127 Million

Globally 127 Million cases. US is at a solid 30 Million. Global deaths at 2.7 Million with US deaths at 549 thousand.

Vaccines are rolling out swiftly across the US and it is interesting to see how things change. Mask use is still encouraged but there is a trend of “I got the vaccine, I don’t need a mask” coming on.

Spring break was a complete shit show, with the larger outbreaks happening at college campus events now.

My son will start back to in session learning on April 1st. He is unhappy about it because he feels this is yet another schedule change/disruption after being used to having school online. The new structure is a bit confusing with attendance happening twice per week, half days.

Students have returned in our area and, as expected, cases show up at schools. I wish we’d waited until September to get the kids back to class but there is money involved so here we are.

Brazil is a full on catastrophe right now. The President of Brazil is very anti-science and the numbers are staggering. There is a very real concern that new variants of the virus will hit hard and spread.

I’m of the mindset now that this is never going away fully and this will eventually be a yearly thing, even after the vaccines. Vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna appear to be the most effective at the moment. I am not eligible yet.

It has been a full year of working from home, school from home and generally everything from home. We’ve made the best of it. We’ve still been able to travel, spend weekends away when we could to go hiking and generally have been doing well. I miss going out to eat and attending events. I miss music most of all! Concerts are a lifeblood for me and not attending one has really bothered me. Hopeful we return to that soon.

Archer

So much for not getting Archer… I went to the Humane Society to check him out.

The woman that worked with me was named Alex, same as my son.  I kind of took that as a sign.   When I went into the dog area to take a look, Archer was the only one that made eye contact and just made it clear he wanted contact.

We took Archer into a side room so we could get to know him and he was nervous but good.  Deal.

Archer came home and once he settled down things were great.  He has been very loving and protective and he listens well to Alex.  He appears potty trained, knows sit, lay down, stay and a few other basics.  I think we have a good match.

Check out the Rainier Beer “R” logo on his nose.

Archer

Maybe Maybe

A friend pointed out a dog on the Tacoma Humane Society web site named Archer.

I am interested but man it feels too soon.  I love the look of Archer, but not sure if I want to go down that road right now.

I am feeling better and things are kind of returning to normal.  I still feel like I am on auto pilot a bit, I guess that is normal.

 

Long Nights

Nothing feels right since we let Niko go.  Nothing.

I came home from work today and was not thinking, just reacting, and I went to the back door to let Niko in… but he was not there.  I just stood there.  Lost it.  Crying.

14 years of having a companion like that was just ripped away and I am angry.

It does not feel real to me yet, or maybe it does and that is why I am so upset.  I am sure there are people out there that think it is silly to be upset over a dog and I get it, but he was the one constant thing in my life that never let me down.  Niko got me through some of the worst times of my life and now it is all gone.

I don’t have Alex the first half of the week so the house it quiet.

Friends are trying to get me back to dating and I am not sure I am up for it.  Everyone tells me to try a dating site but frankly, I find that kind of creepy.  I would rather just be alone and let something happen if it is meant to be.  I don’t NEED a relationship, but it would be nice to have someone to hang out with once in a blue moon.