside.

      See infographic: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cdc-mask-guidelines-covid-vaccine/

      • omdg Says:

        Indeed, however I would still argue that passing someone outside on a hike is much lower risk than congregating in small groups. I still have daughter wear a mask with her friends when they play outside. Though yay! I can have maskless cocktails with my neighbors outside now!

  3. delagar Says:

    About half the people in my town have stopped wearing masks. It’s interesting, though — at Harps, almost everyone is wearing a mask; at Wal-Mart, I’d say 3/4 are not wearing masks.

  4. CG Says:

    I want a t-shirt that says “I’m vaccinated” (that I will wear only after I am fully vaccinated at the end of next week) so I don’t have to jump into the street when I’m about to pass someone while walking the dog and neither do they. It’s not that big of a deal to get out of the way, but people in my neighborhood do act like walking past someone closer than six feet for less than one second is a life or death situation. I am happy to wear a mask and social distance whenever I’m inside or standing close to people outside for a longer period of time, even after being vaccinated. But I think we may be at the point where we can take normal dog walks again. Or at least, we should be close.

  5. Debbie M Says:

    As of 2/3/21, “According to Reuters, Pfizer has said it plans to submit for a full approval in April.” (Source: https://www.wbtv.com/2021/02/04/good-question-gq-when-will-covid-vaccines-get-full-fda-approval/)

    So, maybe it *will* happen in time.

  6. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    My uni hasn’t issued a requirement (yet) but 65% of the students have *already* gotten at least one shot, which took some doing, and there are three big clinics in town this week and next week. Faculty/ staff are up to 63%. I’m actually kind of surprised. The surrounding rural area is a mess though.

    I am so frustrated with people who won’t get vaccinated (just do it!) and with my crazy colleagues who don’t understand any science (please tell me at what point in the future there will be *fewer* variants although yes of course we hope for lower transmission…)

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      That’s an impressive vaccination rate! I have no idea how many of our students and faculty are vaccinated. But our county is about 25% fully vaccinated and 40% with one shot down. (I don’t know if the denominator is everyone or people eligible for the vaccine. And I don’t know how they count people who get vaccinated in other counties.)

  7. FF Says:

    I’m pretty surprised at your experience at the dentist’s. I had an appointment this week and you would not be let into the office without a mask. I had to text when I arrived, and wait until a staff member came out to disinfect my shoes and let me in. Once inside, my temperature was checked, I was give some mouthwash to rinse with and dispose of in the same sealed cup and instructed to sanitize my hands afterwards and put my mask back on before being led to a room. I did not encounter another patient during my entire visit. A friend who sees a different dentist had a pretty similar experience to mine, so I think that must be standard around here.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      That’s how it was before the governor lifted the mask ordinance. (Nobody disinfected my shoes though!) Thankfully I got my crown this past summer when the ordinance was still in effect.

  8. RH Says:

    Here in SoCal, we’re at 52% (of those eligible) have at least one dose. And we went from “worst to first” for Covid rates. Everyone that I interact with at home and work has been fully vaccinated for ~2 months now. Except kid. And kid returned to school FINALLY in mid April. So things are feeling better. A recent survey of my county showed only 4% of the eligible population said they definitely wouldn’t get vaccinated. Yay!

    I’m still undecided about what to do with the mask wearing outside. We will probably continue to do it anywhere that my kid should wear it.


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