Yesterday evening started out with a road-trip to see Kenmore girls field hockey take on Barker. Then to Mohawk Place to see Hop Along. Long day, but fun!
Wonder who is eating dinner under there? #weirdpitbulls
Awesome family hike today! So beautiful out.
Our weekly make pizza and watch the Mandalorian came to an *awesome* end this week. 🤯. We want to continue the tradition – what series should we watch next? Preferably something 12/13 year olds would like. Have Disney+, HBO, Hulu, and Netflix.
Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful for a low key day, a delish and easy meal, and most importantly: getting to hang out with four intelligent, funny, beautiful ladies every day. Hope you all had a great day.
Parenting win: Stella (bass) and Lucy (drums) are jamming _Another One Bites the Dust_ in basement.
As I was [listening to the Daily podcast](https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/podcasts/the-daily/coronavirus-science-indoor-infection.html) today, I couldn’t help but think how dangerous the thinking around school opening is…
They lead off the podcast saying stuff like studies say that inside is like 20x more dangerous than outside for contracting coronavirus; that places like restaurants, bars, churches are the most dangerous (places where people congregate for long period of time, talk/sing/laugh/etc); that coronavirus lingers in the air, etc etc. Then they talk about how opening schools will be fine. Even though everything they described fits schools as well?! Crazy.
They do mention studies that seem to suggest young children haven’t been super spreaders, but what about older students and staff? And kids bringing it home to at-risk family members?
The flu ravaged many schools in our area this past school year, so I have no faith in schools coming up with a plan to prevent coronavirus spread. Even more so after reading plans that have been put forth in a few states. Some have no mandatory masks or staff testing and very little guidance in terms of dealing with all of this…
Then there are [examples like Israel](https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/03/868507524/israel-orders-schools-to-close-when-covid-19-cases-are-discovered), which seem to be closest to what I’d expect from most states:
> Two weeks after Israel fully reopened schools, a COVID-19 outbreak sweeping through classrooms — including at least 130 cases at a single school — has led officials to close dozens of schools where students and staff were infected. A new policy orders any school where a virus case emerges to close.
> The government decision, announced Wednesday evening, comes after more than 200 cases have been confirmed among students and staff at various schools. At least 244 students and school employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Education. At least 42 kindergartens and schools have been shuttered indefinitely. More than 6,800 students and teachers are in home quarantine by government order.
Pretending this disease does not affect kids or isn’t dangerous in a school environment is going to get a lot of people hurt.
I understand the want and need to get kids in school, but that doesn’t change the reality of the situation. The quicker we can change the mindset of folks who won’t wear masks and the quicker we can get an actual federal plan and coordinated response to this pandemic, the sooner we will be able to get back to anything close to normal. Four months into the pandemic and that isn’t working out too well.
February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 29
The Lady Knights took a huge leap forward this season. Heartbreaking first round playoff loss today.
February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 28
From our trip to Mammoth Cave last summer.
February Photoblogging Challenge: Day 27
The kitchen is coming together. Cabinets and island moving into place.