Hey, so this pandemic thing is still going. Nearly half a year. Who would have
thought? <sarcasm>It was supposed be gone in April, like a miracle.</sarcasm>
Not unsurprisingly, not much has changed with me. Still working from home for
the forseeable future. Corporate has said we probably won't be back in the
office this year. I guess I have grown accustomed to working from home. I still
don't like the lack of disconnect, but overall, it is a bit less stressful.
Maybe it's the not having to deal with people in person.
I did get one of those convertible standing desk things. It's pretty nice to
have. Our dining table, well, it hasn't been used for dining since the start,
but now it's really taken over by both of our workstations.
We're still not going out super often. Still grocery shopping about every other
week. Our shopping habits are a little less doomsday but still fairly large
volume given the frequency. Most times we're shopping for three families—
her parents, my parents, and us. Shopping trips sometimes include a boba side
quest, so that's something to look forward to. We still don't eat out much
besides our weekly Friday lunch delivery. I guess we're choosing the best way
to socially distance. It's a little challenging, but hopefully for the best.
We have separately attended some family gatherings. My family had a few
celebrations. My mom had hip replacement surgery in May and had a long stay away
from home for about a month. So her coming home and both of my parents'
birthdays were kinda big to-dos.
For some self-indulgence, I got myself a new turntable. My niece and nephew
seemed to have started a vinyl collection of sorts, but they did not have a
turntable. Now they do. I gifted them my old Audio Technica LP60 and some
computer speakers (which actually sounded decent), and I got myself this
fancy U-turn Audio Orbit Custom. Custom as in I chose the parts. I picked the
fancy "ultraviolet" color, acrylic platter (which looks pretty neat),
Ortofon OM 5E cartridge, and nifty cue lever. Strangely enough, I think I'm
still at "entry level" with this thing. If we're being honest, I'm not much
of an audiophile, so I can't really say I hear a difference. Maybe I need
better speakers? :smirk emoji: Like I mentioned in my last entry, I've been
spinning records more often now, and it's cool to breathe some new life into my
You can see I also busted out some of my figures. I figured (ha ha) it was time
to let some of them see the light of day. I don't think I'm ready to commit to
a full on display case. I was considering possibly getting like standalone
display boxes, but the varying shapes and sizes of my ~~waifus~~ figures kinda
makes that impractical. My thought is I can swap these out as I please, and
having them out in the open makes that easier. Now I just have to worry about
things like dust and sunlight and whatever other nonsense.
I finished another video game recently. Nier: Automata. This was actually
a really fun game, and I didn't expect to be when I first started. The gameplay
isn't super interesting (mostly), as it's kind of just your standard hack and
slasher. However, the storytelling is super interesting. Admittedly, I haven't
played a ton of games in recent times, but I'd guess there isn't a game like
this. I don't think I could describe it accurately or make it seem worthwhile,
but I assure you, it is. And yes, there are scantily-clad androids.
We haven't been watching much TV. Since Ozark and Dead to Me, we haven't been
able to find something to latch on to. We did watch Devs on Hulu. It was
a pretty interesting show. Very heady, I mean, it focuses on quantum mechanics.
I never watched Parks & Rec, but I know the Ron character from memes (who
doesn't), so it was a little odd seeing Nick Offerman in a serious role. And
his characters hair was kinda not good. We're trying to watch The Great now.
It seems ok so far, but someone else is not quite as engaged. I did watch
Knives Out, which I enjoyed thoroughly.
I think I'm getting pretty OK at cutting my own hair. I've since added scissors
to take care of the top, which is still a struggle. The coordination needed
escapes me, but it is passable. The top-back of my head is still a trouble spot.
Anyway, I think that covers it. I guess I won't be surprised if this is still
going on another two months.