Last Weekend of Summer

This is the last weekend of summer and I am looking forward to fall.

Wall Art, Four Seasons, Street Art, MuralIt has been an unusual summer of course with many activities canceled because of Covid-19. I am hoping that by next summer the ability to travel will have improved so that I can spend part of it in Israel.

Sydney Botanic Gardens, Royal Botanic, Spring StatueThe hottest days of the year are drawing to a close. Of this I am glad as we have had some very hot days this year.

California wild fires, red sky, smoky sky, red tinged cloudsIt will be good that fire season will be drawing to an end as well. However, it runs well past the start of fall.

Wall Art, Four Seasons, Street Art, MuralFall will of course bring us falling leaves and changes in color to foliage. The days will shorten and we will have cooler weather.

However, many of the fall activities will still be curtailed by Covid-19.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Autumn, Statue, Four SeasonsOf course, fall is also known as autumn and since I shared the summer statue from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney above I must share the one for autumn.

Beautiful Red Fall Leaves from Crawfordsville, Indiana - Lew Wallace Study MuseumAre you ready for fall?

Steven

 

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Back to the Office

Today I went back to the office for the first time in over six months.

dublin office, six months away, covid-19When I was last at the office it was spring time and now it is almost fall. The trees will be changing color soon.

It was very interesting to go back into the office. Of course, there were temperature checks, a check-in. We have to wear a mask in the office and there are many hallways that are one way only.

Double-Double, In-N-Out, AOC Burger Challenge, FriesIt was nice that our cafeteria was open and I had a hamburger for the first time in six months. The picture is not the burger I had for lunch 🙂 I just needed a picture of a burger. I would have rather had the one in the picture.

I was able to get a bunch of work done, and in the afternoon headed back home.

route home, traffic, altamontI snapped a quick picture of my screen in the car. The first time I have used Waze in the last six months also. The traffic was not too bad for a Friday.

route home, traffic, altamontIt was a bit weird to be driving on the highway again. I have not been out on the highway for six month. I drove more today than I have in the last couple of months combined, and had to use gas for the first time is six months.

route home, traffic, altamontI was soon climbing slowly up the Altamont and then it was time to cruise downhill toward home. I can can usually crest the Altamont with a couple miles left on EV and almost make it the 13 miles home without having to use any gas.

Some first in awhile moments for me today:

First time in the office for six months.

First time to wear socks in probably five months.

First food I have eaten that was cooked by someone else in six months.

First time more than five miles away from home in last six months.

and more….

I will need to go to the office every so often now, but not for at least three months as I have remote courses coming up that I will do from home.

It has been an exhausting day 🙂

Steven

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