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Kind of a Normal Week

I say this tongue in cheek, but there were some “normal” aspects to my past week. Even though our state is opening things up, we’re still VERY careful with what we do. So, maybe we were rebels yesterday when we decided to visit the grandkids. But I don’t really care.

Before I touch on that, however, I thought I’d mention a few other somewhat normal things I’ve done.

A haircut

A week ago today, I got my hair cut after 12 weeks without one. Keep in mind, I normally get my hair cut every 5 weeks. It really didn’t look that bad, but it did feel long. Here is the before and after.

I had to text my stylist when I got there and stayed in my car until she texted me back that I could come in. She works in a place with suites, so it was just her and me in a room. I did wear my mask going in and coming out, but did not need to wear it during my haircut. Not sure how that would work with my hair!!

Tim also got his hair cut, so we’re both back to our stylish selves!!

Cemetery visits

With it being Memorial weekend, we did our normal afternoon of visiting family grave sites in three cemeteries throughout Polk County. We chose Saturday afternoon, because the weather forecast was particularly bad for Sunday and Monday. Lots of rain expected. (Not surprising, we could have gone any day of the three.)

We always pick up fresh-cut flowers, this time roses, and place two on each grave. We know they won’t last long and we have learned to use large staples to make sure they at least won’t blow away as soon as we leave. (It seems like it’s always windy when we do this.) We like adding fresh flowers.

We do this for several graves, but here are the stones for my two sets of grandparents.

Time with friends

Tuesday was a big Zoom day. I met with my childhood girlfriends at 4:00 and my book club at 7:00. This seems to be a part of our new normal. And especially with my childhood friends, I expect this could become a regular thing. We’ll have our monthly book club meeting through Zoom at least one more month. It’s nice to meet but I do miss the eating part!!

You kind of wonder why my friends and I hadn’t been doing it all along. But before all of this, had you even heard of Zoom? I hadn’t. In my working days, we had video conferences a lot, but never with Zoom. And I thought Skype was the big thing for personal use. When did Zoom even enter the online chatting arena?

Evidently, it’s been around for nine years but was released to the world in January of 2013. Some say it’s better than Skype. Fortunately, someone in both of my groups has access to a paid Zoom license, so we aren’t limited to the 40 minutes. Good thing because both meetings lasted more than 90 minutes!!

And finally, a day with the grandkids

Tim recently learned that he was released from his doctor to return to work on June1. (It’s actually June 2 for him, as Mondays are his day off.) Well, last week I told him I thought we should go spend a day with the grandkids before he goes back to work. We’ve become so used to him not working, it’s easy to forget how much flexibility we will lose.

We thought we should go on a weekday, because Tim’s daughter and son-in-law are also trying to work from home and we wanted to help distract the kids for a while so they could work in peace. We worked around our busy schedules, which really isn’t a joke in this case. Trying to balance my meetings with friends and his physical therapy meant Wednesday was the first day we could go.

They were so excited to see us. When we got there, Carly was a bit hesitant. I think she was told not to hug. But as soon as I asked for one, she came running. She told me she picked out her dress for the day because it had cats on it and she knows how much I miss our cats.

She wanted to do EVERYTHING. We flitted back and forth between nail polishing, painting, Barbies, swimming, hair styling, and finally cooking. It’s tough to fit all that into one afternoon. Whew!!

My featured image is what my nails look like today. The glitter is starting to come off but you can still see it. I had gold on one hand and silver on the other. 😍

We also decided that we’d celebrate Brady’s June 8th birthday because it’s not likely he’ll have his usual party. Lucky guy. He’ll get to have multiple parties this year!! We took an Oreo ice cream cake, which was interesting when we had a 2 hour, 45 minute drive!! But we packed it up well, it survived and was enjoyed by all.

We even got to watch Carly’s Zoom dance class and see her in her recital outfit. It was our own personal recital. The song is “Walking on Sunshine” so her yellow dress was perfect!

What now?

Well, today is pretty quiet. I’ve made a few phone calls and scheduled appointments, although I still have a couple more calls to make. We need to make a stop at our insurance agency to drop off papers and then pick up some bills, etc. from my dad, since I’m paying all their bills. I’m hoping we can get this one paid automatically in the future or have the bill sent to me.

My dad’s birthday is next Tuesday and my plan is to make his favorite birthday cake – angel food with whipped cream and strawberries. I’ve found an excellent gluten free angel food cake recipe so he gets to enjoy something he had to give up for a while.

Other than that, it’s a day at a time, and getting used to our new normal.

14 Comments

    • Retired Introvert

      I’m still pretty much “in” too but my husband went back to work this week. I hope he can stay safe for both of us.

  • Marty

    That sounds like the perfect place to get a haircut. I like the idea of suites. I had been going to a clip joint that wasn’t particularly sanitary in the best of times, and I’ve been loathe to return since things started opening up again. My wife cut my hair finally because she got tired of it being so long, but I’m not sure she’s going to keep doing it.

    Those masks you made look pretty darn professional looking.

    • Retired Introvert

      I do like the suites, even without all this. It’s much more private and easier to chat, if you want to.

      Thanks about the masks. I’ve made enough now that I don’t even have to read the instructions!! I’m glad I finally got some elastic. That stuff’s hard to come by!! And I paid dearly for what I got. But it works so much better than the hair ties I used on ours.

  • Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged

    It sounds like you had a wonderful week! I’m still not getting haircuts (just cutting my own bangs) and manicures, and I’m not sure when I’ll feel comfortable doing so. Our book club is going to attempt an in-person meeting (outside and appropriately distanced) next week but I may pass on that too. I’m not sure what will have to happen before I am confident enough to get out and about with more than just my husband. I was talking to some Canadian friends and they said that some of their provenances were starting to introduce the concept of “bubbles.” Each person can choose 6 people (usually family and/or friends) to be inside their bubble. These are the people they can interact with comfortably.

    • Retired Introvert

      I like the “bubble” concept. I guess we somewhat used that in justifying visiting the grandkids. Our bubble has been quite small so far and I don’t see the need to change it yet. However, Tim goes back to work on Tuesday, so I hope that doesn’t put us in more danger. He’s usually alone all day, but he also has occasion to interact with the public. He’ll be smart.

  • Mary

    Good for you!!! Time with family is needed -by everyone!! We still can be careful. Glad Tim is cleared to return to work so he can get to that retirement date😂 Happy birthday to Dad!!

    • Retired Introvert

      We really needed yesterday. It was great. I think Tim’s a little depressed about going back, even for just four months. After being home for seven months, I think he felt retired already.

  • tami

    5 stars
    What a joyful post…so happy for you to do all the things! We have decided to start to get close to our grandkids here this weekend. They will be going back to daycare in August if not before…so we will spend some time with them before we have to physical distance again because of our advanced age 😉.

    Happy birthday to your dad… he will love his birthday cake!

    • Retired Introvert

      We figured since we’d all been very careful these past few months, it was safe to finally get together. Not sure how often we’ll be able to going forward, but we’ll take every opportunity we can get. It might mean smaller gatherings but that doesn’t bother me. Then we don’t have to share them!!

  • An’Nyce

    I’d like to go back to the “old” normal, but apparently that is gone. It was wonderful seeing the Goddesses on Zoom. It is better than nothing!
    It amazes me how fast a day goes by. I do whatever needs to be done, and I have found lots of things to amuse me during this time at home. I taught myself how to make Kringla like my mom (using her recipe). I was always too afraid to try it on my own. I have returned to cross stitching. I read a lot. So although this is a new normal, I am getting used to a quieter lifestyle. It’s not so bad!

    • Retired Introvert

      I find this time to have its peaceful side. Other than the issues with dealing with my parents, I don’t think it’s so bad either. It’s nice to live slower and simpler. And yes, it was great seeing all of you on Tuesday!!

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