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US Infected: 468,286 Dallas Infected: 1,838 Texas Deaths: 222

Each day, when I sit down to write this blog to remember how we handled this time, I start looking up the numbers. For the US numbers, I use Worldometers.info because it’s updated often and is easy to navigate. I also get the number of Texas deaths from there. For the Dallas numbers, I use the Dallas Morning News, where they have an interactive map that breaks the numbers down by county, which gives me a more accurate picture on the area in which we live. The Dallas Morning News does not update as regularly, so I have to plan to pull the numbers in the evening after they’ve been updated. Today was challenging, because they never updated the numbers, so it looked like we had no new cases here in Dallas. I knew that couldn’t possibly be true, so for today, I had to go into each county’s website and find their data. Sadly, the numbers grew quite a bit. As I was pulling the numbers, I saw that there are two young children under the age of 10 in Rockwall who are now ill. I feel so bad for them. It’s difficult to deal with this as an adult, and I cannot begin to imagine how hard it would be for a child.

In talking with my parents today, my mother voiced what I’ve been feeling for a few days…she said, “It’s not really that I need to go anywhere. It’s just that they’ve said we CAN’T go anywhere and it makes me depressed.” I totally understand it. We’re just like little children sometimes, throwing a fit because we can’t have something, even if we don’t even really want it that much!

Today was a school work day. I completely forgot that there’s “no school” tomorrow, so we had to hurry and complete all of (s)Tinker’s assignments for the week before 4 pm today. Boy, was that fun! ? Motivating kids to do their school work seems to be a problem for quite a few of my parent friends. I keep seeing posts with pictures of irritated kids. Glad to know we’re all in the same boat! I spent a chunk of time going through the video about how Sunshine’s school is going to handle final exams. Originally, we were supposed to contract with a proctor and go in to take the finals. This has now switched to Proctorio for virtual proctoring. It sounds like it’s going to be a bit of a hassle, but probably not as much as trying to locate a proctor willing to give an exam to someone during this quarantine! Now I just have to get Sunshine to finish up in time to take the finals!

In addition to school work, I also played a bit of Minecraft with (s)Tinker. I actually like playing Minecraft, but I enjoy the building and creating side of it. Unfortunately for me, (s)Tinker wanted to play in a server called “The Hive” which is a series of games that basically require you to be a decent video gamer, which I am NOT. I would barely get into each game and would get knocked out almost immediately. Then I would have to figure out how to get into the new game, and get kicked out. And there went a chunk of my afternoon.

While I was playing Minecraft, an email popped up and I accidentally clicked on it. It was serendipitous, because I found something awesome. Actually, I’d read somewhere that places were doing this, but I never bothered to look it up. So in this email, it said something like, “Since you cannot travel right now, take a virtual trip by touring places virtually.” I went to their website and they listed all the museums offering virtual tours.

I ended up going to the site for the Sistine Chapel. I took the 360 degree tour and spent quite a bit of time admiring each painting and even the detail work on the floors. I have to say, it felt like I was standing there, alone in the Sistine Chapel. It was truly amazing! I showed the kids, and even told my parents about it. When else will you get to tour the Sistine Chapel without a crowd of people there with you? No lines, no standing for hours, no wait. Just a wonderful moment of Zen in a remarkable world of Michaelangelo’s art. I cannot wait to tour more places!

Tonight’s dinner was chicken fettuccine Alfredo. I cooked everything but the noodles in my Instant Pot. So thankful for that Instant Pot! I could almost love cooking…..NAH!

So it’s the end of another glorious week in the confinement of our four walls. As we head into this holiday weekend with Passover, Easter and Ramadan just around the corner, I would just like to remind us all that we need to remember what is most important through all of this, and stay mindful. Blessings to all!

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