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A new start for 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Starting to feel like a yo-yo.

The past few starts in 2017 and 2018 didn't quite get going and I won't really get into why but I've been fighting some demons. Demons I know I'll be fighting for a long time. I'm not going to pretend and say this is the last time and that I'll 100% make it this time but this time feels different. 2020 is only 4 months in and the world has been going through some serious problems. Most notably is this COVID-19 pandemic. I've been watching it very closely since December when it started to make the news from China. Today is March 31st and I can still remember 2 weeks ago when Canada only had 33 cases and I didn't think it was going to be this bad. We now have almost 8000 cases and the US has nearly 200K cases and is growing by >20K a day. We are in the epicenter and I'm afraid of what's to come but here is what my family is doing:

1. We don't go out as a group anymore. We go out individually and ONLY when absolutely necessary.
2. No more play dates for the kids.
3. The kids are out of school so we are teaching them at home.
4. I've been working from home since March 18th, as has my team.
5. We order pick up groceries from Superstore and Walmart - no going into the stores.
6. I am still taking Luna for walks but practicing social distancing from anyone outdoors.

Miki had to cancel her trip to Japan with Reece and we cancelled my mom's trip out here in April. I hope I can still plan my trip to the Philippines in November. I hope I'm not looking back in September and read this blog thinking, "gosh I was optimistic then.". Who knows what's to come.

I'm writing this blog more as a memory of the times we are in and to remember what happened and how we dealt with it as a family and as a society. Things look bad now but I think they will only get worse in the weeks and months ahead.

Alas, I am using this opportunity to get healthy and fit again. What better time. I'm stuck indoors anyway and getting a bottle is a terrible risk. Imagine how awful it would be if I went out to get booze and it resulted in my family getting sick or worse, someone dying. Nah, I'm living with that guilt. So I'm 2 days into no drinking and I'm feeling fantastic. I'm also starting Insanity again along with 2 of my colleagues as accountability partners. So far, I seem to be the only one doing it but that's fine. I'll be the leader and hopefully they'll follow me.

So here we are, times are pretty terrible but like the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. So I'm making the best of it and I hope you are as well.

Onward and upward folks.

Stay safe and be well.
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