School started today! Havana is starting her first year at Garfield High School, Hudson is starting his final year at Washington Middle School and Eva is starting her final year at Stevens Elementary.
Havana and Hudson got their 2nd vaccine shot today. They were scheduled to get it yesterday at the Amazon SuperVax site, where they got their 1st shot, but Optimism was selected to be a Seattle Fire Department pop-up vaccine site today so we went there today instead. The kids met the Mayor, Jenny Durkan, who visited for a photo op and TV interviews. Gay was also interviewed by KOMO so she may be on local TV tonight.
Our family is 80% vaccinated, which is herd immunity for our house and even better than Washington State’s current 69% vaccination rate, which is leading the the country in vaccines! Seattle is expected to be the first city in the country to reach 70% vaccinations. That means that the entire state is about to fully re-open earlier than the planned June 30 date! I’m very proud of the kids, the brewery’s role in vaccinating Seattle, our progressive state and city. Update June 9: Seattle did become the first city to vaccinate 70% of residents.
And if the day wasn’t great enough, while I was there I saw our newest 10 bourbon barrels that were just delivered and these are from none other than Maker’s Mark, my favorite bourbon distillery.
Pfizer’s vaccine was approved last week for 12 to 15 year olds. Havana and Hudson got their first covid vaccination shots today. Virginia Mason and Amazon set up a big vaccination site in one of their buildings downtown and the procedure was well-organized with people and signage guiding us through the building and into the gym – I didn’t know Amazon had a gym. It all just took minutes.
Havana turned 14 today. We had a vegetarian pasta dinner of her choosing, watched a movie and had a carrot cake (her favorite) from Deep Sea Sugar & Salt.
It’s scary how fast 14 years has gone by.
It’s been over a year since schools were closed and today Havana and Hudson went back to school for the first time. They couldn’t go immediately after Spring Break because they had to quarantine and get tested for a week before returning. Havana only gets a couple months being the oldest class in 8th grade before moving on to high school next year. Havana’s school is just a few blocks away so she can walk but Hudson has to be driven and then he takes the city bus home in the afternoon.
It’s great that they get to go back and start to return to normalcy, but they’re both in classes of only 2-3 people and it’s only for a few hours for just two days a week. It’s pretty dumb of Seattle Public Schools because it doesn’t help parents who have to go to work — there’s no school bus service so if the kids can’t walk, they have to either be driven or take city busses, so it’s more of a burden on the people who really need to get their kids to school so they just don’t send them. We have to also answer a Covid questionnaire every morning verifying that they don’t have symptoms.
Havana turned 13 today during the Covid pandemic… she’s a quaranteen.
We had dinner delivered from Din Tai Fung and picked up a cake and macaroons from Bakery Nouveau. Her friends drove by to drop off gifts for her and talked while physically-distancing outside the house. They got together electronically in a Netflix Party watching a movie.
I took Havana to get her lower braces on this morning before school. She wouldn’t let me take a photo, though.
All of us plus Havana’s friend, Ruby, went to Havana’s Ultimate (frisbee) game today. I think she’s found a sport she likes.
This is the first year we didn’t take our kids out trick-or-treating. Hudson got home at 4:55pm and was in-costume and out the door by 5:05pm to Bowie’s. Eva left soon after to go out with Iris, Ohana, Poppy, etc. And Havana had 6 (?) friends over for pizza before they went out. Havana was Pam from The Office, Hudson was in his green Chubb suit again this year and Eva was a Shark (her current favorite animal).
Gay and I gave out candy and beer until Jon & Megan & Emmarie & Kayak arrived. Then Gay and Megan took Emmarie out trick-or-treating leaving me and Jon to serve candy and beer. Gay got take-and-bake pizza from Zeek’s and Patrick, Deirdre, Finn (their German nephew and Garfield student) came over for pizza and various people were in and out throughout the evening.