November 16th, 2020

eurydice james: pepperlandgirl4

Locking down again...

Governor Newsom announced that he's putting 41 of 58 counties in California, which is 94% of the state's population, in the purple tier, which is the most restrictive tier we've got. That includes my county. Our numbers aren't surging as badly as they are in other parts of the country, but the jump is still significant for us, worse than the spike we had in June, so he's putting on "the emergency brake" prior to the holiday in hopes that they can temper those numbers a bit. That means 25% max indoor capacity for retail outside of grocery, no indoor dining, no indoor worship/movie theaters/gyms, and bars and schools are closed completely. Masks are now even more mandated whenever you're outside your home. There's even talk of a curfew.

Needless to say, a lot of people are pissed. It doesn't help that Newsom isn't practicing what he's preaching and got caught going to a birthday party in Napa last week that exceeded safety guidelines. But we wouldn't be in this predicament if people hadn't started getting lazy. There have been so many private parties in my town, it's unreal. People have expanded their bubbles, and now they're starting to burst.

I don't think the library will be affected since we were only doing front door service anyway, but I'll know more tomorrow when I go in.

I ran some errands in case I can't get to those businesses in the near future. I also made a test pie for Thanksgiving, a cranberry curd pie with a gingersnap/walnut crust. Craig loved it, Alex liked it, and Alicia told me never to make it again, so clearly that's not going to be our dessert this year. I'm not a fan of tart pies, but I'm outnumbered on that in this household so I tried it anyway. I will say that the crust was the bomb, though. I'm very tempted to use it as a streusel topping for other desserts.