Pandemic Journal, Day 562

I was scheduled to speak at the Silver Tongued Cats Toastmasters club this morning. I have one speech (plus the required “Reflect on your Path” project) left to do in each of the first two paths I started – Engaging Humor and Visionary Communication. The speech for Engaging Humor has to be 18-22 minutes long, which made it impossible to squeeze into today’s schedule, so I thought I’d give the second speech in the “Develop Your Vision” project and finish off Visionary Communication.

I’d had to choose a “vision” to develop in the first speech in the project. I’d chosen reinvigorating the Shir Hadash Ritual Committee – bringing in new members, for example. The project doesn’t require you to actually accomplish your plan, but I didn’t feel I’d made enough progress to give the second speech – and after last night’s two-hour meeting, I really didn’t want to talk about the committee today (it was a productive and constructive meeting, but I was tired).

I put that idea away. I’d started yet another path, Presentation Mastery, and the last project I’d worked on there called for me to take feedback from a previous speech and use it in another speech. I looked at the last speech I’d given on this path. I’d told the story of losing and regaining my sense of smell, and called the speech “The Nose Knows”. I planned to revise it slightly and sent the Toastmaster an introduction with a new title, “What’s That Smell?”

When I started speaking this morning, I began retelling the story – there had been a few developments since the first time. My allergist thought that Dupixient would reduce my nasal polyps and suggested I consider it – it’s not covered by my prescription plan, so it’d cost a mere $3000 a month. I told that part of the story and said “that smells”.

And suddenly I switched tracks. I talked about the insanity of our medical care system, where people have to choose between eating and paying their medical bills, where what you pay depends on how clever you are in working the system, where the actual payment for a procedure is often less than 10% of the list price, where medical bills are a leading cause of bankruptcy – I urged my listeners to contact their Congresspeople and ask for improvements. And I did all of that in three minutes.

I’m considering dropping the Ritual Committee as my “vision” and looking at ways to make a difference on medical care. Sometimes, I almost wish I wrote my speeches in advance so I wouldn’t surprise myself!

Pandemic Journal, Day 561

I woke this morning to an email from Apple saying that they’d checked out the iPhone I sent them on Monday and they’d be crediting the full amount of the trade-in to my card. It was a much better experience than I had trading in my old computer last May (that one required many phone calls and tweets to Apple Support to complete the process). We sent Diane’s old phone in this afternoon; I hope they’ll be as quick dealing with hers!

I chaired the Shir Hadash Ritual Committee meeting tonight, and I’m giving a speech at my Toastmasters club early tomorrow morning; I have Zoom fatigue, keyboard fatigue, and screen fatigue, so I’m calling it a night.

Pandemic Journal, Day 560

I slept much better last night – it might have something to do with my having taken a double dose of Atarax before bedtime as preparation for my first allergy desensitization shot today.

The shot gave me no problems, though I am mildly annoyed that I have to carry a plastic card with a barcode printed on it to be able to check in every time I get a shot. They use a slot scanner, so I can’t put the barcode on my phone, either.

My trip to the clinic gave me a bit of a scare, though – I discovered who the new temporary tenant is at the old Fry’s Electronics in Campbell.

But I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised – Spirit specializes in finding large disused retail buildings and giving them a brief afterlife as popup Halloween stores, so the old Fry’s is a perfect fit. I wonder if they’ve taken over all of the old Fry’s locations – many of them would be thematically appropriate!

Pandemic Journal, Day 559

I didn’t sleep well last night, so I’ve been dragging all day. I’m going to blame it on the flu shot and hope that tonight is a bit more restful.

After surviving our hour with the trainer, we took a quick walk; one of our neighbors has some wonderful orange and pink roses, and they seemed like a good subject to try the new phone’s camera on.

I sent my old phone to a farm in the country Apple as a trade-in today; I also upgraded my T-Mobile plan to qualify for their best rebate on the new phone. I guess I’m committed!

And a follow-up from yesterday: unpairing, wiping, and resetting my Apple Watch brought the Mindfulness app back. And now that I have it on the phone, I’ve discovered it’s not terribly useful.

Pandemic Journal, Day 558

We got our flu shots today. It’s a bit earlier than we would usually get them, but we are planning to go to my 50th High School reunion soon, and it seemed like a good idea to prepare. We avoided the big drug stores (CVS and Walgreens) in favor of Pharmaca in downtown Los Gatos – there was no line and we each got a $5 gift certificate, which we immediately used to buy chocolate bars (they have a much better selection than CVS or Walgreens!).

While we were downtown, we popped into the Apple Store so I could look at the new iPad mini and show it to Diane. The store was surprisingly uncrowded for the Sunday after a phone release – so uncrowded that I was able to get some time with a tech to see if he could figure out why I couldn’t install the Mindfulness app on my watch. He couldn’t figure it out in the time we had available, which left me three choices:

• Ignore the Mindfulness app (probably the best choice)
• Do an on-line chat with tech support and see what they could figure out
• Reset the watch and set it up as a new watch to see if Mindfulness returns.

I’m trying option 3 – and it worked. Now I just have to recover everything else on the watch….

This evening, we had dinner and drinks in the Sukkah at Shir Hadash along with a couple of dozen other members – it was a very pleasant evening indeed.

Pandemic Journal, Day 557

Last year, I spent much of my birthday having my eyes examined, first in the ER at Good Samaritan Hospital and then at my ophthalmologist. All was well, but it was still a less-than-optimal way to spend a birthday (or any other day).

This year was more fun. I was the lay leader and board rep at Shabbat services this morning; Diane gave the d’var Torah, and we had enough people attend (via Zoom) to have a minyan. This afternoon, friends hosted an Open House in their sukkah. This evening, Diane and I went to La Pesca Blue for dinner, where I tried out the camera on my new phone again.

And on the way home, I stopped at Starbucks to collect my free birthday goodie (I usually miss out, since it’s only available on the one day, unlike most merchants who give you a week or two to increase the odds that you’ll come in).

A quiet birthday, yes, but that was just fine with me!

Pandemic Journal, Day 556

It was upgrade day today – UPS delivered a new top from LL Bean for Diane and new phones for both of us.

The upgrade process this year seemed easier than in years past – I followed a tip from John Gruber of Daring Fireball and did a phone-to-phone transfer instead of restoring the new phone from a backup of the old one – all of the data on the old phone transferred, as did logins and even the state of most apps. And there was no need to move the SIM; the new phones activated themselves on T-Mobile early in the setup process.

I was a little surprised that the transfer process didn’t bring over apps – the phone had to download them from the App Store (which it did all by itself). I was worried that I might lose RunFit, an app for my Wahoo TICKR heart rate strap, since they’d removed it from the App Store several years ago, but it came over just fine; I did lose an EXIF viewing app that had also vanished from the store, but I didn’t need it any more with the improvements to the Photos app in iOS 15.

I’ve only taken one photo with the new phone so far, of the sky after sunset; I don’t think it was any better than it would have been with the old phone, but here it is anyway, unedited.

The new phone has 5G – I just ran a test inside the house and got 85.2 Mbps down; I only got 60 MBps on the Wi-Fi. I tried outside where the phone showed the “5G UC” indicator and got 260 Mbps down – that’s speedy!

The new phones are not a life-changing improvement (and Diane isn’t sure losing the home button is an improvement at all!), but it’s nice to have them already (and we have two weeks to make up our minds).

Shabbat Shalom!

Pandemic Journal, Day 555

I was Toastmaster of the Day for today’s Silver Tongued Cats meeting, so I had to come up with a meeting theme. Sometimes, it’s easy to draw the theme from things happening in my life, but I didn’t think “Refactoring Python Code” made a good theme for this group. Other times, I choose a theme based on something that happened on that day in history, but nothing appealed to me. But as I was searching for ideas, I stumbled across National Love Your Files Week and had my theme: “This week is…”.

The Table Topics Master asked questions like “What makes a week good for you?” and “Do you think the weeks starts on Sunday or Monday?” and the Wordmaster picked “Timing” as the Word of the Day, so the meeting held together well.

I introduced a “special” week at each break in the meeting agenda, five in all. I also threw in a little information from the sponsor’s website – here were my choices:

National Love Your Files Week from Jan Jasper at Jasper Productivity Solutions:

I created this week to promote a positive attitude towards filing – whether paper or computer files. Filing gets a bad rap and it’s undeserved. A good filing system can actually be a powerful asset. People dislike filing because they’re doing it the hard way. If your file system is set up correctly, it’s easy to maintain and a pleasure to use.

International Week of Happiness at Work from Happy Office Academy in the Netherlands:

Everybody wants to be happy. Also at work. We spend a lot of time at work after all. Plus, when we are happy at work, we are likely to also be happier in the rest of our life. We believe that Happiness at Work should be on the list of top priorities of all organizations, big and small, national and international. That’s why we declared the last week of September, in 2021, 20 – 26, the International Week of Happiness at Work. Join us!

International Clean Hands Week from the Henry the Hand Foundation and the Clean Hands Coalition:

We use International Clean Hands Week (3rd week of September annually) as our pivotal marketing strategy to raise awareness. Remember, we humans are the petri-dish that grow and multiply all seasonal flu, influenza-like illnesses, and even COVID-19. So if we all practiced vigilant hand hygiene and cross-contamination awareness, we would eliminate many preventable respiratory and foodborne infectious diseases.

Tolkien Week from the American Tolkien Society:

Tolkien fans celebrate Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week by throwing great feasts (often with seven meals) and sharing the joy and merriment of being with people that have the same interests. In honor of the Hobbits’ favorite choice of footwear, many fans also spend Hobbit Day barefoot.

National Indoor Plant Week from Interior Tropical Gardens:

National Indoor Plant Week is a week-long celebration of the perfect indoor air cleaner. Annually celebrated the third week in September, it was established to promote and increase public awareness of the importance of live plants in interior spaces. Remember, “the oxygen doesn’t arrive until the plants do!”

I’m giving a speech at next week’s meeting – maybe I’ll stretch this theme to cover that speech, or maybe I’ll talk about Python code. I’ve got days to decide!

Pandemic Journal, Day 554

I’m on the Shir Hadash Board this year; we have a monthly meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. This month, though, we had to postpone by a week to avoid having the meeting fall on Yom Kippur – and that put us squarely in the middle of Sukkot.

It is a commandment to dwell in the Sukkah (booth) – or at least to eat there during the holiday – so the Board had dinner together in the congregation’s Sukkah before our meeting. Dinner was supplied by Oren’s Hummus and it was quite tasty!

In a normal year, we would have each taken a turn at shaking the lulav and enjoying the scent of the etrog, but this year, that would have also involved gloves and hand sanitizer, so Rabbi Schwartz did it and we all watched.

The Board meeting was inside, with masks mandatory. Oh, well…back to reality.

Pandemic Journal, Day 553

I completed the trifecta of Apple upgrades overnight, installing WatchOS 8.0. So far, it’s the least satisfying of the upgrades. I can’t find the “Mindfulness” app (maybe because I deleted “Breathe” two releases ago?), and the News app is showing me stories from last week – but on the bright side, I can finally start more than one timer at once!

It’s been a while since we tried a new recipe, so this evening we made Whole-Wheat Pasta Salad with Walnuts and Feta Cheese from Food Network. Both of us thought it was on the bland side; I just read the comments on the website and got some ideas to try next time (using balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar, adding more garlic, and including tomatoes all appeal). And the Times included a pointer to 24 low-fuss, high-flavor recipes in today’s afternoon wrap-up; some of those look promising for future experiments.

Pandemic Journal, Day 552

I upgraded my iPhone and iPad to iOS/iPadOS 15 today – I’d been running the iPadOS 15 beta for a while, and it had been quite stable, so I felt confident in upgrading the phone, too. So far, so good, though I’m not sure I’m going to keep the Safari address bar at the bottom of the window on the phone.

And that was the most exciting thing I did today. I forgot to bring the big camera along on our evening walk, so I didn’t get a good photo of the full harvest moon – but Diane and I did have a nice walk, so I’m happy.

Pandemic Journal, Day 551

I was surprised when I went out to get the papers this morning – it was raining! To be more accurate, it was barely drizzling – water was falling from the sky, but not even enough to wet the newspapers (which had arrived without bags). But it’s more rain than I’ve seen here in months and months, so I’ll take it as a good sign.

By the time we went to the Farmers’ Market a few hours later, the sky was clear and the sun was warm; fortunately, I was wearing my new hat and was protected from UV.

This evening, we took our after-dinner walk just about sunset; the moon was rising, almost full, and it was a very pretty sight indeed. It may be true that “the best camera is the one you have with you”, but it’s also true that there’s only so much you can do with a tiny lens.

Pandemic Journal, Day 550

I really like late summer – there’s still plenty of light, and sometimes, it’s not too hot. Today was almost perfect – the high was 77F, so we didn’t need to run our air conditioner.

We started the day with a walk, then drove downtown to the Fiesta de Artes to see how it had changed since 2019. There were fewer gourmet food sellers than in the past, and the screen door and fire pit merchants were gone. Sunday Afternoons Hats was a new arrival this year, and both Diane and I succumbed to their blandishments.

This afternoon, we wore our new hats to Silver Mountain Vineyards in the Santa Cruz mountains to pick up our quarterly shipment (we’ve been members for nearly 14 years) and do a little wine tasting. We split two tastings, each of which had small pours of four different wines, and came home with a few extra bottles of Pinot as well as the wines we’d gone to pick up. That’ll hold us for a while, I hope!

Pandemic Journal, Day 549

Both Diane and I decided we wanted to order new iPhones this year; we each completed the pre-order process on Wednesday (I’m getting the Pro and she’s getting the mini) but we couldn’t actually order until the ordering window opened at 5am Pacific this morning. There was no way we were going to set an alarm for such a ridiculously early hour for a mere phone – so we didn’t.

I woke up, unprompted, at 5:10 and went into the bathroom…and as long as I was up, I took my phone with me and completed the order.

Diane finished her order when she woke up at the usual time, and we both have September 24 delivery dates.

As of an hour ago, the delivery date for a Pro configured like mine is now mid-October; the delivery date for a mini configured like Diane’s is still September 24th. I guess it’s good I was the one who woke up early!

We saw Delicata squash in the store for the first time this season, so we picked one up and made Delicata, Radicchio, and Black Rice Salad for dinner. It’s a great Shabbat dinner meal because you can cook the whole thing early and just take it out of the refrigerator when it’s time to eat.

Shabbat Shalom!

Pandemic Journal, Day 548

Today was Yom Kippur, so we fasted and spent most of the day watching Shir Hadash’s live-streamed services.

The fasting went as well as we could hope; the live-streaming didn’t. I don’t know where the problem was, but there was a lot of buffering, and we even got thrown out of the stream several times. And at times, we were in a strange anomalous state – the browser claimed we were getting a delayed feed but if I clicked “back to live”, we traveled backward in time and saw the same bit of the service again!

Despite the technological glitches, the service got me to think about the year past and what I can do to be a better person this year, so I think it was a success.

Pandemic Journal, Day 547

I’m posting very early today because Yom Kippur starts at sundown tonight, and I’ll be offline until after sunset tomorrow. May you be inscribed and sealed for a good, happy, and healthy 5782, and if you fast, may you have an easy and meaningful fast.

G’mar Chatimah Tovah!

Pandemic Journal, Day 546

I voted in a very important election today. Not the California Governor Recall – I’d voted “NO!” on that almost a month ago (and I’m happy to see that all the networks and the AP have declared that the recall failed).

Today, I voted in the election for the Very Best Wrong Answer for Learned League season 90. The winner won’t be announced until Sunday, but the top 15 will be posted on the League’s Twitter and Facebook pages between now and then. My top vote went to this one:

While a certain book and staple of college writing courses is commonly known by the names of its coauthors (the first of whom originally published the 43-page book in 1918 and the second of whom enlarged it in 1959), it is also well-known by its official title, which is what?

50 Shades of Grammar

But it wasn’t all fun and games today – Apple announced products which will probably cost me money, and the author of osxphotos pushed a fix for the Unicode filename problem I ran into a few days ago. I knew Unicode was complicated, but I didn’t realize it was as complicated as it is – in particular, that accented characters have “composed” and “decomposed” forms and that it matters which one you happen to run into. What you see on the screen is just the tip of the iceberg!

Pandemic Journal, Day 545

Diane is getting ready to start working on a photo book for our Iceland trip, so I put photos from the first half of the trip into her Forever account so she can use them. I had had a good process for doing that, but I broke it somehow, so I had to figure out what was failing (the environment wasn’t being set up properly when Lightroom runs my export script; I’m not sure why, but I fixed the script to do the setup itself).

Beyond that, I spent most of the day working on the Tripit integration code I talked about yesterday and will probably talk about again tomorrow. I’m cleaning up a lot of the mess I made the first time I wrote the code – it helps that I found an XML Schema Description of the data they send, so I can easily understand what information they provide instead of trying to reverse-engineer a JSON file.

Right now, the code still has lots of issues; it reminds me of the Hverir Geothermal Area in Iceland – smelly, with lots of danger lurking.

And speaking of danger lurking, I’m going to update all of my Apple devices tonight to pick up the fix that Apple released to patch the zero-click exploits that were recently discovered. sigh

Pandemic Journal, Day 544

A mere 116 days ago, I mentioned that I was going to improve the program I wrote to update our Google calendars using information from TripIt – in particular, I wanted it to tell me what got updated when a trip’s information changed.

I finally got around to working on the program, and I was right – there was a database in my future. A sqlite3 database, not anything heavyweight, but still, it’s a database.

I didn’t forsee the need to create Python classes with multiple inheritance (mix-ins), but it seems to be the easiest way to do what I want with the least amount of code.

And that was what I spent my time on today. I’m not finished, but I’m starting to see results.

Pandemic Journal, Day 543

This morning, we attended Shabbat Shuvah services at Almaden Lake Park in San Jose. The park does not allow the use of amplified sound; fortunately, the Cantor can sing loudly!

The service was slightly different than our usual Shabbat Shuvah service because, of course, today is the 20th anniversary of the attack on America and the destruction of the World Trade Center. I was surprised that there were at least two people at the service who had lost someone in the attacks.

It was good to be outside with friends today.

Pandemic Journal, Day 542

The Shir Hadash Men’s Club is slowly resuming activities – they’ve been having regular walks and hikes for a while, but the timing isn’t good for me to make them. Today, though, there was an activity I was willing to adjust my schedule to attend – a 2pm wine tasting at Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards in Saratoga, about 20 minutes from our house.

I had a doctor’s appointment that was supposed to end at noon, two hours before the tasting – but he ran late (as always) and I didn’t get home until nearly 2. But it was OK – we arrived at the winery just as the first glasses were being poured (and we weren’t even the last to arrive).

We tasted their whites and several of their reds. The whites were OK, but the reds were much better; we bought a 2017 Cab Franc and a 2018 Pinot Noir. The tasting included a 2005 and a 1999 Cab Franc, both of which were very very good. I don’t think we’ve got the patience to let what I bought today age that long, but I’ve entered the Cab Franc into the database with a 2024 ready-to-drink date and put it into an inconvenient part of the wine closet so I don’t accidentally use it too soon.

Shabbat Shalom!

Pandemic Journal, Day 541

Another day with very little to write about, but I’m not ready to break my streak, so I shall persevere.

This morning was a Silver Tongued Cats Toastmasters meeting – it included the club Table Topics contest leading up to the Speaker Showcase at the District 101 Fall Fusion event on October 30. I’d already qualified for the next round through my other club, Silicon Valley Storytellers, so I didn’t need to win here, but since I’d already signed up, I spoke anyway – practice never hurts!

Beyond that, it was a typical Thursday – a trip to the chiropractor, a trip to the grocery store, and a Trivial Zoom call this evening, followed by a walk so I could close my rings and Diane could make her Fitbit happy.

Pandemic Journal, Day 540

I’ve been keeping an eye on the Seabourn discussion group on Cruise Critic because I was curious about what might happen to the Antarctica cruise we cancelled last month. I can stop watching it now, because this morning, Seabourn cancelled their Antarctica/South America season for this year, including the trip we would have taken.

We had lunch this afternoon with one of my high school classmates – we hadn’t seen each other since graduation, so we had a bit of catching up to do. :-) She’s planning to be at Reunion next month (as are we).

And Diane and I listened to an interesting episode of Slate’s “Working” podcast – an interview with the founder and Commissioner of Learned League, Thorsten A. Integrity himself (though he used his secret identity of “Shane Bushfield” during the interview). If you’re interested in trivia, it’s worth a listen.

Pandemic Journal, Day 539

We took a walk before Rosh Hashanah services, then had a quiet afternoon and evening. The most exciting thing we did was watch the most recent episode of Only Murders in the Building.

I could use more quiet days like this.

Pandemic Journal, Day 538

Rosh Hashanah started tonight – happy 5782! Our friends hosted pre-service dinner (yummy!) this evening – they timed it so that we’d be able to get home in time for the start of the service.

We had to watch from home, unfortunately, but unlike last year, it was live, with the clergy and choir in the Sanctuary (and they are all vaccinated, masked, and tested negative for Covid-19 twice in the last 24 hours). Having people in the Sanctuary made a big difference in the way the service felt to me compared to last year – it was much more real.

Shana Tova – may we all be inscribed for a good year.

Pandemic Journal, Day 537

I was right yesterday – I was ready for bed before Delta answered the phone or the web chat. I tried again this morning, and this time Delta offered to call me back instead of making me wait; they said it would be “less than 38 minutes”.

It was closer to 48 minutes, but once they called I was connected to an agent almost immediately. She was able to change our flight home from Richmond to the one I wanted (a one-stop into SFO which will get us home nearly three hours before the two-stop routing we’d been automatically changed to would have). No long explanations or negotiations needed, either, even though I was changing the destination airport – she had to put me on hold for a couple of minutes to “manually make the change” and that was it.

Every time I’ve talked with Delta, the agent has been superb, making the necessary changes with a minimum of fuss, and I’ve given them praise on the after-call survey. If only the process of GETTING to an agent were smooth….

We took a sunset walk this evening. I’m not sure if the colors are due to the fires or something else (the AQI is 61 at the moment, not too bad), but it was a nice time to be out walking.

Pandemic Journal, Day 536

It’s been a quiet day – I continued to cull photos from August 5th (I’ve gotten rid of 140 of 202 so far, and I’ll probably dump another ten to twenty photos on the next pass). When we sailed out of Heimaey harbor, I noticed an interesting metal sculpture and wondered what it was – it turns out to be a navigation light!

I also chatted with a couple of my classmates about our upcoming reunion, which reminded me to check my flights – and sure enough, Delta had changed our flight home again, adding another stop. I can’t change the flight online for some reason, so I’m currently waiting for agents on the phone and on their web chat to see if they can get me on a better flight. The expected wait on the phone is “under 2 hours” and the web chat offers no clue – I think I’ll be trying again tomorrow.

Pandemic Journal, Day 535

When we canceled our Antarctica cruise, I knew it’d take a couple of weeks for the refund to show up on our credit card. Usually, refunds are for small amounts, so it’s not worth trying to get the money back from Chase – it’ll get spent again quickly enough. But the refund from this trip was a different story – it’s probably more than I’ll put on that card for the rest of the year, so I wanted it back in my bank account, and I didn’t want to wait for a couple of months if I could avoid it.

I called Chase late on Tuesday afternoon to ask how long it would take for the balance to be refunded. The agent said she’d put in the request for a refund immediately (which surprised me – the billing cycle hadn’t even ended yet) and that I should expect an email from Chase Payments offering me the chance to have the refund direct-deposited. That email came yesterday afternoon; this morning, the money was in my credit union account.

I am impressed. I complain when companies do a bad job; this time, I’m happy to be able to praise Chase and Provident Credit Union for exceeding my expectations.

We started watching Only Murders in the Building and are really enjoying it. We might even be caught up before next week’s episode drops!

I started working on my photos from August 5th – they include far too many photos of whales (not usually a problem for me). Tonight, though, I’m including my only photo of Surtsey; it’s a tourist-free island!

Pandemic Journal, Day 534

The theme of our Toastmasters meeting this morning was “Mistakes”. Famous quotes about mistakes were bandied about during the meeting – at the end, our Toastmaster, Gordon, quoted Maxwell Maltz (author of Psycho-Cybernetics), who wrote “You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.” Gordon asked us to consider the opposite argument: “You don’t make mistakes, mistakes make you.” As someone who’s done improv, I like that formulation better – it’s “yes, and” all the way!

I rectified a long-standing mistake today – back in 2006, I got a Hepatitis A shot, but I never got the second one. And I didn’t give it another thought until we were planning for our Africa trip that was supposed to happen this month. Diane got her first shot in June; I waited until I could find out if I’d actually gotten two shots back in 2006. I eventually got my official immunization record from the California Department of Public Health which only showed one shot, so today, we went to Costco so I could get my second shot.

The process was a lot faster for me than it was for Diane – I was finished in less than half-an-hour from entering the store. But that still gave us 20 minutes to wander around while they prepared the shot, which was long enough to go down aisles we usually avoid.

When I was finished at the pharmacy, we grabbed a cart and picked up the half-dozen items we’d planned to buy – as well as the kitchen rugs we’d discovered in our explorations. Having time to kill at Costco is a mistake!

Pandemic Journal, Day 533

I visited my allergist today so he could walk me through the “before” and “after” CT scans of my nose and sinuses. He was happy with the improvements, but there is still “mild thickening” of the mucus inside, so I’m going to start dust mite immunotherapy. He suspects I’ll need additional treatment in a few months, but time will tell.

I worked on the Iceland photos some more, finishing up Seyðisfjörður and Jökulsárlón before it was time to make dinner.

We started watching Schmigadoon! this evening – it’s a lot more fun than watching the news would have been.