COVID-19, Day 215

We put out our fall decorations yesterday. Some Halloween-related stuff, but most of it is generic fall-type stuff that we keep up through Thanksgiving. It felt somewhat normal!

We had planned to try out an apple orchard this weekend, but word is that the place is super crowded on weekends despite the pandemic, so that’s out. It’s a bummer, but with the US reporting nearly 60,000 new cases yesterday, it feels safer to skip this tradition rather than force it to happen. The kids are bummed, but the house we moved into has a tiny fire pit in the back yard and we have the ingredients for s’mores, so that’ll probably help.

Dealing with virtual school continues to be a mess. I spend at least half an hour per day trying to figure out why Google Classroom won’t let one of our kids into their class meeting. We’ve remedied some of the sharper edges, though, and I’d still rather be doing this than sending them back in-person.

Our oldest is using an old 13" MacBook Pro that I had lying around. It needed a new battery, so I sent it in for service, and now it’s her school computer. It’s better for her than the 8" Android tablet the school issued. I feel guilty for giving her such a leg up technology-wise when I know other kids are struggling to even get internet access at home. At the same time, I don’t want her to struggle or her grades to suffer because (and this actually happened) she has trouble finding the punctuation and shift keys on the virtual Android keyboard.

There was an Apple event this week. I want about a dozen HomePod minis. Tiny iPhone 12 looks neat, too.